The Drift All Stars series 2012 kicked off in May at Birmingham wheels, 32 drivers competing to get into the top 16 to then compete against each other to get the top spot...
I drove up early arriving on location at 10am with my girlfriend, the event was not open to the public until 4pm which gave us plenty of time to have a wander round, meet the drivers and get a feel for the location. Unfortunately not having my P&L certificates with my which was an oversight on my part and a lesson learned meant that I would be shooting from behind the fence.
I timed my arrival poorly as just as I arrived JDM garages 370Z managed to drop its flywheel and a tonne of oil all over the track meaning no track action for some time to come!
We headed back to the pits and had the opportunity to say hello to what were becoming regular faces, Walton Smith of Jap Performance Parts/Subaru fame, Stiggy with The Mighty Starlet and photographers a plenty, it was in this time that the pit crews were kind enough to give the MR2 I was driving a thorough check over after a few concerns I mentioned to Stiggy...
Track action started soon enough and although stuck behind the fence there was just enough distance to get full frame close ups of some of the details on the cars as they drove past...
The practice sessions were re-started and the drivers were again trying to test how close they could get to the wall and check what grip was available as the earlier oil spill was still affecting the back straight.
With the drift series covering all of Europe it was great to see some new cars and drivers on track and flags flying to make sure there was no doubt which countries the drivers had come from.
The most powerful car had been brought over from Finland with Juha Rintanen (The Flying Finn) showing off in this year’s car sponsored by Achilles tyres, with 750Bhp under the bonnet it was a show that got the crowd going mad.
Once the practice sessions were completed, the drivers returned to the pits for the top 16 to be announced and to prepare for the afternoon sessions, the top 16 were announced as follows:
1. Juha Rintanen
2. Nigel Colfer
3. Phil Morrison
4. Luke Fink
5. Walton Smith
6. Damien Mulvey
7. Alan Sinnott
8. Fillipo Pirrini
9. Brad McQueen
10. Luis Lopez
11. Steve Evans
12. Peter Green
13. Anthony Scott
14. Martin Richards
15. Anthony Morthley
16. Ricky Emery
The cars lined up ready for the battles and a great evening was building up.
Unfortunately due to illness we had to cut this trip short and head back home, just in time to watch Sinnott get announced as the overall winner of round one in his Toyota AE86.
A fantastic start to 2012 and with the next event on June 23rd on my doorstep in London, I can't wait.