If you didn’t know, Australia has a new national drift series. Unlike others that are running country-wide, this new series has exactly what the others are lacking. If you didn’t go to the first round I pity you. not only did this event run better than any other I have been to, it also had a better variety of cars and drivers alike. I give you Drift Challenge Australia!
The series will be running four rounds in SA and the eastern states with a possible fifth round in WA. Also with this series, almost every round has a Japanese driver not only attending, but also competing. At round one there were possibly two of the best and well-known drifters in the world competing. Naoki Nakamura and Miki Yabuuchi from team Burst!
The first day of the two-day event was a massive practice session followed by the 60 minute to win it jam where the winner needed to show massive entries with large angle and smoke. The winner was Simon Michelmore from Adelaide. he won a $500 bar tab at the Plantation hotel later that night for the (mid event) after party. Simon drives a purple s14 with a rb30/26 engine combo powering it.
Following the 60 minute to win it jam session was qualifying and super lap sessions to determine who would make the top 32 and decide on their running order. This method is used in some European series and ran very well.
On the second day of the event there was more qualifying for a select few drivers that were not present on the sat. (judging commitments at another event). Some of these drivers had never even seen the track before such as Stewy Bryant, also from Adelaide.
Stewy struggled in his c33 Laurel during qualifying and had to borrow a car. He used friend and fellow team-mate from team Gypsy Jay Ducas JZX100 Chaser. After qualifying in Jays car, he than continued to win battles all day making it into the top 16.
At lunch time, drivers were allowed to continue sliding on track or go in for a break and a feed. Most drivers chose to stay out and provide lunch time entertainment for the crowds. This was followed by a pit walk for people with no pit access the chance to get up and personal with the cars.
After the lunch break and pit walks, Team Battles were up next on the day’s schedule. There weren’t many teams willing to go out but some of the bigger drivers didn’t disappoint. Team origin Australia were out as well as Team origin Japan. Team secret drift were amazing to watch with Danny T is his incredibly clan s13 Silvia. Also going out was Team Gypsy from SA. the final two came down to Secret Drift and Origin Japan. The voting wasn’t up to the judges, but instead the crowd. who ever got the most cheers won.
The winners were Nakamura and Yabuuchi from Origin Japan.
The Final battles than started. There were some great driving in the finals but not everyone finished the way they wanted. There were a few hits here or there during the day but probably one of the bigger ones when Josh Hayward and another driver collided. Josh was left on the track with a broken LCA and blown tyre. He had to be towed back to the pits. Josh ended up finishing fourth.
The judges were a mix of drifters who have over 60 yrs experience between them and were more than qualified to make the big decisions. You probably recognize two of them in the following photo.
there were some incredible battle in the top 4 with Stewy Bryant having multiple re-runs. It was very impressive to see him drive considering he only qualified and drove on the track that morning for the first time. he ended up finishing second with Naoki Nakamura finishing first. Naoki won $2000!
Time for victory skids. Naoki was not familiar with this Aussie tradition and had well know photographer Alexi Smith translate for him. He was more than happy to burn some rubber for the crowd why his team-mate Miki watched from the side.
After all was done and dusted, there was a free expression session for all drivers. This was a great opportunity for me to climb up into the boom lift that was provided for us photographers. a great addition to the event that allowed for some new photo angles.
The judges also decided to have a slide. If you have been involved in drift for many years, you would have seen this Nissan onevia, driven by Darren Appleton many years ago.
At the end of the day, everyone packed up and talked to each other going over the weekends events. It was a great time to get autographs for the Japanese drivers and exchange contacts with new friends. In my opinion it was one of the best weekends i have had in a very long time. Round two is coming up very fast at Tailembend Motorsport park here in SA. if you missed the first round you better get to this one as its going to be even bigger and better with a third day!! Don’t miss it!
Big thank you goes out to the man behind the scenes Luke Fink!
A little late, but better late than never! Here are some of the photos i took at this years round 3 of the South Australian G1 drift series.
A few weeks back i attended a private drift day at Tailem Bend motor sport park for pro drifter, Kelly Wong’s birthday. If your not from SA or Australia for that matter, Kelly is a pro drifter that competes in the ADGP and Stadium drift series. She is also the owner of import parts shop Sleeka Spares (check them out for high quality aftermarket parts for your import). Anyways, here are some of the better photos from the day.
So i finaly found time to do some photo editing on my G1 photos and here is the first lot. The day was a very good event and im looking forward to round 3.
Now for some battle pics!!!
Hopefully i will find some time to edit the rest of the photos i have from this event hahaha.
Stay Tunned for part 2!
Theres not much to say about this event except WOW! Great day, great cars, great people and drift! If you havent been to DSC before, make sure you get their next year. Thanks to Mallala Raceway for putting on a good event.
Congratulations to Jarred Klingberg for taking out first place!
Enjoy the photos.
The Vic crew! Make sure you check out the work from Joey at Jacked it, and Matty from Stylised Productions as both these guys do awesome work.
Your winner for the day, Jarred Klingberg killing it! Congratulations buddy.
Luke Broadbent had a few unfriendly encounters with the tyre stacks through the day, but managed to get the car back together thanks to his crew and continued on to win the drift snake challenge.
OK guys, here is the last batch of photos from Drift School 2012 at Mallala Raceway. I don’t have much to say of the subject this time except enjoy!
Stay tuned as ill be at Drift Super cup this weekend, so ill have plenty more photos to share!
Here is the second batch of photos from this years Drift School at Mallala Raceway.
On the 29th of May, Mallala Raceway put on this years Drift School. The Day was a great opportunity for upcoming drivers to learn new skills and meet some experienced guys at the same time! Some of the best and most experienced drivers SA has to offer were there to instruct the beginners such as Wayne Nunn, Phil Branson, Stuart Furze, Eddie Modra, Jarrad Klingberg, Davey Clarke, Ian Roddey, and Australia’s first D1GP driver Jake Jones! If you attended the day and were on track, you were in for a treat!
So the day started off with everyone being divided into different experience levels and then put into the appropriate groups. Then once everyone’s cars were up and running, the groups all headed out to different parts of the track where they started to learn their new skills. The beginners were on the skid pan learning how to do controlled donuts and figure eights, why the intermediate and experienced groups were on the main track hitting up the 2 hairpins and the “S”.
About midday there was a lunch break where drivers had the opportunity to check out other people’s rides, ask questions to instructors, or just hang out and check out all the new gear that was on offer at the “SLEEKA SPARES” garage. Once everyone finished eating, they were given the opportunity to move up to different groups if they felt up to it.
At the end of the day their was an open drift practise for all drivers to try there newly developed skills on most of the track. This was also an opportunity for the instructors to get out on track for a bit of fun after spending the entire day watching everyone else get to. There were some awesome tandems going on during the practise session and even some new guys getting some big angle on turn 1. One highlight of the day was seeing Stuart Furze get his Holden Maloo ute on track and melting some tyres!
After all tyres were melted and all clutches fried, everyone packed up and talked about the great day theat was just had. If you’re a new driver interested at getting into the drift world, I highly recommend attending next years drift school as it was a great day and a lot of fun to just shoot even!
Stay tuned for part 2! Enjoy the photos.
Last weekend at Mallala Raceway I attended drift prac! Here are the pictures. They can do more talking than I can :)
So at the end of my day I like to take a walk around the pits and shoot the amazing cars that are out on the track all day. These were some of the best throughout the day.
Heres some more photos from All Japan Day.
Stay tuned for part 3.
So last weekend was the 2012 “All Japan Day” car meet. I have attended AJD for the last three years and every time it gets better and better. I’m not going to say much and let the photos do all the talking.
Stay tuned for part 2!
So I had a photo shoot with an old friend of mine, and his awesome Nissan sil80 drift car the other day. Chris’ car is currently still a “build in progress”, but when its finished it’s going to be a beast. Trust me! what makes this build so awesome is the new power plant. A 2JZ fitted to a shorten rb25 gearbox. Thats right. A 2jz!
In the engine bay we have a gt3582 turbo with a TIAL 38mm external wastegate, super now solid engine mounts, HKS oil cooler, sard radiator, k&n oil catch can, generic intercooler, as well as OEM parts sourced from other Nissan vehicles.
In the suspension department we have a wide variety of aftermarket parts such as JIC coilovers, ikeya formula rack ends, KTS tie rod ends, kazama caster rods, power by max solid sub frame bushes, and s14 lower control arms. Braking is being taken care of with project mu disks, s14 four pot front calipers, with all brakes being fitted with braided lines.
On the inside we have most of the interior still being ripped out with a single bride fixed back racing seat being fitted to hold Chris in place when he’s holding the car sideways through all those turns at Mallala. Accompanying this is a full Cusco 8 point roll cage, works bell steering wheel, blitz boost controller, relocated battery to the now missing back seat, as well as the much-needed apexi gauges to make sure nothing happens to the new power plant.
The body at this point is pretty standard except for a pair of Origin carbon fiber rear wings.
In the Tyre department, Chris has a variety of different rims which he will be using which are 17×9 +11, 17×9.5 +15 and 17×8 +8. All rims will be wrapped in 215/45r17 tyres.
Chris is looking to have the car finished in time to attend Drift school at Mallala in April, so if you go, make sure you say hi to him and check out his ride. Make sure you also watch for Chris at future drift practises and hopefully some drift events in the near future.
Chris would also like to thank metalwork for the help they have provided and all his mates for the advice, beers, and general help on the car.
Here is part two of the 10/10 summer matsuri at Mallala. The photos will also include engine bays and cars in the pit area. Have a look and let me know what you think.
This petrol flap says what a lot of us are probably thinking!
That basically wraps up the best of my matsuri photos. I will probably put up random stuff here or there so stick around and stay updated by subscribing to my blog.
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So last weekend was the first Matsuri for the year and was also the first matsuri i have ever been to. With nearly 200 cars entered and well over 1000 spectators, it was a great day and extremely fun to shoot. besides the main track, Mallala also had the skid pan in full swing. I have never seen the skid pan in use before so I was very excited to see what was on offer. No major crashes happened on the day but plenty of tyres were destroyed. So below are the first part of the hundreds upon hundreds of photos I took on the day.
If your going to put it into the tyres, do it in style.
Going hard and destroying rubber the way it should be done!
This guy looked like he was loving life!
This 180sx sure loved destroying tyres. That was the second rear tyre I seen popped on the back-end!