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  • British Drift Championship - Round 1: Teesside

    A dramatic start to the new drift season sees Team Japspeed walk away with silverware - but drivers Paul Smith and Matt Denham don't have it all their own way.
  • Home Turf

    A newly resurfaced and renovated Three Sisters Circuit put the British Drift Championship grid to the test last weekend as the series descended on the small northern town of Wigan to take on the most technical layout on the 2018 series calendar.

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  • Sunday Service

    Easter bank holiday weekend saw the triumphant return of the British Drift Championship in spectacular fashion. Rising from long dark nights spent in workshops and garages across the UK and beyond tyre-smoking junkies of all ages descended upon Rockingham Motor Speedway for the inaugural event on the BDC calendar. Continue reading

  • Fix Up, Look Sharp(ie)

    The 2017 UK drift season kicks off in style this weekend with the British Drift Championship at Rockingham Motor Speedway! All across the UK drivers are putting the finishing touches to their cars and here at Japspeed HQ things are no different.

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  • BESIDE THE TEESSIDE

    A firm favourite for driver and fans; the British Drift Championship returned once again to the legendary Teesside Autodrome on 16-17th July. With a weekend of adrenaline fuelled, close proximity drifting ahead and the sun blazing down on the Middlesbrough circuit the air was filled with a buzz of excitement and anticipation for what lay ahead.

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  • VIDEO: SHANE LYNCH TALKS BDC1

    The team at British Drift Championship caught up with Team Japspeed driver and Boyzone member Shane Lynch to talk BDC Round 1 and the realisation of the supercharged V8 370z. You won't want to miss this one!
  • BIG CHANGES FOR 2016

    2016 is set to be a phenomenal year for Team Japspeed. With 12 months of build, preparation and testing of Shane Lynch’s supercharged 370z set to make an appearance at BDC Round 1 as well as Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith’s  JZ-powered GT86 arriving on the grid later in the year it is with great excitement that we can now announced further changes for the season ahead.

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    Team Japspeed are proud to announce that renowned drifter Matt Carter will be suiting up alongside Shane Lynch, Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith and Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan as part of Team Japspeed!

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    Throughout his 10 year career Matt has proven himself as one of the very best drivers in Europe. With an aggressive driving style and a tendency to position himself directly on the door of his opponent; Matt’s drifting style has seen some of the greatest, most exciting battles ever played out in UK drifting. His driving talent has seen him not only claim the 2011 British Drift Championship title but also helped to extend the reach of the sport.

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    His driving talent has seen him build great relationships with the media and broadcasting. Having been highlighted in a wide variety of media, Matt’s career has seen him perform for BBC Top Gear however perhaps the greatest of these accolades was teaching Johnny Smith how to drift for Channel 5’s Fifth Gear.

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    The 700+ BHP 1.5JZ R32 that Matt pilots has visited some faraway places too! Providing live drift demonstrations at some of Europe’s biggest events has seen Matt and the R32 viewed sideways by over half a million spectators in 2015. He’s been lucky enough to have drifted the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife as the opening feature of the Nürburgring N24H Race, taking on arguably the most challenging and most dangerous race track in the world!

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    Having tried out a set of Maxxis Tyres earlier this year, Matt was clearly impressed with the levels of grip they provide and can't wait to get out there in competition with them. We are sure you will agree Matt’s history in drifting makes him the perfect addition to Team Japspeed. Boasting 3 Championship wins between them and the only team to win back to back Team Constructors Championships we are looking forward to smoking some Maxxis Tyres and taking home the win in 2016!

    "I'm very excited to be joining Team Japspeed and can't wait to get out and hunt some doors this season”
    - Matt Carter

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    We’ll be revealing the new look of Matt’s 700+ BHP R32 between now and Round 1 of the British Drift Championship on April 8th-9th. Watch this space!

  • MENAI GOOD TIMES AT ANGLESEY

    Relatively new to the BDC calendar it is fair to say Shane Lynch, Shane O’Sullivan and Paul Smith all look forward to a trip to Anglesey Circuit in North Wales. What better way to round off the season with the venue playing host to the 2015 finale!

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    Departing our HQ in Manchester the day before we were soon accompanied by Shane O’Sullivan who had brought the Japspeed RB25 powered S15 over from Ireland especially for the weekend’s event on the Welsh coast ready for an exciting weekend of drifting.

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    Following the same format as per previous rounds the pro practice and pro-am battles would take place on the Saturday. With the weather on our side and fresh MA-Z1 tyres on all the cars, Shane, Paul and Shane were soon smoking out the Welsh circuit. Everything was looking good ahead of the main event the following day.

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    Heading into qualifying on the Sunday morning all three drivers continued on form putting in a series of fantastic runs qualifying 4th, 10th and 13th. Things were looking good going into the top 32.

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    Piloting the Japspeed Lexus IS200 Shane Lynch was drawn up against fellow Irishman TJ Berney in his top 32 battle. With the 370z undergoing extensive testing Shane has become quite familiar with our Lexus throughout the course of 2015 however after an amazing battle hard fought from both drivers it would turn out things were not quite on our side and TJ advanced on the top 16 battles.

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    Meanwhile Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith faced off against pro-am class winner Fraser Stark who had risen through the ranks to compete in the pro class from the previous day. With both drivers pushing hard, Smokey’s ever reliable 1.5JZ powered S15 cried enough and a broken driveshaft meant a 5 minute rule had to be called from the Japspeed camp. Unfortunately the damage was more than could be rectified in the given time and would ultimately bring an end to Paul’s charge for the podium.

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    Finally in the top 32 Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan was drawn against Ian Philips in the Tarmac Sports 350z. Having made the journey over from the Emerald Isle, Shane wasn’t going down without a fight. As the smoke cleared from an exhilarating battle Sully emerged the victor and advanced to the top 16.

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    In an unlikely turn of events Sully would come up against Fraser Stark who had risen from the pro-am class and defeated Japspeed teammate Smokey earlier in the day. Both drivers had been on form throughout the weekend which made for a tough call from the BDC judges. Unfortunately this tough call would be decided in Fraser’s favour; ending Sully’s bid for the podium.

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    We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Martin Richards, Simon Perry, and Brian Egan on taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively at the weekend. Likewise congratulations are due to Jack Shanahan on being crowned Champion for the 2015 season.

    The BDC may be over for another year but we now look ahead to the season finale of the Irish Drift Championship taking place this weekend at Mondello Park as part of the Japfest show.

    We’ll see you there!

     

  • RETURN TO LYDDEN - BDC RD4 2015

    For the second time in 2015 we were able to revisit perhaps one of the most popular circuits on the British Drift Championship calendar this year and on 22nd-23rd August we made the journey south from our HQ in Manchester to Lydden Hill for Round 4 of the 2015 series. A favourite with the vast majority of BDC drivers, Lydden Hill has seen some of the most spectacular and even craziest entries alongside the closest battles throughout the championship’s history.

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    It is fair to say the British weather really can make or break an event for a lot of drivers and arriving to a dry circuit meant plenty of grip and things looked great for qualifying. Shane Lynch, Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan and Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith couldn’t wait to get out there and smoke up those Maxxis Tyres!

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    It is easy to see why Lydden Hill is so popular amongst the BDC grid and it was no surprise to see every driver giving their all and pushing their cars to the limit in order to secure a place in the all-important top 32. On such a familiar circuit each of the Japspeed drivers put in a series of impressive qualifying runs which would settle them comfortably among the top 32, qualifying in 17th, 9th and 3rd place.

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    Heading into the top 32 battles and first up was Shane O’Sullivan against Wayne Keeber. With both drivers on top form the gathered spectators were treated to an impeccable set of runs from the 2014 Champion advancing him to the top 16.

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    Meanwhile and in an unfortunately ironic turn of fate Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith aka mr consistent due to his affinity to his 1.5JZ S15 and relaxed driving style became anything but as he took on Barrelsprint veteran Luke Woodham. Rainy spells earlier in the day had resulted in unsettled and somewhat unpredictable conditions…conditions which would cause a misjudgement from Paul and hand the top 16 place to mr Woodham.

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    Similarly Shane Lynch was drawn against Jay White. With his new 370z undergoing continued testing Shane took to the track in the Japspeed Lexus IS200 instead. As both are highly competent drivers and a great pairing to watch this would mean a tough battle to call however the judges would unfortunately put an end to Shane’s weekend with their decision awarding Jay a place in the top 16.

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    Continuing with an increasingly dryer track as the day went on Shane O’Sullivan faced Gary Mills in his top 16 battle. Making the most of the 600bhp Japspeed S15 Shane made things very difficult for Gary who dropped two wheels off track during Shane’s lead run. Driving home his advantage Shane applied the pressure to an already disadvantaged opponent to take the win and proceed to the top 8!

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    Coming into the top 8 battles you can rest assured there’ll be awesome performances from every driver and of course plenty of smoke as some of the UK’s top drivers go head to head in epic battles. This could certainly be said for Sully’s pairing with Matt Carter. At such a high level of competition both drivers clearly pushing themselves and their cars to give 110%. What took place was an awesome battle to watch with at least a few nerve clenching moments but perhaps non so much so as Shane’s self-correction during his chase run. Convinced of an impending collision Shane had little choice but to let off the pressure straightening as he did so. This would prove to be a move which would unfortunately hand his place in the finals to Matt Carter.

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    Like so many BDC drivers we always look forward to a round at Lydden Hill. This really is an incredible venue and never fails to provide some of the greatest battles in BDC. Everyone at Team Japspeed would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jack Shanahan, Matt Carter and Michael Marshall on taking podium at this event.

    Next time we return to BDC for the final round of the 2015 series at Anglesey Circuit. Tickets and information are available at www.thebritishdriftchampionship.co.uk.

    Bring on round 5!

  • TEARING IT UP AT TRAX 2015

    With the marbles from the Formula 1 cars still at the edge of the circuit, it was time for our drift cars to make some TRAX!

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    Regarded as one of the biggest car shows on the UK automotive calendar TRAX is a brilliant opportunity to put on a big show for the crowd tearing up the home of British Motorsport – Silverstone Circuit. This opportunity came via the British Drift Championship inviting us along with other BDC teams and drivers to put on several drift demos throughout the day.

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    With 4 x 40 minute drift demos throughout the day there was plenty of time to get out on the legendary circuit and demonstrate the sport of Drifting to over 15,000 people. With 5th gear entries at speeds of over 100mph this is by far one of the fastest tracks we have ever drifted in the UK. The elevated speed generates an even more exhilarating experience for the crowd. As this was a demo we were able to partake in drift trains of up to 8 cars creating a huge smoke show; which the crowd went crazy for.

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    With as much action off track as on, our pits were a thriving hub of activity throughout the day. With thousands of people showing interest in the assembled cars and teams, we had the opportunity to giveaway plenty of free merchandise. With the crowd amazed by what they had seen, they were eager to meet the drivers and find out more about the art of drifting. With driver meet and greets as well as signing sessions there was plenty of opportunity for the crowd to get up close to the cars and drivers with their questions.

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    A competition was held prior to the event by one of our major sponsors, Snap-on. The prize for this competition was a personalised tour of the Team Japspeed cars as well as tickets to the event and a VIP viewing of the on-track action.

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    Always a favourite event with Team Japspeed drivers we look forward to the chance to smoke up Silverstone again in 2016.

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