Maxxis delighted with ‘best ever’ British Drift Championship
Maxxis, the official partner of the British Drift Championship, has reported that the organisers of this series have acclaimed the 2011 season as “the best in the championship’s history” thanks to overwhelming support for all three classes. According to the company, such was the level of skill demonstrated over the past six months that there was everything to play for at the final round, held at the Nissan factory in Sunderland, and some very close battles provided a fitting end to the campaign.
In the Super-Pro class Mark Luney in the Maxxis-sponsored SATS Cosworth was lying in second overall going into the final round. Although he took the victory and maximum points on the day, it was not quite enough to clinch the title, which went to a hard charging Matt Carter. The battle for third was certainly one to watch, with 14 points separating six drivers in the run up to the season finale, and although Team Japspeed’s Steve Biagioni overcame strong opposition to finish second in Sunderland, it was Wayne Keeber who went on to take third in the series standings.
Like Luney, Team Japspeed drivers Biagioni, Shane Lynch and Paul Smith used the Maxxis MA-Z1 drift tyre to good effect throughout the season and were rewarded with the constructor’s championship. In the Semi-Pro class Matt Campling took the class win ahead of Marc Huxley with Belinda Challis in third, while Pro class driver Michael Marshall clinched the Professional championship. Ian Phillips finished second, which meant that Grant Lacker, who was just nine points off the lead going into the last event, had to settle for the final podium place.
“We have enjoyed another thrilling British Drift Championship and as title sponsor Maxxis is pleased to have played a key role in ensuring that the sport has been seen around the UK by huge crowds of enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans,” says Maxxis International UK’s managing director Derek McMartin.
“Taking the Maxxis British Drift Championship to East Anglia, the North East and Scotland, as well as Silverstone, where drifting was a highlight of the TRAX performance car show, meant that many thousands of people could find out more about drifting and since the tremendous support from teams and drivers was matched by that of the spectators, we can look back over the past six months with a great degree of satisfaction.
“The teams will soon be looking ahead to the next phase of development work on their cars and some are already shaping their plans, so we’re looking forward to even more exciting drift action in 2012.”