So the weekend that was. After the success of previous Weekenders there were some big shoes to fill to ensure the ongoing success and growth of the event. This year we were at the fabulous Anglesey race track in North Wales. The weather in the run up to the weekend was great and didn’t disappoint when we invaded.
After the frivolities of Friday night arrival and a quiet drink, we awoke to glorious sunshine on Saturday morning. As the cars lined up for their sighting laps, we were GO!!!!
The day passed almost entirely without incident on track and everyone, novice and track veteran alike, had a great day. Few notable highlights were Ken trying to set fire to his car (a power steering fluid leak dealt with quickly and expediently by the marshals) and Anthony Rickson (aka Giblets), in his mental Westfield, trying to kill the yours truly!!! Other track antics to note were a certain black S14a who had obvious ‘issues with grip’ as he spent a large portion of the day sideways with smoke billowing off his tyres, and a certain MR2 driven by what we can only assume was a blind hooligan. But most importantly everyone had a ball and the marshals were delighted by the driving standard and track etiquette.
That leads us onto the Saturday night. First off , the team competitions. Algie had organised it’s a knockout style competition for some prizes. As usual everyone got into the spirit of the evenings entertainment and got stuck in. Later in the evening in true SXOC fashion, we partied and we partied hard. Smoke machine, laser show, cocktail bar, live DJ set, naked dancing, streakers and general banter. Everyone had a ball, got involved and had a laugh.
Sunday morning/afternoon and it’s chillout time Sundays are always seen as a relaxed slower paced day and with the beautiful scenery and sunshine everyone was in great spirits and had a smile on their face (or maybe still a little drunk??). As usual we had our charity raffle on the Sunday, which raised £570 for race to recovery. This was only made possible by the generous support of our traders and all those who donated prizes which could only be matched by the generosity of the members who bought tickets.
For those who travelled farthest or have been doing this longest the traditional Sunday nights are a good time to catch up and chill out to a camp fire and some music. The usual suspects (and antics) ensued and it capped off a memorable weekend. We all headed home on Monday with some epic memories of a smashing track, a fabulous track day and as usual night time activities, which always leave an indelible impression. If you don’t mark 2014′s event on your calendar as a must do, you’re an idiot! See you there!!!
Thanks to all who helped make this happen and to my lovely wife for all her help and support!!!!
Trophies went to…
Best S Body awards
1. Mapboy for his stunning Sil80 – The attention to detail!
2. LED Sandwich for his beautifully turned out RS13 200SX
3. Jon for his daily driven 210k S14. A real testament to the marques durability and how to make it work for you.
Best Non-S Body Award
Clive’s V8 powered S14 drift car
Legendary Giblets for outrageous drunken behaviour in the face of common sense
Stig Of The Weekend
Kieran O’Quick for pushing his almost standard S14a to its limit all day.
Full features on all the trophy cars coming very soon to these pages!
After the downtime of the Christmas period there’s only one way to get us firing on all cylinders again: our annual trip to Autosport International! Every January our visit to the Birmingham NEC proves to be the perfect way to kick off the new year and get us motivated for the long season ahead. This year’s show was certainly no different!
In 2012 I ran in my first British Drift Championship season after gaining my licence at Teesside Autodrome back in 2010. I had never done any competitive driving before but well and truly got the drifting bug following a few of the popular SXOC Crail days which I had attended in my old RB’d s13 (Project thread: HERE)
Having never done anything competitive before I had a quick look over the rules and regulations and started writing a budget for important safety items and race wear. With the help of various SXOC.com member discounts I was able to get a good deal on some Sparco race wear which met the requirements of the championship.
I then decided that the road going car was “too nice” to cage up and was worth more as a whole. So it had to go making way for the drift only s13. The project thread for this can be viewed HERE . The shell I used had a cage already fitted so for the safety side of things a good fire extinguisher and cut off switch was all that was required.
The season started with a jump into the unknown, I had no idea how the days worked, whether my car would make it through scrutineering or whether I was actually any good. To make things worse Round 1 was held 7 days before my final year uni dissertation hand in! The car passed fine, the day was well organised and everyone was friendly and on hand to give advice. Practice was limited compared to the previous drift days I had attended but this was more than made up for in the fact that I could twin, something I had never done before prior to the BDC. All in all it was a superb welcome to the championship and looking back I don’t know what I was worried about.
There were two rounds this year on familiar turf at Teesside Autodrome, which I though I would be a huge advantage. Sadly however the weather was typical of the North East, leading to heavy rain and hail! This led to tight qualifying battles that I failed to succeed in on both accounts.
Promisingly however I managed to secure a sponsor along the way, which helped me achieve an 11th place qualification at Norfolk, 5th place at Lydden Hill and a qualification result of 2nd at Knockhill, these results coincided with the progression of the championship and the development of my car / ability. There were some minor boost / brake issues that needed “ironing” out, but other than that the trusty SR20det was unbelievably reliable.
Video from Knockhill (Round 5) of the British Drift Championship:
Video from (Teesside Autodrome) team triple event of the British Drift Championship:
I would just like to thank all who helped to make it such a memorable year, friends who followed me throughout and especially Chris and Cee from wefixalloys.co.uk for all their help and support.
I will hopefully be competing next year with added v8 power and potentially a team if anyone else dares join me? . Of course sponsors are always welcome too and would be a great boost to help me become competitive in 2013.
To find out more on my 2013 car please have a look at the latest project thread HERE.
Ian Rutherford (Ian200sx)
The 2012 Maxxis British Drift Championship was brought to a close in thrilling style at the Knockhill circuit in Dunfermline, Scotland. The event was Round 5 of the championship for the drivers in the Semi-Pro and Pro classes but Round 6 for the drivers in the Super-Pro class.
Going into the round Team Japspeed drivers were already dominating the sharp end of the championship points table, with Paul “Smokey” Smith, Shane O’Sullivan and Stephen “Baggsy” Biagioni sitting in first, second and third (respectively). Shane Lynch was also sitting in 9th place, and it was Shane (along with Smokey) that qualified within the top 16, meaning that they made it through to the Top 16 battles that would determine the winner. In a great show of sportsmanship, Shane had actually offered Smokey the use of his car for qualifying as Smokey’s S15 was suffering from some mechanical gremlins. Both were hoping they wouldn’t be drawn against each other in the Top 16 battles as this would mean one driver wouldn’t have a car to use! Unfortunately, Baggsy and Shane O’Sullivan were unable to make the cut.
Smokey’s first opponent was Wayne Keeber; a victory here meant that Paul made it through to the “Great Eight”. Shane’s first opponent was Barry Leonard; another victory for the team saw Shane joining Smokey in the Top 8.
Unfortunately, the draw for the Top 8 saw the dreaded pairing of Shane and Smokey. As only one could go through to the Top 4 and as Shane had been kind enough to lend his car to Paul, Smokey also displayed his great sportsmanship and decided to withdraw from the competition, allowing Shane to progress to the Semi-Finals. Shane’s next opponent was James Fuller (who went on to win the weekend’s Hard Charger award). After some hard-fought battles it was Shane that found himself being knocked out, but all was not lost as he was still in with a shot of getting third place on the podium.
The battle for third and fourth was between Shane and Team Falken’s Matt Carter, with the final spot on the podium eventually being awarded to Shane.
Once the dust had settled from the weekend’s event it was time to take a step back and see how the team had fared in the final championship standings. After six exhilarating rounds of the BDC it was Team Japspeed’s very own Paul “Smokey” Smith that was to be crowned British Drift Champion 2012. Team mate Shane O’Sullivan finished in 3rd, Stephen “Baggsy” Biagioni came 5th and Shane Lynch a very respectable 7th.
With all four Team Japspeed drivers finishing in the Top 10 it was unsurprising to see that Team Japspeed also won the Constructors title in convincing style! As you can imagine there were smiles all round and a big celebration was in order!
Team Japspeed would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, as without them we wouldn’t have achieved the success that we have: Maxxis Tyres, Monster Energy, Factory Moto, Spy+, Rota, Corbeau, Rock Oil, Samco and Exedy, thank you for all of your support throughout the season!