Published on November 7th, 2017 | by Alex Gilmore1
October’s Wrap Up For Humble South Australia!
October has been a pretty radical month for Australian drifting!
- International Drift Challenge at Eastern Creek two weeks ago (read about it here >> Honeywell Garrett International Drift Challenge 2017 <<)
- The final round of the Victorian Drift Championship
- The first round of the HI-TEC OILS – JDM X PARK DRIFT SERIES – a new SA state series
- The final round of DCA – Drift Challenge Australia + Cash Kings!
South Australia had the longest running drift series G1 Drift. However, unfortunately, the championship ended late in 2016. The result of this? South Australia’s talent has continued to branch out and cross the borders into the nation’s other series. So with this in mind, here’s a look in of what some of SA’s drivers have been up to over the past month.
Jake DriftSquid Jones – International Drift Challenge // WTAC 2017
If there’s one place to start – it’s with Jake Jones! The lad took his freshly finished RB28 BMW M3 across to New South Wales for the International Drift Challenge featured at World Time Attack 2017. With his brand new Advan livery, he was also showcasing his talent during drift demonstrations through the day.
Photos – Tony Donoghue Photography
Drifting Demonstrations at OZNats – Adelaide International Raceway
Team MadHouse // Jake DriftSquid Jones
Adelaide International Raceway held OZNats the weekend after WTAC. DriftingSA had the opportunity to perform some drift demos during the day. I was lucky enough to receive an invitation, however had to decline due to working commitments. Fortunately, the more skilled Beau Gagliardi and Troy Lipshchinski of MadHouse Drift Team were there alongside Jake Jones to put on a show!
Beau thrashed his LS3 powered x83 Cressida along the concrete walls with Troy’s RB25 R31 up against his door. The pair gave the crowd a demonstration of what drifting is about running next to each other all day.
Jake demonstrated his signature aggressive driving style as always in the M3.
Photos – Tony Donoghue Photography
HI-TEC OILS – JDM X PARK DRIFT SERIES
JDM X Park answered the call of the SA boys that can’t afford to travel interstate for events but are still craving a championship. The inaugural Hi-Tec Oils SA State Round was held at the privately owned track JDM X Park, half an hour out of Port Pirie. One of Australia’s most well-known and likely loosest drifters Stewy Bryant took out the win. Whilst he was an on-paper favourite for the event, he drove in stiff conditions after attending a close mate’s Bucks Party the night before and only got picked up from the shenanigans to head straight to the track in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Cameron Haygreen spent the weekend piloting his R32 into second place!
Dodge Moore drove his CA powered s13 in his debut competition – impressing everyone by taking home third place and also proving that CA’s aren’t as bad as everyone says.
Luke Mudde took out fourth spot in his 180sx.
Photos – W. Chamberlain Photography
VicDrift Final Round – Adam Wood
As far as I’m aware Adam Wood was the only SA competitor that made the trip over for the final round of VicDrift. His big green R34 sedan suits both a styled drifting look, as well as an eye catching appearance that always has spectators remembering his wicked driving. Unfortunately Wood had some misfortune and made contact with the unforgiving Calder Park walls but I’m sure we’ll see him back and in full force next year!
DCA – Drift Challenge Australia Final Round
A truck load of talent went over to Archerfield, Queensland for the final round of Drift Challenge Australia. Dale Campaign took out first place for the series, with Scott Miller close in behind in third!
Paul Austin finished sixth overall with Kale Scott behind him in seventh (although opted for the final round to be his drop round). Steve Griffin came in eighth, however unfortunately may be up for a reshell after making contact with the wall.
Photos – Tony Porter Photography
Nathan Greenhill came in 10th, Matt Bennetts and Tom Hemmings finished 13th and 14th respectively and Dave Dermody finished 36th, competing in only two rounds and using a borrowed car for the last round.
Mallala Drift Practice
The last event for SA drifters over the busy month was the monthly drift practice at Mallala Motorsport Park. This was the only time for the month I was able to drive. Dry conditions brought a lot of seat time for testing out new knuckles and battle practice, yet unfortunately it was just one of those days where I couldn’t seem to throw down anything more than a couple of decent laps.
Jordan Badcock was back after a six month freshen up of his s14. After some mechanical faults earlier in the year due to a rushed reshell, Badcock stripped and went over everything in his s14 before giving the car a fresh respray! Unfortunately, Jordan had a driveline failure on his first lap, however continued drifting by driving around his lack of third gear!
Andrew Pearce’s immensely cool C33 Laurel was also out, sporting a perfectly executed style.
Spencer Martin also made his long awaited return to drifting after removing the RB20 from his s14 in favour for a 1JZ.
And who could forget the CommodoreCup proving that drifting can be immensely cheap!
Photos – Project 137
With 2017 drawing towards an end, I think we’re all excited to see what the South Aussies can accomplish next year, especially with national competitions continuing to grow. Alongside a new motorsport park on the way at Tailem Bend!
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