Drifters find re­verse track chal­leng­ing

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

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.

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