The ADGP/FD Asia double header was held on the 27th and 28th April at the Calder Park Thunderdome in Melbourne, arguably one of the most exciting tracks on the ADGP calendar.
An 8-10 hour road trip was what started the journey early on the Friday morning. The team needed to be at the track for accreditation on the Friday which meant either catching a flight or driving across the country from Adelaide to Melbourne, driving was an easier option as supplies could be brought with us and we didn’t need to hire a car.
The first impression seeing the pits was that of awe, seeing the international driver’s nameplates above their allocated pit and their cars rolling in as they arrived was surreal – this is going to be the biggest drift event in Australia and we are a part of it!
Practice set off and the S14 was looking good, pulling off some great entries close to the wall. It was great to finally have some practice with Beau Yates as Simon has not really driven with him since he had his old sprinters (about 7+ years ago!).
Just as things were looking good he lost all drive. After being pushed into the pits the team jacked the car up to work out what the issue was, thinking that the new gearbox was broken was not a good thought. It turns out the hydraulic fluid for the clutch was missing… we bled it back up with fresh fluid and it started pumping out of the bellhousing.. not a good sign!
This meant we had two choices for the weekend, pull the gearbox out before qualifying and hope the problem can be fixed before we do our two runs or qualify with no clutch.
The decision was made to do the qualifying with no clutch, as having the dog box the clutch wasn’t necessarily required – although we soon found out how interesting it is drifting without one!
After speaking with Yoshi from ADGP it was decided that Simon would do his qualifying runs first which would then allow a couple of hours to pull the box out and try to fix the problem before battles started.
Due to the clutch not engaging Simon needed a push start. Following one quick practice lap it was onto qualifying. The first official lap was good, coming really close to the outer wall and just clipping it, the crew erupted into applause.
Qualifying results were in. 28th place, quite unexpected, but that’s motorsport.
While unfortunate this meant the team could sit back, relax and watch some awesome drifting with no stress.
Thanks to our awesome sponsors: GJH Haulage, Garage 7, iON, GKTech, Origin Australia, LTM, Photography by Luke Hobbs, Kings of Kaos, Einsign, My Spare Parts.
The Aussie talent was amazing up against some of the world’s best. It was great to see (and hear) Mad Mikes ‘MadBull’ again, such an amazing car and very unfortunate that Mike got knocked out early on with significant damage to the car.
Daigo Saito proved why he is a force to be reckoned with. His chase runs were so aggressive and had the crowd speechless.
Seeing the RSR 86 in the flesh was great, seeing the plethora of spare parts the crew brought with them was astonishing. However with a brand new, barely tested car it was better to be safe than sorry. Fredric Aasbo really knows how too steer!
First ADGP brought Matt Powers to the ‘Straya Day Drift event, now international drivers for FD Asia round one… what do they have in store for us for the official start of the series?