Mad Mike Whiddett
Matt Powers managed to qualify first with a score of 1.8 million and just never really looked back this weekend in Auckland. Matt drove straight through a sensor and even hit the Achilles Rig at one point pushing his S14 to the limits. The stunt driver and former Formula Drift champion Sam Hubinette was the only one who could pace Matt Powers and give him a run into the finals. Mad Mike and Daniel ‘Fanga Dan’ Woolhouse were able to round out the final four of the event.
We covered earlier in the week how the event technically works which included video explaining what was happening inAuckland over the weekend. If you want to catch up on the event itself and how it works head over and check out the “Technical Video Post here.” Then here is how the top four finished:
1. Matt Powers
2. Sam Hubinette
3. Daniel ‘Fanga Dan’ Woolhouse
4. Mad Mike Whiddett
Mad Mike is one of the most creative and exciting drivers in the world and his new creation is called Drift Shifters. Imagine human drift car size pinball with his insane Mazda Rx-7 that happens to be going down in Auckland on Saturday December 8th, 2012. Below you can click the video to learn about the technical building of this racetrack.
The pinball style drift event is going to score points with 12 drivers based on the proximity to the sensor, speed, angle and other recordable variables. Matt Powers and Daigo Saito are both heading to New Zealand for the big event. It will also be MC’d by Jarod DeAnda. Head out between 12:00pm – 3:00pm on December 8th in Auckland City to enjoy the whole weekend.
The Red Bull Drift Shifters Drivers List:
Mad Mike Whiddett (NZ)
Daigo Saito (JAP)
Matt Powers (USA)
Samuel Hubinette (SWE)
Dan Woolhouse (NZ)
Gary Whiter (NZ)
Curt Whittaker (NZ)
Cole Armstrong (NZ)
Daynom Templeman (NZ)
Jason Sellers (NZ)
Andrew Redward (NZ)
Hugo Maclean (NZ)
Watch the video: http://www.redbull.co.nz/cs/Satellite/en_NZ/Event/RED-BULL-DRIFT-SHIFTERS-021243269356430
Christoffer “Coffe” Johansson got us this sweet gallery of the drifting action at the Gatebil event over in Norway over the weekend. Mad Mike, Darren McNamara, and Fredric Aasbo all brought their drift cars, while James Deane, Shane O’Sullivan, and many other European stars all made the trip over as well. This is one of the events that’s definitely on our bucket list to attend!
Click Here To View The Gallery
After being forced to modify his car to meet the sound regulations, “Mad” Mike Whiddett took 1st place in the drifting shootout at the Gatebil festival at the Rudskogen race track in Norway, defeating his Need for Speed teammate Darren McNamara
1: “Mad” Mike Whiddett – Need for Speed Madbul RX7
2: Darren “D-Mac” McNamara – Need for Speed RE-86
3: Ismael Salih – White E30 Bmw with a pirate flag
We are finally back in the game with some coverage from Japan as the D1 Grand Prix series kicks off 2012 shot by Robert Shaw. The only drift event inside Tokyo threw down at Odaiba and resulted in Daigo Saito taking home a victory just one week after his podium finish at Formula D Streets of Long Beach. Mad Mike debuted his Speedhunters x Redbull Energy Drink Mazda Rx-7 and several Toyota 86′s made a drifting event debut. Sit back and enjoy coverage of the international stars, drifting in the rain, and some great tandem battles.
Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=278
Another car parked at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon this weekend is Mad Mike’s newest creation Drift-N-Ice which is a Redbull Energy Drink x Speedhunters FD Mazda Rx-7. Made Mike released this news on his website this morning and sadly he hasn’t been able to turn a wheel in the car yet! Here is what he has to say about the build and opportunity:
“For me this is a dream come true, to be given this opportunity to compete in Japan and team alongside Kawato San again is an honor. We paired in 2010 for the Red Bull project ‘Drift-N-Ice’ using Kawato’s 13b turbo powered FD RX7 for the job and I was impressed with the performance and workmanship. For the past few months now we’ve been exchanging emails with the team at Magic Co, they’ve built an amazing car for me and I can’t wait to get some seat time.”
Another buzz around the paddock this weekend is the return of Mad Mike in his Redbull Mazda Rx-8 next year. Rumor has it a company currently in Formula Drift as a title sponsor has been courting him to make a return next season. We are going to work on getting more details tomorrow but it sounds like this could very well bring back Mad Mike Whiddett next season. Would you like to see him return to the series next year?
Mad Mike brought out a new rendition of the Rx-7 for 2011. Redbull Energy New Zealand has a fantastic video featuring him in this car he has dubbed “generation 5″ of the Rx-7. With a damp track during his shake down had some amazing reverse entry nonsense. He did mention going to a 35 sidewall from a 40 which seems pretty nuts to us!
He threw a compliment to the guys now in the United States who are now starting to master driving past lock and doing basically beyond reverse entry. We miss Mad Mike in Formula Drift but Team Need for Speed and Redbull sent him packing back to New Zealand without huge sponsor support in the United States and left us with Rhys Millen. Follow the link below for the video.
Watch the video: Redbull.co.nz
Mad Mike is running around Qatar wielding an AK47 caught by the Formula Drift staff photography Jose Martinez. We aren’t sure what he will do if you don’t watch the LiveStream right now so it’s probably an empty threat but do you really want to find out? We know it’s early in the morning but you can catch the event here on Justin.tv for the next few hours.
A little more while we are on the topic of Mad Mike Whiddett. He seemingly has retained Team Need for Speed and Redbull Energy for 2011 but his Formula Drift car is currently sitting in Qatar for this event. This means he won’t be running in Formula Drift for 2011 and has seemingly been replaced by Fredric Aasbo in Formula D. We are curious to know what Team Need for Speed will have Mad Mike getting involved with since he is seemingly not going to be on the grid in 2011 in America.
Photo Source: Jose Martinez as Staff Formula Drift Photographer
Check out our first gallery from the Middle East’s main event. The Yas Marina gallery features some great content from the main event on Friday night. We also have another 200+ image gallery coming out later today with even more in depth coverage from this historical drifting event on a Formula 1 circuit.
Check Out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=211
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