During the top-four battles in the D1NZ ProSport Series at Timaru International Motor Raceway, for round three of the Link ECU D1NZ National Drifting Championship, fifth-place qualifier Callum Neeson was in a gnarly smash into the tyre wall after one of his tyres de-beaded. However, it wasn’t the crash itself that held the proceedings up but a recovery vehicle assisting in removing Neeson’s car.
With a tight cut-off schedule, the team rushed to clear Neeson’s car, and, in the process, a stabilizing leg on the recovery vehicle was left down, which dug into the grass and across half the width of the track surface before the vehicle came to a stop. The MotorSport New Zealand (MSNZ) Clerk of the Course naturally deemed the damaged area unusable, and the drift section had to be moved forward with another corner added mid competition.
It’s something that’s been unheard of in the series until now, but the drivers accepted the circumstances and continued to battle without issue. Darren Kelly claimed his first win in the Nissan New Zealand R35 GT-R within the Pro Series, with Cole Armstrong in second and Ben Wilkinson earning his first podium placing in third. In the Pro-Sport Series, Liam Burke earned his third podium in a row with a first-place finish, battling round-two winner Jordy Cole in the final, who would take second, with newcomer Kurt Blackie in third. The series will next run April 20–21 at Manfeild Circuit, Feilding, for round four.