New Zealand motor racing driver Jono Lester will represent New Zealand at the World Time Attack Challenge, to be contested at Sydney’s Eastern Creek circuit this coming weekend
Lester will compete at the event in the Team RevolutioNZ Mitsubishi Evo VIII, pitted against 20 other teams from Japan, the USA and Australia in the Pro Class category.
Lester is no stranger to Time Attack racing, having competed in numerous New Zealand events over the last three years, however the concept is still yet to gain a credible profile locally, despite its size and popularity in Japan and the United States in particular.
“I really enjoy this form of racing,” Lester said.
“Any qualifying lap is a high pressure environment, and Time Attack is all about racing against the clock. The winner is determined by the fastest lap time, and with the budgets and professionalism of some of our competition at the WTAC, it’s going to be even more critical to hunt for that ‘perfect’ lap that every driver strives for.”
The competition in the Invitational Pro Class will be strong, with big-budget international teams, CFD and wind tunnel developed cars and quality drivers from Japanese Super GT, FIA GT (now FIA GT1) and Formula Atlantic. Fellow kiwi Earl Bamber will also compete in an Australian built Nissan Silvia S13.
Lester’s machine packs a punch with over 700 horsepower at the wheels, and has undergone significant upgrades and development in preparation for representing the country at the World Time Attack.
“To represent New Zealand is an honour for all of us, and the team have worked incredibly hard to get the car to a high standard for the WTAC, both mechanically and visually. It looks brilliant.
“Realistically we won’t be in a position to challenge for the victory this time around. The team is run on a very small budget and we lack any significant aero, but I’d be really pleased if we could challenge for a top 6 or 8 finish.”
With an additional 100 entries in the Open and Clubsport classes, and a Trans-Tasman drift showdown held under lights each evening, the second inaugural World Time Attack Challenge has attracted widespread media and fan interest from all over the world.
The 2011 World Time Attack Challenge takes place on August 5-6. For more info visit www.worldtimeattack.com