Drifters find reverse track challenging
SOME of the best drifters from throughout North Queensland hit the track for the Mackay and District Drifters Incorporated (MADDINC) clipping competition and practice session held at the Whitsunday Raceway on Saturday.
Drivers entering the clipping competition were put to the ultimate test as they faced the track in reverse with many more making up plenty of track time in the practice session.
MADDINC committee mem- ber Jay McCulloch said it was the first time the clipping event had been held in reverse.
“The quality of the cars is really improving and we wanted to give the drivers a new challenge and more variety because many of them know the track like the back of their hand and can tend to get stuck in a routine rather than pushing themselves to the next level,” he said.
“I was really impressed with the performance of all drivers but Matt Seigmeier dropped out of the last two rounds due to engine trouble and still managed to finish fourth, which is a great result.”
Drivers could score a maximum of 75 points and were judged over half of the length of the track which was marked with three clipping stations.
Mackay drifter Jake Turner said the clipping event was a real challenge.
“It’s a lot harder on the track because you can’t take your normal lines and you really have to adapt to different tran- sition and braking points,” he said. The top three drifters of the event have pre-qualified for the highly anticipated tandem competition at the end of the year. For information, visit www.facebook.com/mackaydrift.
SKILLED DRIVING: Mackay drifter Jack Turner hit the third clipping station during a round of the Mackay and District Drifters Incorporated (MADDINC) clipping competition at the Whitsunday Raceway on Saturday.