British Drift Championship, Drift Allstars and : Consolidating Championship Leads
So this time out we have , British Drift Championship and Drift Allstars. Drift Allstars is currently led by James Deane, there's a 1-2-3 of Owen Developments boosted drivers leading BDC Super-Pro and two classes are likewise led by Owen boosted drivers. Did they all hold on to their leads?
rolled into Cadwell Park at the weekend for Round 4; all the classes are beginning to hot up with the Championship Challengers making themselves known. In Pro Richard Marshall’s Evo IX has taken pole and won the last two rounds (or in other words, since he swapped an Owen Developments T04-88HTA-M!) and he will looking to consolidate his place at the top of the class. Similarly in Club Pro 4WD Dave Coe (ODGT3586HTA-M)and his Impreza will be looking to double up on wins and extend his Championship lead while Will Watson (ODGT2871HTA-M) will be trying to build on the momentum of a dramatic final lap win last time out at Snetterton.
In the highly competitive Club Pro 4WD class the top three were separated by only three tenths of a second; it doesn’t get much closer! Dave Coe once again took the win, but by a smaller margin than last time out, even though he’s extended his Championship lead his competitors haven’t given up yet. Will Watson wasn’t as fortunate, missing out on victory by just over two tenths. Championship victory is still possible, but it’s a slightly taller order now!
Meanwhile in Pro Class Rich Marshall only had to beat Scott Robson as Simon Deaton wasn’t in attendance. Not only did Rich beat Robson, he did it by a full five seconds! His Championship Challenge is truly back course after missing a round while upgrading his car, it will surely be a class to watch though as it could still go any of three ways. Congratulations to Rich, Dave and Will on an impressive weekend.
British Drift Championship
After an amazing weekend at Teesside where Owen boosted drivers locked out the Super-Pro podium, the British Drift Championship has come back to Lydden Hill but with a difference; the course will be run for the first time in reverse! This lead to some (very) cautious runs in practice as the drivers got used to the layout and the proximity of the walls.
Come qualifying the three Championship leaders, Shane O’Sullivan (ODGTX3076R-M), Steve Biagioni (ODGT3076HTA-M) and Matt Carter (ODGT3586HTA-M) qualified third, fourth and fifth respectively in a very tight session.
In the battles things didn’t go as well for Carter and Biagioni; Carter was up against an inspired Christian Lewis and the battle went One More Time twice before going into sudden death. Lewis went through, but Carter stays third in the Super-Pro standings but only a few points clear of fourth. Biagioni went through his Top 16 battle with no drama before also coming up against Christian Lewis who would put him out too, again Biagioni stays second in the standings.
Shane O’Sullivan however carried on exactly where he’d left off in Teesside; he eliminated fellow Owens boosted driver Wesley Keating, as well as Wayne Keeber. In the Semi-Final he came up against Phil Morrison in the V8 DW86, forcing an error from Morrison and earning a place in the final and a shot at being the first driver in BDC history to win the Super-Pro class two rounds in a row; first though, he’d have to beat David Waterworth in the Viper powered S15.
Once the smoke had cleared and the judges had finished deliberating over the final, for the second event in a row Shane O-Sullivan was the Super-Pro winner! This extends his Championship lead to 19 points ahead of Steve Biagioni and a full 32 points ahead of the best driver without an Owen’s turbo. A 1-2-3 in the Championship is definitely on!
|British Drift Championship 2014 Super-Pro Championship Standings|
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James Deane (ODGTX3582R-M) was in Estonia for Round 5 of Drift Allstars, after a series of strong finishes and taking the lead in the Championship hopes were high going in. Qualifying didn’t go quite to plan; James wasn’t first(!), his usual position and had to settle for second, with fellow Irishman and Owen’s boosted driver Jack Shanahan (GTX4088R) in third. Shanahan was already in trouble though, having qualified on five of his six cylinders and would not go any further in the competition, a bitter disappointment for the rising star.
The battles would serve up bad luck for James Deane too, after a controversial decision in his Top 16 battle he was out. Even with a poor score in Estonia he still has a scarcely believable 103 point lead with just two rounds to go, he may well add another Championship to his already impressive list of honours.