The Pipercross sponsored Team Falken drivers Matt Carter and Alan Green take on the world’s best drifters at the legendary Silverstone GP Circuit in front of packed grandstands. Alan progresses as far as the Top 16 and Matt as far as the Top 8 before both being eliminated by Formula Drift driver Fredric Aasbø. Nevertheless, the team retain their championship lead going into the final round.Round 5 of the 2011 British Drift Championship was held at the Silverstone GP Circuit in Northampton this past weekend, coinciding with the hugely popular ‘TRAX’ modified car show. The round was to be a Super Pro Class-only event so Paul Cheshire took the chance to show off his G35 Skyline on the EP Racing display stand at the show. This gave him the opportunity to watch team mates Matt Carter and Alan Green take on a selection of special invite drift drivers from around the world.
After rain all morning and throughout the practice session Matt and Alan went out to qualify in front of the large Silverstone crowd. Tricky conditions and an incredibly slippery surface meant that most drivers were finding it difficult to stay on track. Both drivers managed to put in safe runs, qualifying Matt in 7th position and Alan in 15th position.
Alan was first up against the formidable force of Formula Drift professional and special guest Fredric Aasbø in the Need for Speed Supra. Alan put up a good fight but could not match Fredric’s speed on the straight, the judges ruled this gap was enough to hand Fredric the win, ending Alan’s chances at Silverstone. Alan commented “I’m not disappointed in my result, I qualified 15th amongst some of the UK and world’s best drift drivers so I can’t complain about that. I was beaten by the eventual winner of the round and had the draw fallen differently who knows I may have finished higher! I’m looking forward to the final round at the Nissan Plant in Sunderland later this month and to finishing the 2011 season on a high!“.
Championship leader Matt Carter went up against Irish Prodrift driver Dan Moorhead in the Top 16. This was the first time the two had met in the battle stages. On the first run Dan could not match Matt’s grip going into the first corner and slid off the track onto the grass, giving Matt a 10-0 advantage going into the second run. On the second run Matt glues himself to Dan’s door for the entire circuit, the crowd love this close drifting! Matt moves on to the Great 8 stages.
In the Great 8 Matt would also come face to face with Fredric Aasbø. On the first run Fredric leads and manages to pull a gap on throughout the course, the Supra is simply too fast for Matt! On the second battle Matt leads and puts in a flawless run, but the gap from the first run is judges to have settled it and Matt’s event comes to an end. Matt added “It was an honour to get the chance to drive alongside Fredric and Darren (McNamara). They are both drivers who I look up to so to find myself door-to-door with them was fantastic! Reaching the Final 8 against such high calibre of drivers isn’t a bad result at all and because of the way the event fell the championship standings weren’t affected. I’m ready for the final round at Sunderland and to take the 2011 championship title!“.
Despite no podiums for the team at Round 5 Matt Carter still leads the Super Pro Class by 14 points, Alan Green still sits in 12th position and in the Pro Class Paul Cheshire sits 16th position. In the Constructors Standings Team Falken UK lead the table by 24 points. With just one remaining round in the 2011 Championship the pressure is on for a good result at Sunderland
You can next catch the team in action in Ireland at the Prodrift Finals at Mondello Park on September 10th & 11th. For further championship information visit: www.prodriftseries.com
The next round of the British Drift Championship is at The Nissan Manufacturing Plant in Washington, Sunderland on September 24th & 25th. For further championship information visit: www.thebritishdriftchampionship.com