The D1NZ Pro Drifting Championship rolled into Wellington NZ for Round 2 of the 2019 season. Titled “The Thunderdome”, drivers set out to conquer the Family Speedway layout and put down a good qualifying score for Saturdays main event.
A wet start to the day would clear way in time for qualifying, leaving a dry track and plenty of smoke. First to the track were the Panhead Custom Ales Pro sport drifting Championship drivers. If you are not familiar with the D1NZ drifting Championship, this series is the equivalent of the Formula Drift Pro 2 Series.
Round 1 winner Michael Thorley would come out strong putting down a 76.5 on his first run placing him second to Taylor James who had a great run with a 77.5 score. Thorley would come out on his second run and better his score to 79.5 placing in the P1 spot.
Adam Whitehead would also come out with a killer run and score a 79.5 placing him second. Taylor James would hold finish in the third position, with Shaun Potroz and Adam Camplins RX-7 rounding out the top 5 qualifiers with score of 70.
Panhead Custom Ales Pro Sport Qualifying Results:
The Pro Series qualifying would start and then see a brief stoppage due to a terrible sun glare on the track. Choosing to not put drivers and their equipment in danger the D1NZ officials would choose to wait out the sun until conditions were ideal to resume drifting. After a short break the first runs of Pro qualifying would commence. The drivers would have to battle the sun and were seemingly choosing to lay down safe runs rather than try to push the limits in such dangerous conditions.
Fanga Dan and his RTR Ford Mustang would lead the way through the smoke after the first runs were completed with a score of 84.
Adam Davies and his rotary powered Nissan 180sx, also notably had a fantastic qualifying run in second place with a score of 83.5.
Leading us into the evening, the epicly long second runs produced much of the same fare as the first runs. Fanga Dan would come out and ride the wall hard and throw some massive angle until finally spinning, but still holding an 84 he had nothing to lose. Good show Fanga!
Adam Davies would secure his second place spot with his first run score.
The Falken S15 of Carl Thompson would qualify third, with a score of 81.5.
Dave Steedman and Ben Wilkison rounded out the top 5 qualifiers.
The field is set for both The Pro and Pro sport tandem drifting competition tomorrow. The D1NZ Round 2 Pro Sport series is set to go live first at 4pm NZDT , 10pm EST for USA!
ALL PHOTOS BY : Keegan Clarke-Latham / KCL Photography