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Unleashing the Thrill: The World of Drift Racing

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In the captivating realm of Drift Racing, where precision meets adrenaline, two cars dance on the asphalt, intertwining speed, style, and proximity. Matt McCrudden, a seasoned enthusiast in this exhilarating motorsport and Technical Function engineer at Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions (BAMS), graciously shared his insights into the heart-pounding world of Drift Racing.

At its core, Drift Racing involves a lead run, where drivers meticulously follow predetermined lines, followed by an intense chase run. McCrudden's preference lies in the chase, where he skilfully manoeuvres his car in close proximity to the lead driver, aiming for an adrenaline-fueled, tire-rubbing experience. With chasable lead speeds reaching 140 kmph, each competition is a thrilling display of speed, angle, style, and the delicate dance of proximity to both fellow racers and the track walls.

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Choosing the right car and track is paramount in Drift Racing. McCrudden explains that a specific layout is selected for each weekend from a chosen track, emphasising the intricate set of corners that will challenge drivers and captivate spectators alike. His weapon of choice? A 1984 Toyota Cressida, powered by a 1JZ engine boasting an impressive 500 horsepower, a testament to the grassroots nature of the sport.

For McCrudden, the journey into Drift Racing began six years ago, inspired by the thriving drift scene in Ireland. Venturing to the birthplace of motorsport drifting, Japan, he not only indulged in the passion but also competed with success. His dedication to the sport led him to the Australian amateur championship, where he emerged victorious in Round #3, 2022.

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(Image L-R: Matt McCrudden and best mate Dwayne Gillick)

While the race days showcase the heart-pounding moments, McCrudden sheds light on the unseen hardships and countless hours invested behind the scenes. Drift Racing, he explains, is not just about speed but about the meticulous craftsmanship of building and maintaining cars. The grassroots nature of the sport becomes evident as he navigates the challenges with a determined budget, relying on sponsors like Campbell Precision and Independent Car Parts for support.

“My background in automation machinery has helped me design, develop and understand what works and what doesn’t. My current role in operations is about understanding challenges and creating a plan to overcome these. Drifting isn’t any different, you plan as much as possible so you can concentrate on just driving but some decisions have to be made on the spot. This can make the difference in winning or losing.” says McCrudden.

As Matt McCrudden gears up for a new car build and continues to compete in the Australian championship, the love for motorsport remains unwavering. His commitment to "Keep it Reet" echoes the spirit of grassroots racing, where passion and dedication outshine the constraints of budget. With crowds swelling to 5,000-7,000 enthusiasts and races broadcast live on YouTube, Drift Racing is not just a sport; it's a captivating spectacle that keeps the heart racing.

For those eager to follow Matt McCrudden's journey, you can catch him on Facebook and Instagram under the name "Matt McDrift." As the wheels of his 1984 Toyota Cressida continue to spin, the world of Drift Racing welcomes enthusiasts to witness the breathtaking fusion of skill, speed, and style.

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