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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.

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