Mad Mike Wins at Round 3 of D1NZ, Continues to Lead Championship

Cody’s D1NZ National Championship season is starting to come together as Seibon Carbon driver Mad Mike Whiddett holds a 77.5 point lead ahead of the field after three podium finishes in as many rounds.

Mad Mike Whiddett takes 2nd place at Round 3 of D1NZ. Photo credit: Mad Mike Whiddett.com.

Mad Mike Whiddett takes 2nd place at Round 3 of D1NZ. Photo credit: Mad Mike Whiddett.com.

“Our weekend [Round 3] couldn’t have kicked off any better after earning the highest score ever awarded in D1NZ qualifying history and the #1 qualifying spot”, announced Mad Mike.
After a win in Top 32, Mad Mike faced Chris Jackson in Top 16. There he put down a text book lead and chase, earning him a pass to Top 8.  In Top 8 Mad Mike met Aden Omnet who stepped it up putting on a good fight but in the end it was Whiddett who moved on to the top 4 bracket.

Mad Mike vs Aden Omnet in Top 8. Photo credit: Mad Mike Whiddett.com

Mad Mike vs Aden Omnet in Top 8. Photo credit: Mad Mike Whiddett.com

The semifinal battles were hailed as the best ever seen battles in D1NZ history as ‘Mad’ Mike faced off with 2013 D1NZ Champion Fanga Dan Woolhouse. The battles were too close to call that the Judges declared a “one more time”.  ‘Mad’ Mike was announced as the winner moving on to a spot in the final battle.

The final battle was going to be intense with two of the highest qualifiers meeting to battle; both drivers unafraid of getting close to the concrete walls that had claimed numerous victims throughout the weekend.

Mad Mike's Mazda 'MadBul' RX7 runs Seibon Carbon hood, hatch, and doors. Photo credit: Mad Mike Whiddett.com

Mad Mike’s Mazda ‘MadBul’ RX7 runs Seibon Carbon hood, hatch, and doors. Photo credit: Mad Mike Whiddett.com

“I led the first pass, laying down what felt like my best run the entire weekend– fast, aggressive and hitting all the clipping points.  I knew it would be tough work for Redward to match my accuracy on the clipping points, big angle and speed throughout the judged section and we held the advantage as we swapped for my turn to chase. I knew what I had to do, however, on the drag race into the judged section I missed third gear resulting in Andrew Redward instantly gaining 4 car lengths.  At this stage I knew it was game over. Overall I’m stoked with our 2nd place final placing.”

Photo credit: Mad Mike Whiddett.com.

Photo credit: Mad Mike Whiddett.com.

Codys D1NZ National Championship heads to Taupo on the 22nd – 23rd February for the 4th round of the season.

Seibon Carbon would like to congratulate Mad Mike and team for a successful Round 3!

Round 2 coverage here:

https://seiboncarbon.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/mad-mike-wins-round-2-of-d1nz-in-seibon-carbon-madbul-rx7/

 

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