The Guinness World Record attempt kicked off on Monday morning on the skidpan of the Gerotek test centre west of Pretoria.
Adams, who writes for IOL and Star Motoring, is driving a Toyota 86 and will need to drift it continuously for longer than the existing record of 144.125km.
UPDATE: Just after midday Adams had covered 86km, in 2h52m, having completed 486 laps.
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It’s estimated that he will need to drift continuously for over five hours to achieve the feat.
The current record was set by Germany’s Harald Müller in another Toyota 86 on a skidpan in Turkey.