Goodwood festival adds drifting category

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For the first time ever, the Goodwood Festival of Speed will include a dedicated category called "Catch My Drift?" for those high-horsepower sideways tire smokers. A portion of the Formula One paddock will be set aside just for drifting machinery, and drivers will include New Zealand's Mad Mike Whiddett - making a return to Goodwood after last year's demonstration run - with his Madbul Mazda RX7, not the 1,200-hp, four-rotor Radbul Mazda Miata we're still waiting to see.

Plenty of other nations will be in attendance, with Ken Block flying in with his 850-hp Hoonicorn Mustang. Crashing the party will also be Ireland's Buttsy Butler and James Deane, Poland's Piotr Wiecek and Kuba Pryzgonski, Norway's Joachim Waargaard, and Australia's Luke Fink. This year's event happens June 25-28, the press release below has more details.

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29/05/15 -- For the first time in Goodwood Festival of Speed history, the 2015 event will feature a special category dedicated to the art of drifting on June 25-28 with a number of the discipline's biggest names lined up to take part.

Red Bull Athlete 'Mad' Mike Whiddett and Monster Energy Athlete Ken Block, who attends with Ford, are two of the best-known exponents of drifting, and both will return to thrill the sell-out crowds on all three days of live motor sport action in the 'Catch my Drift?' category.

New Zealander 'Mad' Mike's Flat-Out and Fearless driving at last year's event earned him the 'Spirit of the Festival' award and his style embodies the theme of the 2015 event, at which he again brings his sensational Mazda RX-7 ready for more tyre-smoking action.

YouTube phenomenon Block, whose stunning Gymkhana videos have achieved more than 300million views online, brings his incredible 850bhp Ford Mustang, dubbed the 'Hoonicorn', and will be joined by another Monster Athlete, Festival of Speed debutant Buttsy Butler, and his Toyota Soarer.

Goodwood can now announce that EXTREME Drift Allstars, the leading live action drift brand, will bring four supremely-talented drivers to the Festival of Speed.

James Deane, last year's EXTREME Drift Allstars European Champion, who brings his Falken Motorsports Nissan 200SX S14 to Goodwood's iconic 1.16-mile Hillclimb. Deane made history in 2014 by setting a new world record for a continuous twin-vehicle drift lasting an astonishing 17.72 miles.

The Irishman will be joined by the man he beat to last year's European crown, Poland's Piotr Wiecek, who brings his 1000bhp Budmat R34 Skyline to the UK and will look to show the kind of form that carried him to the 2014 Polish national title.

Norway's top drifting star, Joachim Waargaard, will give his eagerly-anticipated BMW M4 its first outing in public at Goodwood while Australian Champion Luke Fink will drive his world-famous LBP PS13 V8.

Add in another Polish ace, Kuba Przygonski, driving a Toyota GT86, plus a dedicated area for the cars within the newly-expanded F1 Paddock presented by Sky Sports F1, and a sensational display of flat-out and fearless driving is guaranteed.

Ticket information is available from or via the Goodwood Ticket Office on 01243 755055.

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