RALLY car drivers are renowned for their sideways driving style, but they could meet their match when the stars of Pro Drift racing take to the track at the International Rally of Queensland this weekend.
Up to 10 Pro Drift cars are set to thrill spectators with a demonstration of their own tyre-smokin' style between runs of rally cars from around the world on a 1.91 km Super Special Stage on the closed runways of Caloundra Aerodrome on Saturday night.
The Main Event, taking place barely one kilometre from the centre of Caloundra on the southern Sunshine Coast, promises to be an exciting new highlight for rally spectators of all ages.
Tickets can be purchased at the events centre in Minchinton Street, Caloundra, and at the entrance gate at the aerodrome on Saturday night.
World-class drivers such as Chris Atkinson, Neal Bates and Simon Evans from Australia, P-G Andersson (Sweden), Guarav Gill (India), Alister McRae (Scotland) and Karamjit Singh (Malaysia) handle their cars at high speed with extraordinary skill.
But who will get the loudest cheer when they share the smooth aerodrome runway with the Pro Drift cars?
The drifters presented by Raceline Events are scheduled to include Australia's best, such as 2009 and 2011 King of Drift champion and 2012 Pro Tour Drift Championship Series standings leader Rob Whyte and 2010 champion Josh Boettcher.
Whyte will drive a supercharged Nissan 350Z, which will light up the tyres as it tries to put more than 500 horsepower to the tarmac. Other competitors will include Dan Kenneally and an unusual Nissan Silvia ute.
Gates open at 5.30pm for the Main Event, which will feature rally cars, drift cars and a fireworks finale, plus food, drink and merchandise outlets.
The International Rally of Queensland is benefiting Significant Regional Event Scheme (SRES) funding under the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP).
The EQRDP is an investment program designed to extend the flow of economic and social benefits of events to regional Queensland.
The SRES celebrates and supports those events that have a particularly strong track record of growth and economic success for their region.
A state-wide initiative, the program is committed to enhancing existing events in regional Queensland, as well as assisting in the establishment of new events.
Since the EQRDP began in 2001, more than $18.3 million has been invested in 856 regional events, an indicator of the important role these events play in their communities and wider Queensland.
The International Rally of Queensland also is supported by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.