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Courtney McColgan | Jan, 25 2013 | 1 Comment

Sydney Motorsport Park will be lost in a haze of tyre smoke tomorrow, with the Australia Day Drift Festival descending upon the track.

Aussie talent will be joined on the day by Matt Powers, USA Formula D driver and winner of the recent Red Bull Drift Shifters, along with Japanese D1 driver, Andy Gray.

The event also marks the first time the venue's new South Circuit, introduced as part of the park’s recent $12 million upgrade, will see competition drifting.

“The south circuit is one of the most suited and enjoyable tracks in Australia for drifting, and its use will help expand the sport," Australian Drifting Grand Prix Director Andrew Hawkins said.

The inaugural nature of the event should also ensure that drivers visiting from far afield will suffer no home track advantage among their Sydney-based rivals.

Securing the use of the new circuit has also seen former Australian champion Beau Yates lured to the track, where he'll do battle with the likes of 2012 ADGP winner Rob Whyte and others.

The sport of drifting has undergone a revival nationwide since the introduction of the national series, the Australian Drifting Grand Prix.

This year the series heads into its third season, signing the highest number of registered competitors the sport has ever seen.

The last time Australia hosted a national series was the Toyo Drift Australia series, which wound up in 2009.

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

The festival will also have two other courses available to drivers, expecting to draw over 150 drift cars. Organisers have also promised the requisite car show, autograph signings and industry stands.

Keep an eye on TMR as we bring you coverage of all the highlights across the event next week. Find out more about the weekend's events at trackbattle.com.au/adgp.

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