Two of Australia’s best drifters will fight for outright honours in the International Drift Challenge event at World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC), under the Team Nulon Motorsport banner.
In a field that includes some of the world’s highest profile drifters; Daigo Saito, Chris Forsberg, Mad Mike Whiddett and local hero Beau Yates, Team Nulon Motorsport will flex drift muscle with two entries to shake up the star-studded grid at Sydney Motorsport Park this Friday and Saturday evening.
Both are driving Nissan’s powered by variants of General Motor’s unwitting gift to drift, the LS V8, the Nulon Drift duo of Mick Rosenblatt and Adam Monck will be leaving their mark on more than just the exit to Sydney Motorsport Park’s turn 18.
Queenslander Rosenblatt has a reputation for sticking to the door of his opponents, with the trophy cabinet to match. Mick was 2013 and 2014 Stadium Drift Champion, and 2014/15 Australian Drift Grand Prix champion and fourth in 15/16.
Racing karts since he was nine, Rosenblatt brings honed race craft to drift battles. His weapon of choice: a freshly wrapped R32 Skyline, motivated by stroked 6.8 litres L98 V8. Aided by an 11-kilogram bottle of nitrous, the cold shot forces an aspirated 600 horsepower to the wheels, converting tyres to vapour with alarming efficiency.
The 33-year-old has his sights set firmly on the top step of the podium. “I think we’ll do well. I am coming to win it,” said Mick. “Drifting can be a cruel thing if the car is on point and if we can get lady luck on our side, we have a really good chance.” Far from intimidated by the roster of name brand drivers and cars, Rosenblatt was eager to hit the track.
“It’s just another day in the car. I’ve been up against a couple of the big drivers before. I’m really excited to have the chance,” he said. Adam Monck, the pilot of the white black and green Nulon Silvia S14A, see’s Rosenblatt’s LS and raises him a pair of sequential turbos. The boosted, forged 5.7 litre V8 spins 1000 flywheel horsepower through a Samsonas sequential six speed.
Trailering the car over 4000 kilometres from Perth to Sydney, Monck is Nulon’s latest drift ambassador. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to get out and play with the big guns of the sport,” said Adam. “I’m really just excited to be a part of the WTAC spectacle and proud to be a part of the Nulon team.”
The east-to-west road trip was preceded by a six-week, 400-hour overhaul of the car, lightening, rewiring and redesigning for the challenge. “It’s a very complex car.” Said Adam. “The only parts unmodified are the roof skin and the internal part of the steering rack. Every single component has been being altered. We jumped in the car with five days to spare and belt out the 4000 k’s. If we didn’t love what we did, we wouldn’t do it!”
The International Drift Challenge commences at the conclusion of circuit activities, with practice and qualifying from 6:30pm on Friday the 14th, and Top 32 battles are commencing at 6:30pm on Saturday 15th. Visit the Team Nulon Motorsports pit garage to meet the drift and circuit team, and see their race machinery in the flesh.