Raceline's 2011 Australian Pro Tour Series, launched out of the blocks with round one at Parklands Showground on the Gold Coast and it didn't disappoint the fans, at least not Josh Boettcher's fans. Last year's title holder has no plans on stepping down from the top of the podium, a position he has become all too familiar with.

Drifting is a progressive sport in Australia and it is literally turning heads. This is a motor sport where the driver intentionally over steers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns, while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed. Josh is maintaining control and maintaining the lead he set last year, he is a true catalyst in the sport.

Like with all sports, to stay on top, a big productive off season is needed, the foundation from the previous year is never enough. This off season, Josh joined the Motul-Nismo team, built a new Nissan 200SX, S15, with a 2.2L engine and fitted the vehicle with wider GT Radial HPY tyres. Josh has tested other tyre brands but remained loyal to GT for the third consecutive year, it has become an integral part of his winning formula.

"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. I wouldn't replace my tyres with anything less," said Boetcher.

Josh's sponsorship with Tyres4U and GT Radial, along with his world class ability, has seen him selected to compete in Formula Drift Singapore, on the 27-29 of May this year, the first round of Formula Drift Asia. Josh is ecstatic to say the least, "competing before a TV audience of 130 million in the region of the sports inception, it's hard to comprehend."

And for the season back home on Australian soil. "This is the beginning I have worked and hoped for, my team Motul-Nismo has had the perfect start, to have my team mate and friend, Rob Whyte, finish second right on my rear bumper, pushing me across the line, we couldn't be happier."

The next round is at the Carnell Race Track at Stanthorpe on April 10th.


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