Drifters put on fine show at local raceway
THE best drivers from across North Queensland converged on the Whitsunday Raceway for a day of fast-paced sideways action in the Mackay and District Drifters (MADDINC) Sessions 5 on Saturday.
The single day event was a great success with 15 cars from Cairns, Townsville, Bo- wen, Emerald, Mackay and Gladstone taking to the track to test their drifting skills on the only drift-friendly facility in North Queensland.
Spectators marvelled at the adrenaline-fuelled sport with plenty of burnt-out tires and smoke to keep them on the edge of their seats.
Bowen drifter Malcolm Conway became hooked on the sport after seeing it on the big screen and said the event was his fourth time drifting.
“I live for that adrenaline rush and if the track starts getting easy you just push yourself and give it a little bit more,” he said.
“I had no idea how to drift but figured it out on the track. The raceway is perfect because you can give it your all in a safe environment.”
Townsville amateur drifter Nick Pavlovic was drawn to the sport after relocating from Melbourne and drove over three hours to test himself on the Whitsunday Raceway.
His passenger Lindsey Beatts was speechless after being treated to a hot lap in Pavlovic’s 2001 Nissan Silvia.
“It was an unbelievable experience,” Beatts said. “I really can’t wait to get my own car and get into the sport.”
Secretary of MADDINC Le- on Minic said all drivers achieved great track time and would now be preparing for round two of the Clipping Point competition to be held at the Whitsunday Raceway on October 26. For more information, visit the MADDINC Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mackay-drift.
SIDEWAYS ACTION: Emerald driver Peter Jenkinson treated his friend Kaan Balci to the ride of his life as he drifted around the track at the Whitsunday Raceway on Saturday.
GREAT SKILL: Nick Pavlovic from Townsville delivered an exceptional performance in his 2001 Nissan Silvia for Mackay and District Drifters (MADDINC) Sessions 5 on the weekend.
HOT LAP: Bowen resident Chris Conway wiped out some tyres as he drifted around the track, followed closely by his brother Malcolm Conway on Saturday.