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Apr 22

Twilight Drift – Eastern Creek 21/04/2012

So I spent last night out at Eastern Creek for Driving Sport’s Twilight Drift event.  Each time I go out to one of these events it gets bigger, and last night was no exception.  After taking about 20 minutes just to get in the gate, I was amazed to see the number of people and the numbers of cars – both on and off the track.

For the first time at one of these events, drivers were allowed to drift the whole ‘north’ circuit (apart from Turn 1) as they are calling that half of the upgraded facility; this meant that spectators were able to watch from a number of different vantage points, and also that I got to see the new Turn 4- Turn 9 link road in action.  With tyre bundles waiting to punish anyone wide on entry, and concrete walls looming on either side through the second half of the complex, it certainly looks intimidating but that added to spectacle for the drivers who were able to push the limits with big entries and a good transition through the S bend.  The dramatic change in elevation also looks like it would be good fun – I’ll have to score a ride with someone so I can see what it’s really like.

The pits were also pretty full, with the show n shine and sound off happening – it made for a pretty busy place. I just wish that Eastern Creek management would see how big the drift events have become and decide to spend some money in order to make the events better. Just simple things like some decent floodlights in the pits and some concrete paths around the fences so spectators aren’t standing in the mud would be nice. But anyway…

Purple rims on this S15 are an interesting choice; looked alright though.

I’m not usually a fan of matt black – its been so overdone lately and in my opinion really only looks good on megadollar supercars and track weapons, but this S14 pulled it off and looked menacing parked in the pits…

Sweet graphics on this motorbicycle – my bike knowledge is rubbish so feel free to inform me of make and model in the comments if you know what it is…

 

As for my photos of the on-track action, well firstly – A disclaimer; It was dark. Really dark. For the photogeeks I had the camera pumped to 1600iso, and had my lens wide open and I was still struggling to get enough light into the camera at 1/20th of a second. Which meant my photos were a bit hit and miss. Well, mostly miss. But a little post processing magic and I managed to get a few that are blog-worthy.

Anyway, here’s a photodump of some of the goods…

You know you’re getting your money’s worth out of your tyres when…

Grass is no obstacle for R31s

This spin for one of the Hit n Run S14s  made for a near miss;

Blake making easy work of the Turn 3 sweeper in his Soarer

This R31 Coupe was killing it…

Even after a brown-pants moment into the new S bend…

Driving sports Rx7 frying tyres with ease as usual providing plenty of entertainment

 

Trying to tap the tyres on entry into the new link road was the order of the night for the guys who knew what they were doing…

Closing your boot takes time away from drifting…

Of course, the hardpark hero got parked in the pits to provide some balance to the 2 tone commodore and the ‘my-hatchback-has-so-many-speakers-i-can’t-take-it-shopping-anymore’ brigade…

Finally, the hard luck story of the night; From this…

To this…

Hope you get your new car sorted soon and we see you back out on track…

Overall it was a pretty good night, but Eastern Creek’s sandtraps which lay in wait to claim anyone who makes a mistake caused so many delays – Bring on Matsuri at Wakefield!

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