What can we say about this guy that hasn’t already been said?
In 2014 Gaz Whiter won his FOURTH D1 NZ Championship cementing his position at the top of the tree in the land of the long white cloud. After many years battling mechanical woes with the four cylinder turbo Nissan engine, Whiter made the switch to V8 power in early 2013 and has become a force to be reckoned with once again as many of the top Kiwi cars follow the American trend in the horsepower race.
The S14 Silvia is still built and maintained by father, Tony Whiter in the rural New Zealand town of Dargaville and the team remains a tight family affair with continued corporate support from Tectaloy Coolants, Xtreme Clutch and Hi Tec Motorsport Tyres and Motorsport TV App for this event. For 2014 the LS7 Chevrolet engine was rebuilt using a stroker kit that punches the capacity out to 441 cubic inches (7.2 litres) and a power output of over 700hp. The drivetrain uses a G Force GSR Nascar 4 speed transmission and a Winters Quickchange rear end.
“The quick change rear end was one of the smartest thing we have done” said Gaz “to be able to change the diff ratio anywhere from 3.5 to 4.3 and anything in between in under 5 minutes makes it really easy to dial in for any track.”
This will be Gaz Whiters fourth trip across the Tasman. Gaz had mixed results at the previous drift events often battling setup or mechanical gremlins but he did manage a podium in 2013 behind Daigo Saito and Mad Mike Whiddett. He comes into the WTAC Formula Drift round with a lot more confidence though “We think all the mechanical woes are behind us” said Whiter “and I love that track, it suits my car for sure. Plus I have the whole of New Zealand counting on me! I can’t wait!”
“I would like to say a big thank you to our longtime sponsors Tectaloy for providing me with extended financial support over and above to help me come to Australia and also Hi Tec Motorsport tyres for providing me with a tyre deal for the Australian event”
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