THE Drift South Series gets under way this weekend at Mike Pero Motorsport Park at Ruapuna, in Christchurch, with a contingent of Southlanders travelling to compete.
Scott Welsh leads the charge in his Nissan RB30, which produces 366kw at the road.
The car is fitted with Wisefab steering and an RB25DET gearbox plus a GTR rear end.
However, a recent test at his home track, Teretonga Park in Invercargill, saw issues surface with the boost cutting, intercooler pipes blowing off and a bent tie rod.
But Welsh is not stressed.
A chat with his engine tuner has pinpointed the cooler temperatures for the test as the possible cause with the boost limit too close to the boost cut and it is felt an adjustment to the ECU will solve the issues.
Welsh has done a lot of work to the car since a valve went through the motor with the car now sporting new bearings, manifold, turbo and exhaust plus electric power steering which Welsh has found to work quite well.
He also has a fan fitted inside the car to eliminate fogging issues.
All the work has been done to drift more comfortably in extreme conditions.
Other Southlanders heading to the opening round include Bradley Knight in his Nissan Skyline R32, Rob Neeley in a Nissan Silvia S15 and Campbell McKenzie in his Nissan Skyline.
Knight has just completed a test that went well while Neeley is working to overcome heating issues.
McKenzie is ready to go with a new roll cage which has been fitted to his car.
For more information, go to www.driftsouth.co.nz
– Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club publicity officer