DRIFTING SHAKE-UP AT WTAC
While the World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) has built a name for itself as the proving ground for some of the world’s most badass Time Attack cars, not everything at the event is about setting the fastest lap time or maintaining optimal grip. A staple of previous events, the newly renamed Honeywell Garrett International Drifting Cup now features a fresh world cup–style format in which drivers are randomly drawn into pools and face off from the word ‘go’ in two-car tandem battles. It also sees the elimination of one-more-time runs during the pool phases, with each battle being scored using a Win, Lose, or Draw scorecard — a win will score two points, a draw one point, and a loss zero. That means that the driver with the most points from each pool will move into the semi-finals in which the format will return to a traditional top-eight-style format all the way to the final battle for the podium.
The big news on top of that, though, is that our own D1NZ National Drifting Championship team has been recruited to fly in to help run the whole thing! Kiwis have always presented a strong force at both the Time Attack and drifting components of the event, with this year’s drift line-up seeing ‘Fanga Dan’ Woolhouse, Jaron Olivecrona, Jase Brown, Carl Thompson, Daynom Templeman, and brothers Troy and Ben Jenkins all hopping the ditch to compete.
On the international guest list announced so far are Nobuteru ‘Nob’ Taniguchi, in the ‘HKS Drift 86’; Naoki Nakamura, in the ‘Drift Samurai’; and the original drift king, Keiichi Tsuchiya.
The Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge Sydney 2018 will be held in Sydney on Friday, 12 October, and Saturday, 13 October 2018. For further info and updates, head to worldtimeattack.com, and follow the event at facebook.com/WorldTimeAttack.