Nine-ton truck takes on drifting race in Saint Petersburg

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Mad Mike Whiddett and Eduard Nikolaev of the KAMAZ Master team perform at the Red Bull Drifting Beast in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on September 14th, 2018. –
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Kiwi Mad Mike takes on Dakar winner Nikolaev at famous Kirov Factory.

Two of motorsport’s biggest characters hooked up for a drifting masterclass in Saint Petersburg as Mad Mike Whiddett took on multiple Dakar Rally winner Eduard Nikolaev at the famous Kirov Factory.

Here is all you need to know:


– Russian Nikolaev welcomed New Zealand car drifting star Whiddett to his home country for a unique challenge in the nation’s northern capital.

Mad Mike Whiddett and Eduard Nikolaev of the KAMAZ Master team perform at the Red Bull Drifting Beast in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on September 15th, 2018. –
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– The idea first came up a year ago as a joke at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England where the pair talked about drifting head-to-head.

– Ahead of his 2019 Dakar Rally truck defence next January in Peru, 34-year-old Nikolaev started his nine-ton KAMAZ truck ride at one end of the factory.

– Meanwhile Whiddett, 37, began his Bad Bull Mazda RX-8 ride at the other end of the factory before the two met in the middle for a drifting masterclass.

Mad Mike Whiddett poses for a portrait at the Red Bull Drifting Beast in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on September 15th, 2018. –
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Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool

– With Whiddett’s car nine times lighter than the truck and the four-rotor engine five times smaller compared to the KAMAZ diesel engine, their respective torques were poles apart as the Kiwi battled to keep alongside.

– Both drivers managed to drift in sync pulling a similar acceleration of around 1,000 horsepower.

– Whiddett, who made his first trip to Russia for the challenge, said: “It took me quite a while to get used to such a big and heavy truck speeding right next to me. Any of its four wheels is bigger than my entire car!”

– 2010 Silk Way Rally champion Nikolaev added: “I am super happy about this adventure of ours! We have actually once again shown that we can perform away from the sands and dunes too.”

Mad Mike Whiddett and Eduard Nikolaev of the KAMAZ Master team pose for a poetrait at the Red Bull Drifting Beast in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on September 15th, 2018. –
Photographer Credit:
Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool
Mad Mike Whiddett and Eduard Nikolaev of the KAMAZ Master team perform at the Red Bull Drifting Beast in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on September 13th, 2018. –
Photographer Credit:
Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool
Mad Mike Whiddett and Eduard Nikolaev of the KAMAZ Master team are seen at the Red Bull Drifting Beast in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on September 14th, 2018. –
Photographer Credit:
Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool

 

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