Mad Mike re­calls Crown Range drift

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Crown Range drifter ‘Mad’ Mike Whid­dett was back in the re­gion for more adrenalin as he raced at High­lands 101 on the weekend.

A reg­u­lar in the re­gion, he re­called drift­ing on 47 cor­ners as fast as 230kmh in 2013 with the Queen­stown mayor at the time, Vanessa van Uden as a pas­sen­ger in a Mazda RX7.

‘‘She had full sup­port and said ‘this is what Queen­stown is all about, it’s all about ex­treme’.

‘‘At the end of the day we chucked her [van Uden] on the pas­sen­ger seat and I took her for a lap on the Crown Range. Full at­tack mode and she re­ally en­joyed it,’’ Whid­dett said.

Van Uden screamed, he said. She was not avail­able for com­ment, but has said it was one of the high­lights of her may­oralty.

When drift­ing on the Crown Range the racer had to be fo­cused and ‘‘on point men­tally’’, he said.

The Crown Range had no safety zones, no bar­ri­ers and was more dan­ger­ous than any rac­ing track, which was part of the at­trac­tion.

‘‘If you crash on the Crown Range, if you go off the track, it’s just lit­er­ally a cliff drop,’’ Whid­dett said.

‘‘I’m an adrenalin junkie and that’s just the best way to prove my­self as a driver and do these ex­treme things and that’s what I do.’’

While Mad Mike was still think­ing of the next dan­ger­ous road to con­quer, he demon­strated his drift­ing skills to an ap­pre­cia­tive High­lands 101 au­di­ence on Satur­day.

Whid­dett loved the dy­namic High­lands track and said it had ’’ev­ery vari­a­tion of cor­ner’’.


Mad Mike Whid­dett at High­lands 101 mo­tor­sport event in Cromwell.

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