Coming off the back of a second place finish at D1NZ Round1, I was feeling pretty good about coming into the first of the custom street circuit tracks on this years’ D1NZ schedule. While it is an awesome venue for spectators, with seats that put you only metres away from the action, Mt Smart stadium has never really been the best in terms of a “drivers track”. The converted car park has multiple surface changes, concrete walls that can suck you into them, and bad visibility at night. And all of this is why they call it the “concrete jungle”.
Today, Red Bull dropped the full driver entry list for one of the most fun events I have ever driven in, Red Bull Drift Shifters. This year is going to be bigger than the innaugural 2012 event, which took place in Aucklands’ Victoria Park, with 9 Kiwi drivers and 7 international drivers converging on Auckland central’s waterfront Quay Street. Full information is in the press release below
After a season away from the popular Manfield Racecourse in Feilding, D1NZ finally returned for the inaugural round of the 2014/2015 D1NZ National Drifting Championship. I’ve always held this track as my overall favourite in New Zealand, and now that Taupo is off the schedule I think most of the other drivers have the same feeling. The high speed entry combined with the banked corners through “splash”, and the tricky final corner hairpin all add up to a great combination of corners and close battles.
Last season, the RX7 was practically unchanged mechanically, as I had a great 2012/2013 year and wanted to keep that momentum going with a proven package. The main thing we did was upgrade the exhaust from my less than ideal setup to a full custom Sinco item. What I found out, is that alot of what we had setup was good at the time, but we had also taken some shortcuts and not thought things completely through. You can’t move forward without change, so it was time to change some things about the FC.
Even though it was two months ago, I still feel like I’m recovering from the only South Island stop on the D1NZ tour. Mike Pero Motorsport Park just outside of Christchurch, is one of the longest drift sections and is known for breaking cars.
The host track of last years final round, Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park is often referred to as the “drivers track” of D1NZ. The track is run in reverse direction, and is a fast, flowing, full throttle section that leaves my car chewing Achilles tyres in 4th gear the whole run. Taupo also has the best pit area setup of the series, with proper garages and viewing from the corporate boxes above them.