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Masterclass Recap by Sophie Middleton

by Sophie Middleton 24th June 2019

Masterclass  – Round 3 recap

It’s been a week since we experienced some Middlesborough Madness at Teesside Autodrome, and we are still recovering from our drift hangovers by reminiscing about the good times.

As always with our insanely talented drivers there was even more incredible driving over the weekend which kicked off with our Pro-Am competition on Saturday.

Karl Farrar aka Dango lapped up the top spot on the MTEC Brakes Pro-Am podium. Farrar peddled his 500bhp Mazda RX8 hard against the likes of Andy Frost and Lwi Edwards to earn those high scores. Those of you who have followed the British Drift Championship since the early days will know that this trophy has been long-awaited and well deserved.

Farrar was closely followed by Ian Rutherford, who put the catchphrase “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” to shame by pulling something special out of the bag to claim second place. The local driver pushed his Nissan Silvia S13 to the limits to make up for missing round two. And the tactic clearly paid off in his epic battles including a close run with Rob Johnston who later won the XITE Energy “Most Exciting Driver”. Scooping up the third place trophy by a narrow margin was Maciek Blazejewski in his Silvia S14A, who impressed the judges with his close proximity chases and powerhouse lead runs.

Despite torrential rain and what can only be described as a lake on track, our Pro BDC competitors embraced the weather conditions and put on a show for the crowd once again. The first place Slide Motorsport trophy was awarded to Scotsman Ricky Lawrence after he challenged current points leader Aurimas Vaškelis. After an incredible start to his first year in the Pro class Lawrence now sits at 2nd place in the championship, ironically just behind the Lithuanian Lunatic Vaskelis who lost a heated battle against Lawrence to earn OBP Motorsport second place in Round Three.

Slide Motorsport driver Adam Simmons was ecstatic to pick up a third place HEL Performance trophy, after not seeing the podium for almost three years. It was an incredible achievement for Simmons in the BMW DKMZ4 to perfect the racing line and come out on top. Another Slide Motorsport surprise for the crowd was a baby gender reveal for John and Becca Neville, as clouds of pink tyre smoke covered the track – an emotional show for all involved which has never been seen before at the BDC.

And last but not least, the Tarmac Sportz Constructors Championship was taken home by the “Lunatic School” who have seriously shown their skills so far this season. Team drivers Aurimas Vaskelis, Paulius Juodisius and Nerijus Voliukevicius not only won this round but also have a great lead in the overall point championship. They also put on a great show for the crowd with their team drift.

As always there are so many components which create that electric BDC atmosphere at an event, and far more talent than we can ever give credit for amongst our championship drivers. However above all, the BDC team would like to thank the committed fans, families and our sponsors for making this incredible feat of motorsport possible.

See you at Round Four. 

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