Team DMNZ head to Japan

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New Zealand's first couple of drift, Drew Donovan and Jodie Verhulst of Team DMNZ, has added two rounds of the Federal Tyres King Of Nations Drift Pro Series to their already busy schedule. Earlier this year the pair built two sister cars to the LS S15 and 2JZ  that they have in New Zealand, with the sole intention of realizing a long-time dream to compete on the world stage. Drew built an LS6-powered Nissan S14 and Jodie an LS3-powered Toyota Supra. Both cars run full Hakon suspension, Link ECUs, and TBC Performance wheels.  

“This has been a long-time dream of ours and it’s great to finally make it happen, thanks to Link ECU and our other fantastic supporters. It will be a long season of drifting but both Drew and I are really looking forward to the challenge,” says Verhulst. “We want to represent New Zealand in true Kiwi fashion through being competitive on the world stage. Drifting is now a major global sport and we’re excited to show Kiwi drifters are just as good as the rest of the world.”

The first event is at Ebisu Circuit on July 2–3, and then the following weekend at Nikko Circuit — two of Japan's most iconic drifting circuits. Both Link ECU–sponsored machines will be wearing New Zealand liveries. Check out the team's international cars in action at both Melbourne and Sydney below.  

Marcus Gibson

Marcus Gibson has spent his life getting a little grease under his fingernails growing up with a fascination for all things loud, fast, and low. Growing up during the boom of the import scene, the last ten years have seen him work for a few publications, as well as running his own website before taking up a role at NZ Performance Car in 2011. Marcus is as at home with a keyboard or camera in-hand as he is getting dirty in his workshop or at the track, championing that Kiwi DIY attitude.