Mike Stevens | Nov 14, 2012

Sydney Motorsport Park's new South Circuit layout will play host to the Australian Drifting Grand Prix's Drift Festival on January 26, the Australian Racing Drivers' Club has announced.

Run across one 12 hour session, the event will offer over 150 entry places for beginners through to professionals, and the ADGP Top 16 invitational competition will headline the day.

ADGP manager Andrew Hawkins said this week that the event will establish Sydney Motorsport Park as the home of drifting in New South Wales.

“We are very excited to be part of this historic moment as preliminary testing of the South Circuit revealed it to be one of the most suited and enjoyable tracks in Australia for drifting, and its use will help expand the sport in NSW," Hawkins said.

All three NSW drift clubs will be offered places to be the first to drift the South Circuit, while the Skidpan and Figure-8 ‘Peanut’ track will be open to all entries to drift all day.

As for the Top 16 event, entry will be by invitation only, and drivers will practice and quality through the day before doing battle from 6pm.

The event will preview a proper championship round for the 2013/2014 season, but dates are still to be announced.

"National level drift competition has not had a presence in NSW for many years, and we are very pleased to be able to facilitate their return," ARDC CEO, Glenn Matthews said.

"The Sydney Motorsport Park Drift Festival marks the beginning of a new Drift program, with a NSW State Championship planned for 2013 as well."

The day will also play host to trade stands, including Motive DVD and ADGP, giveaways, music and some special guests.

More information can be found at www.australiandriftinggp.com.

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