The final round of the season has come around once again. It only seems like yesterday we were heading to Rockingham for round 1.
We head up to Driftland, Fife for the final round of the season. The championship is still to play for and those who will get promoted to the British Drift Championship are yet to claim their place.
Championship leader Alistair Sutton started the season with a win at the Spring Matsuri. Second place at round two saw him with a huge lead going into round three. Aidan Clarence came out of know where and took the him out of the competition in the first round of battles. Round four saw Aidan once again put Alistair out of the running for a podium finish by knocking him out in the top 16.
This still leaves Alistair with an eleven point lead going in to the final round. With a possible 31 points available for the winner, his need for a return to form like never before.
Phillip Hayden has built up points though out the season with some fantastic driving. With the help of a podium finish at his home track of Norfolk, he is within striking distance of becoming champion.
The BMW compact driver will not be scared of the wall at Driftland. Could he be the one crowned champion?
Jack Wootton has improved round by round this season. He was on the podium at round three, Jack backed that up with a win at round four in great style and has become know as the DriftCup ‘Door hunter’.
He has secured backing from HEL Performance for the 2018 season off the back of his results. Will he be one of the drivers heading to the British Drift Championship? Will he be the 2017 HEL DriftCup champion?
Mathematically, Tom Hutchison and Stuart Maclachlan could take the title. Currently sat in fourth and fifth place respectively in the standings.
Both drivers have ambitions to head to the BDC, both would love to be handed a trophy at the end of the season for their efforts in HEL DriftCup 2017.
Tom could take the championship if he wins, however his Alistair would need not to qualify and other others have a very bad day. Considering Tom missed round three due to work commitments, he has to be applauded for his efforts.
Stuart needs to qualifying first or second to gain the valuable bonus points to be in with an outside chance of winning the series.
Due to the points system, there are a huge number of drivers that could be eligible to take a place on the grid of the BDC in 2018.
There are 3, 2, and 1 point available for the top 3 qualifiers.
Points for finishing positions are as follows;
- 28 points
9th through to 16th score 8 points
17th through to 32nd score 4 points
So expect drivers to be pushing to the limit and beyond. To name just a few that are in contention for a place in the top eight;
Ian Lonsdale was but has now achieved his goal of a BDC licence last weekend.
Mike Jackson did the same and will now be a spectator.
We must bare in mind that some of these drivers are heading to Driftland the week prior to HEL DriftCup to take part in the latest round of the BDC. We wish Ian Lonsdale, Huw Savill, Mike Jackson and Ryan Harrison the best of luck in hoping to achieve their goal.
We look forward to seeing you at Driftland on the 4th September.
Tickets are £10 on the gate, under 16’s £5 and under 12’s free of charge!