Tasmanian Drifting Continues to Boom Under AASA

7 - PDA Drift Rnd 2 - 10th Oct 2020-20

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The drifting scene in Tasmania is continuing to explode in popularity under AASA sanctioning, with organisers of the Drift Tasmania Series thrilled with the display from competitors in Round 2 at Symmons Plains, despite some challenging weather conditions.

The opening round of Drift Tasmania was held in late August, attracting a field of 60 competitors, but the weekend’s second round was even bigger with 65 enthusiastic drifters and a capacity crowd of spectators flocking to the Launceston circuit.

The round was won by experienced drifter Matt Harvey, with Tate Vanderfeen finishing second and Dan McKinlay completing the podium.

Series organiser Mikayla Szycman said the drifters were able to put on an entertaining display, which was appreciated by the crowd.

“We had some wet weather in the morning, but it cleared up in the afternoon and all the drivers were able to give the fans a great show,” Szycman said.

“We’re still only allowed to have a limited number of spectators, but those who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

The success of the first two Drift Tasmania rounds has promoted Szycman and the organising team to start planning for future events.

“Our third round is in December and we’re hoping by then we’ll be able to have some more spectators,” she said.

“Our plan is to make it a family-friendly event with some amusement rides and continue to have a helicopter taking people on flights above the circuit.

“There’s also the possibility we’ll have a high-profile guest driver from the mainland.”

The Performance Driving Australia motoring education and services organisation, which promotes Drift Tasmania, is also looking at some other types of events.

“There’s been some interest in us hosting rallycross-type events, so that’s something we’re looking at for 2021,” Szycman said.

“We’re very grateful to the AASA for their support, they’ve made it very easy for us to deliver high-quality drifting events in Tasmania and we’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with them.”

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