In case you haven’t heard… Drifting is back under lights at SMSP! We have two exciting new drift events to brighten up the dark winter months:
SYDNEY MOTORSPORT DRFT NIGHTS – UNDER LIGHTS!
The Australian Racing Drivers’ Club (ARDC) and Driftmob Drift Club present Sydney Motorsport Park Drift Nights Under Lights! These special events will be run on turns 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the SMSP South Circuit on June 20, July 25 and August 22. The track action starts at 5pm and runs until 10:30pm, and includes tandem and trainee runs. Gates open to the public from 3:30pm and spectator entry is only $5 per person. Passenger rides are also available! Click here for all the details.
Prepay now and save: ARDC and Driftmob Members, Prepaid: $150 Non-members, Prepaid: $200 On the night: $250 all comers Spectator entry: $5 at the gate To reserve your place and receive your discounted entry, call Angela on 0406 669 635 from 5pm-9pm, Monday – Friday.
FIGURE 8 DRIFT SERIES
The Figure-8 Drift Series presented by Motive DVD and powered by ARDC is a fun, casual and relaxed night of drifting. Round 1 kicks off on Friday July 19, then Round 2 is Friday August 16 and the final decider on Friday November 1. Action on track begins at 5:30pm and goes until 10:30pm, with Top 16 battles commencing at 8pm. The Figure-8 LAYOUT ensures close door-to-door action as NSW’s best drifters battle it out, while entertainment includes a rooftop bar and DJ, car show and trade stands.
Enter the full series and save: $150 per round, includes 2 pit crew, or save and pre-enter all three rounds for $400. Spectator entry: $15 at the gate, or prepay online now and save $5!
See you at the track!
The first round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship for Production Touring Cars was run and won on Sunday 26th May. Part of the third round of the Shannons Nationals, the race was a four hour, two driver test in wet and dry conditions around the iconic Victorian circuit. Driving one of the Pro – Duct Mitsubishi EVO Xs, team owner Bob Pearson and co driver extraordinaire, Glenn Seton paced themselves in the early stages then came home with a withering run on the damp track to claim victory by over a lap.
Bob is a long term member of the ARDC, winning the Club Championship back in 1995. Glenn has just re joined at the urging of Terry Thompson, ARDC Director, who helps out in the Pro-Duct team during race weekends. Glenn has lost none of his wet weather driving ability. The display of car control in slippery conditions during the last stint was awesome to watch. At one stage he was taking up to 7 seconds a lap from the second placed car. He also set a new lap record some 1.5 seconds faster than the previous time. The resurfacing of the famous Island track saw most lap records fall during the weekend. The new control tyre for the series is a Hankook and excellent preparation of the Pro-Duct EVO to suit this tyre played a big part in the win. Some teams seemed to have problems with the tyres but a number of cars sailed through the event with no rubber issues. The next round will be a three hour at SMSP in July, then on to QR in August before Wakefield Park in October with two 200km races – that will be a lot of laps of Wakefield.
The final will be at Sandown in November.
– Terry Thompson
The Australian Racing Drivers’ Club is excited to announce that Sydney Motorsport Park will host Top Gear Festival Sydney in March 2013.
For two adrenaline packed days, Top Gear Festival Sydney will transform Sydney Motorsport Park into a motoring enthusiast’s heaven, as cars and stars take to the track in this inaugural outdoor motoring spectacular.
Joining us will be UK Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May, along with Top Gear’s mysterious racing driver The Stig! They’ll also be bringing along some of their legendary racing mates and celebrity friends, all across the weekend of the 9 – 10 March 2013!
Top Gear Festival Sydney promises to be an awesome track based festival, with every corner of Sydney Motorsport Park ablaze with action all weekend long.
At the centre of the event two race circuits will see racing legends and stars pitted against one another whilst the rest of the Park plays host to thrilling stunts and challenges, live actions zones, a packed exhibition area featuring some of the world’s latest and greatest cars and much more!
Do not miss the ultimate Top Gear fuelled day out, for one weekend only and only in Sydney on 9 -10 March 2013!
Top Gear Festival Sydney falls outside regular ARDC Member benefits. ARDC Members will not receive discounted or complimentary entry to the Festival.
ARDC Members will receive access to an exclusive presale later this week, details will follow shortly.
For more information on Top Gear Festival Sydney, visit www.topgearfestivalsydney.com.au.