Guest Blog: Nz Performance Car Mag>> Nz Drift Round Three

The mid-way point of the NOS Energy NZ Drift Series in association with NAC Insurance saw competitors head to the central North Island circuit of Taupo Motorsport Park. Two rounds into the series, Gaz Whiter had established a solid lead in the championship run. However, hot on his heels was Mad Mike Whiddett.

While the day dawned dry, no sooner had battles started that the conditions shifted from damp, to monsoon-esque. Round three added a new dimension to the Taupo section, with drivers asked to run a wide line around an outer clipping zone around the final corner. Where others struggled, Mad Mike Whiddett destroyed the competition, qualifying with a 99.17 run, nearly 5 points clear of Carl Ruiterman in second.

It was fitting that the number one and two qualifiers headed the podium. All day long, though Mike looked unstoppable, defeating 2007 and 2008 NZ Drift champion Carl Ruiterman for the top spot.

Despite making it to the final, Carl’s toughest battle came against Daynom Templeman in the Best 8.

Cole Armstrong secured third on the podium, beating out Gaz Whiter after Gaz unusually spun twice. It was also the second time in as many wet events at Taupo in which Cole had stood on the podium.

Ex-European Drift Championship competitor, Adam Richards, takes down Jock Bennett’s turbocharged F20C-powered Toyota Levin AE86. Whose fluro job looks better?

It was a tough day for Fanga Dan, who blew a clutch master cylinder before he left pit lane. Fixed in time to qualify his RB30-powered Holden Commodore, Fanga met Mad Mike in the Best 16. We all know how that one turned out.

Kyle Jackways in his RB25-powered A31 Nissan Cefiro qualified in a solid third place. Pitted against first time NZ Drift Series competitor, Randal Liupuhi, the pair went for a re-run before Kyle half-spun.

Another first time NZ Drift Series competitor, Blair Martin, qualified 10th for the Best 16 in his Nissan Skyline R32.4.

During the lunch break, ex-competitor and NZ Drift Series chief judge, Nick Teeboon, took to the tarmac to lay out some sweet skids. Still got it, Nick!

The only surprise here is that for the first time this season, Gaz Whiter isn’t standing on here.

Round four of the NOS Energy NZ Drift Series heads back to Pukekohe Park Raceway on Saturday October 17, where a few judged section changes is looking set to make for an interesting event.

For extra images from round three, head on over to this link.

Gray Lynskey -NZ Performance Car Magazine



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wooow why is everybody's car in NZ Drift rockin' flush fitment!?!? so legit!

man i wish Formula D was like that...


Here's a little clip posted on forums of Nick T-spoons lunchtime antics


yeah the wheel fitment is ok.. but the choice of aero on most of the cars is straight FF1


Was a good day . wet as not very good for spectating ,( when you forget the umbrella) haha


oh my god, the body kit on Ruiterman's s14 is heavenly


what's the brand of the body kit that carl ruiterman has on his car??!?!??!


Hey does anyone know when mad mike is heading to JAPAN for D1?


king kong - Head on over to and get in contact with Carl there. From memory it's from a company by the name of Slip Stream Performance body kits, but am not sure what it's modeled off.

beto - Mike's due to be at Fuji Speedway on October 10/11 for the final round of D1GP.


Pretty sure Carls bodykit is a C-West copy.


C-West DRFT copy "Vip_yo" said.


bodykits really amazing....


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