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2014 Redbull Drift Shifters Recap [VIDEO]

Mad Mike Whiddett brought out some top drifters from around the world to Auckland, New Zealand last week. Here is a quick five minute recap showing the elimination of former champion Matt Powers and the race to a final with Chris Forsberg and Mad Mike Whiddeett in drift pinball.

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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C’s Garage 240sx from D1NZ in Slow Motion [VIDEO]

The C’s Garage Nissan 240sx is a build beyond gorgeous and this video shows it in slow motion at 240fps. The footage all comes from D1NZ Round 2 Whangarei, New Zealand which took place recently. We even have a feature coming out of a C’s Garage build in a upcoming feature of Wrecked Magazine so stay tuned!

2014 D1NZ Round 3 Recap at ASB Baypark Mount Maunganui

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It’s summertime down here in New Zealand – which means sweltering temperatures, clear blue skies and on this particular weekend, a whole lot of tires going up in smoke for round three of the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship held at Baypark, Tauranga.

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Big concrete walls littered the edges of this custom made circuit, with clipping points dotted around the edges to encourage wall rubbing. Panels would end up broken, lights smashed – but the drivers didn’t care. They love the tight and technical circuits like this and with the crowd surrounding the track, it made for a good show!

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The action really kicked off in qualifying with Mad Mike Whiddett laying down the equal highest score ever recorded in D1NZ – a 95 point run taking out first place. I’m sure you’re familiar with the naturally aspirated quad-rotor 26B engine buzzing at the heart of this car. It truly is a sight and sound to behold out on track.

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Mike’s 95 point score was actually matched by Andrew Redward in the Achilles Radial RX7. Known as the ‘king of angle’ , he skillfully hit all the outer clipping points in the LS2 powered FC and went into battle claiming the second qualifying spot after his second run was judged slightly lower than Mikes.

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Taking third spot in qualifying was Nico Reid in his RB powered Luxury Sports S15. Despite being fairly new to D1NZ, Nico certainly has a lot of skill behind the wheel and always excels on these smaller tracks. He went on to beat Fanga Dan Woolhouse to claim third place overall in the round.

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One of the best battles of the weekend was between ex-champion Curt Whittaker and Bruce Tannock. Most would predict Tannock to hold back and protect the expensive Rocket Bunny kit from damage but he proved everyone wrong by delivering his best driving to date. An excellent chase run was enough to take down Whittaker and move through to the top eight.

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A regular competitor in the Australian ADGP series, Michael Prosenik shipped his LS1 powered S13 here for round three to beat as many Kiwis as he could! The combination of a big V8 and Driftworks components proved to be very successful – taking out Brad Smith and Joe Kukutai before going out against Redward in the top eight.

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The final battle came down to top qualifiers Mad Mike Whiddett and Andrew Redward. With both drivers displaying excellent speed and angle, the battle would no doubt go on until a mistake was made and that is exactly what happened. A mis-shifted gear from Whiddett allowed Redward to gain a big lead over the RX7 and walk away with the round title.

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Tauranga played host to a superb weekend of drifting with the top qualifiers also dominating the podium. Andrew Redward first, Mad Mike Whiddett second and Nico Reid third. With another podium in the bag Whiddett has gained a big lead in the championship points and will be very difficult to beat in the coming rounds. With another three rounds left the title race isn’t over just yet and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds!

-Thanks to guest poster David Atkinson

NAC NZ Drift Nationals 2013 [RESULTS]

At Hampton Downs Motorsport Park in New Zealand they took 40 of the top drivers in the country and let them wage war in a one day event that was winner take all. They ran a Top 32 format and did qualifying Formula Drift style. Well known driver Mad Mike was sidelined for the weekend in practice after having some electrical issues with his car. Here is how they finished with the winner taking home a $2,000 grand prize:

1st- Cole Armstrong
2nd- Gaz Whiter
3rd- Andrew Redward
4th- Drew Donovan

Mad Mike Takes On Crown Range in New Zealand [VIDEO]

Sadly we are a little late to the party with this awesome video showing Mad Mike Whiddett tearing up Crown Range in New Zealand which involves  47 corners, 1076 metres elevation, 10.4km lon (6.5 miles for us Americans). The road is the highest paved road in New Zealand elevation wise and shows Mad Mike putting on a talent show. Sit back and enjoy watching this one or playing it again as its by far one of the best produced drift videos of 2013.

Drift Shifters – The Action [VIDEO]

Drift Shifters went down this weekend in New Zealand with a gang of international stars competing in a pinball machine style drift contest. With Sam Hubinette, Daigo Saito, Matt Powers, and local Mad Mike Whiddett attacked this new and unorthodox course to score points in front of over ten thousand fans. If you want to see a technical video on how they did it or if you want to see who won just check out our results post. This short video really shows how much the concept Drift Shifters was.

 

Watch the video: http://www.redbull.co.nz/cs/Satellite/en_NZ/Video/Drift-Shifters-The-Action-021243294083233

Matt Powers Wins 2012 NZ Drift Shifters [RESULTS]

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 Whiddett” Driver Profile with Snow Drifting [VIDEO]


Drifting with Red Bull’s Mad Mike Whiddett

A great video from the Red Bull Chronicles produced by NZ Greenroom Productions. The video shows off Mike Whiddett’s Mazda Rx-8 and Rx-7 throughout the video. Mike talks about his passion for drifting and his love of “noise.” The close of the video has Mad Mike sliding around with his old Mazda Rx-7 in the snow.

Watch the video: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/watchvideo/drifting-with-red-bulls-mad-mike-whiddett

New Zealand Driver Profile: Jono Bennett and his AE86


Jono Bennett Driver Highlight – s2000 powered AE86

It’s time for Hachi fans to rejoice with this great driver profile of Jono Bennett and his Honda s2000 (F20) powered AE86. Performance Car TV put together this epic piece highlighting this awesome car. The video even shows Bennett smashing his car on a guardrail during one of the NZ events.

Watch the video: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/watchvideo/jono-bennett-driver-highlight—s2000-powered

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