Nathan Morcom has claimed the World Time Attack Challenge title in the Open Class and has set a new Lap Record in the process at Sydney Motorsport Park over the weekend.
Nick York from Global Aircraft Services approached an ecstatic Morcom about driving for the first time in the World Time Attack Challenge in the leadup to the event.
“THE EVO 9 WAS PREPARED REALLY WELL, WE HAD A FEW LITTLE TECHNICAL GLITCHES ON THE CORNERS THAT WE FOUGHT FOR A WHILE AND A RED FLAG IN ONE OF OUR SESSIONS HELD US BACK BUT IT ALL WORKED PERFECTLY IN THE END.”
Morcom stepped away from the comfort of his McLaren 650S to pilot the Mitsubishi Evo 9 for the Royal Purple/Spartan EVO Team over the Challenge weekend.
“IT’S A BIT DIFFERENT TO MY NORMAL DRIVE, AS AN ALL WHEEL DRIVE YOU HAVE TO GET ON THE GRIP AND TRACTION WAY EARLIER ON THE CORNERS, WITH THAT MUCH AERO YOU GET THE DRIVE STRAIGHT INTO IT PRETTY QUICK.”
The Challenge begun for Morcom with 3 Sessions on Thursday and 4 Sessions on Friday before the Top 5 Shootout on Saturday.
Throughout the sessions, whoever clocked the fastest time went straight to the top and had to be beat in the remainder of the week, regardless of what day or session the time was set in.
Morcom had to find 7 tenths of second on the Superlap to overtake Matt Longhurst who was sitting in first.
“WE JUST KEPT DECREASING OUR TIME OVER THE WEEKEND, SO ONCE THAT FINAL TOP 5 SHOOTOUT CAME AROUND WE WENT GANGBUSTERS ON IT AND GOT TO THE TOP AND IMPROVED OUR TIME BY ABOUT A SECOND.”
Setting a Personal Best through the Superlap in each sector, Morcom impressed the masses and flew to the top of the timed ranks with a time of 1:29.26s setting a new Lap Record.
“THE TRACK WAS PRETTY HOT, SO I THINK WE STILL COULD HAVE GOT IN THE HIGH 1:28 RANGE BUT STILL WRAPPED WITH THE FINAL TIME AND THE WIN.”
Only 2 out of 20 cars across 4 categories bettered their time in the Top 5 Shootouts, one of which was Morcom.
Recent on track successes have motivated Morcom for the remainder of the GT Endurance and Sprint Seasons, with the GT Sprint Championship title decider on the horizon.
“IM PUMPED FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON, WE NEED TO GET ON THE PODIUMS, GET THOSE WINS AND WRAP UP THE TITLES.”
Morcom will now prepare for the Round 3 of the Australian GT Endurance Championship at Hampton Downs on October 28-30 and the final round of the GT Sprint Championship at Highlands Motorsport Park, New Zealand on November 11-12.
OPEN CLASS RESULTS
1 – Nathan Morcom, Mitsubishi Evo 9, 1:29.29
2 – Matt Longhurst, Nissan GTR R34, +00.19sec
3 – Nick Ashwin, Mitsubishi Evo 6, +00.96sec
4 – Steve Glenney, Honda S2000, +01.1sec
5 – Andy Duffin, Mazda RX7, +01.19sec