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Dur­ing the top-four bat­tles in the D1NZ ProS­port Se­ries at Ti­maru In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Race­way, for round three of the Link ECU D1NZ Na­tional Drift­ing Cham­pi­onship, fifth-place qual­i­fier Cal­lum Nee­son was in a gnarly smash into the tyre wall af­ter one of his tyres de-beaded. How­ever, it wasn’t the crash it­self that held the pro­ceed­ings up but a re­cov­ery ve­hi­cle as­sist­ing in re­mov­ing Nee­son’s car.

With a tight cut-off sched­ule, the team rushed to clear Nee­son’s car, and, in the process, a sta­bi­liz­ing leg on the re­cov­ery ve­hi­cle was left down, which dug into the grass and across half the width of the track sur­face be­fore the ve­hi­cle came to a stop.

The Mo­tor­Sport New Zealand (MSNZ) Clerk of the Course nat­u­rally deemed the dam­aged area un­us­able, and the drift sec­tion had to be moved for­ward with an­other cor­ner added mid com­pe­ti­tion. It’s some­thing that’s been un­heard of in the se­ries un­til now, but the driv­ers ac­cepted the cir­cum­stances and con­tin­ued to bat­tle with­out is­sue.

Dar­ren Kelly claimed his first win in the Nis­san New Zealand R35 GT-R within the Pro Se­ries, with Cole Arm­strong in se­cond and Ben Wilkin­son earn­ing his first podium plac­ing in third.

In the Pro-Sport Se­ries, Liam Burke earned his third podium in a row with a first-place fin­ish, bat­tling round-two win­ner Jordy Cole in the fi­nal, who would take se­cond, with new­comer Kurt Blackie in third. The se­ries will next run April 20–21 at Man­feild Cir­cuit, Feild­ing, for round four. 2018 PRO CHAM­PI­ONSHIP STAND­INGS 1. COLE ARM­STRONG: 218 POINTS 2. DAR­REN KELLY: 191 POINTS 3. ‘FANGA DAN’ WOOLHOUSE: 178 POINTS 4. DAYNOM ‘SLIM’ TEM­PLE­MAN: 163 POINTS 5. MATTY HILL: 159 POINTS 2018 PRO-SPORT CHAM­PI­ONSHIP STAND­INGS 1. LIAM BURKE: 275 POINTS 2. JORDY COLE: 224 POINTS 3. TAY­LOR JAMES: 207 POINTS 4. CAL­LUM NEE­SON: 173 POINTS 5. KYLE JACK­WAYS: 169 POINTS

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