Revved for sprints
THOUSANDS of revheads will have their hearts racing this weekend when the annual Gatton Street Sprints takes off.
From 9.30am today, adrenaline junkies will put their skills to the test in a series of competitive races, with vehicles ranging from a sleek 1957 Jaguar to vintage Holden Monaros, Pontiac Firebird and Datsun Coupes.
Gatton Street Sprint organiser and Downs Motorsport Club president Warren Southee said close to 5000 people are expected to turn out for the event.
“Entrants have become accustomed to racing clockwise around the Gatton Industrial Estate, but this year the drivers will need to adapt quickly to the different cambers and chicanes that will be encountered on the anti-clockwise track,” Mr Southee said.
“The benefits of travelling leisurely to the start line are gone.
“The anti-clockwise track requires engines to launch off in a much-colder state.
“The conquerors of the clockwise track joined the prestigious 39- second club.”
Mr Southee said there is plenty of new attractions at this year’s K&R Plumbing Supplies Gatton Street Sprints, including a performance by the Hogstar-Rockstar Drift team.
“As the sun goes down tonight, Boss Hog Dan Kenneally will spin into action in his Nissan Sylvia ute and show off the drifting style that he is famous for,” he said.
“With a background in speedway racing, Kenneally now has three Queensland drifting championships to his name.
“Unlike a sprint driver who aims for the cleanest line possible, drifters such as Kenneally set out to use maximum track to achieve sideways action.”
The Hogstar-Rockstar team anticipates a huge crowd for the Saturday afternoon to cheer them on as they prepare the scene for the appearance of the Bandag Bullet in its heat-scorching glory amidst the tyre munching and the tyre scrunching of the K & R Plumbing Supplies Burnout Competition which starts from 5.15 tonight.
Mr Southee said fundraising efforts from this year’s event would go directly towards Grantham Flood Support.
“We also want to let people know that Sunday is $5 day. On Saturday it costs $15 per person or $30 per family, but Sunday there is just as much action, it’s just a bit cheaper,” he said.
“Gates open at Western Drive, Gatton from 9.30am today, and 8am tomorrow.