Rookie season of the D1NZ Kaspa Transmissions Pro Sport 2022 season done and dusted..
What an experience. The first time I drove the GT86 was chrome last year when it was an LS1, T56, stock diff and axles and a trash alignment. Blew the motor the 2nd time driving the car..
We decided to bite the bullet, get a cammed LS3, a dog box and slap in a Winters diff .
We decided we will do this season of pro sport, and why not.
Lucky the season was pushed back or I wouldn’t have had a car to compete in. First time driving the Techspan Motorsport New Zealand Limited GT86 was the D1NZ media day. I was shitting myself. Coming from a stock 350z to a fully built drift car was a huge step for me. And it all started.
This season would have been impossible without some key people / companies .
Techspan Motorsport New Zealand Limited
Thank you.. thank you for jumping in behind me, backing me for the full season and believing in me and trusting me to do the best I could. The amount of time and money you have invested into this car and myself is crazy, and I am so grateful and proud for the opportunity you have given me to represent the family business on a greater scale. No words can describe how much this has done for me, boosted me in so so so many different ways I literally cannot put into words how much it means to me.
V.I.P Wheel & Tyre – Dan Kemp
VIP Wheel & Tyre have been behind me since MSC challenge suppling me with wheels, tyres doing my alignments fitting and disposing of my old rubber.
Late nights, after hours, awesome to deal with neighbours I cannot thank you enough for the immense amount you have done for me during the season, and before the season.
Staubli Connectors & Couplings New Zealand (Techspan), have given me the opportunity to use and showcase the safest, and quickest refuelling system in New Zealand, safety is a massive thing to us, and so is quality, and with Stäubli, you hit two birds with one stone!
Kaspa Transmissions – Michael Clarke – Shane Piacun
Kaspa transmissions is another bunch of legends that have helped me out before I was competing in D1, helping me out with diffs, servicing my gearbox and diffs in the 350z and now pulling and rebuilding my dog box before manfeild, helping with issues regarding my slave cylinder issues, these guys put in so much and are always willing to help and give back to us drifters. They a bloody gods at what they do! They really do give a shift!!!
Red Star Signs – Clinton Potter – Megan Foster
The team at Redstar designed tweaked and applied everything on the 86 and our van and my helmet and crew shirts. travelling to Auckland from Hamilton to apply the wrap and make a video for the 86. They did our van in house down in Hamilton within a day. Always super helpful and willing to help even outside of working hours. Legends.
D1NZ – the crew
Brendon White , Jo Smaulder , Nick Hoyle , Steve Daniel , Joel Watkins, Cole Armstrong , Brendan Duncker , Steven Sole , Joel Counter
Thank you all for making my first season one I won’t forget. The professionalism, the passion, the amount you all do for this sport is amazing, being a fan for so many years and becoming a driver it’s really everything I wanted it to be.
Sky Zhao and the Drift Academy – and his team –
For building my weapon of a drift car and always helping out when we need it
Darren Kelly Drift & Darren Kelly
For setting the 86 up days before going back to America, re doing it all after smashing the wall at Mt Smart, and then adjusting and working on the car at baypark aswell. Cars never felt better with the 3 ways and alignment you have done! Massive thank you!!!
My crew, my boys, I already got all soppy in the group chat
Shaun Smith I love you man, the amount you’ve done for me this season, shit I don’t know where I’d be.
Jared Wemyss , Benji Atchison , Luke Mckinnon, Ellen Smith , Claudia Prendergast
My sponsor (Techspan) commissioned their own on-site media crew for us this season, including the one and only Dronewolf and crew.. Christopher Maca , Mike Morris , Nate Doggh , Rob Pine (Photographer)
You all have done so much to help me in so many different ways this season. And I cannot thank you all enough!!
This is just the beginning
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