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Sprints and burnouts put Gatton on racing map

ACTION STATIONS: Skilled drivers compete at the Gatton Street Sprints on the weekend.
ACTION STATIONS: Skilled drivers compete at the Gatton Street Sprints on the weekend. Rob Williams

HUNDREDS of motoring enthusiasts lined the streets of Gatton over the weekend for non-stop action at south-east Queensland's biggest burnout competition.

Gatton Street Sprints, in its 14th year, put on an impressive display of high performance street and racing cars, burnouts, drifting and static displays.

V8 driver Glenn Seton and Targa Tasmania multiple winner Scott Millar were among the high-profile guests of the event held on Saturday and Sunday.

The Gatton Street Sprints has been bolstered as one of the region's major sporting attractions with competitors and spectators from across Queensland and New South Wales converging on the Lockyer Valley.

More than 100 cars filled the streets of Gatton, vying for the champion sprint title.

Downs Motorsports Club president Warren Gersekowski said the most impressive aspect of the street sprints was the amazing line-up and array of cars.

"Not only do you get to see some of Australia's finest and fastest cars, the skilled and experienced drivers are here to race hard and win the event or their category, no holding back," Mr Gersekowski said.

"Street Sprints are a very unique motorsport event where you can drive, or come and watch a $1000 stock standard 1970 model four-cylinder car go head-to-head with a race-bred, fire-breathing monster on the same track.

"The very expensive purebred racer doesn't always win. It all comes down to the talent, commitment and consistency of the driver on the short but complicated track."

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