British Drift Championship Round 3 Back to Teeside!
So round three has been and gone. Isn’t this going quickly! I couldn’t make it round three due to work commitments but thankfully our fantastic photographer Damian Hock could!
Round three was also the Team event and it really was a chance for the teams to show people all the hard work and practice that had gone on. Some of us were lucky enough to see some of the teams practicing at certain locations across the UK, Norfolk arena being one but I don’t think anyone was quite ready for the quality of driving that they saw!
Saturday saw the duel battles between the drivers. I was keeping constant tabs on twitter and Facebook; it was great to see Team Acorn Motorsport seemingly having success after a success. I have been following these guys as much as I can. Not only are they local, I also had a small hand in the prep of the cars so it’s brilliant to see a top bunch of lads doing well… In fact, they did VERY well. Saturdays results saw Ian Waddington getting 3rd place in the Semi-pro class and his team mate, Mark Lappage managing a well-deserved 1st
Another lad I have mentioned in the past, also local, is Team MBAutomotives’ Ricky Emery. Driving the MBAutomotive Soarer, he seems to put out more smoke than anyone.. anywhere! Ricky managed to get through to the top 8 after his competitor had a fault on the start line but he was battling hard to progress further… sadly it wasn’t to be as he slipped slightly off line and a pot hole snapped on the his arms and put an end to his running for the day. This turned out to be one of those occasions where drifting as a sport and a community stands out. Ricky’s wheel had practically fallen off.. With a snapped top arm and damaged drive shaft. By the next day, not only was Ricky’s car repaired with a spot of welding and help from another team.. he was also lined up for the team events. Top work by the team and everyone involved!
At the end of the Day on Saturday, the tables looked like this –(taken from the Official BDC page)
|Semi Professional Class|
|Super Professional Class|
So… SUNDAY! This has to be a really highlight for the BDC. Teams events are judged on the teams going out as groups of three and linking the track smoothly, mimicking each others actions whilst getting as close as possible to one another. A HUGE shout out here has to go to Team ‘All or Nothing’, who, to put it bluntly, nailed it. The team, consisting on Huxley, Egan and Stiggy in his Starlet were awesome to watch….they even managed the odd overtake. Insane door on door action that had the crowd going insane.
Acorn Motorsport, who did so well the day before were knocked out by Team MnM(nMnMnM!) who later went on to get 4th place. Team MBAutomotive also put up a good fight despite the previous days troubles with Rickys car and the fact their other team mate didn’t qualify.
At the end of the day, the winners of the annual triple drift team event were;
1st Team Japspeed
2nd GDA Motorsport
3rd All or Nothing
With the overall Team leader boards looking this this; (taken directly from the BDC homepage)
|6||Team Lassa Tyres||3||94||34||16||30||14|
|7||WKD Drift Team||14||85||24||29||32||0|
|8||Team MNM 2||24||77||32||0||27||18|
|10||SSDA Drift Team||26||67||8||19||32||8|
|12||Team MNM 3||28||64||8||14||34||8|
|15||Team Falken UK||2||46||8||8||22||8|
|17||Team MNM 1||6||36||16||8||0||12|
|20||All or Nothing||36||22||0||0||0||22|
|24||MG Crash Repairs||33||12||12||0||0||0|
|25||Pure Performance UK||5||10||0||10||0||0|