Drifter wants to up his game

Andrew Redward in his Mazda RX-7 leads Nico Reid drifting his Nissan Silvia S15 at ASB Baypark Stadium. Photos: Simon Chapman.

After a stellar return to the Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship at round four of the series, Andrew Redward will look to use his circuit experience to go one better at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park over March 25-26.

After an extended hiatus from the series, Redward put on a near perfect series return at Tauranga’s ASB Baypark Stadium where he finished runner-up to ATJ Drift’s Tom Marshall.

Now his attention shifts to the North Waikato’s Hampton Downs Motorsport Park where he’ll hope his experience will give him the edge over his rivals.

Redward has had plenty of practice on the club circuit, which the series will compete on for the first time in the series’ history.

“I’ve had five days there now, we’ve spent a lot of time at the track,” says Redward.

“The track works really well for battles. We’ve been there for a few club days and the trains that we can put on are four, five, six cars deep and everyone’s on their doors - it’s good!  

“It’s a really fun track for battling, because you’re always on someone.”

He says the circuit will put on a show for the drivers and fans alike. An aggressive tight entry will provide one of the biggest challenges on the circuit, but high horsepower cars will thrive as they exit turn two as they enter the fast sweeping final right hander.

Redward is pumped following his performance at the last outing in Tauranga. The return signalled the Demon Energy D1NZ veteran hadn’t lost his touch, despite the challenge the new circuit posed.

“It was cool, I was just stoked to be in the battles really. There’s a strong field out there and there’s always going to be people who lose out. I spun on my first run, which felt like an awesome run, and the second one we just put a banker in.

“The battles went well. I pushed as hard as I could. A couple of guys spun out in front of me, which was a bit unfortunate.

“I’d like to think my chases were still decent, but it was fun; I enjoyed it.”

Redward says he’s be making sure to give his V8-powered Mazda RX-7 a good once over before the penultimate round of the series.

“I still want to take the engine out because we’ve been running nitrous for three events now, so I want to check all the bearings, go through it and make sure everything’s mint.”

Round four of the Demon Energy D1NZ National Drifting Championship takes place at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park over March 25-26 for the first time on the newly built Club Circuit. For more information visit D1NZ.com.

Andrew Redward drifts under the lights of ASB Baypark Stadium at the last round in Tauranga.


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