Sport

Numbers down as thrill threshold goes up

Kevin Minter in action at Suunday's Central Coast Car Club Motorkhana.
Kevin Minter in action at Suunday's Central Coast Car Club Motorkhana. Mike Richards

WHILE competitor numbers may have been down on their last meet, there was enough fun to put those in attendance in a spin at the Central Coast Car Club Motorkhana on Sunday.

Held at Benaraby Raceway, six competitors lined up to take part in the event, which takes best times from two trials, on two different courses, to determine the winner.

What may appear as simply 'drifting' to some is actually a showcase of expert carmanship, as competitors wrestle their machines around the course, trying to avoid hitting markers that incur time penalties.

Club president Keith Honour said the day was a great opportunity for local enthusiasts to test both their machines and their own mettle.

"It's a test of skills in the car and car manoeuvring," Honour said.

While deceiving with the noise and sound, most of the track negotiation is done in first and second gear, with the ability of the driver to control and use the skid crucial to a clean run.

Competitor Chris Bevington, putting his Ford Escort through its paces, said the smaller cars had the advantage in the trickier multi-loop course.

"Yeah it (multi-loop track) does (favour smaller cars). It's a bit of fun, all sideways and constant drifting," Bevington said.

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