Stadium drifting track build 'ambitious'

A concrete track sets at Forsyth Barr Stadium yesterday in preparation for the  ‘‘D1NZ Drifting:...
A concrete track sets at Forsyth Barr Stadium yesterday in preparation for the ‘‘D1NZ Drifting: R1 Dunedin 2016’’ motorsport event on Friday and Saturday. Photos: Peter McIntosh.
The turf at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin handles 1600kg scrums with ease but  it is now bearing a load 500 times heavier.

D1NZ Drifting: R1 Dunedin 2016 managing director Brendon White said about 800 tonnes of concrete had been poured into wooden boxing on the turf to form a 360m track for the  motorsport event to be held on Friday and Saturday.

The first of 75 concrete mixer trucks arrived at 6am on Saturday and the last truck finished pouring at 2pm yesterday.

The track build was "ambitious" and the result was pleasing, Mr White said.

"We are stoked."

Twenty-five go-karts, 25 motorcycles, 55 rally cars and 80 drift cars will be in action on the track, which is being laid by Dunedin company M3 Concrete and Contracting Ltd.

South Otago Concreting owner Shane Bichan, of Milton, puts the finishing touches  to the concrete...
South Otago Concreting owner Shane Bichan, of Milton, puts the finishing touches to the concrete track using a ride-on trowel.
Drifting is a driving technique whereby the driver intentionally loses traction then maintains control of the slide. Competitors are judged according to the speed, angle, showmanship and line taken through a corner or set of corners.

On the new track, drift cars would hit speeds of 110kmh while travelling sideways.

Freestyle motocross riders would backflip over the drift cars, Mr White said.

The event was one of six drifting shows held across New Zealand: a five-round national championship series followed by a teams championship event at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

It would be the first time a drifting event had  been held in a covered stadium  in the southern hemisphere, he said.

Rain yesterday put a smile on Mr White’s face.

"Raining outside and beautiful inside — we’ve never had that with motorsport."

shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz

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