Stadium Drift Rd 4 Stanthorpe
This past weekend I attended round four of the Stadium Drift Australia series, held at Carnell Raceway in Stanthorpe. The event was full of epic battles, tones of close calls and plenty of paint trading, all of which we’ve come to expect from the boys who compete in this series.
As with every event, last minute preparations were underway. The fortunate ones were able to spend the night in Stanthorpe and enjoy a relaxed sleep in, while the not so fortunate found themselves leaving for the track at around 4am.
Rob Whyte and his Monster Energy crew have been creating a buzz at events recently with their new toys. Most people in the pit lane, including myself, were very jealous watching them scoot around!
Time to prepare the camera for some awesome footage of Rob driving…
One of the best things I’ve found about the Stadium Drift events is the chilled, friendly environment. Everyone is friends amongst each other, and the casual chatting before the action begins makes it hard to believe there’s actually a competition going on.
The calm before the storm…
Smoke storm that is!
Just as there are friendships between the drivers, the same applies for media and photographers. Josh Dobrik, one of our own photographers, was lucky enough to use Scott Nelson’s 300mm 2.8 lens to get some amazing shots.
As promised, some hardcore action. These guys don’t back off!
Nick Coulson and Levi Clarke exchanged a good rub during the day. Luckily nothing major was damaged, and Levi still managed to get the most out of his car.
A notable driver for the entire day was Niel Gregson who took the win in the Super Street series.
Congratulations to Scott Maiden for winning the Pro series, with Rob Whyte coming in second, Levi Clarke coming third, and Josh Boettcher in 4th place.
Before you knew it, it was time to pack up, chat amongst friends and competitors, and leave in anticipation of the next round.
Some decided to stay at Stanthorpe for the night, but most of us did our +3 hour drive back to our home. Ah, the drift life.
As always there more pictures on www.downttofoto.com.au