D1NZ 2018 season opener

This past weekend saw Round 1 of the all new New Zealand Xtreme Motorsport series held at Wellington Family Speedway in the nation’s capital. The series main feature – D1NZ, brought to you by Link ECU – had one of it’s most exciting rounds to date, enthralling over 6,000 fans with all the thrills, spills and skills that drifting provides. Eventually the round win was awarded to Matty Hill from Australia, running a Link ECU for the first time, and the ProSport class honors given to Link ECU supported Taylor James.

Australian driver Matty Hill on his way to the Big W in the pro class.

Taylor James had a brilliant weekend in the Central Drift Team S14, beating his team mate Ra Heyder to make the finals and eventually take the class win.


The event also saw many new cars come out to play. As well as the usual suspects of S chassis’ and 2JZ’s, this year saw a couple of V configuration engines mixing it up.

Jase Brown stepped up to the Pro class with this new whip – A Nissan s13 powered buy a Supercharged Toyota Lexus 1UZ V8. ‘Frankenstein’ as this beast has been dubbed, also runs a Link G4+ Thunder and Dash 2 Pro.

Jaron Olivecrona’s Hartley V12 powered beauty turned heads as expected, sounding just as good as it looks.


All practise sessions and battles were live-streamed on Facebook via D1NZ allowing fans from all over the world to tune in and check out the interesting track layout. Some bumps meant driver’s were not only lifting one wheel, but just about getting airborne at some points throughout the night.

Adam Davies lifting a wheel in his 180SX – the only rotary engine at the event. Tuned by Link ECU dealer Green Brothers.


If the action in Wellington was anything to go by, the next four rounds of the championship are going to be equally exhilarating. Link ECU is proud to be part of the action. See you all at Round 2 in Tauranga!



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