Mad Mike Whiddett

A Look at the Final Round of D1NZ Under the Lights at Mt. Smart [RECAP]

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It was finally time for the title fight to kick off at the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship Round 6 at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. The competition had been strong throughout the last five rounds of drifting with several drivers in with a chance of taking out the championship along with bragging rights as New Zealand’s next drift king!

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The custom built circuit at Mt Smart was another tight and technical track designed to test the driver’s abilities behind the wheel. The return of the concrete walls meant the ever present danger of wrecking the car with one wrong move. Shaped almost like a spiral, the circuit started with a long right hand turn scrubbing the walls, tightening into a roundabout with inside clips and then a very tight left hairpin and back around the first turn. Almost like a mini Road Atlanta section.

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2014 D1NZ Round 6 at Mt. Smart Stadium with Season Championship [RESULTS]

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The D1NZ 2014 championship came to an end in Auckland at Mt. Smart. over the weekend. Mad Mike Whiddett was just edged out of another championship by Gaz Whiter! Our Issue 30 cover feature managed to finish up the podium in 3rd! Here is how the championship finished:

1. Gaz Whitier
2. Mad Mike Whiddett
3. Curt Whittaker

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The final round came to an end under the lights at Mt. Smart! Daynom Templeman took home the victory in his Mazda RX-7! The series champion also landed on the podium for Mount Smart as well. Stay tuned as we have David Atkinson putting together some awesome D1NZ coverage from the weekend. Here is how the podium finished:

1. Daynom Templeman
2. Darren Kelly
3. Gaz Whitier

 

Top 10 Drift Vacations to Take Before You Die

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Regardless if you are independently wealthy or have a credit card to max out I put together the Top 10 drifting vacations you need to take before you die. The list is compiled upon driving, fan entertainment, atmosphere, and all the fun you can have in the area!

 

10. D1NZ Final Round – Mt. Smart (Auckland, New Zealand)

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The D1NZ season ends at Mt. Smart under the lights! The venue is a custom built and it puts fans very close to the action. The track does take place in the Mt. Smart Stadium parking lot which normally holds duties for the National Rugby team. Once the race ends you are just a quick cab from downtown Auckland where some of the real fun can begin. Don’t miss some top drivers like Mad Mike Whiddett and C’s Garage take on the New Zealand night.

9. Irish Drift Championship – Mondello Park 

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The most fun you can have in Ireland is by far Mondello Park. It puts you pretty close to Dublin and has the most energy over a drift weekend in Ireland. Big name drivers such as Dai Yoshihara, Darren McNamara, and other international stars tend to come and drive at this Ireland track as well. If you happen to come here and enjoy watching a weekend of pro drifting then you could also do the ProDrift Academy and drift on your own at Mondello!

8. Formula Drift Irwindale Speedway (Los Angeles, California)

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The “House of Drift” as everybody knows it had to make the list. So many people attend this event now parking has been moved off site and stands have been put anywhere they can fit. The driving here tends to be world class and over the last few seasons a championship has been sorted out during the event weekend. Once the Irwindale weekend is over you will find yourself not very far from Los Angeles, Hollywood, and other places to finish out a great weekend.

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D1NZ Round 5 at Christchurch [GALLERY]

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Some wild dirt dropping action all over the Christchurch happened this weekend from Round 5 of the D1NZ series. Our man on the scene David Atkinson provided an event recap from D1NZ Round 5 in addition to this gorgeous gallery of cars drifting on and off the track! Check out the complete gallery below.

 

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=393

D1NZ Round 5 Takes Over Christchurch [EVENT RECAP]

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Round 5 of the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship saw the series return to Ruapuna Raceway in Christchurch. Located in the South Island of New Zealand, the round required about a 16 hour drive for most teams or paying for shipping and flights. Ruapuna was a huge success last season so it was no surprise to see this round would host the biggest field of entries all year.

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The track is also the longest drift section this year and one of the fastest, meaning it was a tire killer at only 1-2 laps per set. The teams were prepared for this and packed extra tires into every nook and cranny they could find. Alongside his stock of Nitto’s, Mad Mike Whiddett decided to ship down both the RX7 Madbul and RX8 Badbul being spoiled for choice.

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2014 D1NZ Round 5 in Christchurch [RESULTS]

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Round 5 of the D1NZ series was interesting as it saw Gary ‘Gaz’ Whiter drive straight to a victory from the top qualification spot. Due to car trouble, Mad Mike Whiddett was eliminated early after having a gearbox issue in his RX-8 and then pulled out his backup RX-7 and suffered a broken axle! This mechanical trouble watched his championship lead evaporate and he now sits in 2nd place. Last round of the 2013/14 season kicks off next month in Auckland! Below are all the results from the big D1NZ weekend:

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2014 D1NZ Round 4 at Taupo Motorsport Park [GALLERY]

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A huge thanks to David Atkinson who provided great coverage of Round 4 from the Taupo Motorsport Park in New Zealand. This world class track brought some real excitement to this D1NZ circuit. If you want to check out an event recap of D1NZ Round 4 it can be found here. Otherwise, you can view a ton of images from Round 4 via the link below showing off all the close tandem runs of the weekend in image form.

 

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=377

2014 D1NZ Round 4 Recap at Taupo Motorsport Park

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With the halfway point behind us the competition was really starting to heat up for round four of the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship. After two rounds of drifting on smaller custom built tracks, the drivers welcomed the return of Taupo Motorsport Park. Not only did it mean getting away from the dangerous concrete walls, but the fast and flowing layout would allow the drivers to really push their cars to the limit.

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For Gaz Whiter and his team however it was a disastrous start before the competition had even begun. During the Friday test session Whiter’s LS7 suffered engine failure caused by loss of oil pressure. Shortly afterward the team went about the huge process of stripping the engine, inspecting, cleaning and rebuilding it from the ground up.

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You have to admire their dedication because at this point most teams would probably pack up and go home. At 4pm the next day however, to everyone’s amazement, that familiar V8 rumble was heard once again in pit-lane and Whiter went about his business as usual – qualifying in P6.

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Current leader in championship points Mad Mike Whiddett was aiming to extend his sizable lead this round in the quad-rotor ‘Madbul’ RX7. Mike knows the track well and went on to lay down two 85 point runs in qualifying claiming 8th spot.

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More drama occurred in the battles when Matt Lauder, a newcomer to Pro this season, defeated current champion Fanga Dan Woolhouse. After a first run that was too close to call the battle would go one more time where Lauder would capitalize on a slow exit from Fanga on the final corner.

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The best battle of the round would definitely go to that of Nico Reid vs Mad Mike Whiddett. With Reid’s RB powered Silvia having the speed and angle down to a fine art, and Mike’s superb chase runs it was another battle that went one more time. Again it was too close to pick a definitive winner so the pair would go once more. On the last corner Nico Reid got a little too close to Whiddett, making contact and spinning Mike handing him the win.
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Fast forward to the final battle now with Curt Whittaker in the Autosure 2JZ R34 who had taken out Mad Mike, coming up against Gaz Whiter who was simply destroying his competition despite having almost no practice time. Whittaker was first to lead, picking up an early advantage when Whiter made a small mistake.
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After swapping over Whiter went all out, piloting the Tectaloy S14 to a near perfect line. At the end of the section he was able to create enough of a gap in proximity on Whittaker and walk away with the round win!
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Gaz Whiter and the team will be absolutely stoked with the round win, especially after a spell of bad luck in the previous rounds of competition. The win puts Whiter in second place overall in championship points, followed closely by Whittaker in third place overall. Mad Mike Whiddett remains in first place overall retaining a substantial lead in the competition. Next round the series travels to New Zealand’s south island based track Ruapuna Raceway. With the local drivers having far more experience at this track than the majority of the field, round five will be exciting to watch!

-David Atkinson

2014 D1NZ Round 4 at Taupo Motorsport Park [RESULTS]

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D1NZ Round 4 is in the books at the Taupo Motorsport Park. We will have a gallery and event recap coming soon but for right now here are the results. Gaz Whiter took home a first place finish but Mad Mike keeps on top of the championship with a 55 point gap over Gaz. Here is how all the results for the Pro and Pro Am championship:

Pro Results:
1. Gaz Whiter
2. Curt Whittaker
3. Mike Whiddett
4. Cole Armstrong

Championship Points:
Mike Whiddett 385
Gaz Whiter 330.5
Curt Whittaker 292
Nico Reid 271.5
Andrew Redward 266.5
Daniel Woolhouse 254
Cole Armstrong 228
Darren Kelly 227

Pro Am Round results:
1. Vincent Langhorn
2. Adam Davies
3. Joel Hedges
4. Sam Smith

Championship Points:
Tom Marshall 305
Joel Hedges 299
Troy Jenkins 296
Joe Marshall 290

Mad Mike Whiddett vs. Fanga Dan from D1NZ Round 3 Top 4 [VIDEO]

We have had tons of coverage from D1NZ Round 3 at ASB Park already including an event recap story and gallery from David Atkinson. This video shows the final four run between Fanga Dan and Mad Mike Whiddett who put together a very close and decent tandem battle. These guys are by far some of the most talented guys tucked away in New Zealand.