The 2012 Maxxis British Drift Championship stages its second round at the Norfolk Arena from 1-3 June 2012, and the Infinity Tyres-sponsored Acorn Motorsport Division says it has high expectations of building on its successes at round one. The team was very satisfied with the first round performance of its two competing drivers, which meant that they go into round two lying in third place in the overall standings. One of the team’s drivers, Ian Waddington is returning from his honeymoon in Hawaii to be at the wheel of his Nissan 200sc S13.
The 2012 Maxxis British Drift Championship will receive television coverage on the Motors TV digital channel. Highlights of Round One of the championship will be broadcast every day this week. The Championship’s organisers describe the coverage as “a huge step forward for all involved”, emphasising the value of increased coverage to a wider audience. The organisers also suggested that UK drifting is making steps towards becoming a mainstream motorsport.
Zircotec says its new technical partnership with Maxxis British Drift Championship holders Falken Tyres drift team will enable the coatings specialist to test and measure the performance of its coatings in the extremely harsh, high underbonnet temperature environment of the growing sport. Initial results completed after engine mapping have already demonstrated the turbo spools up 200rpm quicker than the previous uncoated housing, suggesting that both performance and reliability gains are possible.
Maxxis-sponsored Team Japspeed dominated the opening round of the Maxxis British Drift Championship on 21-22 April at the Teeside Autodrome, as the team scooped three of the top four spots in the Super Professional class, which the title sponsor refers to as the premier league of drifting. Maxxis-sponsored SATS Motorsport, also using the MAZ1 Drift tyre, leads the constructor’s title race after Steve Moore made it on to the second step of the podium in the Super Pro class. The Infinity Tyres sponsored Acorn Motorsport Division team also had a successful time at the Teeside Autodrome, finishing in third place in the team standings.
Maxxis has launched what it calls an “unprecedented” reward scheme for UK motorsport drivers, making bonus prize money available for any Maxxis-shod podium finish in the 2012 four-wheel race season. Including every format on four wheels except for karting, Maxxis believes the scheme underlines its commitment to the roots of motorsport with a season of cash injections.
Maxxis has announced that it will sponsor the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals baseball franchises in 2012. During the regular season, beginning in early April, Maxxis signage will be visible behind home plate for many Yankees, Dodgers and Nationals home games, increasing the brand’s visibility and extending its policy of major sports teams such as Liverpool Football Club in the UK, giving the brand important exposure to legions of baseball fans around the world.
Tyre brand Maxxis is heavily involved in British motocross, with a title sponsorship of the sport’s British Championship and team sponsorships in three separate series. It is, for instance, associated with Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki rider Bryan Mackenzie, who claimed his first British Motocross Championship podium at the final round of the series on 2 October, providing what Maxxis described as “a fitting climax” to the 2011 season.
Having qualified in third in the MX2 class, Mackenzie made the most of some good starts, settling quickly into a rhythm and posting a second and two third place finishes. This netted him second on the day, while his commitment and consistency throughout the eight rounds was rewarded with fourth place in the series standings.
Team Falken driver Matt Carter has won the 2011 British Drift Championship Super Pro class after a sixth place finish in Sunderland. The Falken team took second place in the Constructors Standings, missing out on first place by two points.
Japfest 2: The Evolution, the second event in the Adrian Flux Auto Series for high performance Japanese cars, was launched last year at Rockingham. In 2011, the event promises to be “bigger, faster, more interactive” and will this year take place at one of UK motorsport’s heartlands, Donington Park. Readers of tyrepress.com can access specially priced tickets to the event – advance tickets cost £13 with the code MAX04. The event takes place on Sunday, 10 July.
Following the recovery of Maxxis-sponsored Team Japspeed’s Subaru Impreza, stolen from Santa Pod on 11 June, tyre manufacturer and drift team alike are racing to ready the car for action in round three of the Maxxis British Drift Championship (BDC). The series makes a welcome return to the Teesside Autodrome in Middlesbrough over the weekend of 2-3 July, when Team Japspeed driver Steve Biagioni is aiming to be back behind the wheel of the 600bhp Impreza and challenging for a podium in the Super-Pro class.
Tyre manufacturer Maxxis recently added the ZR9 ultra high performance radial specifically designed for asphalt track racing to its high performance range. The tyre, which made its UK public debut at AutoSport International and has been available since the end of April in size 195/50 VR15, has a directional tread pattern design with low void ratio for impressive handling. The large shoulder blocks aid cornering and lateral stability, while the centre V-shaped grooves disperse water efficiently to ensure excellent wet traction. The tread, sidewall, bead design and racing compound are designed to meet handling and traction requirements for racing.
Making a guest appearance at round two of the Maxxis British Drift Championship, drift star Remmo Niezen from the Netherlands piloted his V8 BMW E30 to victory, while title sponsor Maxxis’s Super-Pro championship leader Mark Luney used his MA-Z1 Drift tyres to make it on to the podium.
Maxxis has announced that the British Drift Championship, for which it is a headline sponsor will be represented at Japfest 2, the second event in the Adrian Flux Auto Series for fans of high performance Japanese cars. Japfest was launched last year at Rockingham. For 2011, the event will be staged at Donington Park on Sunday, 10 July 2011. The circuit has previously hosted rounds of the BTCC, British F3, British Superbike Championship and the European Formula One Grand Prix.
Maxxis has described a record attendance at Japfest on Saturday, 14 May, as having “cemented the event’s reputation as Europe’s biggest Japanese car show.” The tyre manufacturer’s heavy involvement in the event as an Official Partner allows it to promote its range to enthusiastic buyers of performance, tuning and styling products and increase brand awareness within the Japanese car scene.
The Maxxis British Drift Championship recently got underway again following a six month break, and the title sponsor says the series continues to grow in popularity and is now bigger than ever. In order to give smaller teams and individual drivers the chance to maximise their resources the championship format has been tweaked and the 84 drivers competing this year have been split into three categories – Semi-Pro, Pro and Super-Pro – based on their driving skills and drift experience. Following the opening round of the 2011 series at Donington, Maxxis says it was delighted to see Mark Luney and SAT/Cosworth – one of its sponsored teams using the Maxxis MA-Z1 Drift tyre – take victory in the new Super-Pro class.