British Drift Championship Round 4 Lydden Hill

12 August 2013

Paul Cheshire takes Pro Victory at Lydden Hill!

Lydden Hill brought a real mixture of fortunes for the Owen Developments supported teams and drivers in the British Drift Championship. Matt Carter and Alan Green of Team Falken wouldn't be competing for very different reasons; Matt's R32 has a fault somewhere deep in the engine electronics which couldn't be fixed in time and Alan was very, very busy (in hospital, having a baby!). Team Japspeed were running American Formula D star Ryan Tuerck as a Guest Driver for the weekend, it was bound to be interesting to see where he stacked up against the best the UK has to offer!

In Semi-Pro Luke Woodham qualified in first place a fine effort with Car Loan 4 U drivers Matt Samuel and Joseph Ankers in 8th and 7th respectively. Luke went up against Tony Walker in the first round of eliminations and went through after Tony put a wheel in the dirt throwing away the advantage. In the next round Luke was drawn against Matt Samuel, who had eliminated Olly Silcock in the previous round. In a tight battle Matt advanced to the Semi Finals after an impressive second run, though it could have gone either way! Joseph Ankers was also eliminated in the round of 8 by Semi-Pro Championship leader Marcin Mucha in his Supra after making a small error, though if you have to lose to someone it might as well be the Championship leader! Matt Samuel went through to the final after his opponent suffered a gearbox failure in the semis. This time Matt had to settle for second place, but that's another podium in an already very successful campaign!

Paul Cheshire was alone flying the Owen Developments banner in Pro Class, but he was on top form coming off a podium at Teesside. In the first round of eliminations he dispatched Jack Tonkin after he had a small straight. In the next round againt Dan Firmanger it went One More Time with Paul keeping his cool while Dan made a small error seeing Paul through to the semi-finals. A second podium in a row was guaranteed when Nathan Chivers was eliminated after giving away the advantage on the second run, putting Paul into the final against Jay Green. When all the smoke settled and the judge's decision was announced Paul was a delighted winner, Well Done from everyone at Owen's! Paul wasn't quite done there though, he still had to go out for the Super-Pro class where he immediately eliminated top qualifier Simon Perry after forcing him to run OMT! His luck didn't hold and he was eliminated by Michael Marshall in the next round after a mistake, a fantastic weekend regardless.

Team Japspeed had a nightmare first round of eliminations fourth and fifth place qualifiers Shane Lynch and Paul Smith were knocked out after they both made errors. Their guest driver Ryan Tuerck suffered the same fate at the hands of Owen's supported driver Wesley Keating who would only progress one round further before mechanical issues ended his day. Compared to their win last time at Lydden courtesy of Paul Smith, this sadly was a weekend to forget. Baggsy however had a much better round than he did last time at Lydden; he had a complete car at the end of the weekend! He too was eliminated in the first round by Mark Luney, but he did make it go OMT and it was one of the closest battles of the weekend! His team mates at Acorn Motorsport, Ian Waddington and Martin Lowe, seemed to have inherited his luck with a blown engine and an accident in practice ending their weekends.


Related Tags:  British Drift Championship |  Round 3 |  Teesside |  Team Falken |  Team Japspeed |  Car Loan 4 U |  Acorn Motorsport |  Drift |  Drifting | 
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