Herald Sun - Motoring - - Special Report -

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.

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