It’s official – the Just Car Insurance International Drift Challenge will be the biggest drift event to ever hit Australian shores!
With legends from around the world converging in Sydney with some of the most insane machinery imaginable it’s only fitting we’ve selected the absolute cream of the crop in Australian drift to take them on. So without further ado let’s introduce the first batch of Australian entries.
This guy is one of the real OGs of drifting in Australia. He has been actively involved in the highest level competiton in the country since 2003 and almost always in a Toyota. He is the only factory-supported drifter in the country with ongoing support from Toyota Australia. He was 2006 Drift Australia Champion and won the 2010 Tectaloy Drift Challenge at WTAC. These days he competes in both ADGP and the Hi-Tec Drift Series in an insane 800hp, 2JZ-powered Toyota 86 prepared by Hypertune.
Another of the “originals”, Whyte has many years of experience going right back to the Drift Australia days. He will be driving his crazy Nissan 370 that sports an 820hp Penske-built NASCAR Dodge engine sourced from USA and backed with a Holinger sequential transmission. As well as competing in ADGP and the Hi-Tec Drift Series he also competes around the country in the Stadium Super Trucks at selected V8SC events. Two time ADGP Championship winner, 2nd against some of Asia’s best at Asian Drifting Grand Prix in Jakarta last year.robwhytemotorsport.com.au
Exedy driver from Queensland stunned the drift community when he won the Formula Drift round at WTAC 2014 against some of the best in the world and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Driving an S15 Silvia with over 1000hp on tap thanks to a turbo LS engine Clarke is a very skilled drifter with a refined technique. He competes in ADGP where he placed 2nd in 2014/15 and other selected events around the country.
Preferring to keep a low profile and let his driving do the talking, Rosenblatt certainly did just that by securing the ADGP championship in his 650hp, LS powered R32 Skyline. He is a proven performer and his consistently “on-point” driving style makes him hard beat. Rosenblatt competes in the ADGP, Stadium Drift Series and more recently taking a podium in the Hi-Tec Drift Series.
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Coming from a family of motorsport has seen Queensland-based Josh Boetcher behind the wheel at an early age. He has successfully competed internationally in the Formula Drift Asia series and has a long relationship with GT Radial tyre. He will be driving an S15 Silvia with a 434ci, 800hp Chevrolet V8 engine. 3rd place in the 2014/15 ADGP season and current Championship winner for the 2015/16 ADGP season. joshboettcher.com.au
With numerous entries coming in from around the country, the ultimate decision on the final field came down to a panel of selectors headed by WTAC drift co-coordinator Yoshi Abey.
“We had over 75 applications for a top 32 competition” said Yoshi. “And we have to put friendships and feelings aside and base selection on a criteria of results, experience, driving skill, showmanship and of course vehicle suitability and presentation. The eyes of the world will be on this event so it is critical we portray the best our country has to offer.”
“For those that missed out – we are playing the long game on this and plan on this being the premiere annual event on the Australian drift calendar so stick with it and there may be a spot for you next year!”
Stay tuned for the next round of drift announcements in coming weeks.
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