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Following last weekends successful Mallala Matsuri we decided to head out to Stadium Drift SA Round 3 at Tailem Bend Motorsport Park. This 'track' is the old Mitsubishi Test Track located about an hour east of Adelaide. While the track doesn't provide the normal high speed action like your traditional race track tends to, what it does offer is close technical driving that allows even the most under powered car to get up close on opponents.
The R31 performed well last weekend, proving to be very reliable with its 170 rwkw. Stadium Drift in SA is focussed on great judging, awesome battles and a very loose Expression Session at the end of the day. Stewy Bryant of Inertia MS fame is one of the judges - he gives a very informative Drivers Briefing before each event, focussing on technique more than anything.
This track doesn't have pits, just an open area where everyone is together. It really gives a close-nit feel to the drift community in SA.
Kelly Wong was out there again, her Cefiro a little worse for wear body wise. The Stadium Drift events are very different to your normal drift event. The track layout can be modified a number of ways, this gives the driver more experience on a different layout each event.
Each driver is paired up for heats, there are normally 4 different heats and the person who averages the highest score then qualifies first.
First place qualifier was Tom Monkhouse, in another borrowed car! Fresh from his 2nd place at Formula Drift Asia just last weekend, it was great to see Tom competing this weekend.
Daniel Prior brings his KE70 to Stadium Drift events, but normally drives his S13 at other events, always fun to mix things up!
Decs from Garage 7 in Mount Barker drifts his missile mostly, however he has a beautiful R31 being built.
If you don't hit the clips, you don't get the points.
Dean Newcomb HAD this beautiful Soarer, unforunately an incident a little later on the day meant that the car was written off. Hopefully he gets another one, as it was a really tidy car.
What is great about Tailem Bend is that it is very spectator friendly. This helps a lot for someone like me who attempted to shoot their 2nd event ever!
If you're behind the tyre stacks then you're ok. This is one occasion where tyre stacks are welcomed. While on this side of the track, if you turn around you're faced with the finest Mallee bushland (and huge mosquitos).
On to the drift action...
Cameron Moyle is another that HAD a nice car before yesterday...hopefully we see him out in action again soon with a crazy Wisefab S13.
Here is the reason the guys had cars before yesterday. Unfortunately the lead car had to slow down due to something on the track. The Soarer was already committed to the entry which is why the below happened...
This is the first time I have seen an impact like this in rift, I've been around the scene for about 8 years, but this was huge. Both cars were written off but both drivers are ok thankfully.
Decs and Simon have had many years of practice together but it is always fun to watch these two get close on the track.
That is until Decs drives off with the front of Simon's 31 embedded in the rear of his 32!
Unfortunately a clutch issue ended Darren Gunn's day early. Beverley Collision Repairs kindly painted the S14 for us... Soon you will all get to see just how good it is!
It took me half the day to notice this sign, most drivers didn't even see it as they were... pushing hard.
Anthony Cece's newest Cefiro looks the goods. He was driving well all day.
This RX7 is one of the only old school 7's I've seen drifting, it also runs SMDrift knuckles.
The problem with the clipping points is that they are not permanent... at least 'hitting the clipping point' is taken literally.
Aaron 'Flipper' Meyer was driving well during the day, he took home 4th place in Group 2.
Kelly's car just looks so good sideways.
Elliot Wylie's Laurel is one of the cleanest drift cars in Australia, always immaculately presented.
Adam Wood was driving well all day.
Daniel Prior in the black KE70 and Michael Symon's in the white KE70 - love those skinny tyres!
Tom and Elliot were driving really well all day. Elliot got knocked out of the top 8 following a re-run with Simon.
Who knew KE70's could smoke so much!?
Simon took home 4th place on the day. Quite good results in the 31! Simon is now first in the Stadium Drift SA championship, with the final round in November hopefully we can take the win.
Michael Symon's took home a well deserved 3rd place. Following a re-run in the top 4 and then another re-run for 3rd and 4th - definitely one to watch out for!
Cece took home 2nd place for the day with some great battles.
First place went to Tom Monkhouse with some very aggressive driving all day.
Congratulations to the top four, L to R: Michael Symons 3rd, Michael Cece 2nd, Tom Monkhouse 1st & Simon Michelmore 4th
Congrats to the Group 2 guys who put on an awesome show.
Following the trophy presenation is Expression Session... and that means DRIFT TRAINS!
It was Cait's birthday... so what better birthday present than passenger rides?!
Grasping on for dear life.
I think this photo sums up these events quite well. Fun, loose, grass roots drifting. Hopefully I can shoot the final round in November and get some better photos!