The second round of the Swedish Drift Championship was a tough one. It took place in the parking lot outside the amusement park “Skara sommarland” with a track made up from concrete blocks and pretty much only outside zones there was a lot of bumpers that died this weekend, as you can see the concrete got marked.
This event was held by Arn Racing www.facebook.com/arnracing/
With such a small venue and old asphalt the drivers were up for a real challenge, and after Friday’s training and qualifying the old asphalt of the parking lot had taken its beating and there was a large hole in the third outer zone so the organizers had no other choice than moving the concrete blocks further in and covering the hole and making the already small track a bit smaller.
A quick briefing for the drivers telling them what is going on with the track before the action continued.
So with the challenge of a track that nobody had driven before, old asphalt and run of zones made of concrete the drivers did surprisingly good.
There is actually two identical Bmw E92 with HGK kits driving the series both driven by the brothers Linus and Victor Joensuu, but this weekend only Linus was attending with his Eurofighter. www.facebook.com/driftbrotherssweden/
We actually have a pretty big diversity of cars driving the series, im gonna try and introduce a few of the drivers and cars to my best ability.
Driving this Mercedes-Benz CLK is Mårten Stångberg https://www.facebook.com/TeamLovetap/ https://www.instagram.com/mstangberg/
I Contacted Mårten to see if he had anything to say about the race weekend.
-So Mårten how was your weekend in Skara, can you summaries it in a few words for me?
– Well our weekend started out with another exploded cv joint after 3 laps, this problem began 2 events ago and has been bugging us quite badly. But after yet another change of brand it seems to be holding up! This problem ment that we only had time for around 5 practice laps before going in to qualifying but I felt pretty confident in the Car and my ability. I think confidence is truly important on a technical track like this surrounded by concrete walls that will make you pay for every single mistake! So coming out in our first qualifying run we ended up with a score of 78 but that only put us in 16th place, so I knew I had to step my game up to make it in to the battles on Saturday.. So i went out hard in my 2nd run and put down a 84 which put me in 8th place! So coming in to Saturdays twin practice we had a really solid practice chase with my competitor for top16 and felt ready for top16 where i was going to lead in my first run.
We went out and put down a solid lead where i dragged my bumpers on 3 zones and we had the advantage! But when we headed out for our chase i came in to fast and ended up on the inside and when he did his transition from zone 2 to zone 3 i ended up straightening for a second which ment we lost the battle. Real bummer but i guess i have to learn how to take it back just a notch in situations like this! The event overall was a great one, super good flow through practice and battles and the vibe in the pits was fantastic! The track was really challenging especially as a chase driver with all the smoke, this made all the drivers push their limits and step up even more than before! Definitely one of the best events ive been to so far!
Driver of this V8 Powered S-chassi is Kim Fors https://www.facebook.com/forsmotorsport/
His driving style is precise and showy, always lays down a lot of smoke and this weekend he also got second place, so a big congrats to Kim for that. The color of the car is also very hard to miss, the speaker Dennis Steyvon describes it as “salmon skin” and i have to agree with him.
The winner of the event and driver of this red Nissan is Johan Andersson https://www.facebook.com/GenerationSideways/
Congrats to Johan and his team.
I got some bonus photos lined up below, but that is all from this event
Next for me is Gatebil Rudskogen which i am leaving for in a few hours after writing this.
Swedish photographer following the Swedish Drift Championship, Gatebil and other local grassroots events. Always down to do some skids on Assetto Corsa.
Best quote: “I once won a hot dog eating contest.”