Ac­tion-packed drift ses­sion at Whit­sun­day race­way

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

THERE was plenty of burnt-out tyres and smoke at the Whit­sun­day Race­way on Satur­day, as some of the best driv­ers of the Mackay and District Drifters (MADDINC) hit the track for the first drift­ing event of 2014.

A small turnout of 10 ded­i­cated drift car driv­ers turned up for the sin­gle day event which at­tracted driv­ers from Townsville, Mackay, Rock­hamp­ton and Emer­ald who were keen to make the most of the per­fect con­di­tions at the only drift-friendly fa­cil­ity North Queens­land.

Spec­ta­tors mar­velled at the adren­a­line-fu­elled sport which of­fered plenty of side­ways ac­tion around the tight cor­ners to keep them on the edge of their seats.

MADDINC pres­i­dent Pete Young said there were a few new faces try­ing out the drift track for the first time.

“This year we will be run­ning more clip­ping com­pe­ti­tions to test the skills of our driv­ers and we will be hold­ing an­other tan­dem com­pe­ti­tion which is a great spec­ta­tor’s event,” he said.

“New driv­ers are al­ways wel­come to join the club and can sign-up for a hot lap with one of our cur­rent mem­bers to get a feel for the sport.”

Young said the sport of drift­ing was grow­ing rapidly in North Queens­land and was now ex­pand­ing to Cairns.

“The Whit­sun­day Race­way is the per­fect lo­ca­tion for driv­ers to test out their drift­ing skills on a cus­tom built track,” he said.

“The whole aim of the club was to pro­vide a safe place for drifters to prac­tice off the streets.”

The next drift­ing event will be held at the Whit­sun­day Race­way on Satur­day, March 29 and all spec­ta­tors are wel­come to at­tend.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the MADDINC Face­book page at www.face­book.com/mackay-drift.

DRIFT KING: Mackay and District Drifters mem­ber Gearoid Wal­lis took Townsville res­i­dent Matt Richard­son for a few hot laps at the Whit­sun­day Race­way on Satur­day.

SIDE­WAYS AC­TION: Mackay driver Alex Sav­age put on a fine show drift­ing his ute around the Whit­sun­day Race­way's bi­tu­men track on Satur­day.

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