So the weekend has come to a close, as so too have D1 at Ebisu and WRC at New Zealand. 1st, we start with D1. Both Friday’s practice and Saturdays qualifying were super wet, as you can see here with the JZZ30 of Ryoji Jimeshi:
I guess it cleared up later in the day however and became semi-dry for the competition today. Kumakubo in his CT9A took 1st, followed by Imamura in his S15, and 3rd went to Ueno in his JZZ30.
Points leader Daigo took a dissapointing 7th place, but should be just fine in the points race as 2nd place driver Nomuken took a dismal 15th place, losing to Daigo in the 1st round. The next picture has nothing to do with any of that, its just that Kodama’s 180 is really F’n hot:
It was also a big weekend for Kansai native, Nakamura Naoki, most known for his driving with Team Burst. On Saturday’s D1SL event he came up 2nd in his well known DMax S15 behind Suenaga. What I didn’t know however is that he now also drives in D1 using (what appears to be) Hibino’s old D1SL S15 with the Team Koyo. Nakamura managed to get 4th on Sundays main D1 event, all together not a bad weekend for him!
The 3rd day of Rally New Zealand saw tons of surprizes, and both Fords of Hirvonen and Latvala ran into trouble causing them to lose their poised 1-2 finish. Latvala had an off that caused him to retire, and Hirvonen had a puncture on one of the last few stages that slowed him to 4th overall. Yet again Loeb was there to snatch up 1st with teammate Sordo taking up 2nd. Overall a great weekend for Citroen but one that I know Ford would like to quickly forget.