The season is over, the race suits have been hung up for a break, and the race cars have been torn to shreds for their next round of upgrades. But there was one more event on the Demon Energy D1NZ calendar, one that required no driving, and the suits were not flameproof or covered in rubber. We are, of course, talking about the Demon Energy D1NZ Awards evening held on July 16 at Auckland's ASB Showgrounds. 

A chance for teams to get together and celebrate the achievements both on and off the track, it's become an institution of the series, and also makes for one hell of a good night and an unenviably not-so-good following morning. But that wasn't stopping anyone from making it a big one, and, by all accounts, it's a highlight of the season.

D1NZ CEO Brendon White commented, “It’s important to host the awards night to bring everyone together — the drivers in D1NZ are just a big family of people sharing the same passion, so it’s refreshing to get the downtime to celebrate all their hard work together and get excited for the epic season ahead.” 

You may have seen the voting going down online leading up to the awards. The fact that they aren't voted on by a panel, but instead on social media by fans and the drivers' peers, is the best thing about the awards. Let's check out the winners ...

Pro Awards

D1NZ Giant Killer: Gaz Grove — winner of a $4000 ECU package thanks to Link ECU.

Pro — Best Personality: Cole Armstrong

Pro — Best Drifting Style: ‘Fanga Dan’ Woolhouse

Pro — Standout Run of the Season: Daynom Templeman                                                               Pro — Smoke Machine: Daynom Templeman

Pro — Best Presented Engine Bay: Daynom Templeman

 Pro — Best Presented Car: Jaron Olivecrona

Pro — Angle King: Michael Prosenik

Pro — Best Tandem Battle: Michael Prosenik vs Adam Hedges at Baypark

Pro — Most Improved: Dylan Woolhouse

Pro — Sportsmanship Superstar: Phil Sutherland

Pro — Fan Favourite: Nico Reid

Pro-Sport Awards


Pro-Sport — Standout Run of the Season: Ian McShean                                             
Pro–Sport — Fan Favourite: Ian McShean

Pro–Sport — Best Personality: Jase Brown

Pro–Sport — Best Drifting Style: Kieran Stewart                                                  
Pro–Sport — Hardest Charger: Kieran Stewart

Pro–Sport — Smoke Machine: Chad McKenzie                                                          
Pro–Sport — Angle King: Chad McKenzie                                                               
Pro–Sport — Best Tandem Battle: Chad McKenzie vs Vincent Hopkins at Baypark (Vincent won)

Pro–Sport — Best Presented Car: Ben Jenkins

Pro–Sport — Most Improved: Cody Pullen Burry, winning a $4000 Link ECU package thanks to Link ECU

Pro–Sport — Sportsmanship Superstar: Bex Bennet and team

D1NZ Prestigious Awards

Team Owner and Manager of the Year: Nicole Harris / FDC5                         
Best Social Media Development for NZ Drifting Overall: Fanga Dan Woolhouse

D1NZ Top Friend to the sport: Ross Honnor / DDT
Grass Roots Event of the Year: ZeroClass Matsuri

NZ Drifting Ambassador of the Year: ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett

Driver Crew/Team of the Year: Team Jenkins Motorsport

Pro-Sport — Photograph of the Year (Media Awards): RL Photography

Pro — Photograph of the Year (Media Awards): Mad Max — Guy Maxwell

Video Capture of the Year (Media Awards): Jacob Toms for Nico Reid's first win

Best Full Video Capture of the Year: Seth Devereux / NAC

Best Supporting Media Outlet 2015–’16: Oversteer TV

D1NZ Volunteer of the Year: Daniel Smith

Daniel Baxter Memorial Trophy (D1NZ Ambassador of the Year): Steve Daniels (Maori Made Productions)

Check out the huge gallery below capturing all the PG action from the awards night. Bring on the new season! 

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.