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The Tau­ranga-based third round of the cur­rent D1NZ sea­son will see a shift from the car park ad­ja­cent to Bay­park Sta­dium — tra­di­tion­ally known as ‘the con­crete jun­gle’ as a re­sult of the con­crete bar­ri­ers chucked up to form the track, which have claimed a fair few cars over the years — to in­side the sta­dium it­self. Yep, that’s right, just like in Dunedin last year, the 17,000-plus ca­pac­ity sta­dium is set to trans­form into a pur­pose-built drift cir­cuit over Fe­bru­ary 24–25, and it will en­com­pass 5000 square me­tres of con­crete laid atop the grass in­field. D1NZ Man­ager Bren­don White said that the cur­rent global trend is for th­ese kinds of events to move to­wards sta­di­ums to cater to larger crowds, and the change will give fans the clos­est pos­si­ble experience. “This is an­other New Zealand first, and to grow the sport with our long-term plans, it made more sense to make the move this year rather than the fol­low­ing sea­son,” Bren­don said. “The ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture at Bay­park means we can fo­cus 100 per cent on putting on an amaz­ing show for fans, spon­sors, and the driv­ers due to what this track lay­out will of­fer.” Un­sur­pris­ingly Cole Arm­strong, a Tau­ranga na­tive and win­ner at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Sta­dium, is pumped that his home­town will re­ceive a sta­dium event. “We’ve had it three years here, and to step it up, and to cre­ate some­thing awe­some like Nitro Cir­cus — it’s next level,” he said. We wel­come the in­clu­sion of sta­dium-based events with open arms, as long as the tracks that helped build the se­ries also re­main a sta­ple on the cal­en­dar.

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