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2014 Redbull Drift Shifters Is Car Pinball [RECAP]

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The event fired up at local time 4:30pm here in California and seemingly ran smoother than any drift event I have seen. The event packed a star studded cast into the heart of Auckland, New Zealand for a Great 8 that was aired on Redbull TV. The format saw every driver make a pass and the bottom four scores were eliminated from competition. Then out of the Final Four, the top two drivers moved into a final which saw another.

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2014 D1NZ Round 1 at Manfeild Raceway [RECAP]

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Shortly after wrapping up the 2014 drifting season here in New Zealand we were back at it again for 2015! The Demon Energy D1NZ series stopped by at Manfeild Raceway in the lower North Island for Round 1 of competition. With high speed entries, smooth flowing corners and large runoffs this would be a chance to really test the cars – many of which receiving new setups during the off-season.

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One of those would be Fanga Dan Woolhouse in his Century Batteries Holden Commodore. The new VE chassis has been in the works for a while now – built as a serious championship contender to the tune of well over 600hp. However later in the day a broken axle meant the new car would not go on and instead Fanga would borrow Ben Jenkins’ Pro-Am S13, driving well but without the necessary pace for a round win.
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Similarly the current D1 champion Gaz Whiter was not driving his usual high power LS7 Silvia. Shipping that car to Australia for World Time Attack meant Whiter would borrow an RB powered C33 Laurel last used in competition back in 2007. Even with Whiter’s experience and driving ability the team knew it would be a challenge come battle time, and unfortunately electrical problems took him out of the game early.

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D1NZ Round 5 Takes Over Christchurch [EVENT RECAP]

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Round 5 of the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship saw the series return to Ruapuna Raceway in Christchurch. Located in the South Island of New Zealand, the round required about a 16 hour drive for most teams or paying for shipping and flights. Ruapuna was a huge success last season so it was no surprise to see this round would host the biggest field of entries all year.

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The track is also the longest drift section this year and one of the fastest, meaning it was a tire killer at only 1-2 laps per set. The teams were prepared for this and packed extra tires into every nook and cranny they could find. Alongside his stock of Nitto’s, Mad Mike Whiddett decided to ship down both the RX7 Madbul and RX8 Badbul being spoiled for choice.

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2014 D1NZ Round 4 Recap at Taupo Motorsport Park

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With the halfway point behind us the competition was really starting to heat up for round four of the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship. After two rounds of drifting on smaller custom built tracks, the drivers welcomed the return of Taupo Motorsport Park. Not only did it mean getting away from the dangerous concrete walls, but the fast and flowing layout would allow the drivers to really push their cars to the limit.

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For Gaz Whiter and his team however it was a disastrous start before the competition had even begun. During the Friday test session Whiter’s LS7 suffered engine failure caused by loss of oil pressure. Shortly afterward the team went about the huge process of stripping the engine, inspecting, cleaning and rebuilding it from the ground up.

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You have to admire their dedication because at this point most teams would probably pack up and go home. At 4pm the next day however, to everyone’s amazement, that familiar V8 rumble was heard once again in pit-lane and Whiter went about his business as usual – qualifying in P6.

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Current leader in championship points Mad Mike Whiddett was aiming to extend his sizable lead this round in the quad-rotor ‘Madbul’ RX7. Mike knows the track well and went on to lay down two 85 point runs in qualifying claiming 8th spot.

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More drama occurred in the battles when Matt Lauder, a newcomer to Pro this season, defeated current champion Fanga Dan Woolhouse. After a first run that was too close to call the battle would go one more time where Lauder would capitalize on a slow exit from Fanga on the final corner.

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The best battle of the round would definitely go to that of Nico Reid vs Mad Mike Whiddett. With Reid’s RB powered Silvia having the speed and angle down to a fine art, and Mike’s superb chase runs it was another battle that went one more time. Again it was too close to pick a definitive winner so the pair would go once more. On the last corner Nico Reid got a little too close to Whiddett, making contact and spinning Mike handing him the win.
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Fast forward to the final battle now with Curt Whittaker in the Autosure 2JZ R34 who had taken out Mad Mike, coming up against Gaz Whiter who was simply destroying his competition despite having almost no practice time. Whittaker was first to lead, picking up an early advantage when Whiter made a small mistake.
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After swapping over Whiter went all out, piloting the Tectaloy S14 to a near perfect line. At the end of the section he was able to create enough of a gap in proximity on Whittaker and walk away with the round win!
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Gaz Whiter and the team will be absolutely stoked with the round win, especially after a spell of bad luck in the previous rounds of competition. The win puts Whiter in second place overall in championship points, followed closely by Whittaker in third place overall. Mad Mike Whiddett remains in first place overall retaining a substantial lead in the competition. Next round the series travels to New Zealand’s south island based track Ruapuna Raceway. With the local drivers having far more experience at this track than the majority of the field, round five will be exciting to watch!

-David Atkinson

2014 D1NZ Round 3 Recap at ASB Baypark Mount Maunganui

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It’s summertime down here in New Zealand – which means sweltering temperatures, clear blue skies and on this particular weekend, a whole lot of tires going up in smoke for round three of the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship held at Baypark, Tauranga.

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Big concrete walls littered the edges of this custom made circuit, with clipping points dotted around the edges to encourage wall rubbing. Panels would end up broken, lights smashed – but the drivers didn’t care. They love the tight and technical circuits like this and with the crowd surrounding the track, it made for a good show!

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The action really kicked off in qualifying with Mad Mike Whiddett laying down the equal highest score ever recorded in D1NZ – a 95 point run taking out first place. I’m sure you’re familiar with the naturally aspirated quad-rotor 26B engine buzzing at the heart of this car. It truly is a sight and sound to behold out on track.

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Mike’s 95 point score was actually matched by Andrew Redward in the Achilles Radial RX7. Known as the ‘king of angle’ , he skillfully hit all the outer clipping points in the LS2 powered FC and went into battle claiming the second qualifying spot after his second run was judged slightly lower than Mikes.

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Taking third spot in qualifying was Nico Reid in his RB powered Luxury Sports S15. Despite being fairly new to D1NZ, Nico certainly has a lot of skill behind the wheel and always excels on these smaller tracks. He went on to beat Fanga Dan Woolhouse to claim third place overall in the round.

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One of the best battles of the weekend was between ex-champion Curt Whittaker and Bruce Tannock. Most would predict Tannock to hold back and protect the expensive Rocket Bunny kit from damage but he proved everyone wrong by delivering his best driving to date. An excellent chase run was enough to take down Whittaker and move through to the top eight.

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A regular competitor in the Australian ADGP series, Michael Prosenik shipped his LS1 powered S13 here for round three to beat as many Kiwis as he could! The combination of a big V8 and Driftworks components proved to be very successful – taking out Brad Smith and Joe Kukutai before going out against Redward in the top eight.

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The final battle came down to top qualifiers Mad Mike Whiddett and Andrew Redward. With both drivers displaying excellent speed and angle, the battle would no doubt go on until a mistake was made and that is exactly what happened. A mis-shifted gear from Whiddett allowed Redward to gain a big lead over the RX7 and walk away with the round title.

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Tauranga played host to a superb weekend of drifting with the top qualifiers also dominating the podium. Andrew Redward first, Mad Mike Whiddett second and Nico Reid third. With another podium in the bag Whiddett has gained a big lead in the championship points and will be very difficult to beat in the coming rounds. With another three rounds left the title race isn’t over just yet and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds!

-Thanks to guest poster David Atkinson

2014 D1NZ Round 3 at ASB Baypark Mount Maunganui [RESULTS]

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D1NZ Round 3 has wrapped up from Baypark with great results from Round 3. Our photographer on site will have some great coverage coming to us later on in the week. Mad Mike Whiddett made it all the way to the finals but couldn’t quite defeat Andrew Redward to take home a victory at this round. Here is how everything finished up through the big weekend in New Zealand:

Qualifying
1. ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett (Red Bull/Speedhunters Mazda RX7) 95
2. Andrew Redward (Achilles Tyre Mazda RX7 V8) 95
3. Nico Reid (Luxury Sports Nissan S15) 94
4. Daniel ‘Fanga Dan’ Woolhouse (Castrol Edge Holden Commodore V8) 92.5
5. Matt Lauder (The Bling Company Nissan 180SX) 92
5. Curt Whittaker (Autosure Warranties 2JZ Nissan Skyline R34) 91
6. Michael Prosenik (Viva Garage Nissan S13 V8) 86.5
7. Aden Omnet (Adens Tyres Toyota Altezza 2JZ) 82
8. Shane Van Gisbergen (BOC Gases/Racestuff Ford Falcon V8) 82
9. Joe Kukutai (Gull Force Pro Nissan Skyline R32) 80
10. Troy Forsythe (Drift Direct/Rapid Performance Nissan S13) 80

 

Main Event Finish
1. Andrew Redward
2. Mad Mike Whiddett
3. Nico Reid
4. Fanga Dan Woolhouse

 

Championship Points After Round 3
1. ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett 304
2. Gary ‘Gaz’ Whiter 226.5
3. Nico Reid 198.5
4. Curt Whittaker 198
5. Andrew Redward 197.5
6. Daniel ‘Fanga Dan’ Woolhouse 196
7. Darren Kelly 171
8. Shane Van Gisbergen 171
9. Chris Jackson 166
10. Troy Forsythe 156

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