Recently Round 4 of the D1NZ Drift series was held at Aucklands Mt. Smart Stadium. The event kicked off during the week with a Charity cruise through the streets of Auckland organised by the guys at D1NZ for cancer patient Daniel Baxter and his family.
After the fun filled day it was back down to business as drivers battled it out for the top honors.
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D1NZ Drift Cars Invade The Motorway, Mt Smart & Queen Street
D1NZ Charity Cruise raising money for 'My Mate Daniel', where some of New
Zealand's top drifters invaded Auckland City during lunch hour.
Some of the lucky winners involved were Luke Duignan & Mike Maculey
A true rarity to see these cars scraping their kits across public streets
with escort from the NZ Police!
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D1NZ Round 4 - Mt Smart Stadium
Exclusive Night Event - February 11 2012
Tickets Just $15! Get in quick as this event WILL sell out!
Mad Mike Red Bull RX7 Wins Cody's D1NZ Round 5 - Ruakaka, Whangarei 2012
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Highlights of Red Bull's Mad Mike Whiddett winning Round 5 of the Cody's
D1NZ National Drifting Championship Series from the exclusive Ruakaka
street course in Whangarei, New Zealand.
For the first time since 2009 the D1NZ Series returned to the streets of
Northland, home to the infamous Team Driftcorp who have 6 D1NZ
Championships to their name and a rich history with New Zealand Drifting.
As such, the local fans swarmed at the opportunity to meet their favorite
drivers including 2006 Drift King Fanga Dan, current 3x defending champion
Gaz Whiter, and new young gun Robee Nelson.
This was the penultimate round, the Top 5 Championship contenders were all
visibly nervous and reluctant to talk about points and the title chase,
most if not all had their mind set on winning the weekend and it reflected
in some of the closest Top16 battles of the season, the Grand Final at
Hampton downs is sure to be a spectacular finale!
In practice plenty of carnage had accumulated in pitlane, most notably 2 of
the main title contenders, Cole Armstrong suffering 2 gearbox failures and
Curt Whittaker, the points leader, blowing an engine just before qualifying
with a fist sized hole through the 2JZ power-plant of his newly sponsored
Team Dilusi R34 Skyline. Curt would step into a borrowed car (D1Pro-Am Cam
Vernon) at an attempt to hold on to as many points as possible ahead of the
While championship dramas were the talk of pitlane, Mad Mike had his head
down and focused - qualifying first with hometown favorite Fanga Dan in
second, with young gun Darren Benjamin in third, further proving himself in
the D1-Pro class.
The Top16 got underway with Curt Whittaker paired up along side Niko Reid
in one of the most entertaining battles of the day, the pair were so
closely matched that OMT was called not once, twice, but 3 times until the
wildchild in the Luxury Sports S15 progressed through over Whittaker who
drove his best in an under-powered Pro-Am car.
With gearbox troubles still hampering the V Energy R34, Cole Armstrong and
the team would rebuild a new gearbox during the lunchbreak just in time for
the Top16, only to spin against Darren Benjamin in the chase, Benjamin
progressing through Top8 falling victim to a now hard charging Niko Reid
who was right at home with his street driving style despite another OMT.
The Top 4 would eventually feature Fanga Dan, Gaz Whiter, Mad Mike and Niko
Reid, a collection of popular drivers sure to rub panels for the modest
Whangarei crowd who braved the rain throughout the day.
A controversial battle between Mad Mike and Gaz Whiter went OMT, while
Fanga Dan progressed over Niko Reid for a spot in the final. Gaz fell to
Mike during the OMT, regardless of any controversy Mad Mike would continue
on into the final which was set to be a classic battle of friendly rivals.
The hometown hero, Fanga Dan in the Castrol Edge Commodore was out with
nothing to loose and was chasing down the top step of the podium in front
of a vocal home crowd. Mad Mike however was a man on a mission, determined
to join the ranks as a D1NZ Champion.
The MadBull RX7 would scream and spit flames on the lead run opening up a
small gap from Fanga Dan who would struggle ever so slightly with the right
transmission setup in the big V8. In true D1NZ fashion the battle would go
OMT and despite an even more refined chase and lead run from both drivers
it was almost a carbon copy with Mike opening the gap just enough to seal
the win over Fanga Dan!
Gaz Whiter would finish 3rd with Niko Reid claming his best result of his
debut D1-Pro season in 4th - Mad Mike celebrated in style with his right
foot out the window of the Red Bull RX7 during his victory burnout.
A fascinating round in the heart of Northland that is sure to return, a
round that now see's Fanga Dan sit 4th on the points, a dark horse for the
title - if anyone is out to spoil the party Dan's wild lock to lock driving
style could bring change to the Championship chase into Hampton Downs for
the Grand Final. Mad Mike however is seriously determined to earn his
stripes and the respect that comes with it. With more than 5 drivers in
with a shot, anything can happen!!
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Jake Jones visits MadMike Whiddett's HQ!
Leading up the the final round of D1NZ, Jake heads takes us for a tour
around MadMike Whiddett's HQ and talks to him about his drifting career,
the MADBUL RX7 and World Time Attack.