Tuesday, Oct 22 10:07am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett confirms FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup debut

Formula DRIFT Japan champion ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett will return to the land of the rising sun later this year to contest the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup.

Held at the iconic Tsukuba Circuit, just north of Tokyo, Whiddett will rejoin the TCP Magic team in his Mazda RX-7 dubbed HUMBUL.

“I’m pumped for my debut in the FIA IDC and reunite with our team at TCP Magic out of Osaka,” Whiddett said.

“We’ll be contesting the event in our four-rotor twin-turbo Mazda RX-7 HUMBUL for Team Red Bull/Toyo Tire.

Whiddett has had a relatively quiet year by his standards. With his recent focus largely on a Lamborghini Huracán project and the Goodwood Festival of Speed among other promotions, Whiddett hasn’t been part of the competitive landscape since Formula DRIFT Japan.

The FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup was founded in 2017 as the first-ever drifting event run under the FIA regulations. The ‘17 and ‘18 editions were held in the Odaiba district of Tokyo on a temporary circuit.

This year the event moves to the famous Tsukuba Circuit, where it will take place from 29 November to 1 December. The 2017 edition was won by Masato Kawabata of Japan, with Russian driver Georgy Chivchyan taking the victory in the following year.

Whiddett will become the first New Zealander to contest the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup, which he said he’s excited for.

“I’ve watched the event step up and evolve and I’m stoked to see it moving to high-speed track venue,” he said.

“It has a stacked competitor list from around the globe and for many, it will be our first time in battle together which I’m really looking forward to. We can’t wait to bring the noise to Tsukuba.”

Inaugural champion Masato Kawabata will return to the event this year. Irish Drifting Championship brothers Jack and Conor Shanahan will make their debut this year too.