Nick placing 2nd in Australia's National Drifting Competition (Australian Drifting Grand Prix) has secured him a FD Licence to compete in the upcoming Formula Drift Asia Event at World Time Attack (WTAC) in October.
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Nick started competitive drifting in the Stadium Drift series at the tender age of 16.
The path for most youngsters who get into the sport of drift usually starts well after they have a acquired their road license. They usually attend an off street drift meeting somewhere around the country and often it progresses from there. This was certainly not the case for Queensland based Nick Coulson.
As time went by Nick graduated from the original R32 Skyline to the much more competitive Holden Ute.
He started competitive drifting in the Stadium Drift series the minute he attained his learners permit at the tender age of 16. That was back in 2009 and he had already spent many nights at Archerfield drift training nights perfecting his skills so he hit the ground running and the name “DRIFTKID” stuck due to his tender young age.
Nowadays Nick’s ute is a common sight at all national and local drift competitions.
As anyone that came up against him even in the early days would learn he was a fierce competitor then and is even more so now. As time went by Nick graduated from the original R32 Skyline to the much more competitive Holden Ute that is nowadays a familar sight at drift events around the country. This car has been in a constant state of development and for 2014 saw leading manufacturer Harrop supply a supercharger kit to push the horsepower even further up the scale.
For 2014 Nick’s ute scored a Harrop supercharger and backing from XForce Performance.
“We have never been short on power” said Nick “the guys at Hi Torque Performance are the best in the business with the LS series engines and we already had a good aspirated combo, but now with Harrop coming on board with one of their high efficiency superchargers it is in another league altogether. The torque and drive out of corners is just crazy.”
Coulson may have moved up through the ranks but the team remains a tight family affair with father Martin overseeing the operation and his uncle Craig heading up the pit crew. He is one of the few drifters to compete in almost every major series around the country including the Australian Drifting Grand Prix (ADGP) where he finished in the runner up position behind Rob Whyte in 2013/14. Hi Tec Figure 8 series and the Stadium Drift Pro tour sees the team travel the country on a regular basis.
Nick took his second podium finish of the Hi-Tec Oils Figure 8 Drift Series last Saturday Night at round 3 of the series.
The night started in typical Sydney overcast winter weather but luckily the rain stayed away for the most part.
It was a chilly night & the event staff did all they could to stay warm.
The spectators turned out in droves for the Night Party Atmosphere & those who braved the chilly weather went disappointed. All the Drivers put a great show & battled like it was the finals.
The Top 4 came down to Scott "Blaze Unit" Schembri, Nick "DriftKid" Coulson, James "Blaze Unit" Abbott & Beau "The Show" Yates.
Nick was to take on Scott Schembri One part of the "Blaze Unit" to see who would progress through to the finals.
Scott being the number 1 Qualifier lead first & Nick put on a magic chase sticking to Scott's door & really pushing hard around this tight track.
On the switch around Nick Pushed the VE SS Drift Ute to the limits & Managed to pull a small lead on Scott & the judges awarded the win to Nick. Now Time for the Finals against the other member of the Blaze Unit James Abbot.
(Check out the tyre off the rim)
This is where the Night got very interesting.
James lead first & Nick like always pushed hard up on his door emulating James's every move with such finesse in this behemoth of a Drift car.
On the Switch around Nick Gave it everything he & the car had, the first part of the course went exactly to plan but on the lead up to the last corner the left hand rear tyre popped off the bead giving Nick no control over the rear end sending him into the embankment.
Unfortunately this ended the Night for Nick placing him in 2nd for the night.
The VE SS Drift Ute Suffered some damage to all four corners of the suspension & some Panel damage as James had nowhere to go but into the back of the Ute.
Nick is still in 2nd place for the championship & with the points so close from 1st to 5th its anyone's series with 4 rounds to go.
Check out this Video of Nicks lead run where it all went wrong.
This will be one Round not to miss on the SBS1 TV Coverage coming soon.
It was great to see Nick in the Skyline again after a year or so tucked away in the garage.
This was the car Nick learnt the art of Drifting in. She has seen a few different looks & engine packages over the years but its great to see the car can be as competitive today as she was when we first built it.
2009 when the Skyline was a road registered car & Nick was learning to Drift at our Local Drift Track Archerfield Drift.
2009 & its first race livery & Nick's very first competition.
2010 & the sponsors started to come on board.
2011 & the new Look ready for The Tectaloy International Drift Challenge at World Time Attack.
2nd Round of the maiden series of Australian Drifting Grand Prix.
We entered the Ultimate Drift Showdown at our local track Archerfield Drift to give the Skyline a quick test before we enter her into a new Competition called Drift Challenge Australia.
The day started out a bit overcast & started to drizzle rain just as the Competition started.
We managed to get a few Dry Practise laps before the heavens opened up. The Achilles Radial 123s was great in the dry & out performed every other tyre in the wet.
We had a few gremlins we had to sort out after the car had been sitting for so long & also had a half shaft break on us just before qualifying which put us to the test.
This was a Top 16 battle Round & Nick was to take on a new comer in Drift Harry Tarrant who put up a great fight with Nick going through on the slightest of margins.
Next was long time Drift Competitor Josh Boetcher for the top 8.
By this stage the track was well & truly wet & it made for some great battles.
Nick took the win over Josh on his chase lap with some outstanding proximity.
Next up was Achilles Radial Team mate Rob Whyte in his SuperCharged 350z for the Top 4.
Rob lead first & Nick jumped on his door from turn one & didn't let go. It was so close at times I'm sure there would have been some paint swapped but to Nicks credit he got as close as you can without touching.
On the switch around Rob gave every bit back to Nick sticking with him all the way but made an error coming out of the hairpin & not leaving enough room for Nick to transition back & contact was made forcing Rob to have a slight straighten awarding the win to Nick.
Finals time now against long time Drift Buddy Kris Klutke.
Nick Chased first & it was like they had a pivot between the cars as Nick placed the Skyline up the doors of Kris's car with expert precision. This was going to be a great finish to the night but unfortunately a niggling alternator problem surfaced on the second last corner causing Nick to straighten up behind Kris handing a huge advantage 7-3 Kris's way.
Nicks lead lap was nothing but perfection in these slippery conditions & Kris just wasn't able to keep up with Nick putting a descent gap between them but just not enough to even the score up with a 6-4 handing the win to Kris.
2nd place for the day & a heap of fun at the track so fond to us.
Our next outing is Drift Challenge Australia at Raleigh Raceway near Coffs Harbour on June 28th & 29th. Check out http://driftchallengeaustralia.com/ for entrant & spectator details.