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Published on April 14th, 2016 | by Jos Roder

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Drift Wars – The Battle For The West

The ‘Drift Wars – Battle for the West’ is set to became a drift event for the record books, with Motoring South West/D1WA’s event offering what Drift Life believes is the largest prize money pool ever offered in Australian Drift history,  a huge $15,000. Drift Wars is fast approaching and will take place on the weekend of April 30th/May 1st.

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Drift Wars was setup to put W.A drifting on the map with an inaugural showcase to promote the sport locally as well as attracting interstate and international interest.

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D1WA was founded by Patrick Coetzer in 2014 with the goal of supporting its members and offering a great place to come and drift and Drift Wars is a reflection of the local drift community.

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W.A photos courtesy of Nathan Sixsmith Photography

Collie Motorplex is the home base for all of the drifting events the club holds, with two tracks on offer; the traditional circuit and the custom built drift stadium. The Drift Wars track layout is yet to be determined, with a few possible alternatives being explored, but the main Collie Motorplex track will be utilised.

The friendly atmosphere coupled with great prize money has no doubt pricked the ears of some high level drivers around Australia (and internationally it seems) . The event will be capped at 80 drivers.

The prize money breakdown is as follows:

Pro
1st: $7,000
2nd: $2,000
3rd $1,000

Amateur
$3,000
$1,500
$500

Drivers are already confirmed from interstate, including Northern Territory resident Tristan Lack in the Territory Door Services JZX 100.

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Things are also going international for the inaugural Drift Wars.

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Andrew Redward, top D1NZ competitor will fly over, borrow a car and put his skills to the test against the best of the west and the rest! (lyrical genius right there ha)

“I am excited to announce that I have been invited to drive at Drift Wars. After competing in Sydney and Melbourne last October with two podium finishes, I can’t wait to drive a new track, skid a different car, and meet some more Aussies! We will be running one of the organisers’ own vehicles, an R32 Skyline. Thanks to Pat & D1WA for organizing the event and Brent Peters for putting this together for us, it’s going to be a blast,” said Redward.

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The local W.A scene is very strong in its own right, with drivers such as Adam Monck, Brendan Greaves, Ken Leong, John Grilippo, Phil Duffy, Aidan Friel and Damien Croxon all keen to put on a show and land a nice little pay day for their efforts.

The D1WA team will setup the Pro vs Am sections based on qualifying positions. The first 32 qualifiers will be in the Pro bracket, and 33rd onwards will make-up the Amateur competition.

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Unsurprisingly there is a tyre rule, but interestingly there is a slightly different rule to most east coast event’s in that there is no limit on width of tyre. Tyres are simply restricted on treadwear rating.

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Judging for the event will continue the broader drift community angle D1WA is pursuing for this event, with all three judges not based in W.A. Head Judge will be hard charging Stewy Bryant (S.A) of InertiaMS fame, who will be joined by two other experienced drifters in Brodie Moore (TAS) and Leigh O’Sullivan (VIC).

With a great team behind the event, huge prize money on offer and one of the strongest fields W.A drift has ever seen, Drift Wars is going to be an epic battle with drivers putting it all on the line.

For more information on the event, ticket prices or how to enter, head to www.d1wa.com/driftwars or check out the D1WA Facebook page.

D1WA want to thank the committee who have helped put the event together, Motoring South West, the Collie Motorplex and the generous sponsors WA Performance, Bunbury Auto Wreckers and AutoForce who have helped make the event possible and ensuring it becomes something special for the W.A drift scene.

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Drift Life wants to thank Pat at D1WA, Brent Peters and photographer Nathan Sixsmith for imagery for the article. 

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About the Author

Jos Roder

is the owner of Drift Life and delves deeper into drifting culture. Jos started drifting more than 10 years ago after discovering a sport existed that captured his favourite motoring endeavour, going sideways! Jos works full-time in the automotive/motorsport field as a PR Manager and Advanced Driving Instructor and currently owns a JDM S15 Nissan Silvia for drift/track/hillclimb duties.



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