Drift­ing pair back in ac­tion

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Mata­mata brothers Aaron and Jonathan Ben­nett are gear­ing up for the na­tional drift­ing cham­pi­onship (D1NZ) next year, in a Holden ute af­ter a two year break.

The en­try of the Holden Ute is a New Zealand first for the D1NZ na­tional drift­ing cham­pi­onship and sees the brothers metic­u­lously de­vel­op­ing the car to com­pete against more tra­di­tional drift­ing ve­hi­cles.

Aaron, who owns a lo­cal build­ing com­pany, said they’re ea­ger to get back into the sport af­ter his young fam­ily took pri­or­ity for two years.

‘‘Jonathan and

I have al­ways had a pas­sion for drift­ing but af­ter hav­ing chil­dren we’re both tak­ing a dif­fer­ent ap­proach.’’

The close-knit duo will com­pete in a former NZV8 VZ Holden Com­modore Ute for the 2013/2014 sea­son, with a pow­er­ful V8 en­gine that will prove com­pet­i­tive against other ve­hi­cles be­cause of its im­pres­sive amount of torque.

‘‘While I’m lucky enough to be the driver, Jonathan is the chief so we really are do­ing this as a team,’’ Aaron said.

He is ex­cited to get back be­hind the wheel and said he is par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to the tech­ni­cal­ity of the street tracks D1NZ or­gan­is­ers have im­ple­mented.

‘‘The tracks are all so dif­fer­ent, so we’re con­stantly learn­ing and try­ing to push more. We’re al­ways look­ing to im­prove, no mat­ter where we are,’’ Aaron said.

‘‘We’re also really lucky to have en­listed the help of Mary Brown of MPB Man­age­ment as we couldn’t man­age spon­sor­ship and ev­ery­thing else with­out her.’’

The 2013/2014 D1NZ cham­pi­onship starts in Oc­to­ber 2013 fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the cur­rent 2012/ 2013 sea­son and will see Aaron and Jonathan bat­tle against other teams for top hon­ours over six rounds.

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