Mad Mike Whiddett
Sit back and get ready to tune into Redbull Drift Shifters tomorrow while you should be working. It appears December 5th at 4:30pm PST and 7:30pm EST will be the local air times to tune into the show in Auckland. The event is packed with a ton of professional drifters you will be familiar with including Mad Mike Whiddett, Tyler McQuarrie, Chris Forsberg, Daigo Saito, and Ken Nomura. The best news of the weekend in NZ is that Matt Powers has made a drift return to defend his championship title at this event.
Watch Live: http://www.redbull.tv/live/
The international stars stacked up for Red Bull Drift Shifters is probably the biggest in drifting history since the Red Bull World Championship in Southern California back in 2009. If you live in Auckland the event is free on December 6th. Here are some stars coming to New Zealand:
Mad Mike Whiddett
Chris Forsberg (Nissan 370z)
Tyler McQuarrie (Chevrolet Camaro)
Ryan Tuerck (Scion FRS)
Daigo Saito (Lexus IS250 – FD Asia Car)
Ken Nomura (Nissan R34 Skyline)
Jake Jones (Nissan S13 240sx)
The rumormill around the 2014 SEMA Show is that Mad Mike is making a return to Formula Drift in 2015. These rumors might be made even more likely based around the fact that he isn’t currently running in his home series D1NZ right now which just got under way. Mad Mike had an entertaining stint in Formula Drift earlier in his career that didn’t go well on the track. His RX-8 fell short of competition at times. We imagine if the rumors are true he will be competing in the World Championship series which also visits China, Japan, and Canada for 2015. We also hear that Nitto Tire will be supporting and helping him for the return season if it happens. What do you think?
It’s early in the morning right now in Australia! Check out Mad Mike Whiddett’s insane build along with many others internationals competing at the World Time Attack weekend in Australia. Follow the link below and you can get a full dose of drifting post Irwindale.
Watch now: http://new.livestream.com/itvl/events/3487244
Check out this great video showing off the action from Formula Drift Japan at Fuji Speedway. The video throws down and highlights most drivers running Formula Drift’s debut event in Japan with some special focus on Fredric Aasbo and Mad Mike Whiddett!
The Top 32 at Formula Drift Japan has just wrapped up but the Top 16 is about to kick off for those of you who plan on having a late night.
Sunday, July 6, 2014 – Main Event
8:10 AM – 5:00 PM (Local Japan Time)– LIVE STREAM: PRO Live Stream Begins ( JAPAN STANDARD TIME)
10:00 PM PST – 10:30 PM – National Anthem / Opening Ceremonies
10:30 PM PST – 1:00 AM – MAIN COMPETITION: Round of 16 to Finals
Watch it Here: http://www.formulad.com/live
We finally got a hold of a much bigger drivers list for Formula Drift Japan this weekend. The drivers list looks quite strong even with D1GP throwing an exhibition event with Ken Block on the same exact weekend in Japan.
Shun Qi Liu
Ng Sheng Nain
Chi Lun Tang
S Chanatpon Kerdpiam
Muhammad Zaiham Hamdan
Wan Johan Rahim
Tsutomu Fujio Yuji Tanaka
While we don’t have any word just yet on an official Formula Drift Japan list we did get a hold of this great list of international flavor coming to Fuji Speedway July 4th weekend. The judges are Andy Yen, Ryan Lanteigne, and a Formula Drift driver Dai Yoshihara. Below is the list of international talent that will be on display:
Daigo Saito – Japan
Kunny Takahashi – Japan
Michihiro Takatori – Japan
Masao Suenaga – Japan
Katsuhiro Ueo – Japan
Robbie Nishida – Japan
Fredric Aasbo – Norway
Daynom Templeman – New Zealand
Mike Whiddett – New Zealand
Oat Krerpradab – Thailand
SaraNon Pronpatanarak – Thailand
Rob Whyte – Australia
Zaiham Handam – Malaysia
Emmanuel Amandio – Indonesia
James Tang – Hong Kong
Ng Sheng Nian – Singapore
D1NZ finished off with a bang at Mt. Smart over the weekend. They drove into the night to crown a 2014 champion. David Atkinson produced some awesome photography from this final drift round. Enjoy D1NZ until the new season kicks off by following the gallery below.
Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=408
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!
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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