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10 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, May 2, 2013 www.times.co.nz Best of Fresh for Less Red Globe Grapes $4.99kg Fresh Round Beans $1.69bag 10kg Brushed Potatoes $5.99bag Philippines Gold Pineapples $2.99ea Fuji Apples 99¢kg AUS Thai Ginger $2.99kg Thailand 300g Fresh Spinach $1.99bag 2 litre Cow & Gate Milk $5.80for 2 Pukekohe Dannemora 345 Chapel Road Pakuranga 290 Ti Rakau Dr Botany 280 Botany Rd Howick 219 Moore St HPT2/5 Normal opening hours 7.30am to 6.30pm -- All specials available until closing time Sunday 5 May or while stock lasts All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin 120010-V17 SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICE SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICE BEDPOST BOTANY AT THE HUB 451 Ti Rakau Dr, The Hub Botany Downs, Ph 273 8088 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Monday-Saturday 9am-5.30pm, Sunday 10am-5pm 118090 New! New! New! HURRY! LAST DAYS Treat family and friends to a unique gift that puts Howick on the map and in your home. Howick Canvas $150 594mm wide x 841mm deep (A1) Great statement on your wall Framed Art 8"x10" Free-standing or hanging $49 Framed Art 4"x6" Free-standing or hanging $29 To buy call into Times House, 50 Stonedon Dr, East Tamaki or order online @ www.times.co.nz or at Victoria's in Picton St, Howick UNIQUE LOCAL GIFTS Tea Towels $15 Howick cut and dried By CHRIS HARROWELL MOTOR sport drifter “Mad Mike” Whiddett is one step away from fulflling his dream. The East Tamaki-based driver sits in second place in the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Champi- onship standings heading into its grand fnal. He has 397.5 points, behind series leader “Fanga Dan” Woolhouse, who is on 426. Aucklander Andrew Redward is third with 391 points, followed by defending series champion Curt Whittaker (354.5) and Nico Reid (308). Mad Mike competes in drifting in New Zealand and overseas in his rotary-powered Mazda RX7 and RX8 cars. His drifting team is managed by his partner Toni Cook and has partnerships with Red Bull, Speed- hunters, Mobil1 and tyre company Nitto. Mad Mike is fresh from a win in the D1NZ’s ffth round, held at Powerbuilt Tools International Raceway in Christchurch on March 30-31. “We had two wins in a row and did exactly what we set out to do, which is get high qualifying results and the top step on the podium,” he told the Times, of his last two drift- ing performances. “The team still needs to get more points and catch Fanga Dan.” Mad Mike’s recent victory at Christchurch didn’t come easily. Driving his slick Mazda RX7, the 32-year-old qualifed sixth and went on to beat Nissan S13 driver Cody Collis in the fnal, after Collis’s car suffered an electrical failure. Mad Mike’s weekend was suc- cessful on another level, as he took out the BP Ultimate Triple Crown series, earning a year’s supply of BP Ultimate 98-octane petrol. “I don’t think people believed I’d be a threat for the D1NZ champion- ship as I was in 12th position after round three,” he says. “We’ve been 100 per cent focused on winning and the car’s better than ever. “It’s been our priority to get points to catch up in the champion- ship, but also test different bits and pieces on the Mazda RX8.” Mad Mike’s RX8 was shipped overseas on April 17 in preparation for his drive in the Speedhunters’ upcoming European tour. His RX7 is in Australia, where he’s competing in the high profle Formula Drift Asia series, held at Calder Park in Melbourne last weekend. Mad Mike is trying not to let his busy international schedule take his focus away from winning his frst ever D1NZ title. “Andrew Redward is on my tail, but I need to not focus on what’s going on behind me,” the father-of-one says. “I have to focus on what I can do, andIknowIcandoit.Wehavethe best car and the best team.” Mad Mike also drives a Mazda RX7 car for the Total Car Produce Magic team in the elite D1GP drift- ing series in Japan. He competed in the series’ frst round and is thinking about the positives despite not doing as well as he’d hoped. “There just wasn’t enough test- ing time in the car,” he says. “We went straight from round fve of the D1NZ in Christchurch to an event for Red Bull in Queens- town and then to Japan. “There were a lot of changes to the RX7 in Japan and it was a black and white difference from last year. I learned so much watching and driving against the Japanese drift- ers. There’s no doubt they’re still the best in the world.” Mad Mike has twice fnished third and in second place once in the D1NZ title race. This year he wants to take it out. “We really want to win,” he says. “It will be good to get this fnal round and a national drifting title under my belt. “It’s a privilege and an honour to travel the world and it’s a dream I’ve always had. “Toni does all the paperwork, handles the sponsorship, and man- ages the team. What makes our team successful is the passion and drive she and I have for it.” The Cody’s D1NZ National Drift- ing Championship grand fnal is at Taupo Motorsport Park on June 22-23. Drifting to big final IN THE ZONE: East Tamaki's "Mad Mike" Whiddett is gunning for his first Cody's D1NZ National Drifting Championship. Photos supplied BURNING RUBBER: Mad Mike puts his Mazda RX7 through its paces at Powerbuilt Tools International Raceway in Christchurch.
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