This would be Remmo’s first visit to a British Drift Championship round and his first time driving alongside UK team mates Alan Green, Matt Carter and Paul Cheshire. Strong performances on track from all drivers finally saw Matt Carter in another final facing Remmo in an all-Falken battle. The powerful V8 driving Remmo Niezen to the top of the podium to take his first BDC victory.
The Falken paddock at the event attracted a lot of attention from fans and other drivers as the matching colour ways of all four cars sat in front of stacks of Falken tyres ready for smoking! Resident British Drift Championship videographer Stephen Brooks put together a film featuring drivers from the event, including Falken’s own Alan Green and Paul Cheshire.
Back out on the track Alan was eligible to qualify for both the Pro and Super Pro classes respectively. Successful qualification into the Super Pro class would promote Alan into the top tier alongside Matt for the remainder of the season. Alan went out into qualifying with a positive optimism, having had previous podium success at Norfolk Arena into 2009 and 2010. After a shaky start Alan managed to qualify for the Top 16 in the Pro class in 32nd place, narrowly avoiding an early bath. It seemed that he was saving his good runs up for Super Pro qualifying, in which he managed to qualify in 9th place! Thus securing the remainder of the season in the top class. Alan faced Steve Evans’ Mighty Toyota Starlet in the first of the Super Pro Top 16 battles, but was narrowly outed by the nimble Toyota on the technical circuit. Nonetheless progression into the Top 16 again and his high qualification position puts Alan into 11th place in the Super Pro Championship Standings going into Round 3.
Alan commented “What a fantastic round! Now I’m established in the top tier of the championship its time to push for a podium! Teesside here we come!“
Paul Cheshire and his new car, the Nissan Skyline G35, was proving a popular attraction in the paddock. This is the first time such a chassis has been used in UK drifting, add to this Paul’s incredible eye for detail and you have a truly unique machine. Paul, still getting to grips with the new chassis, and running a new triple-plate clutch setup following the mechanical issues at Round 1 went out for qualification and landed himself 18th spot on the grid. This put him up against Michael Marshall in the MnM Motorsport S15. After matching Marshall in the first run, Paul was narrowly edged out by just one point. Unfortunately as the run was coming to an end the G35 suffered a gearbox failure, ending Paul’s weekend. Nonetheless as with any new chassis these problems are only discovered by testing and driving the car, so all seat time and experience is invaluable.
Paul commented “It was great to be able to battle for the first time in the new car as it makes you push it just that little bit more than normal. I am ironing out the little problems with the car and I’m really looking forward to taking it around Europe and up to Teesside Autodrome for Round 3“.
After great success at Round 1 taking second place, Matt Carter entered into the Super Pro Arena at Round 2 with everything to play for. A strong 86 point qualification run saw him in 6th place in the standings and up against long-time fellow competitor and one of the BDC’s few female drivers Julie Robinson. Two strong runs from Matt resulted in two 7-3 calls from the judges and progression into the Top 8 where he would face Team Japspeed and Irish Prodrift driver Shane O’Sullivan. Matt progressed past Shane to meet up with Round 1 winner Mark Luney in the 800bhp Cosworth SATS Supra. In the second of their battles so far in this 2011 season Matt managed to edge Mark out and book his place in the final. We’re sure this won’t be the last time these two go head to head this year!
Matt would meet fellow Falken team-mate Remmo Niezen in the final. Remmo had qualified in 4th place after a crowd-pleasing qualifying lap driving one handed with his other arm aloft out of the driver’s window! Remmo blazed past Danny O’Brien in the Top 16 and former BDC champion Stephen Biagioni in the Top 8 to meet strong opponent driver Simon Perry in the Semi Finals. Despite some fighting-talk on the start line from Simon, Remmo’s blistering pace won him both battles 7-3 and placed him in the final.
As the floodlights shone down on the Arena and the sun disappeared over the horizon the packed grandstand eagerly awaited the all-Falken final. Straight out of the gate Remmo led the way, pulling a slight gap on Matt and taking the first run 6-4. Matt fought back valiantly but could not do enough and drew the second run 5-5, handing Remmo the win at the British Drift Championship Round 2!
Matt commented “An excellent weekend had by all and now I’m sitting comfortably in second place in the championship. It was excellent to meet Remmo and drive with him! I’m now looking forward to the next month where we will be in Germany, Teesside and Portugal“.
To add to the silverware the team of Alan, Matt and Remmo went on on the Sunday to take victory at the popular annual BDC Team Drift Event, seeing off a field of 16 other teams to take back their title, which they last won in 2009.