So it's already been a week since the 2023 World Time Attack Challenge, here is the recap.
Early on in the year we had no plans on competing. The team and I had one goal and that was to be the first in the World to run a 9 second pass in the 1/4 mile. On the 6th of April 2023, this became a reality where we backed it up three times in a row.
9.975, 9.916 and 9.864.
From this point we had no further goals for the rest of the year and with WTAC 5 months away, surely this would be ample time to change the setup from drags back to circuit. There is never enough time! We were battling with gremlins and car setup till the very last day, the Thursday practice just before WTAC.
My initial goal this year was still to be the fastest GR Yaris at WTAC. Come Friday morning Adam Casmiri set a PB for the car with a 1.35.1. Progressing from our last years record of a 1.36.8. Typical me, I am never really happy, I wanted more. I once again shifted the goal posts. I wanted that 1.34.x!
Saturday morning was our best shot. We turned it up to 2.8 bar (40psi). Unfortunately we had to abort the lap as there was oil on the track. Our only shot now for that 1.34.x was at night for the top 5 shootout. The issue here was we were hanging on by a thread. We had to ensure that we stayed in the top 5 to make the shootout. We headed out in the midday session to try set a time where our exhaust got damaged which then rubbed against the carbon tailshaft which ended up breaking.
Within an hour we replaced the tailshaft, big thanks to Toys Garage who fixed our exhaust on the spot.
Come the final session, no other competitor managed to further improve their times. We made the top 5 shootout!
From here it was all or nothing. The boost was again turned up to 3 bar (43-44psi). Adam Casmiri, you drove the sh#t out of it! 1.34.6! Another PB for the team!
I would like to thank my whole team, sponsors and supporters. This result could not have been done without everyone of you.
- Adam Casmiri
- Armour Motorsport Services (The car alignment and corner weight setup was also done by Phil, you're a bloody legend! What can't you do?) x MoTeC
John from John's Garage. You've been there with me from the very first day on this project. Whenever I needed a hand, no questions were asked.
Elig Brakes Australia and Head Office - For the supply of our brake pads for the event that didn't let us down.
Hardrace Suspension Australia - Thank you for supporting us all the way. Our GR Yaris is equipped with every adjustable suspension component you offer along with pillowball bushes and upgraded engine mounts.
Bigmez Fabrications - thanks bro for all the last minute fabrication.
Last but not least my whole pitcrew and support team. Mez, Alexi, Aaron, Chris, Toy, Bonez, James. Team work makes the dream work. Thank you all!
Ps. Thanks to my family being understanding. You guys didn't see me for 2 weeks leading up to the event.
A breif run down of what our GR Yaris is equipped with:
- Lamspeed Racing Spec'ed Long Engine
- Lamspeed Racing "Response" Turbo Kit
- Lamspeed Racing Billet intake manifold and fuel rail, Bosch DBW throttle body
- Kotouc billet 7 speed sequential
- Motec Paddle shift kit
- ATS Twin plate
- Cusco 1.5 Way Rear LSD
- Lamspeed Racing Flex Fuel Surge tank kit
- Bosch Motorsport 1650cc injectors
- Bosch Motorsport ABS
- Elig brake pads
- Alcon 6 piston front brake kit
- HHC 2 Piece light weight rear rotors
- Hardrace full catalogue
- Murray Coote Golds
- Lamspeed Racing coolant header tank
- PWR Race radiator
- Hypertune Intercooler