Archive for the ‘Drifting’ Category

It seems apt that our first event of the new year involves drifting, after all, the first 2 blog posts ever to appear on Garage Awesome back in the middle of last year, were both drift related, and has always been a firm favourite with the Team.

The venue and event we decided to head to was Santa Pod and the first “Drift What Ya Brung” day of the year. Santa Pod and the DWYB team have been a major player in the grass-roots level of UK drifting, providing both weekday and weekend sessions throughout the year for all drifters from the first time novice right through to the stars of the British Drift Championship and JDM Allstars events.

Santa Pod

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Alongside the main Trax event, the final round of the JDM Allstars was running. This is an event that, if you’re a regular reader of Garage Awesome, you will know we have covered before and is possibly our favourite drift series, so there was no way we were gonna miss it or lump a report in with the main show, so with Coop and his camera poised and ready, we bring to you Round 5 of the JDM Allstars!

First thing to mention is the slightly disappointing amount of time the guys had out on track, through no fault of anybody in particular, but the Trax schedule is so tight with public track time that when the unfortunate happens, like a engine or box giving up round Brooklands, which coincidentally was what did happen, it severely effects the schedule and JDM Allstars qualifying round was the one to suffer.

Champion, Luke Fink

USA drift hero; Chris Forsberg, was billed as the main attraction, and led most people to believe he would be competing against the JDM regulars but, bar a few demo runs, he was mainly breaking driveshafts on the Japspeed S15 in the live action arena, which is probably for the best as the standard of the drifting was really high!

The JDM Allstars weren’t without their own problems though, fan favourite Stiggy Evans managed to put a nice hole in the Pinto block on his cheeky Toyota Starlet, Pawel Trela also had car issues and failed to qualify and the big upset of the day was that championship contender, and Donnington Park round winner Dan Chapman failed to qualify after England’s unpredictable weather put pay to his run with a covering of rain on the circuit.

M5 Powered E30

The Polish contingent were out in full force, with Marcin Mospinek in his E30 amazing the crowds swinging it from one side of the track to the other to set up his entry, along with fellow BMW driver Marcin Skwierczynsk in his M5 powered E46! Piotr Jankowski and Maciej Bochenek joined them in the qualifying last 16.

Other drivers to qualify included odds-on favourite to take the crown; Luke Fink, Jon Calvert, the rear wheel drive Scooby of Walton Smith, the infamous S13 of Anthony Scott, Brad McQueen, Matt Chiappa, Skyline driver George Tilling, Irish drivers Dwaine Mckeever and Alan Mccord and the E36 M3 Turbo belonging to Steve Will

With the runs being judged on a single run, because of the time constraints, it certainly wasn’t an easy call to make on any of the rounds, and although commentator Bryn was doing his best to keep up with the action, I’m not even sure he knew exactly what was happening, although even if he did, Silverstone failed to recognise there were people on the outside of the circuit so we were unable to hear him!

S13 Drift

Eventually, after some tight battles, it left us with four drivers to take the round win, and with Dan Chapman out and Luke Fink making it through, the Aussie driver had already wrapped up the overall title.

Fink made it through to the round final after beating Maciej Bochenek in his semi final, setting up a final with Jon Calvert who beat another Pole, this time Marchin Mospinek. Mospinek took the advantage in a very close 3rd / 4th place battle

The final was everything the last drift of a series should be, seeing both Fink and Calvert produce crazy speed and angle and on the second run, the pair got so close I think Luke could have read the mileage on the clocks of John’s car, honestly one of the closest and most exciting runs I’ve seen whilst watching drifting.

The end of an epic season of drifting for the JDM Allstars, one that we’re going to cover even more of next year here on Garage Awesome, sees Luke Fink claim the championship, and Jon Calvert taking the round win, his second of the year!

Pic Credits – Rich Cooper

During one of the Hottest weekends this Summer and our second trip in as many weeks, Donnington Park played host to Round 4 of The British Drift Championship

With The first 3 rounds already throwing up lots of surprises, problems and challenges for the drivers the course layed out at Donnington was set to do the same

With only a few incidents to report it really is a testament to the skill of the drivers in both Pro and Semi Pro class and after a few of the vehicles being involved in major incidents only a week before, its amazing to see them out there, fixed…and giving it full beans!

Mark Luney Wins BDC RD4

The Pro Class win was eventually taken by Mark Luney in his Toyota Supra from Simon Perry in the ever popular Bright Pink Skyline

A Mention has to Go to Team Green star Matt Carter who managed to clinch the final podium spot….driving not his own but lady semi pro drifter Danni Murphy’s 200SX

The Semi Pro class was just as well battled, with some of the best drift battles most of the sunbathing crowd have seen all season…in any of the championships!

Ian Phillips Wins BDC RD4 Semi Pro Class

Eventually it was the Championship Leader Ian Phillips in his Nissan Skyline R33 from Robert Finn and rounding out the top 3 was the the Silvia of Round 2 Winner; John Glaister

All in all a top day out, seriously some of the best drifting seen this year, and the support for this championship seems to be growing and growing and the leaderboard for both classes is nicely set for the final rounds at Knockhill circuit in Scotland on the 25-26th September….We cant Wait

Picture Credits – Rich Cooper

Saturday afternoon saw one of the only pieces of motorsport to happen at the slightly sad and abandoned looking Donnington Park!

The guys at JDM Allstars did a fantastic job in creating an Alpine circuit at the bottom end of the track

A long Day ensued as the demanding course caught out even the best and most skillful drivers with Rob Neeson, Matt Steele and Anthony Scott all tagging the large concrete wall at the final apex in front of the large and warm crowd!

However some superb drifting happened throughout the day, Driftworks Head Honcho Phil Morrison looked on Great form, 14-year-old irish lad Dwaine Mckeever had some amazing runs and had the crowd in amazement at his skill and finally a mention to John Calvert, whose fresh S13 was binned into the wall damaging it so badly it will need a complete re-shell, fortunately John walked away with only minor whiplash and will be back out at the next round.

Dan Chapman Wins JDM Allstars Donnington

The overall winner in a long and very hot day of drifting went down to the wire with the 2 Driftworks Drivers Phil Morrison and Dan Chapman battling it out in the final, Eventually Dan took the honours in his Silvia (Above) from Phil and Maciej Bochenek lost out to Aussie Luke Fink who claimed the final podium spot.

Roll On Round 3, which takes place at the Nissan factory this weekend

For more info see www.jdmallstars.com

Picture Credits – Rich Cooper