THE new drift season kicks off in style at Rockingham next weekend (March 10/11) with the return of the Spring Drift Matsuri featuring the opening round of the HEL Performance DriftCup.
Now an established event at the Northamptonshire circuit, this year’s Spring Drift Matsuri 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 with more than 200 participants getting all the seat time they want to improve their high-speed drifting and twinning skills during the open pit lane activity.
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 Pits’. Head over to the Inner Paddock from 8.30pm and you won’t be able to miss the tunes being dropped by Mike Lewis.
The competition gets serious in the Outer Paddock on Sunday with the opening round of the 2018 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 3pm.
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. In the Inner Paddock there will be performances from Team Extreme, the UK’s top professional show team for BMX, Skateboard, Scooter, Inline & urban artists. Some of the finest riders in the UK and Europe will be demonstrating what they can do.
Advance tickets are available online at www.driftmatsuri.com priced £16.50 for Sunday or £30.00 for a weekend pass. Saturday tickets are available and cost £30, however if you hand in your wristband at the exit before 9.30pm on Saturday, you will receive a £10 refund.
Tickets will also be available to buy on the gate priced £25 and £35 respectively. Admission for children aged 14 and under is FREE. For more information visit www.driftmatsuri.com