|Photograph courtesy of Will Belcher
Birmingham,UK – May 21st kicked off the season in a dramatic way with a star studded line up of drivers from all over Europe, with past and present champions .Round 1 was also the introduction of the official Live-Stream meaning thousands of fans from all over the globe where tuned in watching their favourite Drift Allstars drivers battle head to head LIVE! If you missed the event stream check www.drift-allstars .com/livestream for the re-run!
“The fifth season is kicking off with a bang at Birmingham speedway, with Skill ,Cars and teams taking a huge leap for 2012 ,it has come a long way in 5 years since the concept started” Says Drift Allstars founder Niall Gunn. “Every year we put on a massive show for the fans and this year will be will be bigger then ever!”
On the day there was a few Car issues as 2011 Champion James Deane’s newly built SR powered Mazda Rx-7 had to retire before practice due to mechanical issues. Unfortunately the LBD Achilles Tires V8 Nissan S13 also had some issues, but was there on Display for the fans! LBD Driver Dan Chapman said it should be all systems go at Round 2!
Juha Rintanen would make the biggest impact of the weekend taking top qualifying spot and recording the highest speed overall on the track. Unfortunately a mechanical issue in the semi finals meant a slight collision with Sinnot would penalise him and then end his day in the second battle meaning the Flying Finn would take 3rd Overall
NIGHT FIGHT Showcased some of the most exciting twin battle action that had Alan Sinnot in the Nexen Tire SR20 Powered Toyota Corolla AE86 beating his team mate on Nexen tires Australian driver Luke Fink in the Gasoline for humans 1JZ Powered S15 in the final. The battle was so close that at the end judges had to call Fink and Sinnot to battle again in a sudden death round! Irish Driver Sinnot would take his first win in the series.With thre different nations on the podium with Irish ,Australian and finnish drivers drivers the 2012 season has just warmed up!
Drift Allstars Professional Drift Championship Round 1 2012 Results
1st: Alan Sinnot (IRL) - Nexen Tire Toyota AE86
2nd: Luke Fink (AUS) - Gasoline For Humans Nissan Nexen Tire S15
3rd: Juha Rintanen (FIN) - LBD/ Achilles Tire Nissan S14a
The season continues on June 16th-17th, 2012 for Round 2: The Big Smoke at The O2 Arena London UK. Tickets are available on-line. For more information and details visit the Drift Allstars website at: www.driftallstars.com
Full Livestream of the event (6 hours ) - http://www.twitch.tv/driftallstarseurope/b/318725714
Full Event Coverage - http://www.drift-allstars.com/drift-allstars-round-1-results-night-fight-birmingham/