DRIFT SOUTH ROUND THREE
With a 28-strong field of Pro Drift entrants and a full development series, there were always going to be some big plays made at round three of the Drift South series. It saw not only the regular names in the mix but also a few old heads dusting off their race boots, and the likes of Joel Counter, ‘Mincey’ Mitch Gibbs, and ‘Philthy’ Phil Sutherland bringing along D1NZ comp cars to act as cats among the pigeons.
Ultimately, it would be Joel Counter who claimed bragging rights in the Pro Drift class, after qualifying fifth and smashing his way through the battle true to the final against Josh McMillan. That battle saw Josh take a 5.5/4.5 advantage over Joel in the first run. Not to be outdone, Joel stepped up to the next run with a new-found aggressive driving style and relaxed persona, and fought back to take a 6/4 advantage, which handed him the win.
In the development series, the day ultimately went to Alex Morton in the beautifully presented ChaChaCha S14, followed by Pro Drift regular Scott Welsh in second — he was bumped back in scrutineering on a small issue with the cage but was allowed to run in the single passing development group — and Jason Mitchell in third.
The Drift South season continues on March 4, in conjunction with D1NZ, at Timaru International Motor Raceway, Timaru.