ROUND 5 - GRAND FINAL
ROUND 4 - LEVELS
Round 4 saw the Drift Fraternity road tripping it down to Levels Intl Raceway for a 2-day event consisting of a full day practice and qualifying on the Friday, with a day loaded with Battles on Saturday with the DS portion being run first thing in the morning
Local South Island knowledge was thrown out the window as the cross-series judges requested both classes change the normal Drift line we are accustomed to, to a deeper more gas-peddle orientated clipping cornered course
This wasn't helped by the changing weather conditions on Friday throwing a spanner in the works
In the end Saturday saw a bit of rear strut damage with Snoop having nowhere to go, and spinning rear-first into another competitor. Thanks to a real family feel in the pits multiple crews got him straightened up and back out for his next battle without a technical being called.
The Top end of the series is as close as ever, Dan Currie taking the win over Josh McMillan with Sheldon Kneale tight behind.
We head into the final Round on May 5th with the result mirroring the series points with Dan only 3 points lead over Josh and Sheldon 14 behind them.
ROUND 3 - ANOTHER SCORCHER
We're now over half way through the 2017/18 Drift South season, and things have just got a lot tighter.
What looked like it was going to be a 30+ car field in Pro Drift ended up at 26 after a couple of cars having issues in the leadup, but that was plenty to keep the cars flowing non stop for the whole day, apart from a 30min holdup after a crash.
#1 qualifier was "Philthy" Sutherland in his monster 2JZ powered R34, only one point ahead of Glen Pupich and Josh McMillan tied for 2nd, and a returning Joel Counter not far behind in 4th.
Most of the higher qualifiers made it through the top 32 round, but the top 16 round was when the unexpected happened. Sam Dunfoy with a brilliant pair of laps took out series leader Dan Currie, whose team mate Brogan Mooney lost to Kerry Shanks after a re-run. Unfortunately a minor wheel to wheel contact when Glen Pupich was chasing Corey Farrant let to Corey making a big impact into the wall ending his day, Corey is already planning the repairs so hopefully we see him back for R4.
Fighting their way through the remaining rounds to make the final were Joel Counter and Josh McMillan, Counter taking a narrow 0.5 point win in the first time back since a season of D1NZ.
The good result from McMillan though sees him take the lead in the championship. With Currie, Sheldon Kneale and Mooney close behind.
In the Development Series, Alex Morton went one better than R2 by taking out the win just ahead of Scott Welsh, who unfortunately couldn't run his new S14 in Pro due to a scrutineering issue, and Jason Mitchell 3rd in his first competition day.
Next time out we're in Timaru with D1NZ, that will be a big one.
The new format for 2018 Drift Schools:
Beginner morning events - 9am - 12pm
-A TRACK VERSION 1 used. 2nd gear for most cars, easier for beginners.
-Small groups alternating on track, cars one at a time.
-Tutors assisting with advice and driving tips.
-Run for 2 hours before selected Have a Go Days.
-For drivers who have done a school or 2 but want some more help from experienced drivers and a bit of separation from other cars.
-Same track used as the Have a Go Day.
See http://driftsouth.co.nz/driftschool for info and entries for the next school on Feb 8th
Round 2 of the 2017/18 Drift South season sure was a hot one, on and off the track.
Brogan Mooney (pictured celebrating) worked his way to the top of the tree, taking out team mate Dan Currie whose 2nd place was enough to extend his championship lead.
Top qualifier Cody Hayden-Holmes ended up 4th after Josh McMillan got him in the 3rd vs 4th battle.
Josh and Brogan jump up to 2nd and 3rd for the season after an early exit by Sheldon Kneale.
Alex Smith dominated the Development Series with runs that wouldn't have looked out of place in the Pro class, ahead of Alex Morton and Dominic Edwards.
Big thanks to all of the helpers, spectators, drivers and crew who braved the 30+ deg temperatures to come out. When the spectators are watching from the shade under the grandstand you know it's hot.
The cold Demon Energy Drinks went down well.
ROUND 1 RESULTS- TERETONGA
Great start to the season down south. Top 2 went as per last season with Dan Currie taking out Sheldon Kneale in the final. Followed by Jacob Cuthbert who did a great job in only his 2nd Pro competition.
Develompent Series win went to Dominic Edwards by only 1 point over Ashton Anderson and local driver Chunks Colvin in 3rd.
All competition and test dates for the new season have now been confirmed (also loaded into the calendar on this site) more info to be added as it becomes available.
Round 1 - 23 September Teretonga
Round 2 - 2 December Ruapuna
Round 3 - 27 January Ruapuna
Special extra event, details to come - 3 March
Round 4 - 9/10 March Levels with D1NZ
Round 5 - 5 May Ruapuna
If you are interested in entering or competing please have a read of the other pages on this website, or contact us for more info.
West Coasts Daniel Currie (Grey S15) completed the series and come out on top of the table as the Drift South King.
Thanks to all the drivers and supporters for the season
Further results can be found in the Archive section
DRIFT SOUTH DEVELOPMENT SERIES
New to the format is the Drift South Development Series.
Basically the same as the old Street Legal, open to almost anyone who wants to come out and compete. You get 2 practice sessions and then a session of judged laps to give you a final score. Top 3 placings get the trophies
You must have some track drift experience, preferably from a Drift School
Requirements: Road cars and track cars are able to compete if they meet a few basic requirements:
Road cars must have a WOF, bolted down battery and an approved fire extinguisher - bolted through the floor. They will be scrutineered to make sure everything is safe.
Competition cars may be used and must meet the same requirements as Pro Drift.
Personal safety requirements include a minimum of clean 100% cotton overalls and an approved helmet. (See Schedule A to find the regulations for helmets and all other requirements)