Press Release: Australian Drifting Grand Prix 13/01/2015
Round 3 of the Just Car Insurance Australian Drifting Grand Prix returns to Mallala Motorsport Park. The TWILIGHT THROW DOWN is set to be a cracker!
We kicked off last season in South Australia. Rob Whyte was driving his back up car for this event, but still managed to qualify in 1st place. He was knocked out in the Top-8 by an in-form Nick Coulson, who then had to retire in the Top-4 with a broken diff. Josh Boettcher was then handed the win in the battle for third place. Michael Prosenik continued his top form for 2013 by making it to the finals. Andreas Paraskevas was very hit or miss in 2012, but came out swinging in Round 1, with some of the most aggressive driving the judges have ever seen to take the win.
This year is very different, coming into Round 3 Nick "Driftkid" Coulson is in the lead of the championship but Beau "The Show" Yates is hot on his heals in a very dialled Toyota 86. With the main tyre smoke action under twilight, will that be a window for a new campaigner to come out swinging? Be there to find out you won’t be disappointed!
Current Championship leader Nick “The DriftKid” Coulson has confirmed for Round 3! After a win in Perth and a tough 4th at The Dome, Coulson hangs on to his lead moving into the Twilight Throwdown. The Achilles/ Xforce VE ute has been dialled in and we are sure Jan 31 at Mallala Motorsport Park won’t be any different!
The day started with a good 3 hours of practice in the morning allowing us the get the car dialled in ready for the all important qualifying after lunch.
Nick giving the wall a bit of a rub during qualifying gave him some extra style points giving him the Number 5 position for battles & subsequently a bye run in the top 32.
Top 16 Battle was with West Australian Brent Gordon in the V8 S15 Silvia.
Nick took the win with a outstanding chase run.
Next up in the Top 8 was South Aussie Young Gun Jack Widdais in the RB powered Nissan R31.
Jack making a mistake on his chase run meant Nick just had to give a good clean chase giving the win to Nick.
Top 4 Nick saw Beau "The Show" Yates in his factory backed Toyota FT86.
This was always going to be an epic battle as both guys are top level drivers hungry for those all important championship points.
Nick put on a great chase matching Beaus entry & sticking to him like super glue all the way across the finish line.
On the switch around Nick wanted to make it hard for Beau to follow close so he through it in a little later than normal but unfortunately went off track on entry handing the win to Beau.
Battle for 3rd was against the Little KE70 Wagon piloted by Jarrod Klingberg from South Australia.
The judges couldn't Pick a winner in the first run so they called for a re-run.
Nick pushed hard on the chase but unfortunately spun on the entry to the hairpin handing the win to Jarrod & Nick Placed 4th for the Day.
With a win last round & 4th position in Round 2 Nick is still the leader in the Australian National Drift Series & with only 2 rounds to go is looking good to go that 1 step better than last year's runner up.
What a weekend for Nick & Team XForce at Formula Drift Asia in Sydney.
We started the weekend out by putting the Achilles Radial/XForce Performance Exhaust VE SS Drift Ute on display & giving away bags of goodies for the massive crowds at the World Time Attack Challenge (WTAC) on Friday & Saturday.
Saturday Night was practice & qualifying with Nick qualifying in 10th spot for the battles on Sunday.
With a practice session on Sunday Morning it was time to dial the Fulcrum/SuperPro suspension in for the upcoming battles.
First battle was against Sheng Mg Nain in the JZX90.
Then it was the Top 16 Driver intro, pit walk & driver signing at lunch.
Nick getting some attention from the Achilles Girls.
Top 16 we came up against season campaigner Alex Kantarovski in the Gaia Wheels S13
Top 8 we saw fellow Queenslander Mick Roesenblatt in the R32 V8 who put on a great lead run pulling a gap on Nick giving the advantage Mick's way. Knowing he had to pull a great run Nick blazed the track with Achilles 123s smoke & forced a mistake by Mick awarding the win to Nick.
(that is Nick tucked in behind Gaz on a magic follow)
Top 4 time & it was against 4 time D1 NZ Champion Gaz Whiter.
Nick knowing how fierce a competitor Gaz is put on a stellar lead run even gapping him by the finish line at the top of the hill.
On the switch around Nick stuck to Gaz like glue & pushed hard all the way to the finish line putting Nick through to the finals.
The other side of the battle tree was these two guys.
Was Nick going to get the rematch he has been waiting over a year for from the last Formula Drift in Melbourne with Fredric Aasbo?
Unfortunately not to be as Fredric broke a drive shaft at this very moment leaving levi with no where to go & contact was made. Because it was deemed Aasbo's fault it handed the win to fellow Queenslander & good mate Levi Clarke.
Finals time with Nick v Levi for the 2nd time in a week. Nick was the victor last time in Perth but unfortunately Nick made a small mistake following Levi handing a slight advantage Levi's way.
On the switch around Nick gave a lead run that Levi just couldn't match but unfortunately it wast enough to get a re-run & Nick Placed 2nd for the Formula Drift Asia round in Sydney.
Nick congratulating Levi on his win.
Hi Five for Fedric Aasbo on his 3rd place.
Your winners for FD Sydney 2014
Fredric Aasbo getting a lift back to the pits in the Achilles Radial/XForce Performance Exhaust Ute.
Great Podium shots of the round winners for the very first Formula Drift Sydney.
A very proud dad moment as Martin Coulson get's a photo with his son.
A huge thanks to our Sponsors, Achilles Radial, XForce Performance Exhaust, Fulcrum Suspension, Hi-Torque Performance, Harrop Engineering, NPC Clutches, Aesthetic Signs & of course the whole of Team XForce that make it all happen in the pits.