Mad Mike’s drift with a twist

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Mike Whiddett in action on Franschhoek Pass, Cape Town, South Africa on September 19, 2016.
Mike Whiddett in action on Franschhoek Pass, Cape Town, South Africa on September 19, 2016.

South African tourist spot makes unlikely home for drift racer’s scariest ever stunt.

Franschhoek is more synonymous with tourists coming from Cape Town to experience the region’s flora, fauna and fine wine.
But the Franschhoek pass, some 75 kilometres outside Cape Town, got turned into a cloud of smoke as New Zealand drift racer ‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett tackled the picturesque route.

Mike Whiddett performs on Franschhoek Pass, Cape Town, South Africa, on September 19, 2016
Mike Whiddett performs on Franschhoek Pass, Cape Town, South Africa, on September 19, 2016

Driving Badbul, his Mazda RX8, as part of his reality TV show ‘My Mad Life’, the racer billed the “maddest motorsport athlete in the world” added a fresh twist under glorious blue skies.
Travelling at speeds of up to 248km/h at 8,800 revs on the mountain roads, it’s no wonder he called it his “scariest drift project yet”.
Whiddett said: “The drive itself is just crazy. There’s not much space to error.”
The pass is a 14.9km route that used to be known as Oliphant’s Pad, in reference to the elephants that crossed it to calve.
But in 1822, it was decided to create a designated pass, believed to be South Africa’s first real engineered road.

Mike Whiddett performs on Franschhoek Pass, Cape Town, South Africa, on September 19, 2016
Mike Whiddett performs on Franschhoek Pass, Cape Town, South Africa, on September 19, 2016
Mike Whiddett poses for a portrait on Franschhoek Pass, Cape Town, South Africa, on September 19, 2016
Mike Whiddett poses for a portrait on Franschhoek Pass, Cape Town, South Africa, on September 19, 2016

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