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Slippin’ ‘n slidin’ – it’s the hot favourite for track-day training

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LONDON, England – Drifting, the ”art” of controlling a car thats spinning in circles, is now said to be the fastest-growing track-driving experience in the UK.

Computer games such as Forza Motorsport and ‘Fast and the Furious‘ movies are said by Trackdays UK  to have, er, fuelled the surge in drift-training bookings by about 60%.

It’s become even more popular than paying to drive supercars!

SLIDING – AND LOOKING – SIDEWAYS

Trackdays told The Corner in a media release: ”The rise of drifting (it originated in Japan with drivers intentionally oversteering around a curve while maintaining control) has exploded in recent years and is being practised competitively at race circuits across Britain.”

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TrackDays operations manager Imran Malek explained: “We teach all levels of driver how to drift where driving by looking out of the side window is just as important as looking out of the windscreen.

“Importantly, learning how to drift in a safe environment, such as a race circuit, can boost the confidence of drivers and give them better overall car-handling skills.

”It’s not just about burning rubber.”

SLIDING THE REAR WHEELS

The most popular TrackDays cars include Nissan’s 200SX, Skyline and 350Z, and BMW’s M3. Circuits in use include Brands Hatch and Goodwood in southern England and Elvington in the north. There are others across the country.

”In practical terms,” Malek added, ”drifting involves maintaining control at high speed with the rear tyres sliding. Basic skills offered include power-slides, drift control, and drift braking.

“The popularity of learning to drift shows no sign of slowing down. While we provide many driving experiences involving straight-line speed it’s interesting to see that the art of drifting is the fastest-growing driving experience – even nudging ahead of the supercar sector for growth by three percent.”

  • To learn more about TrackDays.co.uk and its drifting experiences, including passenger rides for children as young as six, go to www.trackdays.co.uk

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