‘Fanga’ Dan Woolhouse’s first competitive outing in his Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D marked a significant moment in the former drift king’s career.
But it was a moment he’ll probably want to forget quickly. For the first time in his 12-yearlong drifting career, the 2006 champion spun on his first qualifying run.
However, it wasn’t helped by some of the trickiest conditions this season to date on a cold slippery Levels Raceway in Timaru.
“It’s the first time in 12 years of competing that I’ve had a spin in my first run,” he said.
“I’ve never spun in qualifying. It pissed down with rain in that second round of qualifying, so I was shitting my pants and just needed to bank something.
“It’s one wild machine that we’re trying to tame a little bit. It’s a beast.”
After his spin, Woolhouse managed to bank a 63-point run. That put him just outside the top-10 in 11th behind Benjamin Wilkinson and just half a point ahead of Australian Matty Hill.
Warmer conditions are predicted for Saturday’s battles. Drivers struggled during qualifying with drizzle that kept the circuit just damp enough to not get any grip into their tyres.
Made even more difficult for Woolhouse was the limited running before qualifying. Having missed the first practice session, Woolhouse managed to bank just four laps.
“It wasn’t ideal for what we needed with this new car, but we didn’t come here to go P1 and try to blow the doors off everyone. We came here to learn the car. If we get a result then we’re happy.
“I hope tomorrow we get some good battle time and dial the car in. It’s early days, it’s a beast of a car to drive and I’m still learning so it’s exciting too.
“Bring on the battles tomorrow and have some fun! Hopefully the weather is more consistent and we can sit the car where we want it. Let’s go and have some fun.”
Woolhouse said he believes they’re no scratched the surface with the potential of the car. He said he’ll continue to work with his team to develop the car as they move forward to rounds four and five at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon and Pukekohe Park respectively.
The third round of the Link ECU D1NZ National Drifting Championship takes place at Levels Raceway, Timaru over March 9-10.