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Kiwi drifter takes Australian F1 star around track ahead of Sunday’s first GP.
Mad Mike Whiddett has unleashed several cool drifting projects in recent years, however he took it to another level by whisking Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo around the Melbourne Formula 1 track.
The Australian, who hopes to break his home track hoodoo with a podium finish in Sunday’s 2018 F1 season opener, hitched a ride with the Kiwi drifter for a thrilling lap that neither will forget in a hurry. Here is all you need to know:
– The Albert Park circuit in Melbourne measures 5.303km (3.296m) in length with 16 turns.
– Whiddett’s 1200hp Mazda MX-5 helped him to fifth in the 2017 Formula Drift Japan series.
– The Auckland native was the Most Improved Driver for the 2010 Formula Drift US season.
– Ricciardo, 28, revealed: “It was kind of cool because there are a lot of right-left and left-right combinations where the car drifts pretty well through a lot of the corners. I feel like a lot of the track is built for drifting! It was sick, a lot of fun.”
– Whiddett, 37, added: “This track is so gnarly and fast! It was an honour to bring drifting here and have the F1 teams be amazed. To be respected in that manner was really cool.”
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What do you get when you cross an Aussie, a Kiwi and a racetrack? Daniel Ricciardo and ‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett drifting the Albert Park street circuit. Ricciardo charged into the FORMULA 1 2018 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX for a track run with a twist – a drift lap of the iconic Melbourne circuit. It marks the kick-off to the first event on the 2018 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™ calendar and, specially, Dan’s home race.