Drivers drifting away this weekend at Montmagny track


Over 30 drivers will be drifting away this weekend at the Autodrome, 455 Chemin Saint-Leon, in Montmagny.

The occasion will be Round One of the Castrol Driftmania Canadian Championship Series, where drivers are judged based on a number of factors, including line, angle, speed and show factor. Line involves taking the correct line, which is usually announced beforehand by judges. The show factor is based on a number of crowd pleasing, such as the amount of smoke, how close the car is to the wall, and the crowd's reaction. Angle is the angle of a car in a drift, speed is the speed entering a turn, the speed through a turn, and the speed exiting the turn; faster is better.

Located 45 minutes from Quebec City, Autodrome Montmagny has excited its Quebec based fans for many years. Nicknamed "The Ring" this course is a fenced in battle ground for the best drivers of DMCC for the last 2 years.

The track's 10% banking has no mercy for even the best drivers in the series. New and veteran drivers alike constantly have to negotiate the high line to be awarded top points for tandem battles. This year's layout will consist of one clipping zone and three clipping points designed by Judge Andy Yen from Formula Drift to test the limits of the drivers and their cars.

Fans will have the opportunity to get close to drivers during DMCC fan day Saturday where the paddocks will be opened to the general public for autograph signings, pictures and free team drift swag. The competition begins with qualifying rounds followed by a 30-minute halftime show before the Top 16 take the track at 3 p.m. The Top 8 competition begins at 4 p.m., followed by the Top 4 and Final, beginning at 5 p.m.

Sunday's competition will be preceded Saturday by two practice sessions, the first starting at noon. In between, the paddock will be open to spectators from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The paddock will reopen to the paying public from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The track will open at 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

The cost of admission is $10 Saturday and $20 Sunday, which includes the qualifying and final rounds. DMCC promises intense door to door battles, guarenteeing an exciting and emotional weekened.

From Autoroute 20, take Exit 378 South, then follow Chemin St-Leon one kilometer to the Autodrome, which is on the right. DMCC will also post numerous signs directing fans to the site.