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Kiwi contingent arrive in Sydney for World Time Attack Challenge

A selection of New Zealand's contingent have arrived in Sydney for this weekend's World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park.

 

The domestic time-attack cars of Andy Duffin (Mazda RX-7) and Kat Benson (Mitsubishi Evolution) [pictured below] have been unpacked from their containers, as well as the drift cars of Troy Jenkins (Nissan Silvia S15), Phil Sutherland (Nissan Skyline R34), Bruce Tannock (Nissan Silvia S13), and 2015–’16 Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship challenger Nico Reid (Nissan Silvia S15). 

 

Benson Duffin

 

Speaking to velocitynews.co.nz, Reid spoke of his excitement heading into his WTAC debut.

 

“We're a week out and I'm already feeling the nerves and struggling to sleep at night. But there's nothing better than having a challenge,” he said.

 

“I've been here to watch about three years ago or so; came over and did a bit of homework. It's good to know how the event was run before turning up with the car.”

 

Troy Jenkins Phil Sutherland

 

Reid is fresh from his most competitive season ever in D1NZ competition, claiming a maiden round win at Baypark Stadium in Tauranga, before backing it up with three further wins at Hampton Downs, Taupo, and Christchurch. 

 

“Obviously it'd be good to finish on the podium or somewhere in the top four. But it's drifting; anything can happen. 

 

“I'm definitely confident, [but] there's big-power and big-dollar cars over here. But back home [we] proved that power isn't everything.”

 

Daigo Saito

 

Among the other cars present during set up for this year's event is Daigo Saito's wild Monster Lamborghini Murcielago drift car [pictured above]. Saito is one of several international drifting stars flying down for the event — with fellow invitee Chris Forsberg having won America's 2016 Formula Drift title just yesterday at the final round of the season.

 

“Now that Chris Forsberg's been crowned, I guess he's the man to be playing with — to be the best you've got to beat the best I guess.”

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