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Gaz Whiter to lead Team NZ in Formula Drift

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What can we say about this guy that hasn’t already been said?

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

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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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TIDC Highlights

Here are some of our favourite images from the 2013 Tectaloy International Drift Challenge.


Jake “Drift Squid” Jones smokes it around the Drift Circuit with the blood-red, bushfire tainted sunset in the background. Photo by Kory Leung.


Mad Mike gets in some practice during the midday session. Photo: House of Stance


The Terminator battles it out with Daniel Krstic in the qualifying. Photo: Kory Leung.


Andrew Gray sliding around the new south circuit in his bright red JZX100. Photo: David Lysien


James ‘Jabbit’ Abbott putting on a light show while getting sideways. Photo: David Lysien


Photo: Sebastian Voll


As the sun sets the competition ramps up. Photo: Joshua Macpherson


Saito and Whiddet battling – Saito coming out on top. Photo Dino Dalle Carbonare

Full 2013 TIDC field announced


The full 2013 Tectaloy International Drift Challenge field has now been announced. We are looking forward to more international competitors than ever before, some new Aussie faces and some interesting new cars! Check out this year’s line up. (Click on the driver’s name to read the bio).

D1 JAP Daigo Saito Toyota Mark 2
D2 AUS Tony Harrison Nissan 180SX
D3 AUS Michael Prosenik Nissan Silvia
D4 AUS Jarrad Klingberg Toyota Corolla KE70
D5 NZ Mad Mike Whiddett Mazda RX7
D6 SCO Andrew Gray Toyota JZX100 Chaser
D7 NZ Gary Whiter Nissan S14 Silvia
D8 JAP Tsutomu Fujio Nissan Skyline ER34
D9 NZ Shane Allen Ford Falcon
D10 AUS Beau Yates Toyota 86
D11 AUS Anthony Cece Nissan Cefiro
D12 AUS Ben Purtell Nissan 180SX
D13 AUS Catherine Colerio Holden Commodore VK
D14 AUS Tom Monkhouse Nissan S15
D15 AUS Dan Kenneally Nissan SKYVIA ute
D16 AUS Andreas Paraskevas Nissan 180SX
D17 AUS Eugene Arendsen Nissan 180SX
D18 AUS Gavin Edwards Nissan Skyline
D19 AUS Jake Jones Nissan Sonvia
D20 AUS James Abbott Nissan S15
D21 AUS John Papadopoulos Nissan S14
D22 AUS Kelly Wong Nissan Cefiro
D23 AUS Daniel Krstic Mazda RX7 FD
D24 AUS Levi Clarke Nissan S15
D25 AUS Lloyd Smith Nissan S13 Onevia
D26 AUS Matt Hambridge Nissan 350Z
D27 AUS Matt Mingay Holden Ute
D28 AUS Nathan Weissel Nissan Skyline R32
D29 AUS Nick Coulson Holden Commodore VE SS
D30 AUS Nigel Petrie Nissan 180SX
D31 AUS Brad Tuohy Nissan S13
D32 AUS Max Orido Holden VE Commodore SS
D34 AUS Kris Frome Nissan R34 Skyline


Daniel Krstic to compete at TIDC


Daniel Krstic has been confirmed to compete at the 2013 Tectaloy International Drift Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park on the 18th & 19th of October.

Daniel, commonly known as ‘Cromaz’ or ‘Delam’ is a Sydney based drift competitor with a very impressive machine! His Mazda RX7 turns heads with its outstanding appearance and very, very predominate rotary roar! Daniel built the RX7 himself through his business, Cromaz and constructed the 20B Bridgeport Turbo as well. It runs a FD modified gearbox and 2way diff, Aragusta suspension and D1 DMax bodykit. Modifications include the 20B engine, modified FD gearbox, suspension geometry and most of the car…


Daniel competed in 2011 Tectaloy International Drift Challenge, Stadium Drift 2010, Drift Attack 2011 & 2012, with results including Stadium Drift – 1st Big Entry Comp, Powercruise Drift 2011, Driving Sports 2011, IDA 2010. He was also a selected drift display driver at the 2013 Top Gear Sydney Festival.


Daniel said “My best drift experience so far was the 2011 Tectaloy International Drift Challenge! And now everything is much bigger and better, new international competitors, I can’t wait to get back out there!”


“I’m looking forward to giving Mad Mike a run for his money, can’t wait!”

Daniel is proudly supported by Spy, Etnies, Big Wheel Tyre and Auto, Injection Perfection Product Motorsports and Fenix radiators.

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



Levi Clarke enters TIDC with his new S15

leviLevi Clarke will be returning to Sydney Motorsport Park this October 18th & 19th to compete in the 2013 Tectaloy International Drift Challenge in his new S15 which has been in the build all year. With the tough new vehicle and an impressive list of national results under his belt including 2011 Stadium Drift Australia LVL 2 Champion, 2011 Archerfield Drift Series Champion and 2012 Queensland Race Way Short Track Champion, Levi will be yet another strong competitor in the 2013 TIDC line up.

Levi’s stellar performance at Top Gear Festival Sydney earlier this year not only impressed the crowds but proved he is confident and aggressive on the new South Circuit which is the whole new track for the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge.

Levi said “Top Gear Festival Sydney was the best drift experience I’ve ever had! I love the new South Circuit track and can’t wait to get back out there and compete, it’s a really fun and different course.”


The new S15 has been built by Moto Solutions and runs a LS3 6.2L which was built by Sports Engines. It’s also boasting a Tremec tr6060 box, R32 GTR 2 way diff, Racing Logic coilovers and Full BN Blister 100mm wide body. Modifications include;

Full customs built s15 shell
Tub front and rear
10. Moto Fab roll cage, 5 point side intrusions, rear window X, custom front tower mounts and chassis brace
Custom tunnel, radiator mounts, fuel system mounts and crash bars
Full BN Blister 100mm wide body
1800mm 2 D carbon wind and custom mounts

Custom suede s15 dash
Bride seats
Takata harness
OMP deep dish Steering wheel

Ls3 6.2
SPR pistons
Compstar rods
Moroso oil pump
Rolor master timing chain
Bore & hone
Push rods
Cnc valve seat job
Reconditioned heads
Valve springs
Cam shaft
Cam shaft locking plate
Valve spring kit
APR Head stud kit
Heltch ECU sport 2000
Race pack Dash
Custom Moto Fab loom

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Tremec tr6060 Gear box
Exedy GT04XD Cerametallic facings and sprung centre hub & Light Weight Flywheel
AP racing clutch slave cylinder
Custom one piece light weight tail shaft
R32 GTR 2 way diff
R32 GTR Axles

Cooling and fuel system:
PWR coolers trough out
Rear mounted radiator
BA thermo fans
Aeroflow throttle body, fuel rails, surge tank, pumps, over flow bottles and all dash fittings and lines

Racing Logic coilovers
Front and Rear Cusco lower control arms
Cusco castor arms
Cusco strut brace front and rear
Drift R rear control arms
Hard Race steering arms and drop joints
Drift Works Knuckles front rear
White Line sway bars/adjustable linkage kit and bush kit
Custom front crossmember

Braided line throughout
OBP floor mount pedal box bias adjustable
OBP Custom hydraulic hand brake (ebrake)
Front R32 GTR calipers Hawk performance pad and rotors
Rear R33 gtt duel rear caliper set up Hawk performance pad and rotors

Levi is supported by Exedy, Moto Solutions, Queensland Street Car, Clarke Signs, CSR Performance parts, Federal Tyres, Hardtund.net, Dr Wheels and Adzon.


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



Drift Syndicate’s Scott Maiden joins TIDC


Drift Syndicate’s number one driver Scott Maiden will be joining the line up in the 2013 Tectaloy International Drift Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park on the 18th and 19th of October.


The Queensland based team always know how to put on an impressive show, really entertaining the crowd at the 2013 Top Gear Festival Sydney at Sydney Motorsport Park. Currently sitting in 3rd place in the National Drift Series, Stadium Drift, Scott is a very competitive driver and is quickly rising to the top. He will be a tough and welcome addition to the field this year.


Scott will be competing in the now infamous Drift Syndicate 2006 Holden Commodore VE SS. The VE is an absolute smoke machine fitted with a GM Motorsport LSX 376 6.2L engine, m2300 top mount intercooled supercharger kit, tein monoflex coil over suspension, a custom 1500hp succrogen E85 fuel system, 2000cc fuel injectors, Full Race tune by “Definition Motorsport”, Varrosten 18×9.5″ wheels x 8, Koya “supercar” 18×9″ wheels x 4, custom in house solid cradle spacers and cradle modifications.

Custom steering lock kit, custom in house rear suspension mounting points, custom in house hydrologic hand brake and lines, custom in house 3″ duel exhaust with twin 5″ tips, custom in house cold air intake, OBDII engine diagnosis and data logging (inc GPS and G Force), Drift works removable steering wheel and harness and a Cobra Race Seat.


Scott Maiden first started drifting in late 2008 and began competing in early 2009. He moved into the “PRO” field in 2011. He currently competes in the national drifting series, Stadium Drift Pro Tour and is responsible for a lot of the development and fabrication of the Drift Syndicate competition vehicles.


Team owner and manager Andrew “Studs” Stuttard is the man behind the successful team. With 9 years experience in drifting working mainly behind the scenes with experience in judging, track layout, team development and PR. Studs is an amateur level driver himself!

The Drift Syndicate team all work very hard to turn the car into the machine that it is an most of the members of the team are amateur level drifters and share a true passion for the sport.


To view Scott’s profile for the 2013 Tectaloy International Drift Challenge CLICK HERE!