Posts Tagged ‘Drifting’

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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The final part to round-up from the action at Cadwell park see’s us head back to the track for the EDC or European Drift Championship, the first time Competitive Drifting has taken place at Cadwell.

Although called the “European Drift Championship” it’s not the big spectical you would expect to see, and with only 8 Drivers currently involved in the invite only series, it seems more of a demo event to most of the fans rather than a championship

Nissan 200SX S15

The course was very technical, and cadwell’s tight bends and blind crests claimed a couple of casualties, most notably was the Apex Performance V8 S14, driven by Keiran Cameron, who on his first warm up run lost control of the  mighty V8 powered S14 200SX, and hit the wall. Damage was done to the car was mainly superficial, but Bren and his team worked hard to get it sorted for the remaining runs.

With spectators lining the whole outside of the track, it was very difficult to get close to the action, which is a nod to the popularity of drifting over here in the UK

The battles went on, with impressive runs from Declan Hicks in his Toyota Chaser, Pete Barber – winner of the Brands Hatch round, Paul Conlan in his Pink S15 and Irishman Mark Luney in the SVA Imports 350Z set up the Semi finals

The final saw The rotary Mazda of Pete Barber go up against Paul Conlan, and with Luney wrapping up third place against Hicks, that was enough to see him remain at the top of the leaderboard going into the last round at snetterton.

Keiran Cameron

Eventually, it was Paul Conlan in the S15 that wrapped up top step of the podium and the maximum, 15 points which canons him up to 3rd overall, with Pete Barber in the number 2 spot overall.

For more information on the EDC, get logged onto the championships website at www.europeandriftchampionship.eu

Pic Credits – Rich Cooper/Ollie Novell

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