It’s been just over a week since the British Drift Championship returned to Lydden Hill in Kent for the fourth round in the fierce championship. Seeing as I’m only an hour’s drive away, It’d be rude not to have gone.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to secure a Media Pass for this round, so I wasn’t allowed to go out on track as an official photographer. Not to worry though, Lydden is probably one of the best venues to get great pictures, without being trackside.
I arrived very early Sunday morning, which was surprising considering I was held up by half an hour in a traffic accident on the M2 on the way. Anyone who went can probably relate. Parked my car up on the notorious grass hill, crossed my fingers that it wouldn’t rain and that I wouldn’t see my car sliding uncontrollably through a fence, and went for a walk round the pits.
Carnage from the qualifying the day before lay all-round the pits. With the Acorn Motorsport PS13 looking rather battered.
So it was about 1 o’clock and about time to get under way.
Firstly the Corolla Brotherhood gave us a very good show in their AE86’s. The sound of multiple clutch kicks is always welcome in the morning.
Sweep’s awesome turbo’d 86.
Time for Semi Pro battles.
There wasn’t really a battle for 3rd, as the white s14 which was meant to battles Janke’s BMW blew a gearbox on the first run. Jankes takes 3rd.
The battle between 1st and 2nd was between Matt Samuel in the Car Loans 4 U 300zx vs Marcin Mucha in the white Supra.
Marcin Mucha take's the win!
Matt Samuel come's 2nd and Mike Jankes 3rd.
Time to move before the Pro class gets underway.
Luckily I found a very good position overlooking the 3rd clipping point on the hill. Catching the cars as they put the power down on the third and final corner.
Some drivers finding the inside curb of the corner a bit more challenging than overs.
The course had been changed a lot since Round 1. Now drivers would have to come out of turn 2 and try to link 2/3 with a single drift.
With high powered cars making it look easy compared to those with less power.
Battles, the battle between Dan Firmager and Paul Cheshire (Polo) seemed to go on forever, with Dan’s V8 powered Volvo breaking driveshaft’s like no other!
Thankfully Dan’s pit crew worked their ass’s off and got Dan back out to face Polo again.
And the battle continues!
Polo takes the win.
3rd/4th battle was between Jay Green and Matt Tilyard. As the eager eyes of the Judges apply the pressure.
Jay secures moves on to battle for 2nd.
The battle to see who will face Jay, Polo vs Paul Chesire.
Unfortunately I missed the battle between Jay and Polo for 1st.
But Polo takes the win!
Surly everyone knew by now that Ryan Tuerck, Formula D driver from USA would be drifting at Round 4 in Team Japspeed’s Lexus IS200.
Seeing Ryan’s all out driving style was such a cool thing to watch, reminded me slightly of his Driveway drift videos on YouTube in his missile beater s13. I actually can’t wait to see the new episode of Tuerck’d on Network A’s YouTube channel.
My favorite battle throughout the whole super pro must be between Baggsy and Mark Luney. It was such a close battle and was so much fun to watch. I was shocked as to how Baggsy actually kept up on Luney’s 1000 bhp.
It’s nice to see Baggsy doing well at Lydden, I’m sure we all know about what happened in Round 1. If you don’t know, keep your eye out for my Introductory post coming soon.
Yet again I missed the battle for 3rd, but Im glad to say that Michael Marshall taking advantage slightly and takes 3rd place from Wayne Keeber.
The 1st and 2nd battles couldn’t have been any closer. Mark Luney vs Phill Morrison. Two of the most well-known names in drifting, with probably the most built cars in the series. I genuinely couldn’t think of anyone better to watch in the final.
Slightly problem though. When you’re running 900+ hp on a drift car, you can imagine that you’d go through a lot of tires right? Well yeah, after two laps on the Lydden Hill circuit Luney had to pull in for a fresh set of tires. Two laps!
Tires changed, it was time for the final battle.
And in true BDC tradition, head over to the podium to find out the results!
Michael Marshall takes 3rd
Mark Luney shows off his well-deserved 2nd place trophy.
Which could only mean one thing, Phill Morrison takes the Win at the 4th Round of the BDC at Lydden Hill!
After every BDC event I go to, I always walk away saying “I hope I don’t get pulled over tonight.” And now you know why…
Everything looks so hectic after the podiums have finished, with no exception today. Drivers get ready to head home. With smiles on their faces hopefully.
Last chance to get an autograph from the drivers!
The 11th August was a good day. Had a nice day out in the sun, had a good laugh with some mates and most importantly watched some outstanding drifting. That’s why I love drifting. If only I didn’t have to drive home. I’d have loved a beer.
Congratulations to all the drivers and good luck in Round 5 at Knockhill on the 21st/22nd September.
Thank you for reading, hope to see you soon.