It was always going to be tight, but the management of Hampton Downs recently confirmed that the motorsport park will not be ready for Round 5 of the NOS Energy Drink NZ Drift Series in association with NAC Insurance. Apparently the track surface would be fine, but the many important facilities required to accommodate a crowd of NZ Drift size will not be completed in time for the November 21 meet. As a result, NZ Drift will now be a four-round series, with the November 21 date scheduled for Hampton Downs now unfortunately eliminated from the 2009 series. The Hampton Downs event has been causing all manner of frustrations throughout the year, with three adjustments already made to potentially accommodate the new motorsport facility. However, as a result and, reluctantly, to complete the series within 2009, the grand final will now be held on October 17 at Pukekohe Park Raceway.
Heading into the final round, things could not be tighter at the top end of the field, with just 22 points separating Gaz Whiter and Mad Mike Whiddett. Gates will be open from 10am, and spectator entry is a mere $20. Make sure you head over to www.nzdrift.co.nz to catch up with the latest updates.
NZ DRIFT SERIES TOP 10 AFTER ROUND 3
1. Gaz Whiter 694
2. Mike Whiddett 672
3. Carl Ruiterman 553 Continue reading