Rob Whyte cranks up his supercharged Nissan 350Z at a recent meeting.
Rob Whyte cranks up his supercharged Nissan 350Z at a recent meeting.

Boettcher drifts into hotseat

THE rubber and smoke is set to fly when Queensland Raceway fires up the 2011 drifting season like never before, with two huge instalments of action tomorrow and Saturday.

The track action blasts off with the highly popular Friday Night Drift Practice before launching into Saturday’s Stadium Drift. This features the nation’s finest exponents of the sport, including 2010 Pro Drift champion, Ipswich’s Josh Boettcher.

This first Stadium Drift event for the year will be the first full competition outing for Pro and Level 2 drifters for 2011.

Boettcher heads a star-studded line-up which includes 2010 runner-up “Huge” Eugene Arendsen in the revamped Tokake Soarer, Rob Whyte in the supercharged Nissan 350Z and Dan Kenneally in the Hog’s Breath Nissan.

Boettcher will compete in his newly-built, state-of-the-art Nissan S15 on his home circuit for the first time.

Three newcomers to the Pro category will have their hands full in their first run at the Pro level. Nick Coulson, Scott Maiden and Tamworth star Justin Grimley dominated the Level 2 series in 2010 and are expected to shine when they step up a level at Queensland Raceway.

Throughout 2010, Queensland Raceway hosted 20 rounds of the highly successful Friday Night Drift Practice, with up to 100 competitors per event taking to the track under lights.

Designed as a social evening for drifters of all skill levels, Friday Night Drift Practice has continued to grow through the year, with crowds of between 500 and 1000 spectators.

Fast facts

Schedule at Queensland Raceway (Champions Way, Willowbank):

Tomorrow: Drift practice 6pm-10pm. Admission $10 per person.

Saturday: Stadium Drift racing noon-7pm. Admission $20 per person with children under 13 free.



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