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Drifting off to Winton

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February 16, 2017

Some 140 car fanatics will converge on Winton Motor Raceway this weekend for an annual drifting competition.

Some 140 car fanatics will converge on Winton Motor Raceway this weekend for an annual drifting competition.

The VicDrift Summer Matsuri is a two-day event at the raceway, and is part of the VicDrift series at raceways across the state.

The matsuri will be at the raceway between 9am and 8pm on Saturday and 9am and 5pm on Sunday.

VicDrift president Matthew Choong said the matsuri was more about having fun with friends than it was a competition.

‘‘Matsuri originated in Japan as a drift festival,’’ Choong said.

‘‘They would drive from 9am on a Saturday to 4pm on Sunday non-stop.

‘‘We can’t do that here, but ... for us it’s more about going out and having a bit of fun with friends.

‘‘It’s about expression, so there’s no overall winner.’’

Entry into the competition opened on January 24 and will remain open until 8pm today, at which time grades will be finalised.

Drifters will be placed in four grades, starting with group A — the most experienced and confident drivers, who have entered the competition previously and are capable of tandem drifting.

Group B consists of extremely confident drivers that are willing to tandem drift with friends, and compete at high speeds.

Group C and D are made up of confident drivers who are wanting to learn to tandem drift.

Safety is also paramount to the host track.

Event co-ordinator Brett Balins said extensive checks would be done on every drifting car.

‘‘In any competition it’s second to none, safety comes first,’’ Balins said.

‘‘Every car that competes is scrutineered and must have a roll cage ... they’re there to protect the driver and their passengers.’’

Drivers and passengers must also wear long-sleeve tops, pants, closed footwear and helmets.

Information on car and driver requirements for the VicDrift Summer Matsuri can be found online at www.vicdrift.com

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