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JDM Drift All Star Finals

There are action sports and then there are action sports! THEN THERE IS DRIFTING, which is in a whole league of its own! 

I know I am not alone when it comes to having a huge interest in super hot motorcars, burning rubber, the smell of gasoline! I’m not talking about your local petrol forecourt. I’m talking trackside at Wembley arena for the epic finale of the JDM European All Star Drift Series.

Before my invitation to this event, little did I know this sport was even legal? Although familiar with the hyped scenes of 2 Fast 2 Furious and the term ‘Ghost riding’, somehow these examples fall short of the sheer exhilaration and the super coolness experienced first hand. Not to mention that this is an official motor sporting event!

Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally over steers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns, while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed. In other words it’s blood pumping, adrenaline fueled fear coupled with carefully planned delivery and motoring execution.

This event was a season of racing brought to an epic climax featuring an all-star line up of championship drivers from across the UK, Europe and Japan.

The custom built course took two days to create, transforming Wembley’s green car park area into an outdoor urban racing track, defined by high-speed corners and concrete space, making this a challenging event for both the cars and drivers.

This event was a season of racing brought to an epic climax featuring an all-star line up of championship drivers from across the UK, Europe and Japan.

Attendees were spoilt for choice for entertainment. There was a fierce car display area featuring exhibits by event sponsors the London Motor Museum. As well as an exhibition area for car owners that boasted a range of vehicles with crazy modifications. Peaking this experience was the true rally atmosphere as mini rally pits saw team mechanics and technicians changing tyres and tending to super hot motors throughout the event.

Hot favourites for this year’s title were championship drivers James Deane and Nigel Colfer with one to watch Japan’s Dai Yoshihara. The competitors and cars alike were taken through their paces in a grueling top 32 and top 16 heats which were then chiseled down to the top 8 drivers.

The heavens opened during the interval period before the top 16 event started, however this only added more drama to the show spectacular and truly tested the expertise of the drivers on the wet tarmac. Dai Yoshihara finished in sixth place while hot favourites Colfer and Deane paired off in the top 8 heat. Deane left his Irish counterpart behind in a close race to enter the final four. As night descended on the course, floodlights lit up the arena providing a cinematic backdrop to this epic finale that featured a blazin' pair off between both Irishmen Michael Marshall and Deane. Deane led the race with a good follow run to be crowned winner of the European driving series!

For further information visit;

JDM All Stars Online

 

 

Words: Lesley B

Photography: Ernest Simons

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