The drift king himself, Keiichi Tsuchiya, took up piloting duties in a handful of cars at the 2016 World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) in Sydney, Australia — one of which being Beau Yates' AE86 (as featured in NZ Performance Car issue No. 241) — and the news has just dropped that he will return for WTAC 2017!
The ex-Honda and -Toyota factory driver needs no introduction around these parts — having amassed a racing unrivalled legacy and is credited with igniting the modern day motorsport of drifting.
The real kicker is that he won't be borrowing a local car as he did last year, but intends to bring "something very special" with him from Japan.
Tsuchiya-san said: “I really enjoyed my trip to WTAC last year. the Australian fans are truly the best! and while my career has been in racing, my heart was always in the tuning scene and WTAC really embodies that. This show is amazing and I am [honoured] to be a part of it. In fact I enjoyed it so much last year, this year I will bring something very special along with me to put on a show for the fans! I am sure you will all love it as much as I do!”
“Look forward to seeing you all again in Sydney in October!”
If you've ever needed a reason to get your ass across the ditch for WTAC, this is one hell of good one.
Check out what Tsuchiya-san got up to last year in Beau Yates' AE86: