DRIFT­ING SHAKE-UP AT WTAC

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While the World Time At­tack Chal­lenge (WTAC) has built a name for it­self as the prov­ing ground for some of the world’s most badass Time At­tack cars, not ev­ery­thing at the event is about set­ting the fastest lap time or main­tain­ing op­ti­mal grip. A sta­ple of pre­vi­ous events, the newly re­named Honey­well Gar­rett In­ter­na­tional Drift­ing Cup now fea­tures a fresh world cup–style for­mat in which driv­ers are ran­domly drawn into pools and face off from the word ‘go’ in two-car tan­dem bat­tles. It also sees the elim­i­na­tion of one-more-time runs dur­ing the pool phases, with each bat­tle be­ing scored us­ing a Win, Lose, or Draw score­card — a win will score two points, a draw one point, and a loss zero. That means that the driver with the most points from each pool will move into the semi-fi­nals in which the for­mat will re­turn to a tra­di­tional top-eight-style for­mat all the way to the fi­nal bat­tle for the podium.

The big news on top of that, though, is that our own D1NZ Na­tional Drift­ing Cham­pi­onship team has been re­cruited to fly in to help run the whole thing! Ki­wis have al­ways pre­sented a strong force at both the Time At­tack and drift­ing com­po­nents of the event, with this year’s drift line-up see­ing ‘Fanga Dan’ Wool­house, Jaron Olive­crona, Jase Brown, Carl Thomp­son, Daynom Tem­ple­man, and brothers Troy and Ben Jenk­ins all hop­ping the ditch to com­pete.

On the in­ter­na­tional guest list an­nounced so far are Nobuteru ‘Nob’ Taniguchi, in the ‘HKS Drift 86’; Naoki Naka­mura, in the ‘Drift Samu­rai’; and the orig­i­nal drift king, Kei­ichi Tsuchiya.

The Yoko­hama World Time At­tack Chal­lenge Syd­ney 2018 will be held in Syd­ney on Fri­day, 12 Oc­to­ber, and Satur­day, 13 Oc­to­ber 2018. For fur­ther info and up­dates, head to world­timeat­tack.com, and fol­low the event at face­book.com/World­TimeAt­tack.

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