After a long season, it was great to have all 3 cars running as they should and 3 drivers rearing to bring their A game to the final round of the British Drift Championship at Anglesey and they certainly did that!
Anglesey circuit is a favourite with a lot of the drivers, not only is the track seriously fast but the setting is gorgeous, where else can you catch some of the best drivers in the Country tearing past you at 60mph plus, billowing smoke trails with the glimmer of the Irish sea in the background. With the first corner seeing approaching speeds of above 80mph from some of the drivers, this is definitely a track that requires commitment.
Matt and Joe hit the track Saturday morning for the Pro-Am class, the sun was beating down and the track dry, the conditions couldn’t have been more perfect! The guys stormed through practice, the Evergreen EU728’s providing all of the necessary grip to keep them glued to the black stuff whilst giving the spectators a lesson on how clouds are made! Track temperatures can often be an issue with drifting as all too often we see tyres wearing too fast and very uneven but the EU728’s lasted incredibly well on all 3 of the cars, providing even wear and consistent grip, even past the wear markers.
Qualifying saw all 3 of the team place within the Top 32 which meant they were put through to the battle stages and with this being the final round, there was to be no holding back and they knew it.
Matthew Denham made it through to the Top 16 in the LS2 powered Mazda RX8 which, being the only model of its kind within the championship drew a huge amount of attention and continues to cause a social media frenzy. The Pit garage was swarmed with spectators between sessions, all clambering to get a look at the uniquely built Mazda.
Joe Ankers’ made it through to the Top 32 but was unfortunately knocked out after a furiously close battle which saw him ‘putting it on the door’ of the competition, this is a phrase we use when the chase car is so close to the lead car that they’re almost touching. This is one of the things the judges look for and spectators love.
Martin Richards, in the 1JZ powered Nissan Skyline R33 went on to win the Pro class on the Sunday after some extremely close battles, Martin had qualified 2nd earlier on and had also clocked one of the fastest entry speeds of the day! He was certainly on form.
Thanks to the points accumulated by the whole team, they also won the Team Constructors trophy for the round and put Team Evergreen firmly on the map of contenders to watch out for, beating other teams such as Team Falken Tyres and Team Lassa Tyres. A perfect way to end the Championship season and the drivers were more than happy to pose for some photos.
The British Drift Championship Round 5 live stream has been watched by over 100,000 people from across the Globe and continues to be viewed. Martin Richards also competed in the Irish Drift Championship in Mondello this weekend; finishing within the Top 8 and the highest place for an international driver at the round. The round was watched by over 120,000 viewers in over 100 different countries across the World!
After a fantastic end to the season, the drivers have already set about getting to work on their cars ready to come back bigger and better for next season.
As always, the team would like to thank Evergreen Tyres for their support across the 2015 British Drift Championship season, the EU728’s have really given the drivers a tyre they can rely on and the results speak for themselves.
Universal Turbos who have looked after the team and provided us with a turbo rebuild for Martin Richards’ after he experienced turbo failure at an event.
NeXT base for the fantastic dash cams which have given the drivers the ability to watch themselves back and further improve on their driving style.
The whole team look forward to what the 2016 season has to offer.