THE new drift season kicks off in style at Rockingham this weekend (March 11/12) with the return of the Spring Matsuri featuring the opening round of the HEL Performance DriftCup.
Following the huge success of last year’s debut at the Northamptonshire circuit, this weekend’s event is set to be even bigger with hundreds of drift fans from across the UK heading to Rockingham for the two-day festival.
Rockingham’s Oval and infield section will be transformed into a drift arena over the two days with more than 100 participants getting all the seat time they want to improve their high-speed drifting and twinning skills during the open pit lane activity. For those not quite ready to practice their sideways manoeuvres on the full circuit, on Saturday there will the opportunity for beginners to perfect their sliding and twinning on a much smaller drift course set up in the Outer Paddock.
The action hots up a notch in the Outer Paddock on Saturday night with a Team Triple Drift event. The two-hour competition gets underway at 6pm, and with the crowd playing the part of both judge and jury, the competitors will need to go all out to impress if they want to be crowned champions! Once the sparks have stop flying in the Outer Paddock, the celebrations continue away from the arena with a firework display and late night party in the Welcome Centre.
The competition gets serious in the Outer Paddock on Sunday with the opening round of the 2017 HEL Performance DriftCup. Practice gets underway at 9am and competitors have just three hours to perfect their techniques before qualifying starts at 12.30pm. The top 32 drivers will compete in the final from 3:30pm.
Off-track, there will be radio control race cars in Pit Garages 25-27 between 10am and 5.30pm, which will include drift demonstrations on both days. While in the Inner Paddock there will be a half-pipe BMX stunt display featuring 2016 DriftCup Champion, Mark Webb.
Advance tickets are available online at www.driftmatsuri.com priced £16.50 for Sunday or £31.50 for a weekend pass. Tickets will also be available to buy on the gate priced £20 and £35 respectively. While admission for children aged 14 and under is FREE.