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Back for Day 2, Mount Smart was looking to put on a huge show, something that we often miss with day time rounds held at racetracks. Being a night round, the gates opened at 12pm allowing the show to run into the night.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBrendon did his usual roll check and pointed out that the fireworks for tonight will not be flame based, to which Cole and Mike sounded keen to test them.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHang ten bro?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nStraight out onto the practice circuit was Cam Vernon. As he won the previous round, himself and other podium winners are then allowed to practice with the Pro’s the next day. A week or so prior, Cam was working on the ‘hellaflushness’ of the car and that can quite easily be seen on the front right tyre..\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMad Mike’s RX7 always looks good, doesn’t really matter where.  An obvious contender for the title, he was putting on huge smoke clouds for the crowd.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe little course allowed for the little Hachi of Hugo Maclean to really get its rotary engine going. For some reason this looks like it’s straight off a movie set?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAs the first entry has a clipping point on the edge of the rear wall, Jason Sellers got pretty close to me upon finishing the long corner.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAbout to take off was 3 time D1NZ champion Gaz Whiter..\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMedia: Engage!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMac Kwok unleashed his twin turbo V8 Onevia monster with plenty of power on hand and plenty of angle too.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAwesome to see our buddy Todd back with his Corolla wagon! There’s something awesome about this car..\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEither way, the car just keeps on trucking. Even after everyone said he wrote it off the day before! Straight to the point drifting – Keto Style. Check out his Keto Knuckles here!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAlong came 6 o’clock and the pit walk began.  It’s amazing how many people got involved in this round and how the spectators truly love what they’re seeing. It’s just a sea of heads from here on in.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFigured we’d throw some promo girls out there too. YDG?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nScraping the walls means certain panels can get a bit beaten up. Ryan and Cam put on a ‘side show’ for the spectators during the pit walk hammering the car back into place.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nKeeping it simple. Dom’s dope Cefiro looked lovely in the twilight hour.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSeems like the rotary’s were getting a bit noisy for Kei. Scott’s not impressed.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHugo decided to show how he beats his women up..\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nDom’s face makes this shot.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSadly a burnout went bad for Tuxx and left him unable to compete any further.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTop 16 lined up, showed themselves off and went on to compete.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nStraight into the top 8 saw Mad Mike and Darren Benjamin battle it out. Mike had lost traction in his tyres on the final run putting Darren through to the top 4.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOnto the second battle was Gaz Whiter and Bradley Lauder.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWith a Gaz spinning out seeing Bradley go through to the top 4.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHeading into the third battle was Andrew Redward and Curt Whittaker, with Whittaker taking the win.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn the final battle top 4 was Jason Sellers and Cole Armstrong.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhich saw Cole heading on to the top 4 up against Curt Whittaker.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nInto the top 4 sees Cole Armstrong knocked out by Curt Whittaker for the top placing.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBradley Lauder then knocked Darren Benjamin out to the runners up placing against Cole Armstrong.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe final placed Curt Whittaker up against Bradley Lauder.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n..And Cole Armstrong up against Darren Benjamin.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSheep shagger Cam Vernon went on to win the Pro Am round, with Stuart Baker in second and Vincent Hopkins in third.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOnto the Pro series saw Curt Whittaker take the win, with Brad Lauder in second and Darren Benjamin in third.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThis promo girl didn’t seem to enjoy the wine. Must prefer Cody’s?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nA full fledged fireworks display went off also, which happened to look mighty cool.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n…And winner’s burnouts.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBeing the good bloke that he is, Curt signed the clipping point sign for a lucky fan!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLast but not least, a family photo for the crew. I guess i should pop in here somewhere. Hmmm.. bahaha\r\n\r\nAwesome round, let’s have more night rounds like this more often. There’s a certain atmosphere that makes everything different from a normal day round..\r\n\r\nCheck out D1NZ on Facebook for more info.\r\n\r\n-Chris

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