Australian Drift Grand Prix – Saturday photos

Posted: October 7, 2011 by stinkypoo31 in Uncategorized

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Wow, it’s already been two weeks since ADGP has been run and won. Round two is just one week away, with the final at Barabagelo soon after. For our international visitors to this site, Australian Drift Grand Prix or ADGP is Australia’s newest national drifting competition. There has been a lot of talk on Australian import forums about this event, it’s rules and the track layout. Promises were made for Japanese style flick entries, walls, Ebisu like track, no Boldger, door to door action that spectators could get close too.

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Hopefully you have seen the post earlier of the track layout. The Friday was the first time most of the drivers were able to see the track. We heard rumors that a select few were even able to test the layout.

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Saturday was a challenging day for most teams. Most drivers were hesitant of the narrow track and started drifting with slow shallow drifts.

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As the day progressed, the drifting improved and a contrast in skill could be clearly seen.

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It did appear that people who had driven the track previously, seemed to have an edge above the rest.

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Some of the competitors turned up already boro spec.

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A bad start to the day, this S15 had it’s bonnet fly up into the first “corner” or “default chicane” (organisors own words).

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There were a lot of crashes at this event, the above being the worst and it wasn’t the driver that was hurt badly. The R32 had come unstuck after the chicane and smashed along the inside wall, finally coming to rest after hitting another concrete barrier. The car was a write off, but worse was the camera person taking photos from behind the barrier. They had their toes crush off when the concrete moved from the force of the crash. Photographers were then moved away from parts of the wall.

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Shane Beresford traveled down from Sydney in his 326 Power styled S13.

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Christian Pickering’s Riverside Silvia after a fresh coat of paint.

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Tom Monkhouse was riding the wall like a boss.

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I think I overheard the judges saying that he was sacrificing a little speed for the long wall scrape.

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Another victim of the walls of the Thunderdome. Jim Turner from NSW also stacked it into a corner causing some mechanical damage.

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Proximity! The outside clipping point did help chase cars to tuck up inside of the lead car.

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Stephen Pembrey was in a borrowed R31 for this round. He is hoping his V6 Sprinter will be ready before the next round.

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Turns out Boldger was at the event.

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This Cressida was cool. It is powered by a 1JZ and looked so aggressive on the track. He unfortunately did not qualify and left early.

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Here is something you won’t normally ever see drifting, a Ford ZL Fairlane. It is a boosted 4L straight six. I think he was having mechanical issues and didn’t see him on the track very much.

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Another Aussie drift car, the Holden VZ SS Ute.

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The spectators area, and not just the ordinary ones. This area is the VIP view stand at $15 per person extra. It was still some distance from the track, with pit lane diving the two.

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The field of 70 odd competitors were cut down to a top 32. Most of the top 32 did deserve their spot but there were a couple that I wondered how they made it through. The track did seem a little too narrow from a specators point of view. The drift entry was not exciting to watch, everyone seemed to be waiting for people to crash into the wall.

Drivers were saying the track was fun but very dangerous for the cars.

Few more photos of the Saturday are here . Sunday photos will be uploaded soon.

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