Welcome back to another Exoracing Blog post. You may have seen Instagram and Facebook posts of our sponsored driver Martin Wonnacott pro drifter and his Chaser. We wanted to do a short interview with Martin so you guys could learn a bit more about him, what he does and his views on drifting. He’s an OG when it comes to drifting, been doing it for years and has done very well in the British Drift Championship.
Hi Martin, thanks for taking the time to do this interview with us. Could you start by telling us about yourself?
I’m getting on a bit at 48, from Newton Abbot and I'm a builder by trade.
How long have you been drifting and how did you get into the sport?
On and off for 10 years, but about 7 years continuous now. I have always had rear wheel drive cars from a young age and then become more interested in JDM cars and purchased a ps13. I then saw an advert for a drift school run at Silverstone circuit so booked on and took to it like duck to water and here I am now still hooked!!
Do you have any words for people trying to get into the sport?
Just start simple and as cheap as possible look for practice days or drift schools which there are a few and most importantly have fun see how you go.
What are you’re top 3 favourite tracks in the uk to drift?
Well, I love the one-off tracks for drifting like the custom one at the NEC when BDC held a round there. But Teesside reverse is pretty awesome, then probably the Three sisters latest BDC set up but saying that, Driftland is a one-of-a-kind track with a great team of people behind it.
You’ve been drifting for a while now; do you have a favourite moment from your whole career?
Driftland in 2019 against Aurimas, an absolute loon but an amazing driver; and I beat him which built my confidence as to where I was in the sport. It was also my first podium win in the pro class!!
Of all the JDM cars out there, why did you choose to go with the Chaser?
I like to be a little different and love a challenge. Having had the ps13 before, I didn’t want to repeat so started looking at the Jzx90 mk2. I had 3 of them, one being a proper drift car and started improving and learning about them. It started to suffer when we used semi slick tyres, so I built the JZX100 and moved parts across.
We think the Chaser is awesome, could you tell us a bit more about it?
Well, we literally just finished a totally built 1.5JZ nonvvti and have it on a very safe map for now to make sure all is good. The Engine is very high spec with all billet parts and the head has had a lot of work. The turbo we have gone for is a Borg Warner EFR 9274 with nitrous for now making low 1.4bar 700hp 550 lb/ft at the hubs on pump fuel.
You’ve started making your own panels for the car, what a great idea! What were your thoughts behind this idea?
The Chaser is hard to get panels for and when you can find them, they’re expensive here. I’m hard on the panels so was an obvious skill to learn.
How has the 2021 season been, and what’s in store for next year?
2021 Didn’t really get started due to such an extensive build we decided we had to do. However, for the remainder of the season we aim to dial the car and myself back in and have the car bang on and then hit next season hard.
How have you found having Exoracing as a Sponsor?
Exoracing have been a great help and its awesome to try and help push a fast-growing local firm that show
passion them selves in motorsport.
What are your favourite Exoracing products you run on the car?
Finally, what are your thoughts on the UK drifting scene? Do you think it’s heading in the right direction, and do you plan on continuing to do this for as long as possible?
Well first off, I really don’t see an end for me having more support from sponsors and fans than ever and still love every minute. Drifting has exploded in uk and there are many discussions on if it is getting too expensive or if there are too many championships but not enough practice days. But overall, I think it’s doing well and will be here to stay in one form or another especially when you see how many young talented drivers are joining in all the time.
I will keep going as long as I can keep up.
And that's it from Martin. Make sure to go check him out on instagram (@Martinwonnacottprodrifter) to get his latest updates on where you can see him and his beautiful Chaser.