Well my very first round of FormulaD is in the books! I always wanted to make FD ATL my first round. Theres just something about that track, be it the fans, the weather, the layout, just the overall vibe that comes from that place is amazing!
We arrived at the track early on Thursday morning to get our spot in the pits setup and to get ready for that days practice. It was funny pulling into the pit area seeing as the first person we saw was DMCC vet, now FD judge Ryan Lawntang. It was nice to be greeted by a fellow Canuk and he helped us find our spot in the pits. Practice started at noon, and I was keen to get out there! I was a bit nervous at first, as this was really my first time drifting the car this year, and FD isn’t exactly the place you want to be learning your car, but we really had no other options. My first runs were horrible…People watching that didn’t know who I was must have thought that I had never drifted before in my life! I was struggling with the entry, getting deep in the horseshoe, and linking the down hill..I didn’t run a clean lap all session. The 2nd Practice session went a lot better. I realized I needed to make some changes to something fast or we were going to be dead in the water. So the first thing was my entry. I was trying clutchkick entries, followed by the ebrake right away. It just was not working out for me, so for the first time in my drifting career, I initiated only on the ebrake…and shit, it worked! After i got that down, everything else started to fall into place!
Day 2 was qualifying day! But before we went out for that, there was an autograph session with all the drivers. I got there a couple minutes late, so most the seats were full, except for a spot next to round 1 winner, JTP! I sat down with a fresh stack of posters from HSD Suspension, featuring my car and a blonde bombshell , and started signing away! It was fun shoot the shit with JTP and most of the fans agreed that I had the best poster out of the bunch! After that was our 1 hour practice before qualifying. I tried to get as many laps in as i could and just nail down the line. I must say, Road ALT was the most difficult track I have ever been on, the high speed entry, hitting the clips, running the horseshoe properly, and then setting yourself up for the downhill run, where if you went to deep or to shallow, you’d be pretty much screwed and have to straighten out or use a ton of ebrake which would kill all your speed, so it wasn’t easy! My first quailing run was OK, the entry wasn’t great and I missed the outer zone in the horse shoe, I think the score was a fifty something, which was probably good enough to get us in the show, but not by much, so I knew I needed to do better. Next run out, I went flat out! I initiated early, and almost over rotated going into the first clip, but some how I pulled it off! The rest of the run was pretty standard, and got me a score of 70. That put us in 20th, which meant we got Aasbo in the top 32…
Day 3, Comp day! The temperature was up and the crowds were huge! Lots of people say the ATL fans are pretty much the rowdiest on the FD tour, and I’d say they lived up to that reputation! The great thing about that track is you can bring your own beer!!! Never before have I seen that at any venue! Awesome!! Top 32 practice went well, I would do one lap following, then one lap leading, for a total of about 8 laps. I would have liked to have done some more follow laps, but pretty much everyone sits in the follow lane, and nobody wants to lead, it was kinda silly really. Going into the top 32, I was finally feeling comfortable with the car and my driving, and looking forward to my first battle, but it wasn’t going to be easy. Getting Aasbo off the bat was a tough one, I knew I was going to have to give it everything I had! I was to follow first, and I wanted to be as close as I could to him on entry, but I went in a little to hard. My car was on steering lock before the first clip and I just could’t get it back, he rocketed away from me and I just drifted the rest of the course to finish the run. On my lead lap, I let it all hang out! I initiated early, did a big dirt drop, but came up a hair short and nicked the first clip. I ran the rest of the course pretty well, but it was just not enough for the judges to call a OMT, our weekend was done.
Overall for my first time out at FD, i’d say it was a success! We learned a lot about the other teams, met tons of new people, made some new fans and figured out what we need to do in the future to be successful! I can’t wait to do it all over again in Florida in a few weeks!!
The drift season is almost here, and some final touches are being put on the car to make it ready for Formula Drift this year. Cyrious Productions put together this video from the dyno session with Dan Pye from U2NDyno!
Pat and I (Dan) went out for a quick drive Sunday night:
Every year at the end of the season, Cyrious Productions puts together the best footage we have from the past season of my drifting, called Cyrious Drift! This vid is the fourth edition, and is by far the best one yet!! It shows us doing events all the way up in nothern Quebec in DMCC, down east in NewJersy at XDC, and far west in Cali for the pro am nationals!
I’m really looking forward to running my first year in FormulaD, as well as XDC and DMCC next year!! 2011 is going to be Crazy!
Big thanks to all my sponsors and supporters for 2010!
Well, its all over…I’ve been slaking a bit on my blog here, so i’ll do a quick review of what has gone down in the past few months.
Round 4 was held on a oval track in Montmagny. Overall its a decent track but not very technical.
I went into this round with a decent points lead over Waldin, but i still knew i would need to stand on the podium to stay on top!
I took out Double D in the top 16, Kevin G in the top 8, and then got put against my biggest rival, Mr.Waldin in the top 4. I was battling with my tires all weekend and decided to make a change when we went against Matt…wrong move, the grip just wasn’t the same and I over rotated in to the first clip…Matt got the win.
For 3rd place, it would be me versus Briggs. We put my car back to the old set up and the grip was back! I got the nod from the judges and finished third!
So on to round 5. It was held at my favorite track, St.Eustache! I felt pretty good going in with about a 20 point lead in the championship over Waldin.
I always do well there and the crowd is always amazing! This time though, things would be a bit different…They decided to run the track layout backwards. Now I’m always down for a challenge, but this track just doesn’t flow going in the wrong direction. They tried it 2 years ago and it sucked just as much then as it did now.
Race day I was feeling good. I think my car was looking the best it ever had with the nasty splitter I made called “The Meat Slicer”. It was like an inch off the ground and scraping off of everything!
The weather started off nice, but was not lookin so good once qualifying started, I got one dry lap in, and then the rain started…thats when everything started to fall apart. That track is also used as a drag strip, and where the drag cars launch from, is where we had to do a manji in between 2 walls, thats ok when its dry, but in the wet, that part of the track turned to ice! I wont get into details, but there was about an hour and a half of waiting, and I honestly thought the event might even get cancelled.
Luckily enough, everyone manned up and went on with the show.
I got a bye run in the top 16. The top 8, I got put against Bob Patinka. We had I great battle, but I was able to get a bit closer and got the win.
Up next in the top 4 was Dominic Desrosiers. Me and him have battled i dont know how many times over the years, and I have always been victorious, but not this time…I drove way to hard into the first corner, and pretty much threw my car over the bank and into the gravel pit, destroying my front bumper in the process. Then for third, it was me versus Landreville. I did the same stupid thing that i did the round before, and drove my car right over the bank! That was the end for me, but Mr. Waldin went on to win, giving him the points lead by 15.
Round 6, the final round would be at my home track, Mosport. Now i have never had good luck drifting at my home track, its actually the only track that I have not won at in the entire circuit! I really needed to pull off a win here if was going to secure the Championship.
I was getting a good feel for the track. It had a quick entry, but the rest of the course after that was slow as hell. Everything was decent, until about my 6th lap in practice, when a large plug fell out of my trans, dumping fluid all over the place. We went out and searched for the plug, but it was gone. Luckily enough, one of the show car guys with an S2000 was kind enough to let me borrow his for the day! By the time we got that all fixed up, I was only able to do one more practice lap before qualifying. I really wanted to qualify good at this event, but it just didn’t happen. I think I was 6th, which got me a bye run into the top 8. It was kinda weird, there was only 10 drivers that qualified, and only 16 that showed up to run. A bunch of drivers were missing due to the crash fest that was round 5 2 week prior…
In top 8, I went against Landreville again. I really needed to win this one, but once again, I overdrove into the first corner on my following lap and put my car in the dirt. My lead lap was decent, but not good enough to call a “one more time”. Thats where my DMCC championship hopes ended…Matt Waldin ended up blowing his engine in the top 4 and taking the Championship.
Good thing though is that Team Drift Posse took the DMCC team championship!!
It was a crazy year with many ups and downs. I just wanna thank the whole Drift Posse Team, my family, friends, fans, all the sponsors! We’ll get’em next year!
Last night we did a little dyno tune up with Dan Pye from U2Ndyno.com. I wanted to make sure my car was in top shape for XDC next week, and see if we could squeeze a bit more power outa the F20c turbo.
Dynoman Dan settin up the pods on the car
just about ready to do some pulls
Dan doin his thing! We added a bit more boost to the motor, it didn’t really make any extra power, but we did gain some much needed mid range torque!!
Can’t wait to hit Jersy!!
Well this past weekend was DMCC round 3 at ICAR circuit! And once again, I came out on top!!
This was a new track for DMCC, it was an ex airport turned into a racetrack, and who ever made it into a race track, spent some serious dough doin it! It had some pretty crazy concrete curbing, that if you hit with your car, would launch you in to the air or do some serious damage to the bottom of it! The complete track surface was concrete, and I gotta say, that is now my favorite surface to drift on! We barely went through any tires and the grip was surprisingly great! They also had some serious galvanized steel wall and tons of slashed brand new tires lining the course.
The track setup kinda reminded me of the FD Vegas setup 2 years ago. Fairly long straight into a long left hand corner, then slow the car down into a large horse shoe right hand-er. The entry speed I was hitting was around 120-130kph (75-80 mph) I would drag launch the car from the start, stay flat on the gas all the way into fourth gear and hard off center/clutch kick my car hard into the first corner!! I would try to get as much speed as possible so i could do as early an entry as possible!
Qualifying went very well, I ended up 2nd! That paired me up against Dbag in his new S15 in the first round. His car just didn’t seem to have the speed mine was making and i took the win.
Up next was Dave Briggs. My speeds in qualifying were about 10kph faster than his, so i figured I had a bit of an edge. Both laps were clean, but I was closer on my following lap, giving me the win.
Goin into the top 4, I had to go against fellow ae86 driver Greig Basdeo. He was looking quick all weekend and I knew this would be a fun round! My lead lap I nailed all the clips and gained a gap on Greig, following him, I stayed close and he was a bit off line so I was awarded the win to the finals!
In the finals it would be me versus Mark Landreville. We have done battle many times, but I always seem to get the edge on him, and this time was no different! I was first to lead and held nothing back! I looked back after the last corner and saw that Mark was about 2 car lengths behind…
My following lap was my best lap of the day! I stayed within a half a car length of him through the whole course and was awarded the win!!
I was pretty stoked!!lol
Also, in the background there, was DA’s Mike Edwards, he was a guest judge for the weekend and overall just a cool dude!
Of Course, without the team, none of this would be possible, so thank you all so very much!!
Also gotta thank all my sponsors Kumho Tires, Bully Clutch, Vibrant Performance, Visual Sugar and u2ndyno!
Up next for me will be round 4 of XDC in NewJersy. I’m bringin my A game and I can’t wait!!
See ya’ll there!!
Sup Wrecked!! Got the new Cyrious Productions jam all finished up and ready for consumption. Check it out!
Dmcc Rnd 2 took place in Montmagny Quebec Canada. This is my second time being here and the Track is awesome!
Practice went well i was experimenting with different kinds of tires and suspension settings it was working well!
qualifying came around and the morning practice proved to be deceiving! I came out in a 7th place qualification not my best but it got us into the show!
First round top 16 I faced Greig Basdeo a driver of the ae86 with the F20 power plant…. no slouch, we went into a one more time and I came out with the win.
I would like to thank all my sponsors, HSD suspension,JRP,Bully Clutch and Visual Sugar Media!
I will keep you posted on the next track day July 11th!