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Andy Duffin and the 3 Ro­tor Rac­ing team will re­turn to Syd­ney Motorsport Park this Oc­to­ber to contest the Yoko­hama World Time At­tack Open Class. This will be the third con­sec­u­tive cam­paign for the FD RX-7, though this time the team will fo­cus on di­alling in the cur­rent set-up rather than mak­ing a raft of changes be­fore head­ing over. “We don’t have any big changes planned this year, we know we had the pace last year, so will fo­cus on di­alling what we have. Un­for­tu­nately we have some dam­age to re­pair from the Lead­foot crash, but luck­ily that’s all bolt-on stuff — mainly steer­ing and sus­pen­sion. Dave [Hig­gins] has a few aero changes in the front planned, but noth­ing ma­jor,” Andy ex­plained.

Last year the team de­buted the ni­trous setup on the 373kW 20B, which gave the car pace to match the turbo com­pe­ti­tion, and it’ll stay in place for 2017. Richard from Green Broth­ers Rac­ing will freshen the en­gine and fo­cus on fine tun­ing the Link G4+ Thunder to make the car eas­ier to drive. Duffin did say there is also a lit­tle more left it in power-wise.

The re­build should be com­pleted in Au­gust, to al­low the team six weeks of solid test­ing be­fore ship­ping the car over. The goal for 2017 is to run into the one minute, 29 sec­ond zone or bet­ter. Last year’s split times showed this is pos­si­ble, but as Duffin says, it’s all about that one per­fect lap, some­thing that’s not easy to pull off. Link ECU is back on board for the cam­paign, sup­port that Duffin says has made the trip pos­si­ble. For­tune Auto is also back on board, and will con­tinue to work with the team on valv­ing the Dread­nought PRO coilovers ahead of test­ing.

Keep an eye out on the­mo­tor­hood.com in the com­ing months, as we fol­low the team’s progress lead­ing up to Syd­ney.

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