Team New Zealand have bounced back from a scrappy performance at Winton Raceway to dominate Round 2 of the Trans-Tasman Drifting Championship held at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Two-time former D1NZ Champion Daniel Woolhouse lead an all-kiwi onslaught over the best of the Australian Hi-Tec Oils Drift Series, taking the round win from fellow Kiwi team-mates Dave Steedman in second place, current D1NZ Champion Darren Kelly in third and V8Supercar star Shane Van Gisbergen in fourth.
Piloting his 'B' car, Woolhouse quickly adapted to the undulating up-hill section at Sydney Motorsport Park's South Circuit, where the Century Batteries VZ Commodore eventually topped the all-kiwi podium, also it's first time seen competing on a Tri-Ace Semi-Slick tyre.
"It's been such a huge effort from everyone, Team NZ has put their game face on and to have us dominate here in Sydney is just massive. We cant wait to show the Aussies how we do things back home for the rest of the series; it's game on from here!" said Woolhouse.
It was a huge moment too for D1NZ Series stalwart Dave Steedman from Team DSR, the Mimico Nissan S14 scoring it's first podium in pro competition, as well as claiming international acclaim on Australian soil.
"I'm just over the moon, its been a wild ride coming here (Australia) to compete on an international stage for the first time. It's been an absolute pleasure representing everyone back home and to get a podium here really ups the confidence heading into the new season of D1NZ" said Steedman.
To make matters worse for the Australian contingent, American-Kiwi convert Andrew Redward topped off the weekend by also winning Round 5 of the local Hi-Tec Oils Drift AllStars series, taking victory from Australians Cameron Mote and Scott Schembri.
Redward, driving the Club Auto Insurance FC RX7 was enjoying back-to-back Australian podiums on his international drifting début.
"With limited practice time at Round 2 of the Trans-Tasman we decided to enter the local round of the Drift-Allstars Series, needless to say we qualified well and ended up taking the win, we're absolutely stoked right now. It's been such an awesome trip, pretty pleased to be bringing some silverware back home!" said Redward.
The spotlight now returns to the upcoming season of the Demon Energy D1NZ Drifting Championship, kicking off over the 27th & 28th of November in Feilding at Manfeild Motorsport Park.
Rounds 3 and 4 of the Trans-Tasman Drifting Series also head to New Zealand in 2016, with eight of Australia's best drifters from the Hi-Tec Drift Allstars Series scheduled to visit Christchurch over Easter Weekend, and the Pukekohe Grand Final in Auckland over ANZAC weekend.
For tickets & event information visit D1NZ.com.
Photos thanks to Siggy Eichholz / SE Photography.