JOEL PATER­SON FIGHT­ING TO STAY IN THE D1NZ CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line -

What a month it has been for Joel Pater­son and his team. Af­ter fi­nally blow­ing the 4AGE, the team suf­fered set­back af­ter set­back lead­ing up to the De­mon En­ergy D1NZ Na­tional Drift­ing Cham­pi­onship’s fourth round. “Af­ter destroying the mo­tor, I came to the grim re­al­ity that there wasn’t enough money in the bud­get to have it re­built as the dam­age was quite ex­ten­sive, even the turbo was ru­ined,” Joel said. “That week, I re­ceived a phone call from fel­low com­peti­tor Per­nell Cal­laghan, who was dis­heart­ened to hear what had hap­pened. A week later I re­ceived an­other phone call from Per­nell, telling me he had se­cretly fund-raised enough money to have the en­gine re­built and my tyres sorted for round four. There aren’t many rac­ers in other mo­tor­sport dis­ci­plines that would do such a thing, I was blown way.”

With the money raised, and thanks to sev­eral key spon­sors such as STM, the Bling Com­pany and MRP, the build of a big­ger-ca­pac­ity 9AGE com­menced mere days be­fore D1NZ. On the dyno the new pack­age pro­duced a mas­sive 609Nm of torque and 351kW (407hp) at the wheels on 28 psi, max­ing out the in­jec­tors on E85.

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