Thursday 10th of September Practice
We set off incredibly early Thursday morning to get to Three Sisters Race Circuit in Wigan to practice the new and improved British Drift Championship line that has never been done before. At first the line felt unnatural to me because I have driven the track a lot on a different line. I soon got to grips with it and by lunch time I was on my competitors doors and starting to push the limits. All round a very successful day.
Friday 11th of September Pro 2
In my first qualifying run I was on a good lap until I had to do a small correction, but I still managed a 94 point run which put me in 1st after everyone had completed their forst run I found myself in 3rd place. I knew I could do better the second time round, and I did! I got a 95 point run which topped qualifying! My first battle was with Josh Moore in an BMW E36 who I
managed to beat and drive away from in the lead. In top 16 I found myself battling David Glodstraw (who I had a final against at Driftland), I knew that if I could beat him I would get a bigger lead in the championship because he was only a few points behind me. David massively gripped up his car which forced him to straighten in the lead and chase and I won the battle. I took on Dominic Gates in the great 8 and managed to stay next to him even through he dropped 2 wheels so I got that in the bag. Onto the top 4 where I faced Danny Mcguire in his R35 Gtr powered S15, I I was going to have to drive fast which I did and I took the win on the battle. Finally, I battled Dylan Kehoe who is an amazing driver from Ireland, I just sent it straight onto his door as hard as I could and got the win for the whole day!!!
I was so happy with the day and looking forward to competing with the Pro Drivers tomorrow.
Saturday 12th of September Pro
Starting off before we even got on track, head judge Simon Perry called me out in the drivers briefing and said ‘’Max, Second qualifying run, I want to see a reverse entry’’ So you can probably guess I was going to push hard in practice. So hard in fact I ended up exploring the grass bank on the first corner! Minus a few scrapes the car was fine so I got back out and felt great! First qualifying run I drove quite safe and scored a 92, not a bad run but the second run is where I just thought lets take the risk and hope it pays off. Fortunately putting everything on the line was the way to go because I scored an unbelievable 98
Points and that’s the highest scoring run I’ve ever done in my whole drifting career!
Into battles I got straight into the top 16 with my qualifying run where I refaced Danny in the Gtr powered S15, I knew how he was going to drive so I put it on his door and progressed to the great 8! Paul Cunnington was my next battle and he has double my power so I really had to bring it, After a ‘O’ne More Time’ I manged to get the win.
I could not believe that my next battle was with Drift Master driver, 3 times Irish Champion and British Champion Duane McKeever!! As the highest qualifier I lead first and Duane stuck to my door like glue all the way around the track. In the chase position I knew I had to pull out all the stop and throw it on his door and that is exactly what I did. Everything was going to plan, and I was in good proximity but coming down the straight into Luna bend there was an incident and Duane had to shut down. We don’t really know what happened but Duane was awarded the win.
In the battle for 3rd and 4th I battled my friend and rival Lwi Edwards. I took the win and got myself on the podium along with Oliver Evans in 2nd Place and Duane Mckeever in 1st.
It was an amazing weekend and I am now sitting in 4th position in the Pro Class and 1st Position in Pro 2 with a 20 point lead.
Thank you to everyone for all of your continued support. Max