We can now confirm that Japanese Super GT and D1GP legend Max Orido will be the first driver ever to compete in both the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge and the Tectaloy Drift Challenge at the same event.
That’s right Max will be driving the famous “ex Top Secret” R33 GTR that has now been converted to a full race spec car in the Open Class for JLM dyno and when the sun goes down he will be taking his race suit and helmet up to the South Circuit Pits where he will be piloting the extremely potent supercharged LSX Commodore for the Drift Syndicate.
Max Orido began his racing career in the early nineties and after years of racing in a one make series, he first appeared in the JGTC series in 1996 and won the GT300 title the following year.
He continued in GT300 up until the 2000 season when he moved up to GT500 he took three wins altogether that year and has, over the years taken many more wins driving the Denso SARD Supra and the Eclipse Advan Supra for the GT500 class, and the WedSport/Bandoh Racing Project IS350 which won the 2009 GT300 championship and in 2013 is currently driving the RIRE Lamborghini Gallardo.
Like his counterpart, friend and fellow factory ADVAN driver Nobuteru Taniguchi, Max Orido is one of the few drivers that has excelled in not only circuit racing but also drift at the highest level of Japanese D1GP competition.
Orido-san started his drift career as a judge in D1 in 2004 progressing to driving the following year in a Toyota Supra which was his weapon of choice for many years up until the new V8 Toyota 86 that he competes in today.
And in a “six degrees of separation” moment the interesting thing here is that both of these cars were constructed by and maintained by Scorch Racing. Does that name sound familiar?
Above is the 450rwkw supercharged Commodore of the Drift Syndicate team that will be fitted with the latest Yokohama Advan Neova ADO8R tyres now used by all the top Yokohama drift teams in D1GP and is sure to be a force to be reckoned with in the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge with Orido-san behind the wheel.
And below is the ex-Top Secret R33 GTR now undergoing a full “race transformation” that includes R35 GTR brakes and a sequential Holinger transmission that Max will drive in the Open Class at this year’s Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge.
When we asked Max what he thought about coming to Australia he replied “I can’t wait, I have heard so much about this country and this event in particular. I will do my absolute best to bring the teams home the result they are after and have fun doing it” Sounds good to us!