Dunedin D1NZ round scores high pro­file sup­ports

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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.

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