New Zealander Michael Whiddett, also known as ‘Mad Mike’ is set for this year’s FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup outing.
An accomplish drifter, Whiddett is looking to add the FIA IDC, taking place from 29 November to 1 December at Tsukuba Circuit, to his impressive resume, driving his familiar Mazda RX7.
“I’m pumped for my debut in the FIA IDC and reunite with our team at TCP Magic out of Osaka,” said the man himself.
“We’ll be contesting [the event] in our four-rotor twin-turbo Mazda RX7 HUMBUL for Team Red Bull/Toyo Tire,” commented the 2018 Formula Drift Japan Champion, who will return to compete on Japanese soil.
The three time title-winner in his domestic drifting series serves as an ambassador of the sport the world over, showcasing drifting in front of some of the biggest crowds in motor sport on such occasions as Formula 1 Grands Prix, rounds of the Australian Supercars Championship and the Goodwood Festival of Speed where he made lasting impressions on each of his appearances.
Whiddett is welcoming the fact the FIA IDC moved from a temporary venue in Tokyo to a purpose-built circuit in Tsukuba.
“I’ve watched the event step up and evolve and I’m stoked to see it moving to high-speed track venue.
“It has a stacked competitor list from around the globe and for many it will be our first time in battle together which I’m really looking forward to. We can’t wait to bring the noise to Tsukuba!” he concluded.
The FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup was founded in 2017 as the first ever drifting event run under the FIA regulations. The 2017 and 2018 editions were held in the Odaiba district of Tokyo.
For 2019 the event moves to the famous Tsukuba Circuit, where it will take place from the 29th November to the 1st December. The 2017 edition was won by Masato Kawabata of Japan, with Russian driver Georgy Chivchyan taking the victory in the following year.
The complete list of the 2019 FIA IDC is set to be announce in due course. The sporting and technical regulations are available at fia.com.