ROAD RACERS TAKING THE DRIFT AMENDMENT
DRIFTING is booming. There is an over-subscribed national championship run by Drift Australia and racetracks across the country are holding special drift days on a regular basis.
‘‘There is a drift event most weekends at a major track somewhere in Australia. Each of the major tracks have run their own series,’’ says Scott Anderson, one of the directors of Drift Australia.
He and Wayne Boatright launched their series four years ago and have sold 32 franchises to drivers competing in five events.
Anderson says drift has gone from a part-time thrash to a professional branch of motorsport.
‘‘When we started with drift, everyone drove their cars to the track. But now they are building special cars and trailering them to the events,’’ he says.
‘‘The guys who were on the road now have a place to play. And that is a very important change.’’
He says several thousand drivers are involved in drift competition, with many fans drawn to the sport since D1 began booming in Japan.
Drift Australia front-runners have custom-built cars costing more than $100,000 and spend around $40,000 fighting for the national championship.