The WTAC International Drift event was certainly a sight to see, some of the worlds biggest drift names and a field of absolutely bonkers cars made for an incredible evening of tyre frying action. It was the qualifying round before the big show on Saturday night, but by the show put on by all drivers, you could tell they were leaving nothing to chance.
‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett, Chris Forsberg, Daigo Saito, and Keiichi Tsuchiya (albeit not competing) hit the track along with a highly experienced and skilled field from Australia and New Zealand.
Josh Boettcher stole the show and the lead with a score of 97. His first run was a bust, he failed to initiate on the first corner and ended up on the infield grass. Clearly upset with his own performance, he drove in anger for the second lap and put on an amazing show for the judges.
Beau Yates was hot on JB’s heels with a 96. Beau was more consistent on both runs, but unfortunately for Beau it was deemed that JB had the better run on the night.
Japan’s own stylemaster took up the third position in his insane Lamborghini. 93 points was enough to secure his position. The Lambo was a crowd favourite, with huge yells and applause going up on every pass.
‘Mad’ Mike deserves an honorable mention for driving his second run almost blind due to an oil line failure, even managing to finish his run after the car caught on fire.
Forsberg had issues of his own, having to borrow a car and deal with the always hard switch between left and right hand drive.
If you like drift you would be insane to miss tonight’s session where a winner will be crowned.
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