Just one-tenth of a second separated Sydneysider Barton Mawer from nabbing the fastest ever time recorded at Sydney Motorsport Park at this weekend's World Time Attack Challenge.
Aboard the most ridiculous Porsche 968 the world has ever seen, Mawer won the sprint event that pits the world's fastest single-lap machines in a two-day winner-take-all speed fest.
Mawer's time of 1min 19.2sec fell an agonising tenth of a second short of German F1 racer Nico Hulkenberg's 2007 record, set aboard an A1GP open-wheel, slick-shod racer.
While the car - owned by Sydney Porsche expert Rob Pobestek - is certainly a long way from standard, WTAC rules dictate that competitors use a grooved Yokohama tyre, which makes the feat even more remarkable.
The 968 is powered by a custom-billet 4.0-litre four-cylinder engine that's fed by a turbo large enough to house a high school band.
A complete rebuild between last year's win and this year's title tilt added high-tech stuff like car-to-pit live-time telemetry and a titanium exhaust that exits straight through the passenger door.
Mawer's day wasn't perfect, but an early morning run on Saturday ahead of blustery hot conditions late in the day locked away the team's second title on the trot.
"I was finally flat through turn one, so I was certainly hoping to go quicker [in the afternoon], we wound up everything to do it, but the conditions weren’t really there," said Bawer on the podium. "Still, we’re very happy to win!”
The event also played host to a massive show n' shine car show, as well as an intercontinental drift show which kept the huge crowd entertained well into Saturday night.
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