Wednesday, Sep 11 04:12pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Kiwi trio locked in for WTAC International Drifting Cup

D1NZ National Drifting Championship regulars Jesse Greenslade, Ben Jenkins and Troy Jenkins will jump the ditch for this year’s World Time Attack Challenge.


The trio will join Team New Zealand alongside fellow countryman Shane van Gisbergen, who is set to make his return to the drifting scene with the MCA Suspension crew in a VK56-powered Nissan 370Z.


This year’s Garrett International Drifting Cup will also see the return of the competition to Sydney Motorsport Park on the Amaroo ‘South’ Circuit extension.




The Jenkins brothers will bring a pair of identical 2JZ-powered turbocharged Toyota 86 drifters across while Greenslade will take his Rocket Bunny-fitted RB-powered turbocharged Nissan Silvia S15 too (pictured above).


It’ll be the first time the trio have competed at World Time Attack Challenge as part of the drifting competition showcase. This year’s International Drifting Cup is the second year that the series will utilize a World Cup-style knockout format.


The format will see the elimination of One-More-Time (OMT) runs during the pool phase 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. The driver with the most amount of points from each pool will move onto the Semi-Finals. The format then returns to a traditional Top 8-style format all the way to the final battles for the podium.




Drifting legend Naoki Nakamura of Japan will return this year to defend his crown and will be joined by Masashi Yokoi, Koji Kitagawa and Miki Tagaki. Formula DRIFT Japan competitor Andy Gray of Scotland will make his Australian competition debut with fellow European driver Finny O’Hare of Ireland. Several high profile drifters from Australia have already been confirmed, including Beau Yates, Jake Jones, Levi Clarke and Matty Hill.


Several more drivers are expected to be announced in the coming weeks before World Time Attack Challenge, which takes place over 18-19 October.