British Drift Championship, Indy Lights, MINI Challenge and Drift Allstars

17 June 2015


Another weekends racing and more silverware for Owen Developments boosted drivers, in the UK and in the Americas.

 British Drift Championship – Round 2 – Knockhill

The British Drift Championship headed north to Scotland, Knockhill and its notorious first turn for Round 2. Owen Developments sponsored Jack Shanahan (GTX4088R) lead the Pro Championship going into the event after winning last time out at Lydden Hill. Qualifying went well for him and the other Owen Developments boosted drivers with them occupying five of the top eight places in qualifying with 2013 Champion Michael Marshall (ODGT3582HTA-M) placed highest in 2nd.

Jack Shanahan’s form would continue taking him through to the final, though Owen Developments boosted former Champions Shane O’Sullivan (ODGTX3076R-M) and Michael Marshall would end their day 5th and 4th respectively. In the final Shanahan lost out to Steve Moore but still extended his Championship lead to 20 points.

 Indy Lights – Rounds 9 and 10 - Grand Prix of Toronto

Meanwhile, across the pond the AER powered Owen Developments boosted Indy Lights were also heading north to the Grand Prix of Toronto. The races were dominated by Spencer Pigot who took a clean sweep in difficult conditions putting himself back in Championship contention.

Race 1 was started in heavy rain and eventually only three cars would finish on the lead lap. Polesitter Pigot was able to control the gap throughout the race and was never seriously challenged, but the real talking point was a huge accident involving Nelson Piquet Jr and R C Enerson, launching Enerson into the wall and a series of rolls. Luckily, both drivers were unhurt and would take the start of Race 2.

The second race, also won by Pigot, was shortened due to bad weather conditions. These wins put Pigot 2nd in the Championship standings eleven points behind leader Jack Harvey halfway through the season.

 MINI Challenge – Round 4 – Silverstone

The Owen Developments boosted MINI Challenge was at Silverstone, the home of British Motorsport, for Round 4 of the Championship.

In the F56 class honours were shared between Lee Pattison, who won races 1 and 3, with race 2 being won by Ryan Rhode. This moved Pattison up to 6th in the standing, with Charlie Butler-Henderson still leading. In the other Owen Developments boosted class JCW Neil Newstead took a clean sweep of the races at Silverstone ahead of Hamish Brandon in race 1 and 2 with second in the final race going to Errika Lindstedt. Neil Newstead now has a commanding lead in the Championship ahead of Hamish Brandon.

 Drift Allstars – Round 1 – British Drift GP

Drift Allstars held its opening round at Arena Essex Raceway, with Owen Developments boosted James Deane (ODGT3588HTA-M) in attendance to start his title defence. After back-to-back wins in the Irish Drift Championship James’s form continued, narrowly missing out on the top qualifying position.

In the battles James made his way through to the semi-finals where he came up against Australian Luke Fink in the Low Brain Drifters PS13. This time, thanks to a small mistake and contact caused by Deane, Luke Fink would go through to the final and eventual victory. James would win his third place battle against Juha Pöytälaakso leaving the event with a good haul of points.

A solid start to his title defense!



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