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World Time Attack Challenge Media call at Walsh Bay Pier on October 11, 2016 (Image: Brett Hemmings / Destination NSW)

Sydney Harbour Bridge provides a perfect backdrop for the 2016 WTAC Media Launch Image: Brett Hemmings / Destination NSW

From its humble beginnings at Oran Park back in 2008, World Time Attack Challenge Sydney has grown into the world’s biggest time attack event and the flagship event at its new home – Sydney Motorsport Park.

It is one of Australia’s most popular and most diverse motorsport events, with a true festival feel and non-stop action both on and off track. From Time Attack and Drifting to Motorsport Legends and Flying 500 there’s something for all motorsport enthusiasts to be excited about.

World Time Attack Challenge Media call at Walsh Bay Pier on October 11, 2016 (Image: Brett Hemmings / Destination NSW)

Three-time WTAC champion Garth Walden took a liking to Pagani’s new supercar. Image: Brett Hemmings / Destination NSW.

But you don’t have to be a dedicated motorsport fan to enjoy World Time Attack Sydney. With over 450 show cars on display, more than 60 exhibitors providing a retail experience for the general public, stunt shows and competitions this really is an event for everyone.

Thanks to Pagani Automobili in Italy, the beautiful Pagani Huayra BC, 1 of only 3 in the world, and valued at over $3million dollars, will be driven by world-renowned Japanese motorsport legend, Keiichi Tsuchiya on both days, and will be available for all to see up close and personal in Pagani’s own display area.

World Time Attack Challenge Media call at Walsh Bay Pier on October 11, 2016 (Image: Brett Hemmings / Destination NSW)

Three cars that symbolise the three key components of WTAC. From left to right: Red Bull Mazda RX7 – Drift, Pagani Huayra BC – Supercar, Tilton Racing Mitsubishi Evo – Time Attack. Image: Brett Hemmings / Destination NSW

The Tilton Evo, revered for its incredible three, back-to-back WTAC titles with driver Garth Walden behind the wheel, will be featured during a “lap of honour” at the event on both days.

World Time Attack Challenge Media call at Walsh Bay Pier on October 11, 2016 (Image: Brett Hemmings / Destination NSW)

This year we’ve also brought back the “International Drift Challenge” which sees one of the strongest fields of drift competitors ever assembled anywhere in the world, with the driver of the Red Bull RX7, New Zealand’s “Mad” Mike Whiddett, taking on the likes of America’s Chris Forsberg, who was crowned “World Champion” of Formula Drift in America, only 2 days ago. Taking place under lights on Friday and Saturday night, it is sure to be an incredible spectacle of action-packed drifting.

We are proud to showcase the amazing city of Sydney by hosting a world-class event here and we look forward to seeing you all there!


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The strongest drift field ever assembled on Australian soil

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With competitors from USA, Japan and New Zealand all converging on Sydney to take on the finest drift talent Australia has to offer it goes without saying that the line-up for the 2016 Just Car Insurance International Drift Challenge is the biggest and the best ever assembled on Australian soil. The sheer calibre of the drivers and their machines is no doubt going to make for some great battles and an even greater overall spectacle.

We’ve got Daigo Saito and his insane Lamborghini Murcielago, Mad Mike Whiddet is bringing the heat in the Japanese built twin turbo 4 rotor, HUMBUL RX7 and multiple Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg will be piloting an Australian built supercharged VK56 370Z.

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D1NZ superstar Nico Reid heads up the Kiwi assault. Joining him in the trip across the Tasman is Carl Thompson in his utterly insane 4 rotor, turbocharged and nitrous injected Lexus, making close to 1500 horsepower! D1NZ veteran Bruce Tannock and his stunning RB28 powered Silvia, Troy Jenkins and his immaculate S15 and Phil “Fillthy” Sutherland in his 1000hp+ 2JZ R34.

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Drew “Doni-D” Donovan in his 6.9L LS2 equipped Nissan 200SX and fellow DMNZ partner in crime Jodie “MsDrift” Verhulst in her V8 powered Toyota Supra. Jodie’s choice of engine might upset a few JZ fans but there’s no questioning her ability and dedication to her vehicle to the limit.

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Kris Frome with a string of podiums at Stadium Drift and ADGP completes the QLD invasion. Definitely one to keep your eye on  with his giant new turbo setup in his LS1 equipped R34 Skyline with over 650hp on tap.

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The lone South Aussie, Jarrad Klingberg in his Nissan SR20 powered Toyota Corolla wagon is currently 2nd in the G1 Championship and he’s planning to surprise everyone at IDC.

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Adam Monck in the Westlake Tyres Twin Turbo V8 Nissan 200SX from WA finished 2nd in the 2016 D1WA Championship and he’s coming to Sydney to “destroy my tyres in a cloud of smoke!”

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Fellow West Australian Brendon Greaves in the Achilles Tyres Nissan S15 upset plenty of locals last year when he won the Asian Drifting Grand Prix in Jakarta, Indonesia. Don’t be fooled by his charming smile, he will charge hard and push on doors even harder.

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Victorian Michael Prosenik will be driving the Gaia Racing Wheels Supercharged LS2 equipped S13 Silvia. From humble beginnings “Dazza” is now transformed into one serious racer competing all over the country and across the ditch in D1NZ. With a recent King of Asia Championship win, Proz has already made space in his room for another trophy.

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Aaron Dewar is a young gun from country Albury with plenty of talent. He’s been pushing hard at plenty of local and national events in his 700Hp LS7 Nissan S14 and will not hold anything back at the IDC.

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Another driver doing the unthinkable is Matt Russell in his Raceline backed, Nissan powered Toyota Sprinter. His car might only put out 380hp but you shouldn’t underestimate his driving ability and experience. With many years of competitive driving in VicDrift and ADGP and walking away with a 4th place in the 2015 VicDrift Championship he certainly has the runs on the board to take on the big guns.

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Michael Bonney in the C&D Motorworks Nissan S15 powered by a monstrous 800Hp Toyota 2JZ. This is one wild machine that everyone would love to just drive once. Currently dominating the VicDrift championship and walking away with 12th for the 2015/16 ADGP Championship Bonney will be pushing hard for the podium place.

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Josh Robinson‘s Horsepower Factory / Tri-Ace backed 1000Hp HSV Maloo is a work of art. Placing 6th in the 2015 VicDrift Championship and 4th in the 2015 G1GP championship in Japan, Josh has transitioned from grip racing to drifting rapidly and dominating at the same time.

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The Garageworx team have been competing for quite some time with Khudr El Haouli regarded as one of the veterans of the sport. Khudr will be driving his newly built LS3 powered Toyota GT86 that took out the 2015 VicDrift Championship. Fellow team mate and brother Moe El Haouli (pictured above) has appeared on the podium many times and will be eager to put on a show in his V8 S13 Silvia.

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Final Garageworx team mate is Thomas Sabo who proved to be a menace in 2015. Poised to take out not one, not two but three championships Thomas finally won the Drifting Tasmania and DCA championship and finished 3rd in the VicDrift championship. He’s keen to cause more upsets this time round in his newly supercharged V8 S13 Silvia.

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After a big break from competitive drifting, Fernando Wiehrl has been heavily involved in judging nationally and internationally even competing in the Red Bull World Championships in LA back in 2007, and he simply couldn’t sit by and miss out on all the fun. He is ready to battle it out with the best in his 800Hp Nissan R32 GTR

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Cameron Mote’s latest acquisition is certainly a sight for sight to behold His stunning Toyota 2JZ powered Nissan S15 is dialed in for maximum damage on the track and will be chasing the trophy after coming 3rd in the 2015 Hi tec Drift AllStars championship.

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Alex “The Shark” Sciacca runs a Toyota 1JZ in his Hitec Oils / Hitachi backed Mazda RX8, finishing 5th in the 2015 Hi Tec Drift AllStars championship.

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Gavin Edwards finished 2015 with taking out the Stadium Drift Championship followed by a strong performance in the Drift AllStars and ADGP. His V8 powered Nissan Skyline is fast off the line and will be hard to catch if his opponents aren’t quick to react.

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Brad Tuohy pilots the Achilles LS2 powered Toyota GT86. Taking out the 2014 Stadium Drift King of Drift, he’s now shaken off the gremlins of 2015. Brad is currently leading the 2016 Hi Tec Drift AllStars championship.

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Matthew Hill in the 4.Mance Automotive Nissan S15 has been competing in a variety of different events around the country fine tuning his already impressive skills. With his car pushing out close to 600hp, Matt is confident of a podium place.

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Rob Arbolino in the Hogs Breath / Maatouks Racing Nissan S14 was crowned the Trans-Tasman Champion of 2015/16. Rob is no stranger to the course having competed there on numerous occasions. His 750hp machine will certainly give his competition a run for their money.

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Last but not least the Blaze Unit boys will be there to entertain the crowd and prove that they’re a force to be reckoned with on their home turf. James Abbott finished 4th in the 2015 Hi Tec Drift All Stars Championship in his Toyota 2JZ powered Nissan S15. Fellow team mate Scott Schembri took out the 2015 Hi Tec Drift All Stars Championship in his 550Hp Nissan 180SX. No Question these guys have a loyal following from the local drift community and we are certain to see a bunch of support for them as they take on the worlds best!


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All Star, All Japanese, Drift Judging Panel

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Here, at WTAC we have a reputation of getting the fastest of the fast, the best of the best and bringing them all together over two days in a festival of automotive insanity that attracts thousands from all corners of the globe. We are always striving to go bigger and better than the previous year and 2016 is no different.

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Earlier this year we announced we will be bringing the night drift back and moving it its original circuit – the North part of the track coming  onto the main straight. We have already confirmed some of the best drifters from around the world coming to compete at the Just Car Insurance Intl Drift Challenge. With the likes of Daigo Saito, Chris Forsberg, Luke Fink and Nico Reid competing we knew we needed the absolute best judges possible. We are confident we’ve got just that.

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Robbie “Bushido Blade” Nishida

Current Formula Drift USA competitor and all round nice guy Robbie Nishida will be the head judge at the 2016 Just Car Insurance Intl Drift Challenge. With his extensive drifting experience as a driver as well as a judge at Formula Drift Japan, Robbie brings a wealth of knowledge to the judging panel. Being fluent in both English and Japanese, Robbie will also be providing insights over the live stream explaining the judges’ decisions.

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Keiichi “Drift King” Tsuchiya

The name says it all really. There are not many people on the planet that can honestly say they have been drifting since 1977. One of the originators of Japanese D1GP and without question one of the most qualified judges on the planet today Tsuchiya-san will be an important part of this stellar panel. As well as judging the Drift King may just take time out to perform a little of his magic on the track.

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Eiji “Tarzan” Yamada

What can we say about Tarzan that hasn’t already been said. The double WTAC champion will be driving throughout the day but once the sun goes down he will be making his way up to the judges’ stand. An extremely qualified judge, Tarzan has judged Japanese D1GP, Formula Drift USA and many more. He always has time for the fans so make sure you stop by and say G’day.

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So there you have it, an all-star, all Japanese Drift Judging Panel. Since drifting started in Japan and is still considered a Japanese style of motorsport we figured an all-Japanese judging panel was the way to go. And we could think of no other people that would be more qualified than the three on the list above.

Stay tuned for some more mind blowing announcements over the coming weeks and make sure to book tickets to the biggest drift event this country has ever seen!


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Mad Mike returns in his insane quad-rotor MADBUL RX7

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OK folks, this is another announcement many have been waiting for. We can now confirm that “Mad” Mike Whiddett will be returning to Sydney Motorsport Park in his insane Redbull-backed 26B quad rotor peripheral port Mazda Rx7.

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According to the man himself it is in absolutely “killer” form at the moment after finishing the D1NZ series in runner up spot behind “Fanga” Dan Woolhouse and creating a YouTube video (see below) for RedBull that reached over 1 million viewers in less than one week!

Mad Mike Whiddett in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 31st, 2013

Anyone that witnessed the crazy night “flame show” at the 2011 Tectaloy International Drift Challenge will attest to the fact that this is one car that you must see run in the flesh. From its mind blowing “Formula One sounding” engine to the crazy flame belching backfires it is an assault on all of your senses and for anyone with even a passing interest in rotary engines a dream come true.

But while all this may be great news for the fans, the fact is that “Mad Mike” takes the whole drift scene VERY seriously and has made it clear that “We are coming over to Australia to win, this is certainly not a game to us” and that should serve as a fair warning to every other competitor.

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When he was asked who would you most like to meet in the final he replied simply “Daigo Saito” and with both of them competing at this event this could in fact be a distinct possibility.

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With a fresh 26B four rotor engine built by the masters of Kiwi rotary insanity PPRE making well over 650hp backed by a sequential 6 speed HKS transmission Mike and the team are looking forward to once again mixing it with Australia’s best and some Japanese superstars on the new “South Circuit” at Sydney Motorsport Park under lights in October.

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Also joining Mike will be a full entourage from the guys at Speedhunters with a bunch of apparel and awesome new books from Mike’s Pit area throughout the day.

To view Mad Mike’s profile for the 2013 Tectaloy International Drift Challenge, CLICK HERE!

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Mad Mike returns in 2012 with the BADBUL!

Mad Mike Whiddett has confirmed entry into the 2012 Tectaloy International Drift Challenge, and this year he will be chasing the win in the crazy Red Bull backed RX8 known as “BADBUL”.This is the same car that he competed in the 2010 American Formula D series, and with a turbo Monster Port 20B 3 rotor engine, sequential gearbox and more refined chassis it is no doubt going to be one of the favourites at Eastern Creek in August.

After lighting up half the track in the flame spitting 4 rotor RX7 in 2011, this year, with the impending news of some Japanese D1 competition in Sydney the decision was made to bring the more competitive of the two vehicles. We caught up with him fresh from a round win at D1 NZ.

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Hi Mike, awesome news for the Aussie fans you will be back in August and this year you are bringing the Badbul RX8?

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Yo Whats up, yeah fully stoked to be invited back to WTAC for 2012. The crowd was epic last year so I can’t wait to get back over again for my fan base in Ozzy! Yep we will have the BADBUL RX8 heading across the ditch this year!


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This is the same car you raced in America, tell us a bit about it

MM
Yeah we won the 2009 NZDRIFT Championship in this car in its debut season.  Since then it has evolved a lot while competing with the big dogs in Formula D USA 2010. Actually it’s been a while since I piloted the BADBUL but the last time was definitely the best performance I have achieved yet, making top4 at the Formula D, Abu Dhabi – Yas Marina event and running a ‘One more Time’ Battle with Tanner Foust. 

SL
And what about the “devil made me do it” thing? is it true it makes 666 horsepower at the wheels??

MM
Actually 666.6hp, seems like a dangerous figure however it will be boasting a few more ponies by the time she touches down in Oz with a fresh 20B boosting a few more psi

SL
So you will be doing a rebuild on the RX8 prior to coming to OZ, tell us a bit about what you have planned.

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Nothing too drastic just freshen up everything, slightly bigger ports, more boost, will put it on a diet and cut some weight out, fit our new SEIBON carbon goodies and of course a new livery applied to a fresh kit.

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And after your experience last year, do you think the RX8 will be better suited to the Eastern Creek circuit than the RX7?

MM.
Both cars are so different to drive. I adapt to each one quickly. The biggest advantages with the RX8 are the power, torque and the wheel base which in effect makes it a much easier platform to be competitive in.

SL.
Awesome stuff, and before you come to Oz, you will competing in D1 Japan with team Magic in a Japanese built “replica” of your 4 rotor MadBul RX7, tell us how that came about?

MM.
This is something I am really looking forward too! So I met Kawato San, Owner CEO of Magic Total Car Produce in 2009 at D1GP Okayama. We formed a relationship and have since worked on a few projects together. I had him responsible for building and maintaining the ICEBUL RX7 for the Red Bull Drift on ICE project in 2010. He then flew to NZ last year for D1NZ round2 at Pukekohe and dropped the proposal under my nose. I am realistic about running in this championship as these guys are the OG’s of the sport and not only know the tracks but the competition and tactics of each other. The JAPBUL is an insane 4rotor full Magic built beast and I can’t wait to get into the drivers seat and do some testing!

SL
Well Mike, one thing is for sure. There will be a whole bunch of fans here that can’t wait to see the 3 rotor smoke show. See you in August!!!!

MM
Thanks I’m sparked already and can’t wait for the victory burnouts again! Ha!

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Drift Demo

A crowd of people flocked down to catch the Drift Demo during the break. Amongst the crowd were many keen Kiwis, cheering the visiting team on.

The New Zealand drifters really are top class and Mad Mike never fails to get the audience excited.

And Jake “Drift Squid” Jones representing the Aussies!


Some seriously aggressive driving from Gaz Whiter in the Tectaloy Slivia.