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Championship Domination and Setting New Records

22 September 2014

It’s getting towards the end of the season, Championships are being won and records are being set. The British Drift Championship and King of Europe are now over, so how did our sponsored teams and drivers get on?


 

  British Drift Championship - Owen's Supported Teams Dominate Final Standings!

After Silverstone it was looking likely that an Owen Developments supported driver would be the 2014 British Drift Champion, we just didn’t realise how well things would end up going! Heading to Anglesey for the final round Shane O’Sullivan (ODGTX3076R-M) had the lead ahead of Steve Biagioni (ODGT3076HTA-M) and Matt Carter (ODGT3586HTA-M), though Baggsy would miss the event to compete in King of Europe.

Qualifying saw Championship leader Shane O’Sullivan take first on his final run, with fellow Owens boosted drivers Jack Shanahan (GTX4088R) and Matt Carter completing the top three. By the time the smoke had cleared from the first battles O’Sullivan was already Champion; his score would make his Championship lead unassailable to his rivals, now he needed as many points as possible to help JapSpeed take the Constructor’s Championship. Shane was drawn against outgoing Champion Mike Marshall (ODGT3582HTA-M) for their Top 8 battle and appropriately knocked out his predecessor.

Elsewhere in the Top 8 2012 Champion Paul Smith was drawn against an inspired Matt Carter. Both drivers had a lot at stake; Smith was out to help Team JapSpeed win the Constructor’s Championship and Matt Carter was trying to jump Baggsy and take second in the Super-Pro standings. This time Carter went through and into a Semi Final against new Champion O’Sullivan. Carter’s form held though as he eliminated O’Sullivan forcing him into a mistake, setting up an all Owen’s boosted Final against Round 1 Winner Jack Shanahan.

In the Final Carter would take his first win of the year despite fierce resistance from Shanahan (who would finish the season 7th despite missing three rounds!), and with the win he would jump up a place to finish the Season 2nd behind O’Sullivan. The final Championship standings are dominated by Owen’s boosted drivers; taking seven of the top ten places including a 1-2-3-4, with the Constructors Championship being won by Team JapSpeed at the final round.

British Drift Championship 2014 Super-Pro Championship Final Standings

1

2

3

4

6

7

8

Shane O’Sullivan

Matt Carter

Steve Biagioni

Wesley Keating

Mike Marshall

Jack Shanahan

Danny Eyles

Team JapSpeed

Team Falken

Acorn Motorsport

WKD Imports

MnM Engineering

Aerokit/NEXEN

Team JapSpeed

ODGTX3076R-M

ODGT3586HTA-M

ODGT3076HTA-M

ODGTX3071R-M

ODGT3582HTA-M

GTX4088R

ODGTX3076R-M

140

107

84

79

63

62

56

 

It’s been a great year for us in the British Drift Championship; our supported teams have qualified first five times, taken four Super-Pro wins, the Super-Pro Championship and the Constructors Championship, so well done guys, more of the same next year please!

 

  MSA National Drag Racing Championship Finals - New Records and More Wins!

Having wrapped up the FIM European Super Street Bike title earlier this month, Ven Racing’s Steve Venables was in action again at Santa Pod. His bike was running well and his own European Class Record was looking vunerable and a victory was certainly possible.

Sure enough, the record fell but by a much larger margin then was expected. Steve ran a 7.0458 at 205.11 taking almost a tenth of a second off the record and missing out on the terminal speed record by only 0.07mph. A 6-second pass certainly seems possible!

Steve would go on to win his class, ahead of fellow Owen’s boosted rider Graham Balchin. The Championship will be decided at Extreme Performance Bike Weekend, with Balchin currently leading with Venables close behind, some 360 points ahead of their nearest challenger. Excellent work guys!

 

    King of Europe

So, why didn’t Baggsy (ODGT3076HTA-M) go to the final round of the BDC? He was fighting for two Championships simultaneously and of course both their final rounds were on the same day, King of Europe won out and he was in Valencia for the finals.

In qualifying Steve found himself 9th in the strong King of Europe field, which also included guest driver and Formula D Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. Baggsy’s day would eventually come to an end at the hands of Gitten and his Mustang, but not without a fight! Baggsy would force a One More Time, no small feat in a car with little more than half the power of Gitten’s Formula D Mustang. This would leave Baggsy fourth in the King of Europe series and easily making him Rookie of the Year. Not a bad first season in Europe by any means, especially seeing as he ended the year 3rd in the British Drift Championship too while missing a round!

 

 


 
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