Published on July 2nd, 2013 | by Jos Roder


Testing G 1 2 – Round 2 Preview

G1 is South Australia’s state drift championship and Australia’s longest consistently running state championship. It is now in its ninth year of competition and has always seen many of the biggest names in the Aussie scene compete. The 2013 G1 championship is three rounds which are all held at Mallala Raceway, situated about an hour outside central Adelaide.

In the middle of a hot summer on Sunday February 3rd, G1 round 1 attracted the biggest field the championship has ever seen with 57 drivers keen to put on a show for the crowd.

G1 is run with a standard qualifying system however the battle setup has an alternative configuration. The top 16 qualifiers will have their own battles to determine the overall winner and cars ranked 17th through 32nd will play off for a best of the rest honour. In 2013 the organisers have implemented a ‘Hot Pit’ setup which basically means pit crews can take some wheels and tyres and spares on track so there is less downtime between battle runs or if a driver calls for a 5 minute rule to repair their car.

Round 1 qualifying saw Daniel Prior take the honour, edging out Phil Branson and Michael Symonds.

The Group 2 battles were the warm up to the main event and Kelly Wong was victorious in her final battle against Shane Murphy.

Tom Monkhouse showed he is currently the form driver in his JPC 180sx, taking the win in the top 16 field after a quality final battle with Anthony Cece in the Achilles back Nissan Cefiro.   Daniel Prior fought hard for the final podium place, beating Phil Branson.

Here is the battle for 1st place with Anthony Cece leading thanks to Stewy at Inertia MS.  Round 2 will follow on below!


Another huge group of drivers have entered G1 round 2 taking place this Saturday and they are coming as far as W.A to experience Australia’s most competitive state championship. The local contingent is an all star cast.

Drift Life spoke to 2012 G1 champion Dale Campaign about his round 1 performance. Unfortunately Dale’s engine was not rebuilt in time so he had to resort to his back up car which was not as competitive as he had hoped.  Dale is excited to be back in his main car for round 2 which he says is running better than ever and is confident of a stronger performance.   He is intent on defending his 2012 G1 Championship but mentioned he does feel some pressure on him to be the first driver to ever achieve back to back G1 Championships.

Two time G1 champion Christian Pickering missed round 1 however is back in Australia and ready to put on a proximity show around Mallala. Pickering is always a crowd favourite and is a welcome addition to a high level field for Round 2. Tom Waterhouse has short odds on Pickering we’ve been told.

Jake Jones is another high profile local who missed round 1, but has now sorted his car with a new look and is keen for a strong result.  Jake recently competed in Victoria at the Road King Chassis Championship and made the top 8 before his hydraulic handbrake failed spewing fluid everywhere, ending his run.

Jarrad Klingberg will be also making a return to competition in his freshened up Toyota Corolla Wagon. Now resprayed in black, the car is a tough looking machine and with a recent rebuild and tune yielding a healthy 270 kw’s at the wheels, the little corolla is going to be a rocket ship and one to watch. Judging by a recent video of the new tune in the car, ear plugs may be in order though!

Hayden Buckham, Anthony Cece, Kelly Wong, Daniel Prior are just some of the many great local drivers preparing themselves for the big day next weekend.

One local driver of note I haven’t mentioned is the G1 round 1 winner Tom Monkhouse. The reason for this is Tom is providing an interesting sub plot for round 2. It turns out that Keith Adams who is co-founder of the Australian Drifting Grand Prix and an entrant at round 2, also recently purchased a fairly high profile Ex D1 car from Japan.  It turns out that Adams has kindly allowed to Monkhouse to drive the car for G1 round 2 and then also for the rest of the Formula Drift Asia championship!
The car is a 600hp Toyota Verossa previously driven in D1 by Tomokazu Hirota. I think this car alone will be a huge draw card for the event in its own right.

Monkhouse should have no issues adapting to the big Verossa, considering the prowess he displayed, jumping between three different cars during his ADGP/FDA weekend recently. Drift Life is excited to see how the big family sedan performs at Mallala! Somehow there is always an aura around a legitimate ex D1 car being used in competition here in Australia.

Drift Life had a chat with Monkhouse recently about round 2 and the 600hp beast he is going to unleash.

DL: Hi Tom, what are your chances about going three G1 wins in a row at Mallala this coming weekend?
TM: Well, I have a lot of experience now and plenty of seat time lately. I’m also pretty determined to do well so I’m quietly confident about Saturday, especially in the Verossa I’ll be driving!
DL: Tell us about how you feel to get to drive this recently acquired ex D1 car?
TM: I feel very privileged and lucky to have the opportunity to drive it. The event is actually a shakedown before the car is sent on to Malaysia where I will drive it at the next round of Formula Drift Asia. Hopefully a good result at G1 will give me some more confidence heading into the next round of Formula Drift Asia.
DL:  Your recent success in G1 and in the ADGP and FDA events  who do you think will be your biggest threats to making that elusive three in a row?
TM: Christian Pickering is the first guy that comes to mind, but Jake Jones, Anthony Cece and Elliot Wylie are also guys that are looking strong and could be in contention.  

Drivers are coming from far and wide and none more so than the huge trek that the Western Australian contingent will have to travel. There will be six cars heading over on a transporter which sounds like a proper invasion force.
wa to sa
To be exact, the journey is  2,565km and 27 hours drive. Impressive!

So who are these committed W.A drivers?

The ADGP and Forumla D drift event at Calder Park, April 2013

Photo courtesy JRM Photography

Mitch Bunney has been a stand out performer in the W.A drift series, recently being crowned champion. Bunney has recently stepped up into the brutal  JPC/Achilles sponsored S15, which was formally in the hands of Danny Denzo Vahoumis. Drift Life spoke with Bunney about the event and he noted that this event was a great way to get some competition experience against local Mallala experts, have some fun and get used to the track ahead of the upcoming ADGP round at Mallala later in the year.

photo courtesy JRM photography

Keith Adams has entered the event as we touched on earlier and he will be driving the JPC S14 that Tom Monkhouse has been frequently using in G1 and also at the recent ADGP/FDA event at Calder Park in Melbourne.

The W.A contingent continues with Adam Monck driving a LS V8 powered S14, Ryan Kenworthy is another V8 convert in a LS powered R33.4 and Harry Hopes has entered the event also although we are unsure what car at this stage. The mighty Toyota Verossa that Monkhouse will drive, lives in W.A and is also heading over on the transporter for it’s competition shakedown.

Victorians are being represented by Jason Ferron and Scott McQueen

Road Kings Chassis, Round 1 of the Victorian Drift Championship, held at Calder Park raceway, Melbourne.
Jason Ferron will be bringing over his yellow Ls1 powered R31

Road Kings Chassis, Round 1 of the Victorian Drift Championship, held at Calder Park raceway, Melbourne.
Scott McQueen has a multi coloured Nissan Laurel which obviously got a bulk deal on camber.

Updates will be coming thick and fast on the day via the G1 Drift Facebook page and detailed info on the event can be found on Mallala’s website.

This really is an exciting line up of both cars and drivers and is one of the most anticipated events for the years. Drift Life can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.


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Jos Roder

is the owner of Drift Life and delves deeper into drifting culture. Jos started drifting more than 10 years ago after discovering a sport existed that captured his favourite motoring endeavour, going sideways! Jos works full-time in the automotive/motorsport field as a PR Manager and Advanced Driving Instructor and currently owns a JDM S15 Nissan Silvia for drift/track/hillclimb duties.

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