Coffs Harbour’s Whiplash Racing team is made up of, from left, Shaun French, Hayden Walmsley and Blair Geeson.
Coffs Harbour’s Whiplash Racing team is made up of, from left, Shaun French, Hayden Walmsley and Blair Geeson. ROB WRIGHT

Trackside for all the thrills

THE smell of burning rubber will once again be in the air at Raleigh Raceway tomorrow as the second round of the Drift Racing series gets under way.

Unlike the opening round of the series in June, this time spectators will have a Coffs Harbour team to follow.

Local drivers Hayden Walmsley, Shaun French and Blair Geeson have joined forces to form the Whiplash Racing Australia team and will make their debut as a collective when racing begins at 9am tomorrow.

Not that they’ll be helping each other out on the track though. The trio all said during the week being a team was more about the activities when they’re not racing, particularly when they’re spending plenty of hours fixing and modifying their vehicles.

“It’s just about working together and helping each other out,” Walmsley said.

“We work on every one of these cars together so it’s more of a team effort.”

The opening round was a roaring success with nearly 1000 spectators attending.

And the team is promising that anyone who heads out to watch the racing tomorrow will not be disappointed.

Not only are there drivers coming from all parts including the Gold Coast and Brisbane to compete, but Mercury Motorsports will have a dyno machine trackside so anyone can check how much horsepower they have under the bonnet. There will also be a display by a Skyline GTR, which boasts a mammoth 1000 horsepower. And the action will continue for the final two rounds which are being held in September and October.

“A lot of the guys from up north paid for the whole four rounds of the series up front so they’re already booked in for the year,” French said.

The team say drift racing does not promote hoon driving.

In fact they say by having the races on a track it promotes the exact opposite.

“We always try and attract different people to come out and give it a try,” Walmsley said.

“We’re trying to get drift racing off the streets and hopefully the police can see that we’re trying to make an effort to keep the streets clean and put it in a controlled environment, that’s what we’re trying to do.

“We’re trying to influence people to stay off the street and keep it clean on the track.”



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