NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line -

Af­ter a three long years of bat­tling coun­cils, res­i­dents, re­source con­sents and abate­ment no­tices, the D1NZ team is fi­nally able to re­turn drift­ing to its spir­i­tual home in New Zealand, Pukekohe Park Race­way. The prob­lem has been one res­i­dent with a dis­dain for the sport ba­si­cally stop­ping the show, and it has taken three years of hard work to fi­nally get the go-head, which will see D1NZ at Pukekohe for the next 10 years as the only drift­ing event to be held at the venue.

Auck­land City Coun­cil are back­ing D1NZ, and with­out their sup­port it sim­ply would not have hap­pened. A mile­stone was reached late last month with Coun­cil­lors sign­ing the 10 year re­source con­sent. Although the hard­work is not over yet, as now the much-needed up­grades to the in­fa­mous sweeper will begin; the plan be­ing to resur­face from the pit lane exit right through turn one.

Three years ago driv­ers were en­ter­ing the sweeper at speeds around 196kph, but the car devel­op­ment that has taken place will mean some cars which were once maxed out will be able to in­crease speed to over 200kph. It’s go­ing to be wild, there is no ques­tion about that.

Only a hand­ful of the driv­ers com­pet­ing this sea­son have bat­tled at Pukekohe, and not a sin­gle Pro-Am driver has, so it’ll be a real level play­ing field, and a daunt­ing propo­si­tion en­ter­ing on the bumper of an­other car at those speeds. Some driv­ers are are re­port­edly feel­ing wary of the prospect, while oth­ers are ex­cited to re­turn.

From a spec­ta­tor point of view Pukekohe has al­ways de­liv­ered nail-bit­ing runs, so what bet­ter spot to fin­ish the sea­son. Tick­ets will be on sale later this month from d1nz.com, make sure you get in fast, as it’s very likely to sell out.

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