HEL Performance DriftCup is over the half way stage already in 2018.
Nine drivers have used the series as a root to the top and earned a place on in the grid of the British Drift Championship.
Another four drivers are taking place in the BDC on Saturday in the hope of securing a permanent spot on the grid.
Sunday will see HEL DriftCup head to the birth place of the BDC, Teesside Autodrome.
60 drivers will be battling it out on Sunday to see who can make the podium. Many are competing to make the top eight and be offered a place on the grid of the following round of the BDC.
The series is used by drivers for two reasons. Some wish to join the ranks of the BDC, other use the series to master the craft of competitive drifting.
HEL DriftCup is the perfect place for people to learn how to cope with the pressure of qualifying and battles. Many drivers plan on doing a full season of the series to gain that all important experience.
This season is no exception, there are a number of drivers who have made the top 8 in the first three rounds who wish to see the season out. The battle is on to see who can be crowned HEL DriftCup champion 2018.
Dave Bastin currently leads the championship with 49 points. Boosted by a win at the last round at Rockingham, the Downside Drifters driver is on a charge.
Second place in the standings at the moment is Andy Frost. The BMW driver gained a spot on the grid from the reserve list at the very first round. Since then he has been a pleasure to watch and can not be discounted. He has also been rewarded with a Driven Racing Oil hard charger trophy, proving he is a worthy contender.
He sits on 34 points, 15 behind Dave. With a possible 31 points available for top qualifying and a win, the championship is still all to play for.
Only 1 point behind is Danny Whyman, another drivers from Downside Drifters who wishes to see the season out in HEL DriftCup. A surprise early exit at round three sees Danny needing a good result this weekend. We have no doubt that he will take inspiration from his team mate, but want to beat him all the same.
Aidan Clarence is only a point behind Danny in the standings. He made the final at the last round and this has boosted his challenge for the title massively. He is another driver using the championship to gain valuable experience before heading to the BDC.
There are a number of drivers using the Nissan 350Z, Chris Wright is proving that the V6 powered car is a match for all the others. Chris is tied on points with Ashley Jones, both with a healthy 30 points.
This is the first year for Chris as a competitor and is using it to the max. His vlogs on youtube give a wonderful insight for a first time driver in the series. Make sure you go and have a watch, search for Chris Drift on youtube.
Ash Jones will be one to watch this weekend, his home track should see him with a slight advantage.
With the championship so close, Sunday will be something else. Don’t forget we have a practice day at the venue on Saturday too.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for an incredible event, discounted tickets will remain on the website until midnight on Thursday.