Federal Tyres Celebrates Success of UK Drift Team in 2009
Federal Tyres representatives are celebrating the achievements of the UK drifiting drivers it supported in 2009. “[Federal] has aligned with the right teams; secured the most talented drivers and developed the fastest tyres on the track with the best overall performance throughout the 2009 season to capitalize on the growing enthusiasm for drifting in the UK,” company representatives told Tyres & Accessories/tyrepress.com.
Federal-backed drivers include: Phil Morrison, Ben-Broke Smith (better known as Bon-bon), Dan Chapman and Richard Clarke – all of whom are experienced professionals. In 2009 they competed across the country’s three premier drifting series – European Drift Championship, Prodrift Super Series as well as JDM Allstars.
Phil Morrison in the Driftworks Federal Tyre S15 Silvia is known to be one of the quickest in the field. He showed his championship form against other top competitors by racing the second place on the podium in the fourth race at Brands Hatch. During the penultimate round at Santapod, Morrison took his second win of the season after winning the first round at Oulton Park. His victory also earned him the second overall series title of Need For Speed EDC competition.
Dan Champman, the winner of JDM Allstars Wembley 2009, sporting 547 horsepower in his newly rebuilt and individually painted S13 Silvia went to lead the run in a highly technical, hugely enjoyable and challenging street course; while superstar Bonbon at the wheel doing some mighty steering and diff breaking to seize his career championship with a third-place finish at the close of the Prodrift Super Series.
In post-race remarks, team owner and veteran racer Morrison and his teammates praised the performance of Federal 595 RS-R competition tyres, saying: “The Driftworks Silvia performed flawlessly at each purpose built track. It overshadowed everything else in the field, giving predictable and confidence inspiring handling even over the biggest of bumps, and keeping the wheels firmly where they should be – on the ground. Asked what he thought of the RS-R tyre, he gave his comment following an honorable mention: “We have received a lot of support from Federal. These tyres had been able to take the pressures we were putting on them. They are consistently fast, allowing me to control a car at high speeds during this high-skill, high-powered series, with varying track conditions.”