Winton Raceway played host to the 4th Round of the 2014 WRX and SAU Club Championships last weekend. Winton is a small track at just 3km long and with tricky turns like “The Sweeper” and the lack of a long straight offers a challenging circuit where big horsepower doesn’t automatically yield fast results.
Given the challenging layout, there were plenty of naturally aspirated cars which turned up to this round. With well balanced car setups and some great driving they were able to set some fast times too. The NSX was a prime example and we wish there were more of them hitting the tracks!
The new Toyota 86s are also becoming a great NA car to take to the track. This 86 fitted with only a few mild upgrades was able to dip under 1m 45s and showing the enormous potential of the Toyobaru ZN6 chassis.
Another iconic lightweight car that suits the Winton layout was this MX5. It was barely recognisable with the hardtop and aero additions and we weren’t sure what modifications it had but the driver was able to notch a time under 1m 40s which is a fast time in any car.
That’s not to say that Winton can’t be tamed by the bigger turbo cars either. It’s always entertaining seeing Nissan’s R35 GTR pushing its weight around and leaning hard into the corners around the small circuit.
Here’s another purpose built WRX which set the overall fastest time on the day of 1:30.7009! You can also check out some of the car’s exploits on youtube channel bazzasti.
The Subarus weren’t the only highly modified machines making the rounds. A pair of Mitsubishis decked out in aero were on hand testing for the upcoming Evo Nats later in the year.
A car we saw being prepared earlier in the year at their workshop was the Top Torque WRX. The car is used to demonstrate Top Torque’s building experience and modifications to handle prolonged track abuse.
Winton was a fun place to visist (even though it’s a 5 hour journey there and back!) and the day was another great Championship Round. The next round will be held at Phillip Island which was the venue for the season opener. Hopefully many have made improvements since the first round and some PBs will be beaten!
Good luck to those from the WRX Club heading to Subi Nats 2014 in June!!