Last year Team NZ dominated the Tectaloy Drift Challenge. This year, the Aussies vowed to avenge their defeat. Then we’ve decided to add Japan into the equation…
DAY ONE – FRIDAY
Day one of the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge saw some tough qualifying with all competitors pushing their hardest. The field was by far the best Australia has ever seen with our home grown finest and some of the top international competitors from New Zealand and Japan.
The first night of the comp left us with our fair share of car problems which lead to some long nights for teams to get the cars ready and back in shape for Day two of the competition.
Kumakubo has mechanical issues which was disappointing for all but his team mate Naoto Suenaga shone through and showed the crowd what the best of this world really has to offer!
Some of the top cars did not make it into the Top 16 due to mechanical issues and problems within qualifying which lead to a very ecstatic “Best of the Rest” competition!
A withdraw before qualifying by Levi Clarke put reserve driver Nathan Weissel from NSW in the comp and he did not fail to impress, qualifying in 10th place.
DAY TWO – SATURDAY – COMPETITION TIME
With some disappointing news in the morning that Mad Mike was out of the comp due to a bent rotor seal we were all in high hopes the rest of teams efforts to get the cars ready and going were successful, and we were not disappointed there. Big congratulations to all of the crews of all teams who worked through the night to get the boys back on track.
The night kicked off with the International Team Challenge which saw Naoto Suenaga and Nobushige Kumakubo from Japan go head to head with Daniel ‘Fanga Dan’ Woolhouse and Steven Sole from NZ and Luke Fink and Beau Yates from Australia. Japan took out the win, Australia came in at 2nd place with New Zealand in 3rd.
Next was the Top 16, which saw a very remarkable field and some serious battles. A withdraw from Mad Mike saw Michael Truscott take his place to battle Gaz Whiter.
Nathan Weissel came up against Australian Champion Luke Fink for a very tough battle, Fink took the win.
James ‘Jabbit’ Abbott battled Cole Armstrong and came out on top with a pretty convincing win.
Battle of the V8s – Tony Harrison vs Khudar Elhaouli – Australian National runner up Harrison took the win.
Rob Whyte vs Fanga Dan – Tough battle saw Fanga come out on top.
Leighton Fine vs Jason Sellers – Fine drove hard considering he was competing in a car he hasn’t had much comp experience in. His consistent driving shone through and he took the win.
Dan Kenneally vs Beau Yates – this was always going to be a tough battle, Yates took the win after fixing mechanical issues on the car seconds before his battle.
Josh Boettcher vs Suenaga – Boettcher withdrew because of mechanical issues which put Suenaga straight through.
Top 8 saw what was definately the best the comp had to offer. With a field of Australian and international champions, competition was heating up and battles like this had never been seen before.
Next we saw the “Best of the Rest” competition! Simon Michelmore took out the very well deserved win! Although this comp was strictly for those who didn’t make it into the Top 16, the field was still full of some of the world’s best drifters and showed the crowd that the entire field was full of pro class drivers.
Top 4 saw some controversial battles and a few re-runs in there as the driving was so close! With such a high level of competition it is to be expected.
1st: Naoto Suenaga – Team Orange
2nd: Tony Harrison
3rd: Leighton Fine
4th: Luke Fink
Photo by MGNINC.co.nz
A huge thank you to all involved who helped pull off this competition and all the hard work has definitely paid off. We’ll be looking at some bigger and better things as we move forward and can’t wait to see what next year holds!
Martini Racing are proud to announce that they will be the official fuel sponsor of the legendary Team Orange cars for the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge.
Both Kumakubo and Suenaga will be running on Martini Grand Prix 700 102Ron Racing fuel and the guys from Martini are sure the team can expect a sizeable jump in horsepower over the 100 Octane fuel they have been using in Japan.
“Martini’s custom race formulation contains a state of the art oxygenate to provide a rapid release of oxygen.” said Martini marketing manager Dan Cuscheiri “We have developed a superior method to improve this combustion process by chemically adding oxygen to our hi-octane race fuel. By increasing this oxygen level in the combustion zone we now have changed the stoichiometric ratio and this creates a denser charge which significantly increases power.”
We are all looking forward to see what this translates to on the track and with the best of the best going head to head everyone is going to be looking for any edge they can get.
We are pleased to announce that we have secured one of the Team Orange cars for our official launch at Westfield Parramatta.
The stage is set and we’re all ready to launch the official start of the WTAC Week – counting the last 7 days before the big event. It’s also the last chance to buy your discounted 2-Day Passes. The discounts end on Sunday.
Don’t forget – Westfield Parramata, centre court, Thursday night 7pm. Be there!
We have already set down the odds for the World Time Attack Challenge Pro Class, so we thought we would ask our resident “drift expert” and the event co-ordinator of the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge, Amy Boatwright, what odds she gave of each competitor grabbing the big trophy on the Saturday night, and here is what she came back with…
Kumakubo: 3 – 1
What can we say that hasn’t already been said about the Team Orange boss and 2006 Japanese D1GP champion Nobishige Kumakubo. He’s starting as the odds-on favourite when the sun goes down. The Japanese will be hard to beat when they are driving their own cars.
Suenaga: 4 – 1
The number 2 driver for the Team Orange starts at 4.1 – just behind his boss. Many seasons of top level Japanese competition will make either of these guys hard to beat.
Curt Whittaker: 4 – 1
The favorite from New Zealand is also the crowd favorite in his stealth Skyline. Won the D1NZ Championship this year, won the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge last year and has been the guy to beat everywhere he runs. In top form and the track suits the high powered 2JZ Skyline he starts at 4-1 can be a serious threat to the Japanese.
Luke Fink: 4 – 1
Now that Fink is back in the Holfords Motors S14 he will start as the favorite to bring home the gold for Australia. Has been almost unbeatable in the ADGP series and is currently competing in the JDM Allstars and other events throughout Europe.
Beau Yates: 5 – 1
Beau has finished on the podium every time at the Tectaloy Drift Challenge and is the only Aussie ever to do so. Despite only really competing at this event throughout the year the 2006 Drift Australia Champion has certainly shown that he has still got it and his AE86 Corolla is built to perfection. Expect him to shine under pressure.
Rob Whyte: 6 – 1
Leading the ADGP championship (tie with Fink) and the Stadium Drift Championship, Rob is in a pretty good form. Since debuting the new Monster 350Z race car late last year Whyte has shown that he can mix it with the best and will no doubt be one of the guys to beat from the Aussie contingent in August.
Christian Pickering: 6 – 1
This one is hard to pick. The guy certainly has the skill and the car is a state of the art build but how much “bonding” time these two get in the lead up may determine the outcome. Pickering has a long history on the Toyo R1R tyre and also drove for this very team in 2007 in the USA Allstars event. He won the G1 deal in Japan last year and currently has a drive in the D1SL series with Team Orange. Will certainly be hard to beat if everything falls into place on the day.
Mad Mike Whiddett: 6 – 1
Finishing in 2nd position in the D1NZ championship in 2012 behind Curt in the Madbul RX7 and also winning the Gatebil Drift in Norway last week , Mike is certainly in good form and has had plenty of seat time in the past 12 months. He has always maintained the Badbul RX8 is the more competitive of the two cars and that is what he is bringing to Sydney in 2012. It has had a major revamp since competing in Formula D USA a couple of seasons back.
Fanga Dan: 7 – 1
The former D1NZ champion has found some form of late and finished 3rd in the championship this year. He is a former D1NZ champion and the V8 Commodore is well sorted and now more powerful than ever and will suit the Eastern Creek circuit.
Gaz Whiter: 7 – 1
Whiter is a three time D1NZ Champion and that record speaks volumes. His driving ability is second to none and the car is well setup but suffered a terrible season last year with major mysterious engine reliability issues that had the team scratching their heads. Even then he still finished fourth in the championship and if the car stays together he could certainly start at much shorter odds. Gaz will be out to put on a show for his major sponsor Tectaloy.
Leighton Fine: 7 – 1
Leighton “Crabman” Fine is another Drift Australia Champion who has the talent and the experience to take on all comers but is in a non familiar car. In saying that, the Cameron Hill prepared Skyline appears to be well put together and if everything falls into place on the day these guys could shine through for sure.
Jake Jones: 7 – 1
The top qualifier from last year will certainly be out to show what he has got in 2012. After competing in D1GP with Team Orange a couple of months back he should be in a top form, but has not had a lot of seat time this year.After an eventful season in D1NZ in 2010-11 Jake will be keen to mix it up with the Kiwis and the Japanese. The Onevia definitely has the power to suit the track layout and when he is on song he has the skill to mix it with the best.
Michael Truscott: 8 – 1
The Tasmanian drift series champion is a true veteran of Australian drift and year after year shows he still has what it takes. A well sorted car and years of experience in both car setup and competition help but Michael has not competed alongside this caliber of competition.
Tony Harrison: 8.5 – 1
Another drift veteran of many years in his homestate of Queensland. Famously drove the 50man Commodore for many years wowing crowds he has now stepped up in V8 LS2 powered S13 and the results have shown in recent times as he currently sits in position number 2 of Stadium Drift behind Rob Whyte.
Chris DeJager: 8.5 – 1
A successful Drift Australia competitor that moved abroad to “follow the dream” after the demise of the series. He’s back in a well prepared car and he is going to give it all on the night. Chris has had a reasonable success in regional Japanese drift events and has spent time learning from the “masters”
Josh Boettcher: 8.5 – 1
Freshly returned from Formula D Asia, JB could well be the dark horse of the event. He has had quite a bit of seat time this year and competing alongside the likes of Daigo Saito and some of the other Japanese big guns would certainly bring him up to speed.
Nick Coulson: 9 – 1
Young gun from Queensland will be out to make a name for himself. Started drifting at a tender age of 15 and now has quite a few years of competition experience under his belt and the new V8SS Ute should suit the big circuit. Team have spent all year making improvements to the car and should be a good each way bet in August.
Luke Broadbent: 10 – 1
Did very well and showed his strength as an underdog last year at WTAC but hasn’t been competing nationally over the past couple of years. Currently sitting in 19th place in the South Australian state series, Luke could shine through as the underdog again, only time will tell!
Danny Kenneally: 11 – 1
Sitting in 4th place on the national series leader board, Danny is always a strong competitor. He’s been around Australian drifting for many years and always shows great style and consistency.
Simon Michelmore: 12 – 1
Faced some issues last year at WTAC and fell just short of a good result but coming in at 16th place in the 2011 ADGP series and currently sitting in 8th place this year shows Simon’s still got it and with recent improvements to the car he will be a tough one.
Cole Armstrong: 12 – 1
Coming in at 5th place in the latest D1NZ series, Cole is amongst the best of the Kiwis. But this year at WTAC he will be driving a local R33 Skyline which he is yet to have any driving time in. He’ll have a quick practice before the event but will it be enough to get him comfortable with the car and ready for competition? .
Andreas Pareskavas: 12 – 1
Insane Drifter from Melbourne always puts on a good show and last year really stepped it up, coming at 2nd place in the 2011 National Drift Series. Aggess is known to bring his A-Game to the table when he needs to and could be a tough competitor.
Nigel Petrie: 12 – 1
Performing well last year in his highly competitive ETS 180SX, Nigel will be a strong competitor no matter what. Although his absence in some of the big comps recently could mean he has some catching up to do, when it counts, Nigel always drives hard and his skill and consistency shines through.
Tom Monkhouse: 12 – 1
Tom will be a strong force to reckon with! He has competed in Japan and always does well in comps with constant podium finishes. In the newly re-worked car he’ll be competing in, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve!
Khudar El Houli: 12 – 1
Crowd favourite from Victoria is never short of a tough battle! Competing whenever he can get the chance, he always drives hard and pushes his car and skills to the limit. It will be interesting to see what he has in store for this year.
Steven Sole: 12 – 1
Sitting in 12th place in D1NZ, Steven is a tough competitor and a D1NZ original! Coming on strong in his JZX100 Chaser, he will be a strong force to reckon with. It will be interesting to see how he shapes up against the Aussies!
Jason Sellers: 12 – 1
Making his debut in Australia, Sellers is another interesting one. He has done pretty well in D1NZ recently and came in 2nd place in the 2008 D1NZ comp. From what I’ve seen he is a strong driver and will definitely put on a show, with his experience in Formula D Asia, Jason has got what it takes to mix it with the big boys!
James Abbott: 12 – 1
Returning to the TIDC in fine form with his newly improved Toyota 2JZ powered Nissan S15, Jabbit is always a tough and consistent competitor, but he is a hard one to pick. With the level of competition heating up will the upgrades on the car put him in line?
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It is that time of the year when we really start the big countdown to WTAC as the Japanese cars prepare for the big voyage down under at Yokohama Port. Pictured above is a car the whole world has waited to see run in anger and it will make its public debut at WTAC, the gorgeous RE Amemiya RX7 known as “the Hurricane”
Next up is what will almost certainly be walking away from this event with the title of the world’s fastest S2000, the infamous S2000RR from legendary Honda tuning house Top Fuel, with all of its striking aero removed for transport, and the ride height wound up looked remarkably pedestrian and certainly gave no inkling of what this car is capable of, especially in the hands of one of Japans best wheel men.
Not long after Panspeed turned up in the newly finished RX8, a car we had not previously had the chance to see.
Next to arrive was the “working class hero” Under Suzuki and the Scorch Racing crew. Like most other Japanese teams this is another car that has undergone “wholesale” changes and is another car that is chasing outright honors in the Pro Class.
And so the Scorch crew pushed the car to into the docks ready to be loaded. This is actually the “whole” Scorch crew, Suzuki-san, Takemura-san and another buddy that tags along to help.
Then the packing commenced and when you are talking Pro level time attack racing there is a stack of stuff to fit in. The Japanese teams alone will each devour a minimum of 5 sets of semi slick Ao50 tyres over the course of the event. That is 120 of 295/30/18 tyres that we need to ship just for the time attack guys.
Then later that afternoon the Cyber Evo made its appearance in its striking new orange livery. The build of this car has gone right to the wire with the car being finished and have one quick wet weather shakedown just days before. With Tarzan expressing concern about one particular part, the car was shipped back down to C West in Osaka to modify it and then shipped back up the following day making the dock just in time!
The two Team Orange drift cars had left a week earlier as they have some promotional duties with Yokohama Australia prior to WTAC.
And the week before that over in Rutland England, the Redbrick Evo was loaded into a matching orange container for the big trip down under.
So that leaves the Kiwis and the Americans. The Kiwis are due to load next week and no doubt we will see some media releases particularly around the crazy D1NZ guys who have a real thing about keeping Australian trophies in the cabinets.
And that just leaves the Americans… As the Japanese teams were loading their cars into containers, we’ve been quietly wondering how things were progressing in the good old US of A. It’s no secret that Team America have undertaken a massive project with a very limited time available. Then, late afternoon the phone rings: “Ian, it’s Eric Hsu. Dude, we did it, the car is loaded and we are on the way!”
So this year, for the first time ever we will have FIVE countries battling it out for the World Time Attack title! We can’t wait!
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