Life’s a funny thing. Times you’re flat out, times you’re not. These past few weeks have been an odd balance between the two. Ferrying stuff between 3 houses, running round like a t*t for employment and watching the clock tick by waiting on a contract for a new job. Luckily there was something to look forward to at the end of it all: The British Drift Championship Finale at Anglesey.
It was the first time that I decided to bring a friend along with me – introduce him to Drifting and the British Drift Championship and also spend some time when we’re not having to be constantly on form & fully functional adults. More importantly, it gave us both the chance to shoot stuff with another person.
Nearly everyone there, besides the pro ‘togs had some sort of camera: Phone, GoPro, iPad, Dogcam, Point & Click all the way up to professional rigs. Only thing that was missing was a tin type or a pin hole to round everything off. Everyone wants to conserve memories, but are they just doing it as symbol to say that they were there. Rather than experiencing the British Drift Championship Finale as it was meant to be? With shredded rubber all over your face and in your ears.
1/30th of a second at 400mm without a monopod. Challenge accepted. Pro Am Top 32 – Not long after this shot James Matthews and his e36 Touring lost out to Fraser Stark and his e30 Touring. Long live the wagons!
As with most events, there was a little waiting around. Although chewing on antenna always helps to pass the time.
Just watching the drivers, watching the drivers was enough to amuse anyone for at least a few minutes.
The beautiful thing about Trac Mon is that you turn around and you’re greeted with a view of the Irish Sea and Snowdonia National Park. I don’t thing the British Drift Championship has a better view outside of Scotland and the round at Knockhill.
The Pros came out for a quick practice, made some clouds and went back into the pits just as quickly. This one’s at 1/15th of a second at 70mm (or if you’re being pedantic, 112mm on the 7d mkii).
Fraser Stark was on it all weekend, cheers for every battle and a very well deserved win for the last round of the season to take the 2015 Pro Am British Drift Championship title.
The light for the podium was quite spectacular, nice and low. Made the fizzy stuff look incredible. Was tucked in with the crowd as all of the other ‘togs took the high ground sitting on the pit wall.
Your 2015 Pro Am champ. Swigging some plonk.
Not the ideal situation you want to be in. Found out before we left that I’d driven over a screw; it’d gone in at an angle so that tyre is now completely dead – and I’d have to go at Grandma speed all the way back to Manchester. I’d never been over taken by so many cars, trucks or vintage Bentley’s in my life (there was also a car show on apparently, somewhere else in Wales that weekend).
The Pros, as ever made everything look easy. Even 102mph corner entries. Sideways.
A long way between the first and second corners – Made for lots of fun, lots of bumpers flying off, hard working marshall’s re-aligning tyres and a lot of excursions into the grass with the tricky entry into the hairpin for the penultimate clip.
Lots of bumpers being ripped apart means lots of repairs. And lots of zip ties. Kind of like a beautiful sideways Frankenstein.
Walking around the pits means you get a glimpse of the human side of the drivers, socialising and hooning on drift trikes, but also reflecting and getting themselves ready for their next run.
And lets not forget the cars. Dan Firmager’s awesome Volvo packing a 1UZ. It’s getting a turbo next year. Brap.
Jack Shanahan was having problems with his clutch, throughout practice and qualifying. He got into the top 32, although shortly after his BMW powered S14 was on stilts quicker than you could say Llanfairpwllgwyngyll.
Love shooting cars in garages. Reflections, shadows, light. What’s not to love?
The Top 32 battles were close, some intense and always entertaining.
Fraser Stark kept his form well into Sunday. One of the best battles of the weekend, the current Pro Am champ giving Paul Smith and Team Japspeed a run for their money. Loved it.
Jack made it into the top 32. But with Michael Marshall not qualifying due to some issues, it gave Jack the Championship. He didn’t need to do anything – but as is the way, he kept his foot in and ended up 4th. With Martin Richards taking 1st, Simon Perry (and his awesome R35) 2nd and Brian Egan 3rd. I had to leave before the Top 4 battles got underway so I left with this shot – current British Drift Championship Champion 2015, Jack Shanahan. Who is only 16.