World Time Attack
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World Time Attack

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-[unk] -[unk] -[unk] -[unk] -World Time Attack Challenge is based around a Japanese concept of time attack racing. -The interesting part about this event is that what you see here right now is like watching the last hundred meters of a 10-mile race. So much has gone on before to make this happen over these two days, like it's really just a tip of the iceberg. -My name is Ian Baker. I'm the CEO of Superlap Australia. We run the World Time Attack Challenge here at Sydney Motorsport Park. -My name is Greg Lysien and I look after the promotions, marketing online presence, and media liaison for World Time Attack Challenge. -We started this concept after we actually raced an Australian car which is here today. The Hi Octane R32 GT-R we took to Tsukuba in 2007 had been in several events in Japan over the years. Following this concept and onboard back in Australia in 2008, Yokohama Tire Company come onboard with me that year [unk] -One of the most important things we wanted to do right from the outset of the World Time Attack Challenge is to feel all the spectators really included, really part of the event. So, we ran out on a limb and actually made the pit garages and the pit area part of the overall show so that, just with a spectator ticket, you can get all the way up to the pit garage. You can touch and have a look at the cars that are racing. You don't get that at any other motorsport event that I know of and I think that's one of the biggest differences between World Time Attack Challenge and other motorsport event. -I got a concept of time attack racing is simply the fastest lap. So, you can make a lap in 15-minute sessions in which time they have that time three sessions per day to do the fastest lap. Fastest lap of the day wins, simple. The other thing that's different with this form of motorsport to just about everything else is that there is no door-to-door racing. Each car is on the track [unk] space out there to get the fastest lap time. -Pro Class is the upper class of the event. So, that's what draws people in. That's where all the stars are. That's really the crowd puller, right? So, we have to make sure that we get that formula right. Even though there's 120 cars or 130 cars this year competing in the event, once we get that list right, kind of 20 percent there, that's a really big tick on the list. There's mountains of mountains of paperwork. Imagine you're shipping a car from Europe to Australia, that's probably about the longest distance you can imagine. It has to be built to Australian specifications so that it passes scrutineering in Australia. It has to be on the right time. It has to tick so many boxes before it even gets on the boat. All the paperwork is to be filled in. Once it gets on the boat, we kind of keep our fingers crossed that it gets here intact and on time. Containers go to wrong countries by mistake as it happened this year. You know, we had a container go to China instead of Australia. It's been no one's fault. It just happens. -We started the World Time Attack Challenge to try and create an industry, to be honest with you, within the tuner community. It creates a whole lot of business for many companies that are involved in this. You're gonna need to go and walk around to the workshops around here and [unk] at the door. In the weeks leading up to this, for the people building cars, the people involved, their sponsors, their products, it's just-- we've virtually created a whole industry by doing this. -Next year, we're gonna do it bigger and better and we welcome everyone to come over and just have a taste of it. We guarantee you're gonna be hooked. -I'm Ian Baker. We run the around the World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney, Australia. I hope you guys like it.

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