The 2014 NAC New Zealand Drift Nationals takes place this Sunday September 21 at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, and this year we are doing things a little different. We have implemented a new format for qualifying, similar to the successful Battlemania, foregoing the traditional single run passes, replaced instead with 120 fast-paced battle runs to dictate the top 16 qualifying order. Those drivers will then compete in a traditional elimination format to find the 2014 champion. So exactly how will the new format work? Read on to find out.
D1NZ Round Dates Announced
Here’s the news all you drift-mad fans have been waiting for, the D1NZ round dates. The first round is coming up fast, so make sure to book those days off work if you plan to travel to some of the far-away rounds. This season is set to be bigger than ever, with drivers amping up their power in order to take the win.
After catching up with Daynom Templeman, we then caught up with ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett.
Mike says he’ll be unveiling the latest generation of the Red Bull RX-8 at the event, hoping to keep his winning streak going.
Check out more below:
Nineteen-year-old Matt Meyrick has really had a rough time with his R33 build. It was broken into, and by the looks of the photos Matt sent us, Dirty Mike and the boys had one of their parties in there (if you’ve seen The Other Guys, you’ll know what that means). But it hasn’t put Matt off, and he’s now carrying out stage two of the build with a solid 447kW (600hp) as the goal. The RB25DET is currently making 239kW at 15psi with a Garrett T04E, but the new engine build will see Wiseco pistons and rods, bigger injectors, a front-facing plenum, a fuel rail, a bigger throttle body, and a healthy amount of boost, all of which should hopefully reach the 447kW goal.
NZ Drift Nationals is less than two weeks away and we’ve been catching up with the drivers taking part in the event.
Check out the video below to see what he had to say:
Every now and then you come across a car that just seems to jump out of the page and grab you. It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what or why, but they always seem to have that ‘it’ factor. It might not be the shiniest car or have the world’s longest parts list, but they all seem to have that little something which sets them apart from the next build, a presence they seem to emanate when rolling down the street.
These days Robbie Ward is a household name within import circles, and a regular name in NZPC. Like many, he first featured in NZPC in Under Construction, in issue six, circa 1997. He had been playing with Nissans for a few years, and sent in a picture of a Datsun 1200 coupé he was building as his serious drag car. Oddly that picture, or perhaps the solid mustache he rocked in the accompanying photo, saw him win win the monthly prize, a V1 Link ECU. Which logo can now be found on Robbie’s door? That of Link’s Vi-PEC, of course.