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"Mad" Mike Whiddett

Michael Whiddett, (born 1981)[1] also known as "Mad Mike", is a New Zealand drifting racer.[2] He is sponsored by Red Bull.[3][3][4][5][6][7][8] Whiddett raced motocross from the age of six and placed second at the New Zealand 1997 Pro junior 85cc motocross champs.

Mike Whiddett
Born (1981-01-10) January 10, 1981 (age 37)
Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealander
Other names Mad Mike
Occupation Motorsport driver, Drifting racer
Mike Whiddett's Mazda RX-7.

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Car historyEdit

Whiddett has a strong relationship with Mazda and their rotary engine and has been drifting in them since he started in 2007 in a Mazda RX-7. His cars have all been named in a similar way including:

  • MADBUL, a Mazda FD RX-7 with a 26B quad rotor, twin turbo engine. MADBUL was given a new look in 2017 to have RX-3 front end bodywork and renamed MADBUL 7.3 due its design combination of RX-7 and RX-3
  • BADBUL, a Mazda RX-8 with a 20B three rotor engine
  • HUMBUL, a Mazda FD RX-7 with a 26B quad rotor, twin turbo engine
  • RADBUL, a Mazda NC MX-5 with a 26B quad rotor, twin turbo engine
  • RADBUL Gen2, a Mazda NC MX-5 with ND MX-5 body panels[9] and a 26B quad rotor, twin turbo engine
  • RUMBUL, a Mazda B2000 based Stadium Truck with a naturally aspirated 13B twin rotor engine

He also owns a Mazda REPU with a 13B twin rotor engine called PITBUL.

Racing historyEdit

[10] Whiddett has competed in Formula Drift in the United States in the 2010, 2015 and 2016 seasons and was named the Most Improved Driver for the 2010 season.[11] He has also competed in Formula D Asia and Formula D Japan.

2016 - Formula DriftEdit

  • Finished Top 16 at Long Beach
  • Finished Top 16 at Atlanta
  • Finished Top 32 at Orlando Speed World
  • Finished 25th at Autodrome Saint-Eustache (Lowest season finish)
  • Finished Top 32 at Monroe
  • Finished 8th at Texas Motor Speedway (Highest season finish)
  • Finished Top 16 at Irwindale

2016 - Formula Drift JapanEdit

  • Finished 1st at Ebisu Circuit West Course
  • Finished 9th at Okayama International Circuit

2015 - Formula DriftEdit

  • Finished Top 16 at Atlanta
  • Finished Top 16 at Orlando Speed World
  • Finished 14th at Monroe (Lowest season finish)
  • Finished Top 16 at Texas Motor Speedway
  • Finished 5th at Irwindale (Highest season finish)

2014 - Formula Drift AsiaEdit

  • Finished 21st at Fuji Speedway
  • Finished 9th at Sydney Motorsports Park

2013 - Formula Drift AsiaEdit

  • Finished 9th at Calder Park

2010 - Formula DriftEdit

  • Finished Top 32 at Atlanta
  • Finished Top 32 at Wall
  • Finished Top 32 at Monroe
  • Finished 10th at Las Vegas (Highest season finish)
  • Finished 29th at Sonoma (Lowest season finish)
  • Finished Top 16 at Irwindale

2009 - Formula Drift AsiaEdit

  • Finished 1st at Wonder World Amusement Park
  • Finished 3rd Malaysia Agro Exposition Park

AchievementsEdit

  • 2009, finished first at Wonder World Amusement Park in the Formula Drift Asia series.
  • In 2014, he was the first New Zealand drift driver to receive an award from Motorsport New Zealand for outstanding achievement.[12]
  • 2015, finished fifth at Irwindale Formula Drift for his highest finish in the series.
  • 2016, finished first at Okayama International Circuit in the Formula Drift Japan series.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mad Mike Whiddett: Living the Dream". DrivingLine. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Taua, Justene. "Mike Whiddett Drift Racing". Redbull.com. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Formula DRIFT - Drivers - Mad Mike Whiddett". Formulad.com. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  4. ^ "Mad Mike Whiddett: Living the Dream". DrivingLine.com. 2015-07-30. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  5. ^ Cheng, Zarah (2015-12-24). "Mad Mike Whiddett and his Mazda MX-5 "RADBUL"". Hypebeast.com. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  6. ^ Jonathon Klein (2016-01-05). "Mad Mike Whiddett Shakes Down His New RADBUL Drift Car". Yahoo.com. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Mad Mike Whiddett: a wet track makes me much less of a leadfoot". Stuff.co.nz. 2016-02-11. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  8. ^ "Mike Whiddett and his Mazda MX-5 drift video - Formula Drift Videos". Motorsport.com. 2015-12-20. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  9. ^ "This Is Mad Mike Whiddett's RadBul Gen2 Headed For Long Beach". Art of Gears. 2016-02-27. Retrieved 2017-04-09. 
  10. ^ "Mike Whiddett - Opponents - DriftStats". www.driftstats.com. Retrieved 2017-04-09. 
  11. ^ "Formula D". Wikipedia. 2017-01-09. 
  12. ^ "Mad Mike Whiddett | MotorSport New Zealand". www.motorsport.org.nz. Retrieved 2017-04-09. 

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