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Round Five of the Maxxis British Drift Championship Rocks Silverstone Circuit to the Core

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After happily engaging the fans, it was soon back to the serious business of getting ready for qualification for the drivers.
After happily engaging the fans, it was soon back to the serious business of getting ready for qualification for the drivers.
For more than 60 years, Silverstone Circuit nestled betwixt the Northamptonshire villages of Silverstone and Whittlebury, has imprinted its mark as one of the foremost motorsport venues in the world. Internationally renowned as the host of world class events and perhaps best known as the home of the British Grand Prix, on September 2nd Silverstone hosted Trax, the United Kingdom's largest multi-make automotive show. The opening act for Trax, which bills itself as "The Ultimate Performance Car Event," was Round 5 of the K&N sponsored Maxxis British Drift Championship, and together they flat-out rocked Silverstone to its core.
Round 5 of the K&N sponsored Maxxis British Drift Championship was hosted by the world renowned Silverstone Circuit.
Round 5 of the K&N sponsored Maxxis British Drift Championship was hosted by the world renowned Silverstone Circuit.


Judgment Day is coming soon - that's when the final round of the British Drift Championship will crown their champions at the intense Knockhill Circuit in Scotland, so performing will at Silverstone was in the forefront of everyone's intentions. The celebrated F1 track gives unrivalled spectator view points as the drivers power around the circuit with the highest entry speeds on the event calendar. Much to the delight of all the fans, this event also saw the return of the Speedhunters Team that consists of Formula D stars Fredric Aasbo and Darren "D-Mac" McNamara.
Once the cars were lined up they were led around the circuit in a parade for the fans, right before they unleash their wrath on the track.
Once the cars were lined up they were led around the circuit in a parade for the fans, right before they unleash their wrath on the track.


Ratcheting up the action even further was that Round 5 was condensed from its usual two days, to one single day of heady, volatile competition. Compared to the usual race weekends which span two days and have 32 drivers in each class, this time due to the incredibly tight time constraints of the Trax schedule, the British Drift Championship competitors had just one day where the Super Pro Class drivers had to qualify and compete. It clearly showcased the cream of the British Drifting crop to an audience who may not have had the chance to otherwise experience drifting in real-time.
Audible gasps were aplenty as drivers careened around the extremely high speed Silverstone track.
Audible gasps were aplenty as drivers careened around the extremely high speed Silverstone track.


The morning practice sessions looked strong as drivers adjusted to the pace and found their preferential lines, then after the briefing it was onto the qualifying sessions in the afternoon. The fast paced and flowing lines around Silverstone seemed to ideally suit the Super Pros. Several of the drivers managed to score above 90 points in qualification. As in all previous rounds, the drama started early and continued to build all the way to the totally satisfying crescendo.

As in the earlier rounds the drivers once again found time in their busy day to line up by the Maxxis truck to take part in an autograph signing, and as always this was warmly appreciated, as the crowd turned out en-masse to greet the drivers and get memorabilia signed. Then towards the end of the day, the Championship round got underway. Right from the get-go, the action engaged the fans and held them there until the end. There were collective gasps as the drivers pulled close on each other, accelerating around the track at 90-degree angles, only inches apart, while tires were tortured and torn to the canvas.
Fredric Aasbo to retained his Silverstone crown, Paul Smith took second, and Darren McNamara rounded out the top three.
Fredric Aasbo to retained his Silverstone crown, Paul Smith took second, and Darren McNamara rounded out the top three.


The top 16 finalists did themselves and the British Drift Championship proud, by displaying huge helpings of bona fide driving talent, while showcasing the high standards of cars and competition within the championship. The twin battles were the highlight of an already highly enjoyable day for frenzied fans. The influx of the two Speedhunters drivers only further served to stir up the competition and significance of the event.

After some exhilarating battles the judges announced the winners. Fredric Aasbo managed to retain his Silverstone crown despite the best efforts of Paul Smith, who came in second place, and Simon Perry held off the advances of Darren McNamara to grab the third tier on the podium.

Round 6 - Judgment Day - the last and final event of the 2012 British Drift Championship ignites on the 29th and 30th of September. The Knockhill Circuit in Scotland is an exceedingly popular driver's track and it rewards those willing to risk complete commitment - chest pounding, nail-biting action is therefore a given.

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