New Circuits and Events set to Lift Time Attack Series
February 22, 2013 by Fergus Brennan
With the new Time-Attack season just a month away the organisers are aiming to build on the growth of last seasons series with the introduction of some exciting new elements which will give a further lift to the expanding championship.
Time-Attack is a popular branch of Motorsport which is contested by highly modified versions of road cars, ranging from humble Toyota Starlet’s to mighty Mitsubishi Evo’s, as well as pure bred racing saloons. Drivers do not compete door to door as in traditional racing but instead take part in a series of time-trials where only their single quickest lap counts.
The championship, which is contested by Ireland’s fastest modified road cars, will be fought out over six events at Mondello Park during 2013. In those six rounds competitors will get to drive on at least three different circuits, giving them the most diverse programme yet seen in the series. In addition to varying the tracks used for events, the Time-Attack Championship will also have a starring role at not one but three of Mondello Park’s major car shows.
To vary the tracks used and increase interest among competitors the Mondello Park organising team have come up with some novel ideas. One of these developments will see drivers tackle the Mondello Park National Track in the reverse direction, thereby adding a whole new circuit to the calendar. Other events will take place on the standard direction National Track as well as on the International layout and there may be further changes possible with some new variations of the international Track also under consideration.
Along with the circuit changes, drivers competing in the championship will now also get to perform in front of the biggest Mondello Park audiences of the year. The traditional September Jap-Fest is joined on the calendar by Mondello Modified Live in April and the Mondello Truck Show in July. The exposure available through these events will raise the profile of the series and its drivers even further.
Having seen impressive growth in the series in 2012, following some changes to the championship format and class structure, it is hoped that adding new tracks and events to the schedule will produce event bigger numbers this year and continue to make Time-Attack one of the most attractive and affordable ways to get started in Motorsport.