09What an incredible weekend! 13th-14th June 2015 saw the return of the British Drift Championship for the 2nd round of the season. This time taking place at a firm favourite on the BDC calendar; Knockhill Racing Circuit….or “The Hill” as it has become known.
Famous for that first blind bend followed by a full throttle downhill drift Knockhill is not only an adrenaline fuelled spectacle for fans but an exhilarating challenge for the drivers. A challenge made greater still with the ever changing Scottish climate.
Arriving on the Saturday morning Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan, Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith and Danny Eyles wasted no time in taking full advantage of the open practice to get into the swing of things. With the Pro competition taking place on the Sunday, a chance to practice the day before was ideal – particularly with the initially wet conditions taking their toll on a number of drivers. Unfortunately Shane Lynch would not be able to make this event due to other commitments.
By Saturday midday practice was over, giving the team chance to take a break and make the necessary tweaks to each of the 3 cars ready for qualifying and battles on the Sunday. Saturday afternoon saw the Pro-Am class competition in prevailing damp conditions.
After a good night’s rest Shane, Paul and Danny were completely on form in the wet conditions during Sunday morning’s practice session. However by mid-morning the sun came out and with things heating up; the track quickly dried out. This would prove a challenge in that adjustments would need to be made to the setup of each of the cars ahead of the qualifying and afternoon battles.
For 2015 the team at the BDC have upped their game and on this occasion the track layout began to prove too much for some drivers on the grid. However with a series of successful runs Shane, Paul and Danny all secured places in the top 32!
The battles began in the afternoon with Paul Smith taking on WKD Imports driver Wesley Keating. After some very smoky runs the judges deemed this would be the end of Smokey’s bid for the podium. Meanwhile both Danny and Shane would take victory in their top 32 battles and take their places in the top 16!
With Danny drawn against Driftworks Jack Shanahan there would be no doubt a truly exciting battle would play out before the crowd. After some very impressive runs from both drivers Jack took the win and would go through to the top 8. Ironically where he would be drawn to face Danny’s teammate and fellow Irishman Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan!
With no quarter given and barely daylight between the two drivers as they charged door to door down the hill the decision would be too close to call not once, not twice but three times. After going ‘one more time’ three times the judges would put an end to Shane’s day.
Our full gallery from the event is available over on our facebook page. We’ll be back for Round 3 of the British Drift Championship on 11th-12th July at Teesside Autodrome. Tickets and information are available at www.thebritishdriftchampionship.com.
Our next event is the World of Kawasaki at Rockingham Circuit on 28th June where we’ll be putting on a drift demonstration. This is a free entry event and you could even bag yourself a passenger ride in one of our cars! More information is available here.