AUSTRALIAN
Friday, Oct 18 11:14am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Race against the clock for WTAC favourite Under Suzuki

Under Suzuki’s campaign at Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge has taken a hit after a high-speed crash at Sydney Motorsport Park on Thursday.

The Japanese driver of Scorch Racing was testing his highly modified Nissan Silvia S15 in preparation for this weekend’s event when the crash happened. It’s understood a suspension arm failed at 260 km/h, which saw the car collide with the inside wall on the front straight.

 

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Suzuki was air-lifted to a nearby hospital for a CT scan but is understood to have not suffered any injuries. Suzuki was later released from the hospital.

Extensive damage to the carbon bodywork means the car is unlikely to appear on Friday, however, attempts are being made to get the car out for Saturday.

Suzuki was aiming to do a 1minute17second lap around the full Grand Prix configuration of Sydney Motorsport Park. The official outright lap record set during a race is a 1:19.1420 held by Nico Hülkenberg in a Lola A1GP Zytek.

Piloted by Suzuki, the Nissan Silvia S15 is the fastest car ever around Tsukuba Circuit in Japan.

This weekend that lap record could be broken in what is the 10th year of the World Time Attack Challenge at the Sydney circuit.

 

Photo: WTAC

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