WRX/SAU Round 1 at Phillip Island

The Skylines Australia and Impreza WRX Clubs kicked off their 2014 Motorsports Club Championship this weekend and chose one of the best (if not the best) track in Australia to get things started – the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Phillip Island SAU & WRX Trackday

The cool sea breezes at Phillip Island provided a perfect reprieve from the 30+ temperatures felt in Melbourne. We didn’t need much excuse to come check out the racing though, and it was great to see plenty of cars making the hour long journey from the city.
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - STI Trailer

Some race cars were trailered by equally serious tow vehicles too, like this Subaru Forrester sitting on a set of Gram Lights. (Some people have it all!)
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Forrester

But the majority of cars were driven down and raced in their daily trim…
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Impreza Sedan

Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Impreza WRB SedanPhillip Island SAU & WRX - Impreza WRB Hatch

With the odd luxurious trim level also thrown into the mix!
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Audi RS4

A quick walk around the pits revealed more than WRXs and Skylines. This Targa competing Evo looked the business decked out in rally gear and sponsor stickers.
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Targa Evo

Road going versions of the Evo were also in attendance like this immaculate Evo MR driven by John Richardson who was trying something different to his WTAC Skyline GTS-T.
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Evo MR

Given their high prices, we don’t see many of these but it was a beautiful sight seeing this rare NSX being enjoyed the way Honda intended. Likewise, a couple of new Toyotas were also out putting the highly regarded ZN6 chassis to the test.
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - NSXPhillip Island SAU & WRX - Red FT86

Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Blue FT86

Plenty of race prepped Porsches were around too.
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Cargraphic 911

Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Red Porsche 911Phillip Island SAU & WRX - White Porsche 911

Motorsports Technology brought out this beast which competes in the Australian Sports Racer Series. The series has 5 Rounds scheduled throughout 2014 with the first round at Sandown Raceway on 28-30 March.
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Motorsport Technology Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Motorsport Technology 2

White R35 GTR was looking good fitted with 20″ Advans and Toyo R888s.
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - White R35 GTR

Phillip Island SAU & WRX - R35 GTR AdvanPhillip Island SAU & WRX - R35 GTR Front

But the blue R35 sent us into an endless debate over which colour we’d rather!
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Blue R35 GTR

Some other Nissan track weapons took the track as well.
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Nissan 200sx s14Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Nissan

Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Nissan Skyline R34 GTT

Neatly prepped R32 GTR in plain white didn’t draw too much attention…
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Nissan R32 GTR

Until we took a closer look at the engine bay which revealed an immaculate purple engine bay! Looked pretty good flying around turn 1 too!
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Nissan R32 GTR EnginePhillip Island SAU & WRX - Nissan R32 GTR Turn 1

It was good seeing both road going cars mixing it up with the race prepped cars in their racing livery.
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Black WRXPhillip Island SAU & WRX - Mazda MX5

Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Ford Falcon

As well as the highly tuned JDM machines…
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Nissan Skyline R34

With stripped out interiors and big wings!
Phillip Island SAU & WRX - Nissan Skyline R34 InteriorPhillip Island SAU & WRX - Nissan Skyline R34 Wing

An awesome day’s racing at Phillip Island and we can’t wait to come back! The next round of the Club Championship heads to Calder Park on March 8th! Keep an eye on the Calendar for more events.

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