ROUND 4 - SUNDAY 8 MAY
Next up, and now the final round for this massively Covid affected season.
Ruapuna Raceway hosts Round 4 of the 2021/22 Drift South Championship for the Pro Drift and Development Series classes.
Ticket deal available - Head to Japanese Race Supplies pre event, buy two tickets and get one more free! Or buy at the gate for $15 each.
No more number limits or vaccine passes required.
ROUND 3 - FINALLY
Results from March 13, Round 3 of the 2021/22 Season
The final round of this shortened season will be Sunday 8 May at Mike Pero Motorsport Park - Ruapuna
Stay tuned for details
RESCHEDULED 2021/22 SEASON
With the Covid restrictions meaning no levels round this year, and Ruapuna needing to rearrange the calendar, we have 2 new dates to finish off the competition season:
Sunday 13 March
Sunday 8 May
Both at Ruapuna.
Drivers - see the calendar page for entry details for each when available.
Spectators - unfortunately creating "bubbles" of spectators for these events just isn't feasible at this stage. If things change we'll be sure to share the info.
Have a Go Days and Schools are still running, with restrictions - see their pages for details.
COVID-19 STRIKES AGAIN
Unfortunately the Levels round of the Drift South Series, originally scheduled for Feb 19th, has been cancelled.
Stay tuned for updates on further rounds this season, we fully expect to be able to finish off the season on track in style.
After the Covid enforced postponement of the original date for Round 1, we have now confirmed a replacement so the season can remain as 5 rounds.
The new start of the season kicks of on Saturday 20th Nov at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna.
Only $15pp at the gate, bring the kids under 16 with you for free.
Please note, spectator parking is is the carpark to your right after the entry gate, you then can walk through the pits and up on to the viewing bank. Food van will be open in the pits.
(Rounds are Ruapuna unless otherwise noted)
FINAL RESULTS - 2020/21 SEASON
Round 1 - 19th September - Ruapuna A Track V2
Round 2 - 7th November - Ruapuna
Round 3 - 16th January - Teretonga (Development R3 - 19 Dec @ Ruapuna)
Round 4 - 20th February - Levels
Round 5 - 24th April - Ruapuna
2019/20 SEASON CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to Glen Pupich for becoming a 3 time Drift South champion, and to Ashton Anderson for being the first official Development Series champion.
Unfortunately due to the virus we had to cut the season one round short and couldn't get south to Teretonga. But we'll be back in around September for the next season
Levels really shook the championships up this year with a huge amount of rain during the day meaning the slippery track tested the drivers.
Mechanical difficulties meant Glen Pupich could not progress past qualifying allowing the chasing drivers to close the gap.
Daniel Scott took the win, from Ben O'Brien and Guy Graham-Bagrie.
Development Series saw Peter Sarchett just pip Ashton Anderson, with Isaac Porter 3rd in his first event.
Over half way through the 2019/20 season now and with another win, Glen Pupich Extended his series lead over Zac Palmer and Daniel Swift.
FINAL ROUND OF 2018/19 SEASON
Another season of Drift South down, and we have a new champion - Brogan Mooney driving his S15 Silvia.
Brogan had a good points lead going into the last round, he still needed to qualify well to seal the title, but made sure of it by getting through to 2nd place for the round to seal a dominant season, with only Dan Currie managing to beat him all year.
Alex Pirlea had a troubled season with his R33 Skyline but always managed to hold the engine together long enough to get solid placings and managed 2nd overall. He will definitely be one to watch next season.
Unfortunately for Morgan Rooney, Alex did get enough points to jump for 2nd, but previous good results allowed Morgan to hold 3rd overall. We're sure the wedding was a good reason to miss the final round right Morgan?
Chevenne Hassan was dominant in the Development Series, winning 3 of the 4 rounds, and was awarded the "Most Promising Driver" award.
Stay tuned for announcements on new season dates.
Do the weather God's have something against us?
For the second round in a row the rain came and made things tricky for the drivers.
This time the track got slippery right at the start of the ranking (qualifying) battles...
Alex Pirlea must have worked out the new track conditions best as he came out highest ranked, just ahead of Morgan Rooney and Scott Welsh.
Into the eliminations, the track had dried, but Pirlea couldn't progress far with engine issues.
Both of the You Break We Fix S15's were looking good though even after ending the ranking battles a bit lower placed than usual. Meeting in the semi final, championship leader Brogan Mooney was taken out by a returning Daniel Currie, who went on to win the final battle.
In the Development Series, Chevenne Hassan made it 3 from 3 this season. Ahead of Peter Sarchett, and Mitchell Doake.
We're back in Chch Sunday April 28th for the championship decider. Where it will be sunny all day!
So what started as a nice sunny day soon got a tad wet.
Unfortunately before we could finish the day the rain came down so hard we had no choice but to call it early.
Top 4 had to be decided based on qualifying so we ended up with :
1 - Brogan Mooney
2 - Alex Pirlea
3 - Morgan Rooney
4 - Tom Ickenroth
The Development ran their judged laps in the rain too but luckily not as bad.
1 - Chevenne Hassan
2 - Dom Edwards
3 - Peter Sarchett
ROUND 1 RESULTS
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.
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.
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
ROUND 5 RESULTS
ROUND 4 - TIMARU
ROUND 3 RESULTS
ROUND 2 RESULTS
DRIFT SOUTH ROUND 1
Round 1 - 8 October 2016. A Track ver 1
Round 2 - 26 November 2016. B Track
Round 3 - 28 January 2017. B Track Reverse
Round 4 - 4 March 2017. Levels, Timaru
Round 5 - 6 May 2017. A Track ver 2
Battle Royale was a hoot.
There is a write-up of the event with results on TheMotorhood
Was run with 3 different competitions:
Battle Royale battle pools - Format just like a rugby 7's competition - winner and runner up from each pool to a top 8 elimination. Winner takes all.
Big Entry Competition - Who can pull off the biggest, craziest, fastest entries into the hairpin
Team Drift - Teamed crews run the section as close together as possible.
JAPRACE DRIFT SOUTH ROUND 4 RESULTS
JAPRACE DRIFT SOUTH ROUND 3 @ LEVELS RESULTS
JAPRACE DRIFT SOUTH ROUND 2 RESULTS
JAPRACE DRIFT SOUTH ROUND 1 RESULTS
2014/15 ROUND 5
Congratulations to Joel Counter for winning the final round for the season and Ben Luff who is the Drift South champion for the 2014/15 season.
2014/15 ROUND 4 SEES NORTHERN DRIVERS ON TOP
Drift South Round 4 was held at Mike Pero Motorsport Park on 28th March 2015.
With the Demon Energy D1NZ round around the corner 3 drivers were in town early, with Milwaukee Tool Team-mates Jodi Verhulst and Drew Donovan along with Joel Peterson in his tidy AE86 entering the local round.
Jodi was showing good form into qualifying with some crazy entry speeds around the 150kph mark along the straight. All 3 drivers ended up with the top spots, with Drew, Joel and our own Neil Walmsley on the podium at the end of the day
2014 ROUND 3 RESULTS
2014 ROUND 2 RESULTS