D1NZ has unveiled the venue of the penultimate round of its 2020 season calendar with a spectacular one-night indoor round staged in Auckland next month set to make national drifting headlines.
Following the postponement of the final two rounds from Hampton Downs and Pukekohe Park, the nation’s premier drifting championship will now turn indoors to host its much awaited fourth round of its 2020 campaign.
A spectacular four-minute long video published to the series’ Facebook page suggests the unique event will see defending champions go up against aspiring newcomers in a one-night only showdown that the New Zealand drifting scene has never witnessed before.
Darren Kelly’s GTR R-35 features in the video in a teaser of what is to be expected once the smoke and fumes of D1NZ hits the indoors come next month.
The penultimate round of the championship will be contested at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on July 3 and will be limited to a mere 500 spectators.
For those not trackside, the round will be broadcast live on Sky Sport.
“This has never been done in New Zealand and during lockdown the goalposts for the event industry kept moving,” said D1NZ Category Manager Brendon White.
“We wanted to inspire New Zealanders and show that anything is still possible, so we catered for a
show that we could execute during the restricted lockdown period to showcase the sport in a new light.
“Drifting is in its infancy globally and is relatively still new in relation to other codes of motorsport.
“It is unknown how it will evolve in coming years so it’s great to be given the freedom to present motorsport in such an engaging manner to fans.”
Pukekohe Park has also been confirmed as the venue for the fifth and final round of the championship with the event slated for July 31 – August 1.
Central Drift’s Taylor James currently heads the Pro Championship point standings after three rounds completed, while Russell Vare leads the Pro-Sport Championship.