Automotive Racers Hall of Fame – Mike Fitz Drifting

Photo: Mike Fitz Drifting in action!

Automotive Racers Hall of Fame – Mike Fitz Drifting

Mike Fitz is a top ten contender who competes in the Irish Drift Championships and is a pro driver in the team ‘Drift Games’. He is also an expert head instructor at the Prodrift Academy and a judge of the Irish Amateur Drift Championship.

Mike has Yellowstuff race & drift racing brake pads and GD sport discs (front), Ultimax2™ brake pads and Premium brake discs (rear) on his Mazda RX-7 FC specially adapted drift racing car.

Photo: Mike Fitz

Name:

Mike Fitz

Year of Birth:

1985

Team Name:

Drift Games

Discipline:

Drifting

Highest Place Finish:

4th in Irish Drift Championship 2016, former semi-pro Champion

Car/Bike Used:

Mazda RX-7 FC

What`s your day job?

Head instructor at the Prodrift Academy, Sales and Marketing Manager at Group D, Judge at Irish Amateur Drift Championship.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Probably finishing in the top four in Europe’s biggest ever drift event at IDC vs Drift Allstars in Mondello Park last year. About 50 pro drivers from 14 nations attended, in their own cars. Three of the top four were from Co. Cork in Ireland!.

What would be your dream car/ motorcycle?

Oh God! I guess right now the car would be Ferrari LaFerrari and the bike a 1998 red and white Yamaha R1.

Did you always want to be a racer or something else?

I wanted to be a professional soccer player until I got a whiff of petrol.

Front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or two wheels?

 Rear wheel drive and two wheels.

What motorsport event would you most like to compete in?

Formula Drift final in Irwindale, California or any round of D1GP in Japan. Also the Le Mans 24 Hours, there’s something about endurance racing and the Isle of Man TT.

What is the most insane/scary/memorable drive/ride you’ve ever had?

I guess rubbing walls at 70mph in the Irish Drift Championship or throwing your mortgage sideways inches from another driver at 100mph is always going to stick out. I also used to have a tuned Yamaha RD350 YPVS 2 stroke, which was… interesting! I think at this stage I’ve had too many to remember though haha!

How involved are you in testing and mechanical tweaking before events?

Time allowing, we try to test prior to an event with any mechanical changes we make. Often this happens during practice at event weekend though and we just deal with it there and then.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Irish Drift Champion and wherever the road takes me then. Hopefully somewhere warmer than Ireland.

What is your go to playlist or song before an event to get in the zone?

Could be anything from 90s or modern dance to rock, but generally AC/DC, Guns N’Roses etc.

If you could try any other motorsport which one would you choose?

Road Racing.

What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone in a car or bike on track and when?

Prob hit about 160mph a few years ago on a GSX-R 1000 but I’ve been sideways upwards of 100mph which is probably even more thrilling to me!

What is your daily drive or ride?

BMW E46 320D.

Who is your inspiration?

Valentino Rossi, Joey Dunlop, Phil Lynott, Guy Martin, Masato Kawabata, Fredric Aasbo, plus a few other drifters I know and am friendly with so I won’t let them know that.

What is the one thing you could not live without?

The craic.

What is your favourite takeaway?

Chips and prosciutto pizza.

Do you have a favourite movie?

Step Brothers all the way.

Any bad habits?

Being stereo typically Irish sometimes.

Tell us something about you that most people would not know?

I DJ as well.

Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or 1 horse sized duck?

Isn’t that question supposed to be the other way round? Either way, I’d tame the horse sized ducks with full sliced pans of bread, then hire them out as novelty wedding carriage propulsion. Pretty sure that would pay for my dream drift car build, the LaFerrari, and a small island off the coast of Italy .

EBC Brakes Yellowstuff Brake Pads

EBC Yellowstuff Brake PadsEBC Yellowstuff brake pads are ultra high friction brake pads for race, trackday and street use, race drivers in particular love them because they are made from an aramid fibre compound. These pads are ideal for street and track driving as they don’t require a warm up but get even stronger under hard driving.

EBC Brakes Ultimax2™ Brake Pads

EBC Ultimax2™ Brake Pads
The radically improved Ultimax2™ is a fully ECO friendly material that has ZERO sulphides. The Ultimax2 formula does not require shims for noise reduction and has more bite from cold.

These brake pads also work well in hot dry climates too! As with the original Ultimax these too are fully R90 approved.

EBC Brakes GD Sports Brake Discs/Rotors

EBC Bluestuf NDX Brake PadsEBC GD Series brake disc rotors are now available in a Black thermic and NITROTHERM™ finish and feature wide aperture slots that draw cool air under the brake pad and rotor interface which help cool the temperature of the brake pad contact that can easily and often shoot up to well over 1000 degrees during heavy braking and can cause brake fade or loss of brake effect – the cool effective use of the slots helps prevent this.

EBC Brakes Premium Discs/Rotors

EBC Premium Disc/RotorPremium brake rotors are made from the highest quality sourced materials and are the perfect OEM replacement brake disc rotor for any automotive vehicle for street use and daily driving.

ISO approved to the highest spec and also approved by the German TÜV authorities, these disc rotors are an affordable solution for all motorists.

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