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!
The other week I attended round 2 of the SA Stadium Drift series at Tailem Bend. Unlike other events I normally attend, this one I chose to shoot from the spectator area why I hung out with my mates. This is the best thing about this track in my opinion as you can get great shots no matter where you stand.
AHHHHH!! I have been so busy lately that it has taken me over a month to get these photos done! But as the saying goes…..better late than never!
Victotory skids at the end of the day!
I’m not going to say much about this event besides that it was a lot of fun and well organized! Hopefully the photos will do all the talking.
Everyone Needs to make it out to an event at AIR! hopefully you will make it to the next one!
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 ago I attended the Nissan Datsun car club of South Australia’s private hill climb day. There were plenty of old school Datsuns there on the day including a rare 510 bluebird that was running a rover V8 and painted in the BRE paint scheme. There was also an orange painted SSS 1600 bluebird racing up the hill! Among the mixture of Datsun and Nissan’s were a bunch a Mazda mx5, a few old Europeans, a new Toyota 86, and a very quick F1 looking racecar! The day was organised very well and through out the day, drivers were allowed to take passengers for rides up the hill. If you have never been to Collingrove hill climb, I highly recommend it as it’s a great track for both drivers and spectators alike. Thank you to the NDCC of Sa for running a great event and letting me attend to shoot the whole day.
Enjoy the photos!
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.
So Saturday at Tailem Bend was round 1 of the South Australian Stadium Drift series. Although I arrived late, what I did end up seeing was some pretty wicked drifting. The track was fairly small and battles didn’t last very long, but the drivers still went hard until the last run of the day. A few sponsored drivers showed up, but most were fairly new guys so the battles were pretty even. Hopefully round 2 will be just as good.
It took about 5sec for this guy to slap a smashedlense sticker on his car. Cheers buddy!
Cars of Pit Lane of rd 1 comming up next!
So here are the remainder of my photos I have for you guys. The day was a great day and im looking forward to next years!
Stay tuned as I will be attending this weekends rd 1 stadium drift. If you see me, ask for a sticker!
Hopefully I will have a full feature on this car in the near future. Untill than, enjoy this preview!
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!