Drifting into the fast lane for motor thrills

Round Two of Drift Allstars 2011 takes place on Wearside today and tomorrow.

Round Two of Drift Allstars 2011 takes place on Wearside today and tomorrow.

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THOUSANDS of car enthusiasts are in Wearside to take part in one of Europe’s largest motoring events this weekend.

Drift Allstars 2011 sees some of the best drift drivers battle it out on a purpose-built track at Nissan, Washington.

The high-octane event, which takes place today and tomorrow is round two of the European Series which kicked off at Teesside last month.

Entering its fourth season, Drift Allstars is recognised as the best professional drifting championship in the UK and Europe.

Niall Gunn, managing director of Drift Allstars, said “It’s great to return to this venue in Sunderland with Nissan being so supportive of the sport.

“The custom-built track will test drivers to the absolute limit utilising Nissan’s production car park. This will be the biggest ever event that Drift Allstars has put together in the North East – and we’re expecting thousands of people there.”

Drivers from across the globe will be competing, including from the UK, Ireland, France, Holland and Italy.

Anthony Scott, 46, who works at Skylinepart.com – a specialist in supplying car parts, has been drifting for six years.

Anthony, from Hexham, drives a Nissan 200 SX. He said: “It’s such good fun, and I can’t wait to take to the track. I know the atmosphere will be buzzing on the day. There’s a lot of strong competition but I’m hoping for a win.”

Round two will also play host to Monster Truck Slingshot, freshly back from its Top Gear live tour. Vertical limits freestyle BMX team will be keeping spectators amused in the Fanzone and in the pits, and Benfield Nissan will be showing off its latest range of Nissan cars.

Ian Black, Nissan Sunderland plant production director, said: “We are delighted to host the second round of the Drift Allstars European Series.

“The action comes thick and fast and with such a variety of vehicles on show, this year promises to be another fantastic family event.”

For more information visit www.jdmallstars.com

@SunderlandEcho