Sum­mer Bash re­turns

Franklin County News - - SPORT -

New Zealand’s best drifters will re­turn to Hamp­ton Downs on De­cem­ber 9 for the sec­ond edi­tion of Mad Mike’s Sum­mer Bash.

Or­gan­ised by ‘Mad Mike’ Whid­dett, the first Sum­mer Bash at Hamp­ton Downs last Fe­bru­ary at­tracted the top 16 driv­ers in the coun­try as well as giv­ing the grass­roots of the sport an op­por­tu­nity to test their skills on a world class race­track.

Whid­dett is look­ing for­ward to host­ing an even big­ger and bet­ter event at the end of the year.

‘‘The feed­back from the driv­ers was out­stand­ing so I’m ex­pect­ing all the top driv­ers to be back again. We’re also hop­ing to at­tract a lot more of the grass­roots guys this time around.’’

The Top 16 Shootout is only a small part of what will be a huge day with the track open to all lev­els and abil­i­ties, from the grass­roots of drift­ing to fam­i­lies look­ing to get out on the Hamp­ton Downs track and en­joy their cars.

One of the stars of the Sum­mer Bash will be Whid­dett’s RADBUL, a 1200hp, 4 ro­tor, twin-turbo Mazda MX5.

Off the track, there will be a show ‘n shine for peo­ple to dis­play their cars and Whid­dett will be wan­der­ing around pick­ing his favourite cars.

There will be a fam­ily zone, VIP track­side hos­pi­tal­ity, new view­ing plat­forms and grand­stands so the fans can get up close to the ac­tion.

En­try is free for U15s ac­com­pa­nied by a pay­ing adult.

For more in­for­ma­tion hamp­ton­downs.com visit

RUWADE BRYANT/FAIR­FAX NZ

Mad Mike drift­ing RADBUL dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral Sum­mer Bash held ear­lier this year.

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