Inaugural Drift Night

Here’s Daniel Demaras’ latest article for K1 Speed (originally published on May 13 2019) at https://www.k1speed.ca/blog/drift-night-1-recap.html

Author: Daniel Demaras www.k1speed.ca/blog

Photographer: Ryan Dupont www.instagram.com/ryan.dupont.photography/


K1 Speed Toronto is usually ‘your place to race’. Competitors come to the track to race as hard and fast as they can. To be as precise as possible, setting laps within hundredths of a second of each other. But on Drift Night…you can forget all about that!

With special, low grip “drift” tires bolted to the back wheels of K1 Speed’s otherwise very grippy karts, these race machines were slipping and sliding freely around the track. Racing lines went right out the window, and drivers had to adapt to having practically no grip. Welcome to Drift Night!

This was one of the most fun and relaxed nights ever at K1 Speed Canada. Racers who normally strive for the overall track record were seen doing donuts in Turn 1, just trying to get the kart righted. It was a completely new challenge for even the most experienced racers. Through fast corners, part of the test of skill was keeping the kart pointed in the right direction. Let the rear end slide out, give the steering wheel some opposite lock, and hold on tight. Even while trying to drift through a sweeping corner, it was very easy to spin out, but with some practice, drivers were able to pull off great slides through the twisty sections. The trick is to feather the throttle. Mash the pedal, even in a straight line, and you’ll be pointed sideways wondering what happened.

After every session, drivers would hop out of the karts with huge smiles on their faces. It’s hard to be serious when you’re backward on track, watching your friends smile and wave as they glide past. With everyone so eager to get their chance in this unique event, Drift Night races sold out early. So, If you want to try drift karts out next time, you’ll have to get down to K1 Speed early for the opportunity.

No matter how many times you’ve been to K1 Speed and raced in their state of the art karts, you’ve never experienced something like this. Drift Night is a unique, fun and exciting event will take place once a month. Just check back with K1Speed.ca and mark your calendar for the next Drift Night.

Zero Emissions, 100% Adrenaline

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