Round 1 of Top Drift 2014, Competition Day

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After a solid nap following the Practice Day, we dropped back into Willow Springs for competition.

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We passed the newly revised Tech.

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Listened to what the Judges wanted out of the drivers for qualifying. It’s always the same though. 1) Don’t Suck 2) Make it look cool & 3) These are you clipping points, GO. Somehow, there are always questions however.

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After a few practice runs it was time to qualify, in a car that I’ve driven now for about 15-20 runs. But I wasn’t the only one either, as almost everyone had made changes to their car since last year.

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Top Drift gives the drivers 2 runs to qualify. My first, not great. In fact quite horrible. I just put on new tires and hadn’t scrubbed them. Threw the car into the first turn, and it just kept sliding off track; it took out my side skirt and a handful of cones. Well, at least I had one more shot to make it into the top 16 out of 65 drivers so that all the money, late nights, and effort was worth it. No pressure.

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Was able to put down a decent run that I was happy with and was able to qualify in 4th!

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 I would be paired up with Donavan’s BMW E30 that had been putting down consistent runs all day.

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In my lead run I tapped the wall enough for a correction, giving me a zero for the run. Donovan’s lead run would have no major mistakes, giving him the win.

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And just like that my weekend was over. All around I’m happy with the event and car. Nothing broke, the new engine held up great, and with essentially a new car we where able to qualify pretty well.

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