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DriftCup Picks Up the Pace at Teesside

Mark Buckle August 5, 2014 Event Reports Comments Off on DriftCup Picks Up the Pace at Teesside

With the first round of DriftCup having got the ball rolling for this new series of grassroots competitive drifting, Round 2 headed to Teesside Autodrome amidst much anticipation and excitement. With the venue’s West circuit having been used in the past for BDC licensing days and even rounds of the BDC back in the championship’s gestation period, it felt like a return to the early days of competition drifting here in the UK.

With the pits filled with an array of street driven and competition level drift cars, practice kicked off on Sunday morning with the drivers enjoying the masses of seat time and chilled out atmosphere.

When the qualifying sessions got underway it was time to get serious. The judges (Mark “Sweeps” Buckle, Slide Motorsport’s Matt Stevenson and Team Lassa Tyres’ Simon Perry) had made it very clear in the drivers briefing that the drivers would be judged in a similar vein to the BDC.

With clipping points placed on both the inside and the outside of the track the drivers had to actively push their cars off the racing line and onto the outer confines of the circuit to reach some of them. While this may have felt a little unnatural at first, it was a great way to push the drivers to adjust their driving and lines to suit – something they will need to learn if they wish to progress to more serious competitions in the future.

Each driver had three qualifying runs to make it count and, in the Street class, it was Round 1 winner Neil Bamford that stamped his authority on the class in his Nissan S14a by taking the top spot ahead of an equally on-form Andi Halkett in his E36 BMW.

Street Class Round 2 Qualifying Results:
1. Neil Bamford
2. Andi Halkett
3. Jacko Emery
4. Dean Newport-Hall
5. Dan Joyce
6. Matt House
7. Charlie Hulme
8. Mark Illand
9. Tom Hutchinson
10. Dan Wormington
11. Leigh Taylor
12. Toby Lewandowski
13. Gareth Hood
14. Adam Davidge

In the Cup class it was Tom Horabin in his E36 BMW that claimed the top spot in qualifying with a fantastic 85 point run. Another driver of note was Brett Perry, driving his father Simon’s R33 Skyline BDC Super Pro car for the first time in fantastic style.

Cup Class Round 2 Qualifying Results:
1. Tom Horabin
2. Brett Perry
3. Michelle Westby
4. Mat Pickering
5. Sam Gatter
6. Sam Cartledge
7. Charles Bridgeman
8. Hayden Cruickshank
9. Andrzej Mania
10. Nick Jackson
11. Eddie Amos
12. Kynne O’Brien

Come the battles and, for some drivers at least, it would be their first taste of competitive twinning. While some drivers let nerves get the better of them, others revelled in the tense environment.

In the Street class there were a number of stand out pairings, with Tom Hutchinson and Mark Illand going toe to toe in near identical cars enjoying an outstanding battle, with Mark taking the eventual win. Mark would face Neil Bamford next; another enjoyable battle that was taken to One More Time.

In the end it would be the two top qualifiers that found each other in final, with Neil taking the win from Andi Halkett after a very close but fair pairing. The battle for third and fourth comprised of Jacko Emery and Dan Joyce, with Jacko claiming the final spot on the podium.

The Cup class battles saw some fantastic action, with one standout pairing being Nick Jackson and Brett Perry. After going to One More Time, Brett emerged the victor and secured a spot in the Top 4.

Top qualifier Tom Horabin beat off the attentions of Andrzej Mania and Round 1 winner Scott Cartledge to secure a spot in the final against Sam Gatter in his BMW E36 Compact.

The battle for third and fourth saw Brett Perry and Scott Cartledge go toe to toe but it was Brett’s relative inexperience that handed the victory to Scott after having gone way off line in order to get onto Scott’s door.

The final saw Tom demonstrate his unshakeable consistency and with it he secured the top spot on the podium, with Sam in second and Scott taking third.

We are delighted to report that Round 2 of DriftCup was an all-round success, with the drivers having nothing but praise for the chilled out atmosphere, challenging track layout and the desire to push their cars and abilities that little bit harder than they usually would. We have seen some fantastic cars and drivers so far this year and a number of names are beginning to emerge as potential big hitters in the future.

Round 3 of DriftCup takes place at Lydden Hill on October 11th and, with a large array of hugely talented local drivers, we can guarantee that it’ll be an event not to miss (either as a driver or a spectator!). If you’d like to enter and compete in Round 3, you can book your driver entry here.

You can view the event photo gallery from Round 2 here.

Street Class Round 2 Results:
1. Neil Bamford
2. Andi Halkett
3. Jacko Emery
4. Dan Joyce
5. Dean Newport-Hall
6. Matt House
7. Charlie Hulme
8. Mark Illand
9. Tom Hutchinson
10. Dan Wormington
11. Leigh Taylor
12. Toby Lewandowski
13. Gareth Hood
14. Adam Davidge

Cup Class Round 2 Results:
1. Tom Horabin
2. Sam Gatter
3. Scott Cartledge
4. Brett Perry
5. Michelle Westby
6. Mat Pickering
7. Andrzej Mania
8. Nick Jackson
9. Charles Bridgeman
10. Hayden Cruickshank
11. Eddie Amos
12. Kynne O’Brien

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