Drift Training

Working with our committee member Troy Brown, we offer drift training days for those wanting to either try drifting as a beginner, or improve to advanced drifting.  These training days take place throughout the year and are extremely popular so paying and booking ahead is essential.  This is done through our website shop under the Get Involved menu.


Training Types

Beginner training days are designed for those wanting to experience drifting and see how they go.  The days include specialist tutoring from experienced drifters.  They take place on the main circuit where individual skill courses can be marked out to give participants plenty of time on the courses behind the wheel.  Participants move from one skills course to the next in groups, breaking for lunch at the Car Club clubrooms before more practice in the afternoon.

Advanced training days are for those who have spent time learning their craft and wish to extend their skills with longer and faster runs.  These training days are held on either main circuit.  The runs utilize longer sections of the track for high-speed flowing runs.


Vehicle Eligibility

Most vehicles are welcome, but be aware there is scrutineering requirements of all cars.  This is necessary to ensure the vehicles are safe to use on the track and to ensure no damage is done to the track, or fluids dropped on the surface.  The circuit must be in the same clean and oil free condition at the end of the day as it was before the drift training started. Please see a list of scrutineering requirements below.


Safety clothing minimum requirement is single-layer 100% cotton overalls (not synthetic or part there of) with close-fitting cuffs and collar, a helmet that meets the Motorsport Manual standards, shoes that completely cover the feet and ankles with socks at least to mid calf.



  • Roll cages are not compulsory*
  • *If caged, it must be a Motorsport NZ homologated roll cage with logbook
  • Where a roll cage is fitted harnesses must be installed using correct mounting and plates
  • Factory seat belts can be used where a cage is not fitted


  • Helmet in good condition
  • Overalls in good condition (100% cotton or FR fire retardant with under garments or SFI/FIA approved race suit)
  • Approved footwear, leather or race boots
  • Gloves (recommended but not mandatory)


  • Wheel nuts (ALL)
  • Exhaust secure
  • NO exhausts out the bonnet. Exhausts and wastegates must be vented beyond the mid-point of the vehicle’s wheelbase.
  • Bonnet pins (if not using factory latch)


  • NO fluid leaks PLEASE CHECK.
  • Oil and water catch cans / overflow (if not factory)
  • Battery secure (4x M6 bolts if not factory)
  • Insulated battery terminals


  • Seats secure (4x bolts)
  • Seatbelts / Harnesses (in date: SFI current to label expiry date, FIA label expiry date plus 5 years)
  • Brakes (solid pedal)
  • Door cards
  • Batteries must be mounted using at least 4 x M6 bolts securing battery to floor (not just bolted through the battery box)
  • Non sealed batteries must be in a box and vented outside the car
  • SEALED CABIN/FIREWALL (no open holes through the engine bay firewall/floorpan)
  • Fire extinguisher 1kg with two metal straps (CHECK GAUGE) Securely mounted with at least 2x M6 bolts with large washers.
  • Fuel cell / surge tank* *If yes, ensure full rear firewall is fitted*

Please refer to MSNZ – Schedule A, articles 4 & 5

Motorsport New Zealand – Schedule A – Vehicle & Driver Safety


To Enter

Check the events calendar HERE for an event, then fill in the entry details and make payment.


Further Information

Contact the training coordinator directly if you have any additional questions.

Coordinator:  Troy Brown
Phone: 022 197 8480
Email:  info@manawatucarclub.org.nz