Daniel Woolhouse, aKA 'Fanga Dan', is a two-time D1NZ Champion and professional Drifting driver from Whangarei, New Zealand


Growing up in Hastings around his fathers car yard sparked an automotive lifestyle at an early age.

Spending time on the yard washing and prepping cars for sale, Dan was surrounded by iconic Japanese vehicles synonymous with early drift culture - Nissan Skylines, Cefiros, Toyota Supras and Mazda RX7s to name a few.

At 10 years of age Dan would move north to Whangarei, and with a passion for rear wheel drive cars his teenage years saw plenty of vehicles in his ownership, repairing and selling a range of JDM vehicles for income.


By the early 2000's drifting was rising from the underground into a professional motorsport and, after following the culture and competitions in Japan, Dan and 7 others would go on to form New Zealand's first drift team, Driftcorp.

Driving for Driftcorp (the now iconic 7-championship winning team) he began drifting competitively in 2003, entering his first full season in 2005 driving an RB26 powered Nissan Laurel C33 in the D1NZ National Drifting Championship, finishing 3rd overall in his rookie year.

Earning the nickname "Fanga", he would move to a purpose built Nissan S15 Silvia which went on to win the 2006 D1NZ Championship in just his second year of full competition, also becoming the third Driftcorp driver to win a national title.


In 2008, Woolhouse built and drove one of the first Holden VZ Commodores in competitive drifting, powered again by a 2.6 liter Nissan RB engine.

In 2010, 'Fanga Dan' represented New Zealand and competed in Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia driving for Goodyear Racing in the Holden VZ Commodore, claiming wins and podium finishes in Formula Drift Asia and the Goodyear International Drift Series.

Dan competed overseas again in 2011 and 2012, driving for Castrol Edge in the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge as part of the annual World Time Attack event in Sydney, Australia.

After retiring his championship winning Nissan S15 in 2010, now driven by Driftcorp team-mate Robee Nelson, Woolhouse went on to compete a rebuilt LS2 V8 powered Holden VZ Commodore in the 2013 D1NZ Championship Series for his naming rights sponsor Castrol Edge, in which he became the 2013 New Zealand Drift Champion.


Awards & Achievements


D1NZ Drifting Championship

40+ Podium Finishes
2006 D1NZ New Zealand Drift Champion
2013 D1NZ New Zealand Drift Champion
2012 D1NZ Championship 3rd Place Overall


D1NZ Annual Awards

2016 NZ Best Social Media Development 2016
2016 Team Owner / Manager of the Year 2016
2016 Pro Hardest Charger 2016
2016 Pro Best Drifting Style
2012 Daniel Baxter Memorial Trophy
2012 D1NZ Drift Ambassador
2009 Angle King
2009 Best Style
2009 Best Team Drift
2009 Best Drift Team


NZ Drift Series

2009 - 4th Place Overall
2008 - 4th Place Overall
2007 - 2nd Place Overall

Mad Mike Summer Bash 2017

3rd Place Overall


Red Bull Drift Shifters

2014 3rd Place
2012 3rd Place, Top Kiwi


D-Comp Taupo 2013

1st place


Formula Drift 2010

FD Asia Singapore = 3rd


Goodyear International Drift Series 2010

Thailand Round 1 = 5th
Thailand Round 2 = 5th
Malaysia Round 3 = 1st