Ex­panded Drift series kicks off in Welling­ton in the New Year

Motor Equipment News - - MOTOR SPORT -

The cap­i­tal is set to get its first proper taste of mul­ti­code motorsport ac­tion since the Nis­san Mo­bil 500 street race when the NZ Xtreme Motorsport Series and D1NZ Na­tional Drift­ing Cham­pi­onship de­buts at Welling­ton Fam­ily Speed­way in Up­per Hutt in Jan­uary next year.

It will be the first time the series has ven­tured to the cap­i­tal and the first time in over 20-years Welling­ton has had a fully-fledged, week­end-long motorsport event.

Up­per Hutt’s Welling­ton Fam­ily Speed­way will host the first round of the 2018 cal­en­dar with the grass in­field set to be fully paved. The hope is to trans­form the Speed­way into a multi-pur­pose fa­cil­ity, with pro­vi­sion for drift­ing, driver train­ing and other events dur­ing the year.

The first round of the series will co­in­cide with the launch of the NZ Xtreme Motorsport Series. Come Jan­uary 12-13 drift­ing, Rally X and UTV rac­ing will all take place at the Speed­way venue, with D1NZ and Welling­ton Fam­ily Speed­way own­ers work­ing to­gether to en­sure the suc­cess of the ven­ture.

Local sup­port for the event has already be­gun to grow with Welling­ton Speed­way Pres­i­dent Chris Hadley ea­ger to get in­volved.

“We are ex­tremely ex­cited to be work­ing with the NZ Xtreme Motorsport Series and the team from D1NZ,” Hadley said.

Up­per Hutt City Coun­cil Mayor Wayne Guppy put his sup­port be­hind the move and said he’s ex­cited to have multi-code motorsport back in the re­gion.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to see a major motorsport event once again tak­ing place in Welling­ton, and we’re proud to sup­port the event right here in Up­per Hutt.”

Last year D1NZ made bold steps for­ward in cir­cuit build­ing. The 2016 – 17 sea­son be­gan with a South­ern Hemi­sphere first by build­ing a cir­cuit in­side Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Sta­dium.

Only two months later the series went in­side ASB Bay Park Speed­way for the series’ first Speed­way­based drift cir­cuit where Kiwi drifters got a taste of wall-riding for the first time.

The open­ing round of the D1NZ Na­tional Drift­ing Cham­pi­onship kicks off at Welling­ton Fam­ily Speed­way over Jan­uary 12-13, fea­tur­ing drift­ing, Rally X, Su­per Moto and UTV rac­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit nzxms.co.nz

Story and photos by Si­mon Chap­man

Jodie Ver­hulst leads 2016–’17 D1NZ cham­pion Cole Arm­strong at ASB Bay Park.

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