We’ve driven an incredible amount of events in the past 10 weeks or so, with only very few weekends left out giving us time to fix up the cars after each of the rounds. The season is, like life itself, a series of upward and downward spirals. Did quite well at the king of europe rounds, while having a lot of technical difficulties at others. The main culprit are that the transmissions on the S14 just do not hold the abuse, and have to be swapped out constantly.
I’m currently running on my 8th transmission for this season but luckily it’s just two more events until the current calendar with GT Radial comes to a halt for 2016.
The most impressive event for me so far was clearly the Drift Allstars competition at the Lausitzring in Germany. The level of power and grip the drift allstars drivers brought to the table is uncomparable to anything I have seen in competitive drifting so far, at least on the european continent. The entire team managed to qualify for the top32, which by itself is a feat considering all our competitors had more power and semi slick tires strapped on the rear.
Here’s a quick video of our team struggling to find grip against some of europes fastest drifters.
Really need to up the game by building a more powerful car and more grippy tires to compete further at this level…
Having incredible times with the GT-Radial Drift Team. These guys are truly something else! It feels like the year is flying past since it’s already exactly mid-year now.
We went for another round of Nürburgring Drift Cup in April, as well as the huge Hockenheim Drift Challenge event which draws thousands of spectators every year.
From a competition standpoint, things did not go well for these two events. The wear and tear on the car seems to have taken new heights with the entry speeds having increased so much compared to when I was last driving any kind of competition. The old S14 developed various technical gremlins at both these rounds including blown clutches, steering rack, steering offset spacers, transmissions and more. Fortunately, the team could still keep the car running trough all these events but it often cost precious practice time on the new track layouts.
However things whould become more interesting and more successful now that the car is running better and better. Just this past weekend, the King of Europe Rd. 2 took place on one of my favourite tracks – l`Anneau du Rhin, France. With the drift king Keiichi Tsuchya attending as head judge for this event, I felt lucky to be able to be there. The track layout was super fast and the king expected as much speed as possible carried trough the wide sweepers on the track.
Managed to qualify 15th, won the top32 battle against Markus Militzer but was then beaten in the top16 by very fast Remmo Niezen. The car was working much better than before, which was nice for a change. Winning against Markus and even being able to keep up with Remmo in the top16 chase run felt amazing as well, so all in all things should be looking up.
Here’s a fresh video mashup of the happenings so far:
NDC Round 1 is over, and it was an incredible experience. Driving with the support of GT-Radial Drift Team is just something else – the guys were super nice and helpful, the chemistry feels absolutely right. Even when the S14′s transmission exploded just before Qualifying and we swapped a new gearbox in minutes before having to go to the start line for Qualifying. So many thanks to the team, can’t wait for Round 2!!
The actual race was cancelled after Qualifications unfortunately – due to a massive thunderstorm. Thus, the qualification results seen in the video were used as the final scores.
Qualfying 9th with a 81point first qualifying run was OK, but more might’ve been possible in the battles. Hoping for the battles in NDC Round 2 in May 2016.
After a few years of achieving absolutely nothing, except for having a blast each track we went to – there’s some changes for 2016.
Also, be sure to check out Unicorn Factory – a new team from the area of Zurich ready to rip up some asphalt in 2016.
Finally, there will soon be some news of a BMW being prepped for some of the good ol’ drift madness.
So basically, everyone started doing their own shit for the moment. Excellent.
We’ll try to keep the ZHD page updated for sure (promise broken for the 14325th time) , as there are still a few mad events planned which will be just like old times.
PS: I hear theres two more guys preparing a 7MGTE supra powered BMW nearby… Might see more from them as well.
SOMEONE CALL KENNY LOGGINS CAUSE YOU’RE IN THE DANGER ZONE.
90′S VIDEO QUALITY IS PART OF THE EXPERIENCE.
Went drifting in Weeze, Holland. Decided to use the luxurious Lexus LS400, to ensure that comfort and convenience are present even during some close tandem action!
As promised, here’s the ZHD video from the happenings at Drift United Round 3 in Obermehler, Germany. Be ready for a much more mental video from the upcoming Anneau du Rhin drift event on the 26th of September coming your way soon! Until then, this is all you get.
No horses were murdered during the making of this video.
Sorry for the lack of updates, will try to update the page more often again.
We’ve had a blast at Drift United Round 3 in Obermehler, with one of our drivers actually taking the 1st place victory on the spot! Congratulations goes to C.M… His magical brother T.M. also got a respectable 5th place. Our own video from this event will be coming very soon. In the meantime, here’s some albums and aa video of the happenings at this event:
Next up, we will be drifting again on the 26th of September in Anneau du Rhin, France. Can’t wait for that, but the cars will need some work first. Finally, the Finals of the Drift United Championship 2013 will take place toward end of October. If all goes well, then the mysterious ZÜRIDRIFT driver C.M. might be able to take the overall championship win and travel to Las Vegas. Oh my!
And we’re back from Round 2 of the drift united championship in Obermehler, Germany. Two ZÜRIDRIFT drivers attacked the track hard and finished with a pretty good result of 4th place and 9th place out of 40 drivers.
Also we threw water balloons around and stuff.
Check the ZÜRIDRIFT facebook page for photos and more material from the event.
Everything is packed and ready to go to Drift United Round 2 in Obermehler. Great memories come up when thinking about last time when we attended this event.
Check this old video from 2012 to see what I’m on about. We had invaded the territory using only missile drift cars back then. This time however, ZÜRIDRIFT will be attacking with a total of 3 angry race cars and hopefully smoke the place up properly.
If you are looking for pics and videos from Drift United round 1 in Oschersleben, check the ZÜRIDRIFT Facebook site!