No driver of a motor vehicle wants to over steer and lose traction with the road. Or do they?

Drifting is a progressive motor sport that started out as a racing technique in the All Japan Touring Car Championship several decades ago. It has evolved into a competitive sport that includes Australia's own Drift Pro Tour.

In this driving sport the driver intentionally over steers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns, while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed. The important ingredient here is maintaining control.

A car is drifting when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle prior to the corner apex, and the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn. The competitors are judged on a number of factors that include line, angle, speed, and show factor, the show factor combines the crowd's reaction. No wonder spectators love it.

Josh Boettcher from Team Northfield is Stadium Drift Pro Tour 2010's current championship leader; he leads the competition by a close 4 points. Boettcher edged out twenty rivals on Carnell Raceway, Stanthorp Queensland last weekend in round 4 to proudly claim top of the podium.

Drifting a race car at high speeds requires ultimate control; advanced drivers require the most grip possible from all four tires and in Josh's case GT Radial ‘Value for Money' Ultra High Performance tyres are the connection with him, the road and the leaders board.

Grip is required for control, speed, and a fast snap on the initial entry. Drifting wears tires rapidly, sometimes utilising several sets for a single professional event. Josh wouldn't replace his tyres with anything less than GT Radial.

"I use GT Radial on my everyday car and I use them when I am putting on a show at a drifting competition. Controlling my 340hp Nissan 200sx, better than my opponent is the difference between first and second, I am competitive and I want to win", says Boettcher.

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