D1NZ final date set
The team behind the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship have finally been able to set a date for the sixth and final round of the season, although it’s not at the preferred Pukekohe Park Raceway, as D1NZ organizer Brendon White explains: “We aren’t dealing with a case for just our situation with the smoke issue, we are dealing with a select few residents who are on the warpath with lawyers in tow to get a set structure of days allocated; it looks like they are asking the racetrack for different category days and imposing strict conditions on the facility, from what we gather.”
While this so-called noise management forum works through the issue D1NZ remains positive that drifting will happen once a year at Pukekohe, and is working with the venue on the overall long-term goals, while understanding that D1NZ is only part of the bigger picture of what is going on with the noise management forum. Brendon White continues: “The last thing D1NZ wants to do is to put extra pressure on the Park while they go through a very delicate process that potentially could jeopardise the long-term goal of retaining D1NZ at the track and then blow up into a fiasco similar to that experienced by Western Springs. We started 10 years ago at Pukekohe and it’s our iconic home of New Zealand drifting, it’s been a very long, frustrating fight for us and it’s still not over, but we are in a better position than before, but drifting won’t return to Pukekohe this year.” The new venue for the final is Taupo’s Ricoh Motorsport Park, another favourite amongst drivers, who voted for this venue over Hamptons should the Puke option not eventuate. The round will take place on June 22–23, and the D1NZ team tell us they have some big plans in the works that will be announced over the coming months.
Kyle Jackways is a name that has been around the New Zealand drifting scene for a long time now. Having first competed in a D1NZ event way back in 2004, Kyle has had his feet firmly planted in the pits for many years — firstly as a competitor for five seasons, and then as a D1 judge for the last two.
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