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British Drift Championship Round 3 Teesside

08 July 2013

Victory for Acorn Motorsport's Mark Lappage!

Round 3 of the BDC was a mixed bag of results for our teams, even drivers within teams has dramatically different results! Teesside was hot and sunny all weekend for the BDC and the annual team event, perfect for fans if not for the cars cooling! First of all, congratulations to Mark Lappage (Acorn Infinity) for winning the Super Pro Class and to Paul Cheshire (Team Falken) for his second in Pro Class. Mark put on an incredible performance along the way, seeing off the likes of Mark Luney and Baggsy along the way. Owen's now have two Super Pro wins from three events in this year's British Drift Championship.

Acorn Infinity has the full spectrum of results; Ian Waddington couldn't make it to the event and had to sit it out, Baggsy had gearbox issues from the start (and spent most of the weekend in second gear!) and for the sake of balance, Mark Lappage won! Marks run to the final was not without trials, in the battles he was up against some of the top drifters in the UK but made it through to the final against Mark Huxley in his V8 Volvo. After a close battle and a tense wait, Mark was announced the BDC Round 3 Winner! Steve Biagioni had about the most challenging weekend of anyone; before practice was properly underway he was down to just 2nd gear in his spare gearbox, having been a bit too enthusiastic with it! In spite of that he qualified and promptly beat Japspeed star and reigning Champion Paul Smith in the battles, followed by Shane Lynch before finally being beaten by team mate Mark Lappage (not without trading paint first). Imagine what he'll be able to do with a fully functioning gearbox!

The Car Loan 4 U Drift Team had an encouraging but frustrating weekend. Alex Law qualified for Super Professional after a strong series of results and was able to push Simon Perry to go one more time, but this time wasn't able to eliminate him. Matt Samuel however was forced to sit out the round with technical problems.

Team Falken similarly had a mixed set of results and were also a man down, with Alan Green being unable to make the event. Kirsty Widdrington would take his place in the team drift event, no stranger to team drifting after touring Germany with Team Falken, and would qualify 17th only to be eliminated in the Top 16. Matt Carter had a series of engine electronics problems on his R32 which eventually caused him to be eliminated in the round of 32. Better luck next time Matt! Paul Cheshire however finally had a run of luck which saw him through to the final and second place, well deserved!

Team Japspeed also had a trying weekend plagued by overheating issues. Shane Lynch qualified an excellent 3rd while Paul Smith was classified 14th, before the real work of the eliminations began. However, missing a gear saw Paul go out to Baggsy in his first battle, then Shane too was eliminated by an inspired Baggsy after his engine cut out causing him to straighten up at the final corner. Frustrating for Japspeed, but all the pieces are there.

More of the same when the British Drift Championship returns to Lydden Hill in August, well done guys!

 

 


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