Battle of Britain was such a unique event for the UK and BDC, it saw 2 competitions come together to make one big event, it was Drift GP vs. British Drift Championship. This meant that the Saturday would be run as normal with Pro-Am but Sunday would see international drift rules which are slightly different to the BDC’s rules. This would also mean on Sunday that the Pro drivers would be mixed in with Drift GP drivers fighting for who is the best. This circuit was completely custom made on the outside road around Hall 17 at the NEC Birmingham and was classed as a street circuit. The 1st thing drivers noticed about the circuit was how long corner one is and how big the gap is between clips 1 and 2, secondly, you would see how quick they would have to scrub speed for clip 3 into a tight hairpin. This presented a massive challenge for drivers, as they had to be flat out through corner one but then loose a lot of the speed for the hairpin else risk a meeting with concrete walls. Friday afternoon was open practice for all drivers of both classes. This gave drivers a good few hours extra practice, as well as an opportunity to drive against people they normally wouldn’t. A lot of people struggled to find the line until Jack Shanahan came out, he did an incredible run and hit every clip and did some amazing wall runs. This seemed then to be the run to match with not many drivers managing it, then Mark Annette did run with Jack and he chased him, during this, he got a little lost in Jacks smoke and ended up hitting the final wall and being dragged in and damaged the car rather badly. So while most of the other drivers were out practising Mark and the team were getting the car ready to fixed, the pits came together and helped him through the ending and into the early hours of the morning to get it fixed ready for Saturday’s practice and qualifying. So while most of the other drivers were out practising Mark and the team were getting the car ready to fixed, the pits came together and helped him through the ending and into the early hours of the morning to get it fixed ready for Saturday’s practice and qualifying. Saturday,both Kirsty and Ryan were getting used to the custom layout during their final practice, whilst Mark was working on his car. Mark tested the car and wasn’t happy with it and was unable to do much practice due doing more changes on the car to get it right ready for qualifying. Qualifying saw Kirsty down an amazing run and was fighting for the top few places and eventually ended up in 9th place. Ryan had also put down 2 safe runs and qualified mid pack at 19th. Mark struggled with the car, in the 1st run but was doing a good 2nd run when he missed the accelerator on the final transition and had to straighten. Not being able to finish either of his qualifyings runs he wasn’t able to go through to the battles even though he qualified 32nd due to speed between clip 2 and 3. Unfortunately, both Ryan and Kirsty lost their respective top 32 battles. Sunday saw the main event with BDC vs Drift GP, this would mean that international drifting rules would be in leaving a top 32 instead of the BDC top 24 and different scoring system. It would also see the championships merge so where drivers ended in the event may not be represented in their championship place due to a driver from the other championship finishing ahead of them. Practice saw people driving hard and Jack and Conor Shanahan were doing consistent amazing runs while Dean was struggling to get a good line through all the clips. The top 32 battles saw some carnage with several people hitting the walls hard and a couple of retirements but both Jack and Conor managed to battle up to the top 8 where unfortunately Conor got knocked out. Top 8 also so an awesome battle between Matt Carter and Jack Shanahan and it was soo close but Matt made a little error after clip 3 and went into the wall taking Jack in with him but luckily there was very little damage. After this Jack carried onto the top 4 where he lost his battle so went on for the 3rd and 4th battle where he managed to chase soo close and get the slight advantage to give him the win and 3rd place in the event. He also ended up being the highest finishing BDC driver in the event so got 1st place in the championship. #TeamTurbosmart had such an amazing weekend think it has been by far the best BDC event we have attended to date. Next up is IDC Round 3 which sees the return of Global warfare and a lot of international guests as its IDC vs. Drift GP.
June 29, 2017 Events