Goodwood Breaks Tradition, Adds Drifting Category

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most storied and well-loved racing and motor fests in the world. Now, the Festival is opening its arms to the newest automotive racing trend: drifting.

Both “Mad” Mike Whiddett, of Red Bull, and Ken Block of Monster Engery will be attending Goodwood, but this year they’ll be more than brand ambassadors. They’ll be competing in the new Catch my Drift? category.

Block will have his Hoonigan Ford Mustang, of course, and fellow Monster athlete Buttsy Butler will hit the track with his Toyota Soarer. Mad Mike will, of course, have his Mazda RX-7 – the same one which wowed crowds last year and won him the Spirit of the Festival award for his flat-out, fearless driving.

European Champion James Deane makes his Goodwood debutGoodwood 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.

Aaron Turpen
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