NZ’s new home of drift­ing

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The ever-grow­ing sport of drift­ing is set to get its first per­ma­nent home here in New Zealand, work hav­ing started on a ded­i­cated fa­cil­ity at Mere­mere Drag­way south of Auck­land.

The pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity – on land ad­ja­cent the dragstrip pits and park­ing area – is the brain­child of Auck­land based driver and en­tre­pre­neur Sky Zhao, a pro driver, turned pro­fes­sional coach with his own busi­ness Drift Academy In­ter­na­tional, op­er­at­ing in New Zealand, Ja­pan and China.

“It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to see the sport of drift­ing le­git­imised and for it to grow here in New Zealand. I’m lucky enough to be able to be a part of that,” he told Mo­tor Equip­ment News.

Hav­ing drifted on pur­pose-built tracks overseas, Zhou says that es­tab­lish­ing such a fa­cil­ity in here be­came a pri­or­ity for the fu­ture of the ac­tiv­ity here.

What he en­vis­aged was a place to bring like-minded peo­ple to­gether in a safe, off the street en­vi­ron­ment without the high cost associated with the hire of es­tab­lished rac­ing cir­cuits.

Zhou also be­lieves that tem­po­rary cour­ses on a se­ries of linked corners at ex­ist­ing mo­tor rac­ing cir­cuits are of­ten too de­mand­ing for be­gin­ners and those in grass roots cars.

To that end the Drift Park’s de­sign will pro­vide a safer and bet­ter qual­ity ex­pe­ri­ence not only for those learn­ing to drift but for ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers too. And after much con­sul­ta­tion with lo­cal coun­cil and with the help of Gary Bo­gaart from Mere­mere Drag­way the vi­sion is now a re­al­ity.

Earth­work has be­gun with con­struc­tion un­der­way soon and com­ple­tion tar­geted for the end of 2017.

For on­go­ing up­dates visit www. drift­ or search “Mere­mere Drift Park” on Face­book.

Mere­mere Drift Park en­tre­pre­neur Sky Zhou (left) with Gary Bo­gaart on site.

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