Drift ahead for Baypark

Tauranga drifting fans are in for a treat with Baypark confirmed to host the third round of the D1NZ national series in January.

The meet follows on from Baypark’s successful inaugural drift event last January, which organiser Brendon White says was the most popular event ever held in the D1NZ National Drifting Championships series.

Tauranga drifter Jodie Verhulst celebrates her second placing at January’s
Cody’s D1NZ Pro-Am round at ASB Baypark.

“We knew it was going to be big because the pre-sales in the lead-up were better than any event we’ve had in our seven years.
“The crowd got so big on the second day we had to stop people coming in for safety [reasons].”
The competition, which is held in the ASB Baypark pits and carpark area, is expected to attract strong interest from drivers including top Western Bay talent Drew Donovan, Jodie Verhulst, Cole Armstrong and Ben Belcher.
Brendon is expecting next year’s event on January 17-19 to attract at least the 8000 estimated last year, with plans to run other events (still to be confirmed) alongside the drift competitions to enable organisers to cater for more people.
Others attractions to run
alongside the drifting will be a Freestyle MX competition and display, which Brendon says was “hugely popular” last year.
Prizes will be offered for the best trick and best width; and he is hoping to attract top riders, including New Zealand Red Bull freestyle champion Levi Sherwood, who have shown strong interest.
“We are really hoping to build on the event’s success because there is clearly a big appetite
for it.
“There are a lot of local drivers in the Mount and accommodation was fully booked out for that weekend when it was held last year.”
Brendon says drifting is continuing to grow in popularity and he believes it is now the most strongly supported motorsport in the country.
“It’s shaping up to be a great season with the biggest field we’ve ever had with 40 pros and another 40 in the pro-am class.”
The season starts next month with the first round at Hampton Downs (November 16-17), followed by rounds in Whangarei, Baypark, Taupo, Christchurch
and Pukekohe.


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