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Since the loss of the Slip­way Fa­cil­ity in Welling­ton, the lo­cal drift scene has been lack­ing a full­time, ded­i­cated drift track. We’ve man­aged by re­pur­pos­ing lo­cal cir­cuits, such as Hamp­ton Downs and Mere­mere for the up­per North Is­land, Taupo for the lower, and Rua­puna and Ti­maru race­ways for the South Is­land. How­ever, when we caught a whiff that plans were un­der­way to bring back a ded­i­cated drift venue, we were all over that noise.

The brain­child of former D1NZ Pro se­ries driver Sky Zhao, Ev­er­green Drift Park is a tight and tech­ni­cal cir­cuit, ap­prox­i­mately 1km long, that fo­cuses on low-speed drift­ing in which big power, or the need to carry lots of mo­men­tum, is not nec­es­sary — but if you have it, a damn good time is sure to fol­low.

Sky tells us that the idea was to cre­ate a fa­cil­ity that is friendly to both be­gin­ners and ad­vanced driv­ers, with the former be­ing able to de­velop their tech­nique without the risk of de­stroy­ing their cars — as­sisted by the open-plan set-up that al­lows ob­struc­tion-free run-off — while ad­vanced driv­ers can push their abil­i­ties to the lim­its by car­ry­ing higher speeds and us­ing the con­crete-walled straight for prox­im­ity train­ing and nasty wall scrapes, much like those you’ll see at Ja­pan’s Mei­han Sport­s­land.

With the track now com­pleted, the first pub­lic dates have been an­nounced for March, and are, un­der­stand­ably, sell­ing out mega-quick as ev­ery­one chafes to get in on the fun. For fur­ther info, visit the ‘Ev­er­green Drift Park’ Face­book page.

Ev­er­green Drift Park March 17, 18, 24, and 25 Mere­mere

$150 per driver

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