Drifters put on fine show at lo­cal race­way

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

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.

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