Hey Guys and Girls,
If you came from the previous blog you will know Crew member ‘Bones’ and I have been fairly busy getting things ready. We are now into the main event and we are pumped!!!!
FRIDAY 4th August 2011,
Lee Boehm rolled in to Sydney last night who is also part of the crew and now we only had Marc and Luke to arrive today so all was going to be fine. As the event was based on Time attack our drifting was in the late afternoon/night time. We had all day to check over the car and go over the whole event, not that I can say I did as I was too busy running around on a forklift haha.
We had the car on display all day for the people to check out. I must say the new Hi Octane Performance Coating is unreal!! What do you think of the new engine bay????
We were then told that a couple of us drivers could do some demo runs during the afternoon. Without hesitation the crew put some second hand rubber on ready for some skidzzzz
I hadn’t been on eastern creek raceway since 2008 where WheelWorx helping me out for a Super Drift round. That was in my old sil80 (200rwkw) and I didn’t get many runs at all. Was a bummer but I’m here now and I couldn’t wait to mix it up with the new setup and power my car has.
The track layout is fairly simple. Flat out all the way up to 4th and then a right hand corner into two lefts which you should be able to link up into one big left hander. Here goes!!!
So the first corner is 4th gear flat out and in the first sessions I was just finding my feet.
Then coming out of the first corner into the second you have to pop it back to 3rd and lose a lot of pace. The sounds of going over ripple strips should make you aware your killing it 😉
Then linking the first left corner with the second requires a heavy right foot haha… Hug the inside for a little………
Then exit the 2nd left corner wide onto the ripple strip for the perfect run. Runs over haha!!
Madmike, Beau and myself thought we would try fitting in a quick tandem run. I slowed down for them to all catch up so we could all rip it up for the final run!!!
After the demos we had a fair amount of time to relax and do a few interviews. Alexi here from japan who also runs the website NORIYARO came and asked a few questions. After a couple takes we got it hahahaha
We now had time to check the car over again and get ready for the nights practice and qualifying runs. We also got slightly distracted by a few things :O
Back off and make the switch happen hard and fast!! Cog the PPG gearbox back to 3rd and once you hear the rear end hit the ripple strips Hold that right foot through the floor!!!
Hold it just about flat the whole way round till you exit the second right hander with the ripple strips shaking the heck out of the car you know you’ve done well!!! Wooooooooooop I was pumped with that first one! (Marc on Radio – “Squid you just bumped up to top spot on the qualifying list but don’t get too happy, you’re the 3 person to go hahaha”)
It was now time to go all out all just give it everything I had as I had nothing to lose. So I didn’t even go up for a practice lap, I went straight into the line up for a qualifying run again. But this time the line up was huge, I would have waited for around 10 to 15 Min’s for I got up to do the second run.
I had the same intention to just go completely all out this time and try beat the first one. Entry was even quicker and the transition was super quick. Smashing the ripple strips and then on the switch to the first left hander with full power well before the apex made it so much quicker through to the final corner.
Having the huge speed into the last corner allowed me to just keep it on the gas. With the Neovas on their last legs I started pushing wide but didn’t mind as the run off was only dirt. But I was wrong!!! haha after all the dirt drops the run off just before the last ripple strip was a big drop. I hit it hard and only dropped the 1 wheel off to finish the run. Marc went nuts on the radio and I was stoaked haha
While we had time Luke and I went over to see old mate Nigel Petrie. Everyone knows Nigel and his Awesome hilux build (CLICK HERE TOO SEE MORE – ITS INSANE!!) . Nigel has been a good mate of mine since back in the day and I actually have the first ever set of Knuckles Nigel made. As soon as I got them I made a name for Nigel “NP Wonder Knuckles” and its stuck since that day. If you are ever in need of motivation check out the kids site… it helps me 😉 Love ya work Nigel!!
Good mate and also Team mate for the weekend MADMIKE WHIDDETT yo!!!!!! We suited up and posed for a while hahaha
Mikes an awesome bloke but when his car is just idling next to mine it drives me mad hahaha… I cant even hear mine and always think its not running!!! Love that damn 4 rota!!!
Just love the exit of Eastern creeks layout. Full tap’d throttle and bake what ever gear you want 😛 haha
The demos were over and ADVAN put on a signing session for the Team ADVAN which was Mike and Myself. I was thinking it was going to be full on but not this full on!!! O_o
Mike has done this many times before and had his scribble down pat and damn quick haha… I was lacking behind!!
I was having a ball haha. As full on as it was it was so surreal to experience a full on signing session. Mike was saying what its like in the US and I thought this was crazy :S
The people started to slow down and lucky as we almost ran out of posters haha. Now that would suck!!!
Photographer “Squid, Pictures with Promo girls”
Jake “yes please”
Photographer “No I mean they are waiting”
Jake “Sweeeeeet haha, yo cromey jump in!!!”
The people who make it possible for me to Drift!!! From left to right…. Luke Bing, Jason BONES Baker, Lee Boehm, Marc Guyatt and Squid!
The coolest TEAM ever!!! Like this photo alot and seriously have so much time for all the dudes in this pic!!
As I was suiting up Mozza the maniac came over for a qucik chat with MeZ the camera master. Miss these guys alot and was good to have a yarn!!
Right time to put on game face. It now the night time and everyone was ready to get crack’n. New batteries on the radios and all haha
I went in as quick as I normally was, well at least I thought I did but before I could make the switch into the left hand corner I over cooked it and spun out. I had a huge gap on Broadbent as by the time I spun out I could see him coming towards me at a quick rate and not slowing down haha… We came CM’s to each other and just missed a prang. So it was 10-0 his way.
Mine turn to follow and knowing I had nothing to lose I went flat out. After taking off the line and realising this was the first person I got to follow in the whole weekend I had no idea where I should be behind him. So I went with my normal line and his was heaps different. He ran wide and I ran down the middle. It was a messy chase lap and sure wasn’t even close to making up for it so I was now Officially out of the comp.
I felt bad for the sponsors and crew as we put so much into this event and to come out on the first battle really was a bummer. But congrats to Luke and we will be back next year bigger and better!!!
Huge thanks to all my supporters and sponsors.
My awesome Family and Friends… expecially Bones, Luke, Marc, Lee and Dad for coming to Sydney.
You guys make it all happen and without you I would be here behind my computer dreaming like I was last year hahaha.
Whats next for me???? The sky is the limit 😉 Bring on the future!!!