Drift West Round 5.Sep 25, 2013 09:42:11 AM 0 Comments
This weekend was the fifth and final round of the Drift west 2013 professional championship. Taking place on the “back ally” of Castrol raceways road course.
The course was set up with a fast and long entry into a tight left hander, upon the exit drivers were met with an outer clip riding one of the walls along the track, a quick switch back or manji to the right had drivers on another wall, before one more left flick ending along the pit wall of the road course. Saturday the course earned its name “the back ally” due to some of the wrecks that had occurred during the pro am competition.
Our man Ryan Brown seemed to be really getting the course down under his belt, putting his Nissan 180sx in all the right places, having a few goes at the wall leaving just inches between making it and wrecking his car. No matter though as he kept on getting closer and closer during the practice session
Ryan was able to qualify for the main show in the fifteenth spot, were he would go up against professional formula drift driver Alex Lee and his LS powered Lexus.
On his chase run Ryan had a correction coming in behind Alex and wasn’t able to get back on him, A solid lead run wasn’t enough to make up for the first run and it would end Ryans weekend a bit earlier then he had hoped for. Ryan finishes 17th in overall points this season.
Brandon Milford was having a great session in the early morning practice, attacking the course with an aggressive entry, backwards on a few occasions. Unfortunate for Brandon the motor that had been dropped in off of a skit from Japan had seen enough of being driven on the rev limiter every time out and called it quits in the afternoon. This season has been a learning experience for him, but equipped with this knowledge he will take it into the 2014 season and it wont be long until he’s a contender for the top podium spots.
Ryan Spracklin had a few battles before him before he even got to the track on Sunday. The week before he had removed his SR20 that was damaged during round four for another one built out of four different engines. Completing the full swap in his home garage it was ready to rock on Thursday. On his way out to the track however, both the turbo and piston rings decided it wasn’t to be. A frantic Friday was spent trying to source another power plant for his S13 Vert, but with no answer in sight it didn’t look good. Come Saturday however, the boss man Cory Weymouth decided to take apart his GT competition 240sx and donate its engine to the cause. All day Saturday Lito, Cory and Ryan tore both cars down at the shop and by the end of the day were left with a monster SR powered S13 vert.
Ryan was able to attack the track thanks to the effort of Cory and Lito , and did it ever pay off! Ryan was able to qualify sixth out of the twenty drivers looking for a spot, out qualifying some of the bigger names in the Driftwest series such as Travis Clark and Shawn Hawley, in his rookie year!
He was able to take this momentum with him into his top 16 battle with Tanner Boyne and his RB Powered R32 and was able to move past him and give him his very first birth in the top 8. In the top 8 he met Aaron Day and his LS Powered S13, Ryan gave a good chase run through the back ally and gave him self a chance in his lead run. On his lead run he entered into the course hot and went off line almost putting the S13 into the tires but was able to keep it out and on track, this would be the end of Ryans weekend but when I talked to him he was nothing but smiles. In his rookie season Ryan was able to finish 14th out of 22 drivers in the point standings.
This event was the last event in the 2013 season for us, from here we begin the tare down on all of our drift machines to make some serious changes over the winter months. Keep an eye on this space as we will be updating the blog through out the build process of these machines!