Team Nulon Motorsport has taken a one-two in Clubsprint class and first in the International Drift Challenge event at the 2016 World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC). Daniel Meredith drove his street-registered BYP EK Civic recorded a blistering 1:39.2740 to top the Clubsprint podium.
With 2015 and now 2016 wins, Daniel Meredith is the first driver to back up a WTAC Clubsprint victory. With less than a second separating the top four in the class his victory was hard fought.
“It was difficult, but we got there in the end,” said Daniel. “In Friday’s third session we blew the engine. We towed it back to the workshop, put in a new motor, tuned it and drove back. We had other competitors complain about our rear bar, so had to swap it and missed a session.” On just three hours sleep and with all eyes on them, Daniel and his team were there for one thing.
“We threw four new tyres in the 1030 session, and that was where we set our fastest lap. We improved our lap time by .6 of a second on Saturday morning, that was it. It’s my personal best around the circuit, I almost spun on the second last corner, but I held it.” Celebrating with a beer-filled race boot on the podium, Daniel will contend for a hat-trick of Clubsprint wins at WTAC 2017.
“I have to. The car still has a lot of potential,” he said.
Nulon Motorsport Team Ben Tran and Jaylen Nader’s shared BYP S2000 placed second in class .5960 behind Meredith, in a one-two lock-out for the lubricants manufacturers Clubsprint entry.
Overall the guys at BYP had a great weekend with their team, taking out Fastest FWD and fastest RWD in club sprint.
In the International Drift Challenge Mick Rosenblatt battled a stand out grid of global drift champions in the Nulon R32 Skyline. Besting the likes of drift icons Daigo Saito, Chris Forsberg and ‘Mad’ Mike, Rosenblatt’s drift tour-de-force earned him the outright win.
“It’s a dream come true” said Mick. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. I had some crazy battles, the toughest was against Mad Mike but Lady Luck was on our side.”
“With drifting everything either goes right or it all goes wrong. On Friday we had ECU problems and an alternator issue but by the time we got out last night we didn’t even need to lift the bonnet, we couldn’t do anything wrong. It was just meant to be.”
With runs judged by a panel including Keiichi Tsuchiya, Rosenblatt said shaking the Drift King’s hand during the presentation made the win unforgettable .
“It was surreal. It made all the hard work we put in worthwhile. It’s amazing to be part of the Nulon team and get support from such a great company.”
Also marking the victory with by drinking champagne, once from each shoe, Rosenblatt’s drift win and the Clubsprint one-two mark a coming-of-age moment in Team Nulon Motorsport history.