Driftwest Round 4 : Ryan SpracklinSep 16, 2013 05:40:53 AM 0 Comments
TK: This afternoon we caught up with Ryan to ask him how @driftwest Round 4 went for him. How was your trip man?
Ryan: The trip was awesome, me and my dad left Edmonton late Thursday night, and got into Penticton early Friday morning. We took the day just to chill, unloaded the car and enjoy the BC festivities.
TK: How did practice leading up to the main event on Saturday go for you?
Ryan: Saturday morning started off pretty stressful, pulled the car out onto the track to take my first run and was having over heating issues right off the bat. JJ and I took the car back to the pits and found that the coolant neck had started to leak, we took the intake manifold off to further inspect the problem. After that was sorted we hit the track again. We laid down about 8 solid runs before qualifying started, I didn’t really have the track down so I knew Id have to go hard in qualifying.
TK: Take us through you’re runs, you definitely didn’t hold back in your first run
Ryan: I figgure I had drove all the way from Edmonton so I may as well give it my all. The first run I came in hotter then I had in any of my practice runs and was trying to push the outside line.
TK: Id say you made some serious marks on the wall!
Ryan: Yeah I was a little worried when I felt my car drifting up the bank, but I just kept it pinned because if I didnt I would have been sucked into the wall and my weekend would probably be over. I hit the wall at full lock and throttle and was still able to stay on my line after the love tap but spun out coming on to the infield. So I knew I had to lay down a solid run in my second qualifying run.
Ryan: My second qualifying run I came in a bit more conservative into the bank, but still was aiming for the high line, came in reverse to the infield and just kept her floored (see picture) making tons of smoke on the infield thanks to my man Lito who built my frankenstein Sr20, I really put that thing through hell. I ended up taking lucky number thirteen in my first pro event! I was pumped!
TK: In the top 14 you were paired with Louren Sansregret. How did your first taste of pro tandem go?
Ryan: This was my first tandem battle ever I knew I had to throw it down cause Louren is pretty good; so I made sure to keep pace with him off of the line. I stayed a car length or so with him on the bank , neither of us had driven the track with rain on it yet, Louren spun in front of me as we entered the infield and I wasnt able to stop in time and we kissed bumpers. Sadly buddy Colin had put his bmx in front of my car while he was taking off my bumper and I monster trucked it. Sorry Louren and Colin !!
On my first lead run I kept it pretty flawless lots of angle lots of speed despite the wet conditions but it wasn’t substantial enough to make a decision and we went one more time
On my second follow run I wasnt able to get off the line quick enough and he entered the course with a sizable gap , laid down a full run and we lined up for my lead run. I knew I had to throw down or go home at this point so I came in hot to the bank stark raving mad running the rev limiter [ Laughs and makes revving noises] but at the last clip I straighten out my car which gave Louren the win in the end.
TK: Awesome man, is there anyone you want to give a shout out too?
Ryan: Id like to give a big thanks to @Sumarus Auto Repair for being there to support me along the way, Shout out to my pops for letting me use his tow rig, JJ Mendonca for the trailer and keeping the car together and my head in the game , all my friends who came all the way out from Alberta to watch me throw it down, My Sumaru’s teammate Brandon for letting me crash in his trailer!
Looking forward to getting back out on the track for round five, and fixing the little bugs we found with the car this weekend!