MAD MIKE’S SUMMER BASH – Feb 18th

HAMPTON DOWNS & MAZDA PRESENT MAD MIKE’S SUMMER BASH

Hampton Downs, Mazda and New Zealand drift superstar ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett have joined forces to bring you the biggest drift event of 2017 – Mad Mike’s Summer Bash, where Mad Mike & RADBUL will take on NZ’s best!

Mad MikeA 16 strong field of NZ’s best drifters has been confirmed for the headline Summer Bash Shootout event, where all comers will go up against Mad Mike in a new exciting racing format. The field includes former New Zealand champions ‘Fanga’ Dan Woolhouse, Gaz Whiter and Darren Kelly as well as the current champ Curt Whittaker. Rounding out the field are Daynom Templeman, Nico Reid, Bruce Tannock, Cole Armstrong, Drew Donovan, Jodie Verhulst, Sky Zhao, Andrew Redward, Adam Hedges, Troy Jenkins and Brad Smith.

Mad Mike has spent much of 2016 traveling the globe showcasing his skills so he’s looking forward to bringing it all back home in 2017, starting with this brand new Hampton Downs promoted drift event.

“It will be New Zealand’s biggest one day drifting festival and it will have something for everyone, from the grassroots of the sport to the pros,” says Whiddett. “The Summer Bash is an opportunity for drifters to showcase their skills in front of a big crowd at New Zealand’s best drift circuit.”

Tony Quinn, the owner of Hampton Downs, is looking forward to seeing drift cars strut their stuff on the new seven corner international drift circuit, including the two corner stretch Quinn has nicknamed ‘Double Bastard’, where the new 1.2km track extension meets the old track.

One of the stars of the show will be Whiddett’s RADBUL, a 1200hp, 4 rotor, twin-turbo Mazda MX5. Whiddett finished third in this year’s Formula DRIFT World Championship in RADBUL and it will be the first opportunity for drift fans to see it on the track in New Zealand.

“Usually you show up at a drift event, you do a few practice laps and then you’re straight into elimination,” explains Whiddett. “If you’re knocked out, then you’re done for the day. We’re looking to give the drivers a lot more track time. As well as the Summer Bash Shootout we’ve got lots of other cool events happening.”

Nitto Tire Triple Threat Team Drift is open to crews of three with free rein to navigate the judged section in their own style.

“We’re looking for those three cars syncing on the track,” says Whiddett, “but we’re also looking for something explosive. It might be one car drifts wide and the other two pass them on the inside. Or they might all do flying 360’s across the finish line. It’s a chance to get creative and put on a real spectacle for the fans.”

The Double Bastard Drift Challenge is open to all comers and it’s the first time that the Hampton Downs new International Circuit will be open to drift cars. This will be one of the feature events, as drivers of all levels go up against the stars where they will be judges on the two cornered ‘Double Bastard’ and awarded for their insane entry and commitment throughout the section.

Open Drift on Club & National Circuits where the pro drivers get sideways with the grass roots up n comers as they test both man and machine.

The International Cruise You don’t have to drive sideways to experience the thrill of driving on the racetrack. The International Track Cruise is a rare opportunity for anyone to have a drive around the track, in a controlled manner of course.

“Mum or Dad can put the kids in the family wagon and feel what it’s like to do a couple of laps around a racetrack,” explains Whiddett. “That isn’t something that you get to do at many other events that I know of.”

The Time Attack “Unlimited Outlaws” challenge will see some of the top Superlap drivers in the country attempt to set a new lap record around Hampton Downs.

Major prize pool There will be lots of prizes for the winners plus anyone who pre-purchases a ticket to the Summer Bash goes in the draw to win a hot lap with ‘Mad Mike’ in his RADBUL. The other pro drivers will also be auctioning rides in their cars.mad-mike-radbull

Off the track there will be the Meguiar’s Hard Park Show ‘n Shine for people to display their cars and ‘Mad Mike’ will be wandering around picking his favourite cars. There will be a Family Fun Zone, VIP Trackside Lounge, including a private lunch with ‘Mad Mike’ and New Zealand’s top drift stars, a new viewing platform and grandstands so the fans can get up close to the action.

It promises to be one of the best drift events on the best drift track in the country.

See the cars, see the stars — Hampton Downs & Mazda present Mad Mike’s Summer Bash.

Want the event schedule? CLICK HERE

COMPETITOR/PARTICIPANT ENTRY EVENTS 

NITTO TIRE TRIPLE THREAT TEAM DRIFT – Enter your crew of 3, navigate the judged section of the new international drift circuit in your own style and be in to win. Entries limited to 8 teams. Major Prize Pool and Trophies up for grabs. Price: $450 per team (A one hour session – controlled release – unlimited runs within time allowed. ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ENTRY INTO DOUBLE BASTARD CHALLENGE FOR ALL THREE CARS AND DRIVERS. ADD OPEN DRIFT FOR $100 PER CAR. 

ENTRY CLOSED, see you at the Mad Mike Summer Bash.

DOUBLE BASTARD DRIFT CHALLENGE – Exclusive open class opportunity to drift on Hampton Downs 4km International Circuit. Major prize pool on offer for best drift through the two turn ‘Double Bastard’ that connects the new track to the old. Your only chance to experience the new Hampton Downs international drift circuit for yourself while testing yourself against Mad Mike and some of NZ’s best. Limited to 80 cars. Price: $150 per car (1 x 2 hour session – controlled release – unlimited runs within time allowed). ENTER OPEN DRIFT SESSIONS (SEE BELOW) FOR JUST $100 EXTRA. SAVE $100. 

PRE-EVENT ENTRY CLOSED – Late entry available at the event from 7am at Gate 2.

Hampton Downs drift circuit map
Click for larger version of the Hampton Downs drift circuit map

TIME ATTACK UNLIMITED OUTLAWS – ON INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT – Your chance to experience the new 4km international circuit and set your best time – or a new the new lap record. Limited to 60 cars. Price: $295 per car. (1.5 hours on track split into 3 half hour sessions of 2 x groups – controlled release – unlimited runs)

PRE-EVENT ENTRY CLOSED – Late entry available at the event from 7am at Gate 2.

OPEN DRIFT ON BOTH THE CLUB AND NATIONAL CIRCUIT – Drift both tracks in the morning and rub doors with Mad Mike before taking in all the competition in the afternoon!  Limited to 100 cars. Price: $200 per car. (1 x hour session on Club Circuit & 1 x hour session on National Circuit) ENTER DOUBLE BASTARD CHALLENGE (SEE ABOVE) FOR JUST $50 EXTRA. SAVE $100. 

PRE-EVENT ENTRY CLOSED – Late entry available at the event from 7am at Gate 2.

MAZDA GYMKHANA CHALLENGE – Take part in the Gymkhana Challenge on the Skid Pan in a Mazda MX5, beat Mad Mike’s time to win spot prizes and get your best time up on the leader board to grab the inaugural MAZDA Gymkhana King of the Downs title. This event will be run by Track Time on a pre-set course on a wet skid pan, where drifting the car is key! It is open all day but limited to 50 entrants. SOLD OUT

INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT CRUISE – Cruise the new 4km International Circuit in your own car with family and friends at lunchtime. Limited to 100 cars: Price: $100 per car. Includes one GA entry ticket and an Infield VIP Car park. Upgrade to Grandstand seat extra $20. Available now from Ticketmaster.

PRE-EVENT ENTRY CLOSED – Late entry available at the event from 7am at Gate 2.

MEGUIAR’S HARD PARK SHOW N SHINE – Book your infield Hard Park and be part of Mad Mike’s show ‘n’ shine. Mike will pick out his favorites who will take away prizes and we’ll make sure they go in the Performance Car post event spread. Limited to 100 cars. Price $60 per car (Includes one GA entry ticket).

PRE-EVENT ENTRY CLOSED – Late entry available at the event from 7am at Gate 2.

EVENT TICKETS – LIMITED GRANDSTAND SEATS AVAILABLE PRE SALE ONLY

GRANDSTAND TICKETS CLOSE TO SOLD OUT. Tickets will be more expensive at the gate. Take advantage of our early bird pricing on line now at Ticketmaster. Under 15s are FREE and there is special pricing for Youth tickets 15-19 years old.

ADULT GA: $39 ADULT GRANDSTAND: $59

CLICK HERE TO VIEW TICKET OPTIONS

VIP MAD MIKE TRACK SIDE LOUNGE TICKETS

Have lunch with Mad Mike and the rest of the Summer Bash stars in the track side lounge, with sweeping views of the new International Drift Circuit, including the two corner stretch Tony Quinn has nicknamed ‘Double Bastard’, where the new 1.2km track extension meets the old track and where most of the day’s action will be judged. Enjoy fine food and beverage from the comfort of the lounge and all the action from your allocated grandstand seat.

Package includes

– Access to Mad Mike Trackside VIP Lounge
– Allocated Grandstand seat in the stand adjacent to the lounge
– VIP Parking
– TV Screens & DJ
– Event Programme
– Morning Tea and Grazing platters in the the afternoon
– BBQ lunch with Mad Mike and the rest of the Summer Bash Top 16
– Chance to win a Hot Lap with Mad Mike in RADBUL and a merchandise package
– Cash Bar will be in operation

Price: $249 per person.

Ticket sales for this have closed.

MAD MIKE’S SUMMER BASH – Feb 18th

HAMPTON DOWNS & MAZDA PRESENT MAD MIKE’S SUMMER BASH

Hampton Downs, Mazda and New Zealand drift superstar ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett have joined forces to bring you the biggest drift event of 2017 – Mad Mike’s Summer Bash, where Mad Mike & RADBUL will take on NZ’s best!

Mad MikeA 16 strong field of NZ’s best drifters has been confirmed for the headline Summer Bash Shootout event, where all comers will go up against Mad Mike in a new exciting racing format. The field includes former New Zealand champions ‘Fanga’ Dan Woolhouse, Gaz Whiter and Darren Kelly as well as the current champ Curt Whittaker. Rounding out the field are Daynom Templeman, Nico Reid, Bruce Tannock, Cole Armstrong, Drew Donovan, Jodie Verhulst, Sky Zhao, Andrew Redward, Adam Hedges, Troy Jenkins and Brad Smith.

Mad Mike has spent much of 2016 traveling the globe showcasing his skills so he’s looking forward to bringing it all back home in 2017, starting with this brand new Hampton Downs promoted drift event.

“It will be New Zealand’s biggest one day drifting festival and it will have something for everyone, from the grassroots of the sport to the pros,” says Whiddett. “The Summer Bash is an opportunity for drifters to showcase their skills in front of a big crowd at New Zealand’s best drift circuit.”

Tony Quinn, the owner of Hampton Downs, is looking forward to seeing drift cars strut their stuff on the new seven corner international drift circuit, including the two corner stretch Quinn has nicknamed ‘Double Bastard’, where the new 1.2km track extension meets the old track.

One of the stars of the show will be Whiddett’s RADBUL, a 1200hp, 4 rotor, twin-turbo Mazda MX5. Whiddett finished third in this year’s Formula DRIFT World Championship in RADBUL and it will be the first opportunity for drift fans to see it on the track in New Zealand.

“Usually you show up at a drift event, you do a few practice laps and then you’re straight into elimination,” explains Whiddett. “If you’re knocked out, then you’re done for the day. We’re looking to give the drivers a lot more track time. As well as the Summer Bash Shootout we’ve got lots of other cool events happening.”

Nitto Tire Triple Threat Team Drift is open to crews of three with free rein to navigate the judged section in their own style.

“We’re looking for those three cars syncing on the track,” says Whiddett, “but we’re also looking for something explosive. It might be one car drifts wide and the other two pass them on the inside. Or they might all do flying 360’s across the finish line. It’s a chance to get creative and put on a real spectacle for the fans.”

The Double Bastard Drift Challenge is open to all comers and it’s the first time that the Hampton Downs new International Circuit will be open to drift cars. This will be one of the feature events, as drivers of all levels go up against the stars where they will be judges on the two cornered ‘Double Bastard’ and awarded for their insane entry and commitment throughout the section.

Open Drift on Club & National Circuits where the pro drivers get sideways with the grass roots up n comers as they test both man and machine.

The International Cruise You don’t have to drive sideways to experience the thrill of driving on the racetrack. The International Track Cruise is a rare opportunity for anyone to have a drive around the track, in a controlled manner of course.

“Mum or Dad can put the kids in the family wagon and feel what it’s like to do a couple of laps around a racetrack,” explains Whiddett. “That isn’t something that you get to do at many other events that I know of.”

The Time Attack “Unlimited Outlaws” challenge will see some of the top Superlap drivers in the country attempt to set a new lap record around Hampton Downs.

Major prize pool There will be lots of prizes for the winners plus anyone who pre-purchases a ticket to the Summer Bash goes in the draw to win a hot lap with ‘Mad Mike’ in his RADBUL. The other pro drivers will also be auctioning rides in their cars.mad-mike-radbull

Off the track there will be the Meguiar’s Hard Park Show ‘n Shine for people to display their cars and ‘Mad Mike’ will be wandering around picking his favourite cars. There will be a Family Fun Zone, VIP Trackside Lounge, including a private lunch with ‘Mad Mike’ and New Zealand’s top drift stars, a new viewing platform and grandstands so the fans can get up close to the action.

It promises to be one of the best drift events on the best drift track in the country.

See the cars, see the stars — Hampton Downs & Mazda present Mad Mike’s Summer Bash.

Want the event schedule? CLICK HERE

COMPETITOR/PARTICIPANT ENTRY EVENTS 

NITTO TIRE TRIPLE THREAT TEAM DRIFT – Enter your crew of 3, navigate the judged section of the new international drift circuit in your own style and be in to win. Entries limited to 8 teams. Major Prize Pool and Trophies up for grabs. Price: $450 per team (A one hour session – controlled release – unlimited runs within time allowed. ENTRY FEE INCLUDES ENTRY INTO DOUBLE BASTARD CHALLENGE FOR ALL THREE CARS AND DRIVERS. ADD OPEN DRIFT FOR $100 PER CAR. 

ENTRY CLOSED, see you at the Mad Mike Summer Bash.

DOUBLE BASTARD DRIFT CHALLENGE – Exclusive open class opportunity to drift on Hampton Downs 4km International Circuit. Major prize pool on offer for best drift through the two turn ‘Double Bastard’ that connects the new track to the old. Your only chance to experience the new Hampton Downs international drift circuit for yourself while testing yourself against Mad Mike and some of NZ’s best. Limited to 80 cars. Price: $150 per car (1 x 2 hour session – controlled release – unlimited runs within time allowed). ENTER OPEN DRIFT SESSIONS (SEE BELOW) FOR JUST $100 EXTRA. SAVE $100. 

PRE-EVENT ENTRY CLOSED – Late entry available at the event from 7am at Gate 2.

Hampton Downs drift circuit map
Click for larger version of the Hampton Downs drift circuit map

TIME ATTACK UNLIMITED OUTLAWS – ON INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT – Your chance to experience the new 4km international circuit and set your best time – or a new the new lap record. Limited to 60 cars. Price: $295 per car. (1.5 hours on track split into 3 half hour sessions of 2 x groups – controlled release – unlimited runs)

PRE-EVENT ENTRY CLOSED – Late entry available at the event from 7am at Gate 2.

OPEN DRIFT ON BOTH THE CLUB AND NATIONAL CIRCUIT – Drift both tracks in the morning and rub doors with Mad Mike before taking in all the competition in the afternoon!  Limited to 100 cars. Price: $200 per car. (1 x hour session on Club Circuit & 1 x hour session on National Circuit) ENTER DOUBLE BASTARD CHALLENGE (SEE ABOVE) FOR JUST $50 EXTRA. SAVE $100. 

PRE-EVENT ENTRY CLOSED – Late entry available at the event from 7am at Gate 2.

MAZDA GYMKHANA CHALLENGE – Take part in the Gymkhana Challenge on the Skid Pan in a Mazda MX5, beat Mad Mike’s time to win spot prizes and get your best time up on the leader board to grab the inaugural MAZDA Gymkhana King of the Downs title. This event will be run by Track Time on a pre-set course on a wet skid pan, where drifting the car is key! It is open all day but limited to 50 entrants. SOLD OUT

INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT CRUISE – Cruise the new 4km International Circuit in your own car with family and friends at lunchtime. Limited to 100 cars: Price: $100 per car. Includes one GA entry ticket and an Infield VIP Car park. Upgrade to Grandstand seat extra $20. Available now from Ticketmaster.

PRE-EVENT ENTRY CLOSED – Late entry available at the event from 7am at Gate 2.

MEGUIAR’S HARD PARK SHOW N SHINE – Book your infield Hard Park and be part of Mad Mike’s show ‘n’ shine. Mike will pick out his favorites who will take away prizes and we’ll make sure they go in the Performance Car post event spread. Limited to 100 cars. Price $60 per car (Includes one GA entry ticket).

PRE-EVENT ENTRY CLOSED – Late entry available at the event from 7am at Gate 2.

EVENT TICKETS – LIMITED GRANDSTAND SEATS AVAILABLE PRE SALE ONLY

GRANDSTAND TICKETS CLOSE TO SOLD OUT. Tickets will be more expensive at the gate. Take advantage of our early bird pricing on line now at Ticketmaster. Under 15s are FREE and there is special pricing for Youth tickets 15-19 years old.

ADULT GA: $39 ADULT GRANDSTAND: $59

CLICK HERE TO VIEW TICKET OPTIONS

VIP MAD MIKE TRACK SIDE LOUNGE TICKETS

Have lunch with Mad Mike and the rest of the Summer Bash stars in the track side lounge, with sweeping views of the new International Drift Circuit, including the two corner stretch Tony Quinn has nicknamed ‘Double Bastard’, where the new 1.2km track extension meets the old track and where most of the day’s action will be judged. Enjoy fine food and beverage from the comfort of the lounge and all the action from your allocated grandstand seat.

Package includes

– Access to Mad Mike Trackside VIP Lounge
– Allocated Grandstand seat in the stand adjacent to the lounge
– VIP Parking
– TV Screens & DJ
– Event Programme
– Morning Tea and Grazing platters in the the afternoon
– BBQ lunch with Mad Mike and the rest of the Summer Bash Top 16
– Chance to win a Hot Lap with Mad Mike in RADBUL and a merchandise package
– Cash Bar will be in operation

Price: $249 per person.

Ticket sales for this have closed.

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