V8 Supercar race winner drifts around the track – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Racing is racing. Drifting is drifting. The two don't generally cross over, for one simple reason: drifting is slow, and racing is fast.

Unless your name is Gilles Villeneuve, the general rule is that drifting through a corner isn't as fast as braking on the way in, clipping the apex and powering out. But at the Skycity Triple Crown this past weekend at Hidden Valley Raceway in Dawin, Australia, one Shane Van Gisbergen celebrated victory by drifting his Ford Falcon V8 Supercar around nearly the entire cool-down lap sideways, the tires lit up and the crowd going wild. It's a rare sight, and you can watch it for yourself in the video after the jump.



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      jcar302
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wish i could have a ford falcon here.
        pasigiri
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jcar302
        Among OTHERS from Ford (Focus RS comes to mind also).
      jules the kiwi
      • 3 Years Ago
      this guy is quickly becoming one of the best brand ambassadors for this sport....and hes a kiwi which is equally awesome.
      david opanga
      • 3 Years Ago
      i love how V8 super car posts get people talking about NASCAR when its no where in the article lol. love the burnout should have completed it tho when he spun out.! sadly i havnt been watching V8 super cars lately gotta get back to it that series is awesome!
      johnnyichiban
      • 3 Years Ago
      And somewhere Keiichi Tsuchiya got his wings...
      Matthew
      • 3 Years Ago
      he made it look so easy!
      Mark Lerner
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely NOT NASCAR: Working headlights/taillights/windshield wipers, the doors OPEN and they look like REAL cars - not the stupid templated wonders of NASCRAP. Just my opinion...
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark Lerner
        Templated? Wow. You absolutely know NOTHING about Aussie V8s. I mean, if you did, you would know that both the Commodores and Falcons have the same dimensions because the cars are built on one spec chassis. Therefore, the Commodore is fabricated to fit over this chassis. So the sport might as well have one single template.
        david opanga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark Lerner
        god you sound like a disgruntled NASCAR fan aka ME but i love it too much to leave hopfully in 2013 when the new cars arrive they will look more like street cars but i also acknowledge that they want them to be equal so they cant deviat to much from templates which is understandable. cant wait for 2013 tho!
      jchatman
      • 3 Years Ago
      V8 Supercars > NASCAR
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jchatman
        So basically you like a sport that is about to become much more worse than NASCAR? I mean, at least NASCAR lets the manufacturers build their engines. Aussie V8s will be powered by one single engine manufactured outside of GM and Ford. That's added to the fact that the cars only relate to their production counterparts in looks.
          David Rodriguez
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Everytime there's a V8 supercar post, you pop up with the same drivel. Give it a rest, we know you love NASCAR. ... But that doesn't mean it isn't boring to most of us.
          Redline
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Give it a rest, NASCAR is just a bunch of rolling billboards going in circles man.
          brandon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Because right hand turn.
          Tango Down
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          "Every motorsport in the world goes in circles except for drag racing." ...uhhh WRC, Dakar, Pikes Peak and Baja 500/1000.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Redline, and what is every other motorsport? Every motorsport in the world goes in circles except for drag racing. They follow a certain path that leads them to the same point on the track resulting in what is referred to as laps. They are also covered in adverts, as you can see in this video. If you want to insult NASCAR, use something more original.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      jchatman
      • 3 Years Ago
      V8 Supercar > NASCAR
      brands
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not to be pedantic, but, drifting a racing car through a corner is actually a very fast way through that corner. But then, I'm talking about drifting, as opposed to power sliding, which is a very different thing. Watch Fangio, or Moss, or Clark, or Peterson at the limit to see what drifting is, 'cause it ain't this!
        Phil T
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brands
        The original definition of drifting.... "At the first bend, I had the clear sensation that Tazio had taken it badly and that we would end up in the ditch; I felt myself stiffen as I waited for the crunch. Instead, we found ourselves on the next straight with the car in a perfect position. I looked at him, his rugged face was calm, just as it always was, and certainly not the face of someone who had just escaped a hair-raising spin. I had the same sensation at the second bend. By the fourth or fifth bend I began to understand; in the meantime, I had noticed that through the entire bend Tazio did not lift his foot from the accelerator, and that, in fact, it was flat on the floor. As bend followed bend, I discovered his secret. Nuvolari entered the bend somewhat earlier than my driver's instinct would have told me to. But he went into the bend in an unusual way: with one movement he aimed the nose of the car at the inside edge, just where the curve itself started. His foot was flat down, and he had obviously changed down to the right gear before going through this fearsome rigmarole. In this way he put the car into a four-wheel drift, making the most of the thrust of the centrifugal force and keeping it on the road with the traction of the driving wheels. Throughout the bend the car shaved the inside edge, and when the bend turned into the straight the car was in the normal position for accelerating down it, with no need for any corrections." Enzo Ferrari http://www.ddavid.com/formula1/art_of_driving.htm
          brands
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Phil T
          Thank you Phil, you get what I'm trying to say. If I enter a corner and all four tyres aren't sliding, ie: a four-wheel drift, I'm not going fast enough. Obviously there is a balance to be struck. If the slip angles become too great, I'm scrubbing speed. If the difference between the front slip angles and rear slip angles become too great, I'm scrubbing speed. If I get it just right, I'm carrying the maximum speed through the corner.
        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brands
        Drifting as in smoke coming from the tyres drifting? To go as fast as possible around a corner you need to use maximum traction. When you're drifting you are over the limit, you are wasting energy/power. A little bit of sliding in the corner isn't drifting.
        Arturo Rios
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brands
        Drifting is no way faster around a corner, plus this guy is racing on racing tires which are much harder to drift, so kudos for that. I am sure he can spank a lot of drifters with a proper drift car just like did in this ford falcon race car.
          Allen
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Arturo Rios
          After watching the video, I'd sincerely doubt he'd be able to "spank" drifters with a proper drift car. He's doing no more than using the vast torque of the V8 to spin the wheels and hold it like a race driver should be able to. In no way was there any true speed or angle in those entries. In future could you please comment on something you know about? Thanks
        Tom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brands
        Yes, a bit of sliding can sometimes be fast, but fully sliding a racing tire will rarely give you the most grip. Tires have changed quite a bit in the last 30 to 50 years.
      creamwobbly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well it wasn't particularly exciting, was a little bit dangerous, reducing visibility for the following drivers who were still racing, and really wasn't an "entire victory lap", just being a little over 20 seconds. But hey, to each their own. I'd rather watch drivers take a few right-handers every now and then...
        Shane
        • 3 Years Ago
        @creamwobbly
        A few right handers? This was a road course... Did you watch the video?
        EnzoHonda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @creamwobbly
        As soon as the winner crosses the finish line, everyone else is on their last lap. Thus, it's not possible for him to obscure the view of people still racing. Also, slow, casual drifting on a closed circuit is significantly safer than what they had been doing for the previous hour or two.
        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        @creamwobbly
        QQ
      herbbie5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats a victory lap
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