Any drift event at Norfolk arena is usually a good one, so when I realized that my local (ish) drifting venue was hosting the BDC on a day I could actually attend I was pretty pleased.

Those who have been to Norfolk before will be well aware of its unique ‘family like’ atmosphere. Everyone seems to know everyone. Everywhere you look, you recognize someone chipping in; taking tickets, helping with the track, marshaling or doing a sterling job of making sure all the cars shoot of the line in style! I am of course, talking about the Norfolk Drift Team (find them on Facebook!). They help out with all the BDC events across the country and also the practice days too.  They really are the glue (cable ties?) that hold a lot of drifty related stuff together so I’d like to think it’s pretty rewarding to see the British Drift Championship wagon roll up to Norfolk and have everyone leave with smiles on their faces.

This year was no different. I was able to attend the Saturday/main event. It was disappointing to miss out on the qualifying as there are a lot of cars and drivers that don’t make it through to the top 16 and it’s a shame to miss out on them, in particular, there’s a photo of an Opel Manta BDC car circulating at the moment! I want to see that skid!

Qualifying on Tuesday led to some surprises. Some of the certainties that we always see breeze into the top16 didn’t and some that never usually quite make it..did!

Qualifying results from the Friday(taken Directly from the BDC homepage):

SEMI PRO

Position Driver Driver Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Highest
No
1 65 Gareth Taylor 75 67 70 75
2 52 Brian Egan 70 0 73 73
3 67 Owen Taylor 65 0 70 70
4 40 Stuart Egdell 69 0 0 69
5 26 Brad Wallbank 46 68 0 68
6 43 Noel Phipps 36 0 66 66
7 80 Max Marshall 65 60 63 65
8 33 Lewis Cracknell 61 0 65 65
9 12 Matt Samuel 0 56 65 65
10 9 Ian Rutherford 64 0 62 64
11 18 Matty Stevenson 64 0 61 64
12 73 Jay Green 53 64 54 64
13 11 Jake Spiggott 0 0 64 64
14 61 Adam Simmons 61 0 63 63
15 71 Laura Hinks 62 59 50 62
16 41 Ricky Emery 49 53 62 62

PRO

Position Driver Driver Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Highest
No
1 31 Matt Campling 70 82 74 82
2 52 Brian Egan 78 81 0 81
3 79 Jamie Kenyon 77 80 78 80
4 45 Hugo Fernades 67 74 78 78
5 14 Jamie Kay 72 0 77 77
6 38 James Fuller 68 76 72 76
7 48 Paul Murphy 71 76 70 76
8 65 Gareth Taylor 73 74 75 75
9 68 John Glaister 64 69 75 75
10 26 Ross Gregory 0 74 73 74
11 30 Anthony Mortley 70 74 71 74
12 69 Belinda Challis 71 69 74 74
13 73 Christan Lewis 70 69 74 74
14 39 Andrew Kenna 57 72 73 73
15 35 Justin Clarke 68 70 0 70
16 34 Alex Law 0 66 70 70

Super Pro

Position

Driver

Driver Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Highest
No
1 14 Shane O’Sullivan 88 91 88 91
2 2 Mark Luney 81 81 88 88
3 3 Wayne Keeber 85 0 86 86
4 99 Marc Huxley 86 75 80 86
5 4 Shane Lynch 0 0 86 86
6 6 Stephen Biagioni 80 80 85 85
7 11 Alan Green 83 0 79 83
8 22 Wesley Keating 82 0 82 82
9 7 Steve Moore 77 79 82 82
10 8 Paul Smith 81 73 0 81
11 18 Jody Fletcher 80 75 80 80
12 51 Micheal Marshall 78 80 0 80
13 33 Barry Leonard 80 0 74 80
14 9 David Waterworth 76 78 78 78
15 5 Simon Perry 0 76 78 78
16 13 Danny O’Brien 0 78 73 78

 

One person who I was really pleased to see make it to the top 16 was Laura Hinks, aka ‘Lozza’ in her Ill Repute wrapped s14. It’s been fun watching her build her s14 via Facebook and seeing how anxious she’s been getting about her first BDC event (sadly, Loz couldn’t make round 1!). Thankfully, it all went pretty well from what I could see, and although she was knocked out in the top 16 battles against Brian Egan, Loz looked every part a pro drifter, pulling some great angle and smokes! Good luck with the rest of the Season!

Now, I can’t just mention the name ‘Brian Egan’ without elaborating a tiny bit. The man and the car are awesome. Brian drives a Ae86…with an s2000 engine in it! Named the angry Hornet, Brian’s team, Dealt Width seem to be a force to be reckoned with. Throughout the whole day, no one even came close to producing the levels of door to door entertainment Brian and his Corolla did. In fact, at one point, he gave his opponent a friendly tap in the door as they rounded the final corner of the course. Absolutely fantastic driving that I can’t wait to see more of next time at Teesside!

Saturday had certainly started with a bang. Norfolk BDC starts slightly later on a Saturday which meant even I got a lie in before the 2 hour drive up there! The drifting started right on que and for the next few hours it was real edge of seat stuff. Norfolk arena never seems a large place but the layout of the track certainly used every spare inch available. It was great to see drivers really pushing to get the clips. A lot of drivers soon fell foul to the ‘two wheels of track’, where if two or more wheels strayed of track you got an automatic ‘0’.

Soon it was time for the final battles in Semi-pro. Unsurprisingly, Brian Egan was there, lining up against Gaz Taylor. An OMT (one more time) was called and the outcome was left for us all to ponder over…

The Pro class saw some awesome driving and talent. I have to say, it’s a real credit to the guys who sort out the licenses for these events. The jump in skill was obvious. On many occasion it was down to consistency on which car made it through to the next round. A local to us, Ross Gregory (in his s14.3) was up against Paul Murphy in his super bright Pink s14.5. This was Murphy’s Debut to the BDC and despite Ross’s speed and incredibly close clips it was Paul that had the edge and went to the next round.

I have huge respect for people who drive their cars to events – go hard – then drive home again. The same goes for a drift day too. Alex Law arrived in his BDC prepped road car, went balls out and drove home again.  Despite being knocked out against Matt Campling from Team Dori Hero both he and the car looked fantastic.  He is a driver to watch this season.

The Pro final consisted off Matt Campling and Paul Murphy. Campling ran wide causing Murphy to take avoiding action as he passed him.  With a victory almost certain, it was great to see Murphy giving it some serious pedal as he crossed the line.

As dusk approached the Super pro class go underway. Shane Lynch, usually the driver of the Japspeed s15 had been forced to drive the Japspeed Subaru due to issues on Friday with his car.  It was as if the jz’d Scooby had been his all along as he thundered straight into the ‘Great 8’ (although it should be pointed out his opponent, Mike Marshal in the MnM s15 was forced to retire mid battle).

The rest of the driving in the super pro class was near on flawless. I would hate to have been the one judging it. It was interesting to watch the Viper Powered s15 do battle against Wayne Keeber from SATs.  The engine may be awesome, but something tells me it may be a bit too heavy for the s body chassis as the car bounced around the track and eventually span…twice. With any luck, its driver, David Waterworth with have the handling issues sorted for the next round. It certainly sounded the part!

The Super Pro final had Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith and Steve Moore door on door as they did battle. Both cars seemed identical in the lines they took. This caused a OMT from the judges so once again the guys went all out. AGAIN the judges couldn’t decide, and nor could the crowd. With some saying it was clear cut both ways and others just totally unsure. A OMT was called, and it was pretty clear that this was it. It was sudden death! Any small error would be picked up and the driver marked down. Both guys drove their hearts out and given that they had been sat in hot smoky skid cars neither seemed to want to let up. A decision was made.

Here are the results and points, taken from the BDC site.

Semi Pro Class results

Position Driver No Driver Points

1

52

 Brian Egan

30

2

65

 Gareth Taylor

27

3

73

 Jay Green

21

4

67

 Owen Taylor

19

5

40

 Stuart Egdell

16

6

80

 Max Marshall

14

7

12

 Matt Samuel

12

8

18

 Matty Stevenson

10

9

33

 Lewis Cracknell

8

10

26

 Brad Wallbank

8

11

43

 Noel Phipps

8

12

9

 Ian Rutherford

8

13

11

 Jake Spiggot

8

14

61

 Adam Simmons

8

15

71

 Laura Hinks

8

16

41

 Ricky Emery

8

PRO Class
Position Driver No Driver Points

1

48

 Paul Murphy

28

2

31

 Matt Campling

27

3

79

 Jamie Kenyon

22

4

73

 Christian Lewis

18

5

14

 Jamie Kay

16

6

38

 James Fuller

14

7

65

 Gareth Taylor

12

8

35

 Justin Clarke

10

9

52

 Brian Egan

10

10

45

 Hugo Fernades

8

11

68

 John Glaister

8

12

26

 Ross Gregory

8

13

30

 Anthony Mortley

8

14

69

 Belinda Challis

8

15

39

 Andrew Kenna

8

16

34

 Alex Law

8

Super Pro
Position Driver No Driver Points

1

7

 Steve Moore

28

2

8

 Paul Smith

24

3

33

 Barry Leonard

21

4

6

 Stephen Biagioni

18

5

2

 Mark Luney

18

6

3

 Wayne Keeber

15

7

4

 Shane Lynch

12

8

13

 Danny ‘O Brien

10

9

14

 Shane ‘O Sullivan

11

10

99

 Marc Huxley

8

11

11

 Alan Green

8

12

22

 Wesley Keating

8

13

18

 Jody Fletcher

8

14

51

 Michael Marshall

8

15

9

 David Waterworth

8

16

5

 Simon Perry

8

See you at Teesside!

Huge thanks to our two photographers at the event, Matt Cross and Chris Wiltowski. They produced some great pictures, check out their pages for more on the Norfolk Arena BDC!

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