PUKEKOHE IS CONFIRMED FOR D1NZ FINAL!
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.