Dunedin D1NZ round scores high profile supports
Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium will see some of New Zealand’s biggest names in motor racing triple the action at the opening round of the Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship on Friday December 02 and Saturday December 03.
In a Southern Hemisphere first— drifting, rallycross, and motard action will thrill fans under the roof of the 30,000+ capacity stadium near Otago University.
Former world #2 Kiwi motocross rider Josh Coppins will headline the support act in the motard field whilst Highlands and Hampton Downs Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn joins the action with the Silver Fern Rally.
The biennial rally and inaugural Supermoto Cup will join the D1NZ drifters contesting the inaugural under cover event on a temporary mixed– surface circuit.
Supermoto Cup promoter Seth Devereux has created a special quickfire format for the bikes which he promised will be all action.
“We’re going to have a motocross gate start, four riders at a time in quick-fire three lap races with four boys going hell for leather because they need the points to get through to the semis and ultimately to the final.”
“On a full track you only see them for like one corner or two corners, but in this format you can see the whole race, every move, every pass, every push and shove, it’s all there for everyone to see.”
Coincidentally the Silver Fern Rally was in the area at the time and organiser Peter Martin said a stage on the temporary circuit in a bent–sprint race against the clock on their way ‘through town’ was a ‘no-brainer.’
“It’s a great opportunity to get a diverse and wide audience to a motorsport event and I think it’s really important that we engage as many people as we possibly can across the different genres to make the whole event worthwhile,” he said.
D1NZ Category Manager Brendon White says he’s excited to bring a diverse and exciting show to the far south.
“I’m pumped for the show, the sound, and the proximity fans will have to the action,” says White.
“For such an amazing concept inside the stadium we wanted to give fans an array of NZ motorsport; so they witness some of the best icons and codes NZ Motorsport has to offer.”
Nico Read will be one of the D1NZ stars who will compete at Dunedin’s’. Forsyth Barr stadium.