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Published on July 18th, 2013 | by Jos Roder

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Drift State of Origin – NT Style

The Northern Territory has an active and professionally run drift scene. The Organisers are the Top End Drift Association (T.E.D.A) who work together in association with the North Australian Motor Sports Club.  In 2012 T.E.D.A initiated a plan to set the ground work for a premier drift event for the state and enhance its exposure nation wide. The plan included attracting  interstate drivers by setting up an invitational based State of Origin event. T.E.D.A knew they had a great scene to offer and if interstate drivers sampled drift NT style they would be converted and spread the word for future events.

Invitations were sent out and five well known attendees made the trek from Adelaide which started the ball rolling. The team who made the trip up for that inaugural event included: Stewy Bryant, Jack Widdas,  James Mardle, Justin Codr and Chris Solito.

The interstate drivers were joined by a strong group of local drivers keen to see how their skills ranked against some of the drivers from arguably the most competitive drift state in Australia.

The event was a complete success despite the searing heat, with the drivers all thoroughly enjoying themselves. The local lads even gave the blow-in’s a memorable tour of some of the sights and sounds in and around Darwin.

James Mardle took the win in the inaugural event for S.A in his S13 Silvia, beating local Zenek Radomski who was using a borrowed Cefiro.

Here is some final battle footage from the inaugural event.

In the 2012 competition, which takes place at Hidden Valley, the judged section was Zone 2. For 2013 after consultation with the local drivers and 2012’s interstaters, Zone 3 will be the judged section for the competition.

Hidden Valley Drifting

Zone 3 is a nice high speed section of track. Final details will be confirmed via the drivers briefing regarding clipping points and what the judges want to see, but the S.A drivers are already fishing for a bit more info and videos for reconnaissance! They are taking it seriously!

LOCALS

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N.T driver pictures courtesy of From the Fridge Productions

The N.T team is a strong one. Despite Radomski’s best efforts, his own S13 Silvia and the Cefiro he borrowed last year are out of action and he will unfortunately not be able to better his second position from 2012. Radomski may transition into a judging role for the event to help out the team however.

In Radomski”s absence, there is many other top territorian drivers who are performing well and confident they can return the trophy to the Territory!

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Darren Ford is currently leading the N.T championship and will be a strong contender this year.

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as will Brendan Smith who is second in the Championship and a previous round winner.

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Shane Davidson, founder of T.E.D.A in his R31 Skyline, currently sits third in the N.T Championship.

INTERSTATE

2013 again sees a strong interstate contingent entered with many high profile drivers heading over to tackle the local territorians from both S.A and QLD.

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Photo courtesy of PTK Digital Media

Mardle will be returning to defend his trophy from South Australia but he is not the only S.A driver attending the event.

Team GJH Haulage Drift  are sending an entire transporter of cars north. The team has recently changed name and is now known as Team GH Haulage.

The team members include many of the top S.A drivers.

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GH Haulage team manager/driver Chris Solito drives a nicely prepared R33 Skyline and this will be his second trip north.

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Photo courtesy of Kat Philcox Photography

Jack Widdas is another returning GH Haulage driver to Hidden Valley.

Dale Campaign (G1 Champion 2012) and Justin Codr are the two other Team GH Haulage members attending.

Unfortunately two other team members in Simon Michelmore and Elliot Wylie are unable to attend. As such a nice opportunity opened up for a few drivers to be stand in members of the team for this event!

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Daren Gunn in his Ford XR6 Turbo Ute

Darren Gunn, Jarrad Klingberg and Justin Prior were the drivers selected to represent team GH haulage and they are looking forward to the opportunity.

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Queensland will be represented by Michael Spencer in the Kyoto Garage S14. It will be Michael’s first time to Hidden Valley.

This year the event is a night spectacular which will certainly attract bigger crowds and the Organisers are hoping for high attendance at what will be the biggest event on the N.T drift Calendar for 2013.  The event is going to go off with a bang…literally! A fireworks display will finish off the night. I can’t say I know of another drift event in Australia that ends with fireworks so kudos to the Organisers!

Check out the flyer below for more info and make sure you head out to Hidden Valley to support the event!

For more information and event updates, head to

T.E.D.A Facebook and the website www.teda.com.au and make sure to head out and support the event and the drivers

Thanks to Shane Davidson, Adam Burgen, Chris Solito, Darren Gunn, Kat Philcox and Peter Taisto Knutas for their assistance in putting this article together. 

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About the Author

Jos Roder

is the owner of Drift Life and wants to delve deeper into drifting culture. Jos started drifting more than 10 years ago after discovering a sport existed that captured his favourite motoring endeavour, going sideways! Jos works full-time in the automotive/motorsport field as a PR Manager and Advanced Driving Instructor and currently owns a JDM S15 Nissan Silvia for drift/track/hillclimb duties.



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