Action-packed drift session at Whitsunday raceway
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.