Hampton Downs is a brand new racetrack facility, located only 60km’s south of Auckland. The 2.8 FIA spec international ciruit was invaded by the drifters for the first time thanks to D2NZ. I was highly anticipating this event, it’s always exciting to drive on a new track for the first time, especially one built to such a high standard.
We arrived in the morning to a field of over 60 other drivers, ranging from first-timers to other seasoned proffessionals. After scruitineering and a track briefing, the pro’s were allowed out on the track for the first session. We all had a slow drive of the track on the first lap to suss out the corners, and were straight into it after that. The corners flowed very well with some interesting elevation changes and apexing points.
Most corners were 3rd gear, with the exception of two 2nd gear hairpins and the large 4th gear high speed sweeper.
Unfortunately i blew 3rd gear again on my second session out before lunch. We decided to change the gearbox out as i had a spare with me, and it payed off as i had heaps of fun in the afternoon sessions.
I can’t wait til we are allowed to have battles at this track, and hopefully the club circuit will be opening later this year.
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