Infinity-backed Acorn Motorsport’s BDC season ends on high
Infinity Tyres has supplied its INF-05 tyre to the Acorn Motorsport Division team it sponsors in the Maxxis British Drift Championship this year. Its drivers, Ian Waddington and Mark Lappage achieved third and second positions in the Semi Professional and Professional classes respectively, both of which comprised 40 competitors in 2012, while AMD finished fourth in the Constructors Championship. Infinity is pleased with this “creditable” performance, especially considering it was achieved with two cars rather than the three most competitors enter. The concluding fifth and final rounds of the BDC at Knockhill Race Circuit saw Lappage climb into second place overall in the Pro Class, while Waddington held off challengers to claim the third podium position in the Semi-Pro final standings.
Commenting on the Knockhill round, driver Mark Lappage said: “A truly testing weekend with very difficult weather conditions. The entire team rose to the occasion and the long hours of preparation leading up to the event truly paid dividends. The INF-050 tyres performed well on a greasy track and helped us eek out the maximum performance from the cars.”
Scott Brandon, AMD Team Principle continued “The whole team, drivers included, did a truly fantastic job in very pressing conditions. This season has been a huge rollercoaster, but to finish on such a high has made the countless hours of hard work well worth it. As always we are thankful for the support of our partners. Without Infinity, we would not be where we are today.”
The team’s arrival at Knockhill was greeted by wet and windy weather. The infamous “hill” would be a challenge in these conditions for even the most skilled drivers, especially considering a full grid doing their utmost to end the season on a high.
Infinity comments that qualifying conditions were not to be underestimated and many drivers were finding grip at a premium. The slippery track was claiming many victims from all classes but both AMD team drivers, Lappage and Waddington, earned top 10 finishes, thus qualifying for the Sunday eliminations and adding yet more points to the season tally.
The wet and windy weather again greeted the team on Sunday morning. After two steady drives, supported by the Infinity INF-05s, Waddington progressed to the semi-finals for the second time this season. Here he met Marcin Muchia from Poland in his Toyota Supra, but span out in the difficult conditions. Waddington ended his series by beating Lee Barry in his Nissan S14 for third spot and a podium finish.
Meanwhile Lappage won through to the “Great8” in the Pro Class, but lost out to Ciaran Sinnot from Ireland in his superb Nissan S15. Infinity labelled the two top eight finishes “a huge success” for AMD/Infinity, building on the momentum from previous rounds.