Valvoline D1NZ National Drifting Championship organisers have confirmed that this weekend’s scheduled event at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon will go ahead, following the New Zealand Government’s 4.30pm Covid-19 announcement.
The Friday/Saturday event had been somewhat in doubt following the roll-out of a snap Alert Level 3 lockdown in Auckland, with Alert Level 2 for the rest of the country — including Feilding and the Manawatu.
With the shift to Alert Level 2 in Auckland and Alert Level 1 outside of Auckland, the event can take place as planned. Drivers and staff who are Auckland residents will be allowed out of the region to attend the event, and crowds will be allowed to watch the competition first hand.
D1NZ organisers acknowledged fans of the category in its announcement. “We would like to thank all those who have sent positive messages of support for the series and drivers this week,” it said.
It’s release also asked spectators to continue following standard Covid-19 protocols, including staying at home if unwell, use of the NZ Covid Tracer app at businesses spectators visit in the region and on any public transport trips, and the practicing of good hygiene.
The Pro-Sport feeder class round takes place on Friday, with Pro series competition taking place on Saturday. Each day has an 11.00am start. After winning round one of the series at Mount Smart stadium, Andrew Redward leads the Pro standings over Ben Jenkins, ‘Fanga Dan’ Woolhouse, and Bruce Tannock.