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Halfway Hangs – Drift Day – 8/2/14

A few weeks ago I decided to head down to an awesome event setup by the awesome organization, StreetKarnage, held down in New South Wales at one of the coolest tracks I’ve ever been to.

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Raleigh Raceway is actually a track I’ve been somewhat familiar with growing up. With my grandparents living a mere 5 minutes away from the circuit, every time we visited them as a child, my grandfather would always take me down to the track and have a play with the go-carts.

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However, this was the first time I’d ever seen anything like this going on in the paddock.

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As the cars and videographers got themselves organized, I was honestly in awe of the atmosphere. The cool southern morning proving to be an awesome change from the ten-hundred degree QLD heat.

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More than that though, it was also awesome to finally see some of these cars in the flesh after admiring them in forum and blog posts over the years.

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One of the cool features that I’d never really noticed about the circuit was the great grassy hill that overlooked the track.

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Proving to be an awesome spot for people to hang out …

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Whilst providing a great view of the fastest corners on the track.

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As long as you could see over this stuff.

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It didn’t take too long at all for the guys to get organized and begin making their way out on-track after a pretty quick scrutineering¬†process.Most of the guys made it through without any dramas …

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And those that did get turned away were out on track not long after.

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After a quick sound check at 6k, it was all systems go.

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And then it began.

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One of the other cool things about the circuit that I hadn’t really thought about was how technical it was for drifting.

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Beginning with a short uphill run, sweeping down into the first right hand corner, followed by a hard left at the base and another hard right, this first segment of the track was really good to watch.

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Following this, the drivers would run close to an undercover spectating area, and right past the pits, generally at full noise to carry speed into the next uphill, sweeping turn.

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Up and over a rather tight crest …

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Then downhill into a tight switch-back.

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Throughout the day this track really proved to be awesome for spectators, watching drivers improve in each section of the track.

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The first segment of the circuit proved to be smooth for most, transitioning well onto the first straight.

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And into the large, uphill turn.

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As the day went on it was awesome to see drivers push harder through this bend, adding more and more angle in each run.

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However the next section of the track was without a doubt the best for drama. Although later in the day most of the guys were maintaining good speed across the crest, it took a while before most of the guys could sort out their line.

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Early on the entry proved to be tricky for some.

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For one reason or another anyway!

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However it was the backside of the crest that seemed to catch out the most drivers.

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Thankfully no-one binned it, however the commitment from some was very, very impressive.

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As the day went on though, pretty much all the drivers were able to get an awesome line coming down the hill.

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Pretty much like this!

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And although there were a few dirt drops, all of them were really well held.

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But at the end of the day, no body does it like the guys from Hit’n’Run.

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Even as the event was going on though, I really couldn’t help but think how amazing it all was.

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To see so many amazing drivers from across Australia …

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… laying it down on one of the coolest tracks in the country …

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with some of the best weather summer could offer.

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Thanks so much to the guys from StreetKarnage, Secret Drift, Raleigh Raceway and everyone else that helped to make the event possible.

I seriously can’t wait until next year!

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