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  • Drift Masters European Championship - Round 1: Austria

    Paul Smith makes his debut in the DMEC and comes away with his head held high, following a strong qualification effort and exciting fight in Austria's Top 32 showdown
  • 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.
  • Japspeed get the Corbeau Treatment!

    There's no other way of putting it really - a good pair of bucket seats are an essential requirement any drift car. With the first round of the 2013 Maxxis British Drift Championship just a few weeks away at the time we decided the interiors in our three S15s and Scooby needed a long overdue freshen up and, after a call to UK based seat specialists Corbeau, our new seats were on the way.

    Corbeau seats are renowned for being excellent value while not compromising on safety - the most important factor in any race car.

    With four cars to kit out we opted for eight of Cobreau's carbon kevlar Pro-Series perches. With the option of custom finishes and embroidery available, we decided to try something extra special.

    While the S15s piloted by Shane Lynch and Shane O'Sullivan received Monster Energy themed seats...

    ...the Scooby and Paul Smith's S15 were treated to Maxxis themed items.

    The carbon kevlar is not only extremely strong, it's also very pretty to look at too!

    We'd like to thank Corbeau for providing us with such an awesome set of seats to kit out our cars with - they've made the world of difference compared to the relatively plain perches that we had before!

    If you want to kit out your car with a pair of Corbeau seats be sure to take a look at their website:

  • Team Japspeed at Autosport International!

    After the downtime of the Christmas period there's only one way to get us firing on all cylinders again: our annual trip to Autosport International! Every January our visit to the Birmingham NEC proves to be the perfect way to kick off the new year and get us motivated for the long season ahead. This year's show was certainly no different!

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  • Success For Smith At Silverstone- Round 5

    Team Japspeed Battle It Out At Trax!

    The build up for Round 5 of the Maxxis British Drift Championship at Silverstone for Trax was tense for driver Shane 'O Sullivan. The Skyline engine in his S15 was causing problems and true to last-minute-motorsport form, the guys worked around the clock! The sickly engine was hauled out in night before the event and mapped in the early hours before the event started! It was hardcore dedication and while they may have been tired, they pulled it off!

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  • VIDEO- Round 5 At Silverstone For Trax

    Team Japspeed Silverstone VIDEO

    We had all been looking forward to the Round 5 of the Maxxis British Championship. Sharing the day with the incredibly popular Trax show, it sees the BDC Super Pro drivers doing their thing in front of 16,000 people at Silverstone! The lure of being able to drift around the famous fast paced F1 track is irresistible!

    All of the Team Japspeed drivers qualified, putting us in a strong position for the days championship round. We had further competition in the contest with Speedhunters entering a team consisting of Formula D stars Fredric Aasbo and Darren "D-Mac" McNamara! We have captured the spirit of the day, interviews with Shane Lynch and Steve Biagioni and a taste of the sideways action in another one of our incredible videos, shot by Josh Holdsworth. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

    The battles were exhilarating, the days plaudits should go to Team Japspeed's Paul Smith after his impressive and tricky run to the podium. Paul had it tough from the start as he faced Japspeed team-mate Baggsy, then going on to tackle Mark Luney in the huge power SATS Supra. If that wasn't a big enough challenge, he then had to battle with D-Mac to go on and face Fredric Aasbo in the final! A truly amazing run for victory! A run that deserves respect. It stirred up huge reactions from the packed Silverstone grandstands and earned him a valiant 2nd place! This also leaves Paul in an incredibly strong position as we approach the final round of the Maxxis British Drift Championship.

    Be sure to cheer us on at Knockhill for the season finale!

  • VIDEO- Round 4 Of The Maxxis British Drift Championship

    Team Japspeed Light Up Lydden Hill- A must see VIDEO!

    The 11th of 12th August saw the Maxxis British Drift Championship lay siege to Lydden Hill is a full weekend of wing to door drifting! Team Japspeed pulled a storming performance out of the bag; with all four drivers qualifying for the all-important Championship Round on the Sunday.

    Following on in the series of thrilling Team Japspeed videos from Josh Holdsworth, we have the latest instalment which captures the action and atmosphere from Round 4 at Lydden Hill. We hope you enjoy it as much as we and the spectators did. The video really gives a taste of the high speed, sideways, smoke filled drama that is the Maxxis British Drift Championship!

    The weekend was a tremendous result for the team after a testing first day, with issues on the cars that the Team Japspeed mechanics worked tirelessly on to prepare for the qualification and battles. The effort from all within the team proved to be fruitful. Team Japspeed claimed the glory with a win in the Team/Constructors event, along with drivers Paul "Smokey" Smith in a well deserved first place and Shane Lynch coming in at a close second place.

    This event was a thriller in the sunshine and leaves the Team in a strong position to carry on this success as we approach Round 5 of the Maxxis British Drift Championship at Silverstone for the popular Trax event.

    Until then, enjoy the video!

  • Team Japspeed Grab The Glory At Lydden Hill-Round 4 Report

    Effort Pays Off With More Silverware at Lydden Hill!

    In the run up to Round 4 of the Maxxis British Drift Championship the Team had lots of work to do. Paul Smith was involved in an incident in practice at Round 3 and needed a serious overhaul on the car to get it prepared in time. The mechanics worked tirelessly and it duly made an appearance, which made all the late nights worthwhile.

    Once we'd set up in the pits it was soon time to send the team out onto the track for the practice sessions. This brought some issues for the mechanics to deal with. Firstly Shane Lynch's V8 S15 needed some arch work modification as it was catching on the bumps and gradients of Lydden Hill after a recent alignment change before the event. Shane O' Sullivan destroyed a differential on the first corner and it was quickly swapped for a spare one. Baggsy was suffering with an issue on the front end as it was knocking which required the mechanics attention and Paul Smith found he has lost some water due to it having a pin-hole leak from his accident at Teesside. So, it was a tough time for the team but they dug deep and made it happen. When practice started, a full field of four cars was out in force!

    Practice sessions were a tight affair, with only a handful of points separating large numbers of drivers. It was a tough one. The Subaru was suffering from a misfire and Baggsy decided it would be prudent to use Shane O' Sullivan's S15, it served him well! All of the team qualified! With positions 4th, 10th, 11th and 14th achieved; things were set for the following days battles.

    Shane 'o Sullivan was the first shock as he lost out to Barry Leonard in the first round. This at least allowed Baggsy the free reign of the S15 as he battled against a familiar competitor to him, rival Steve Moore. Baggsy made sure he did enough to progress onwards and next up was Shane Lynch.

    Lydden Hill is almost home turf for Shane and it showed as he looked on form again against Ashley Stevens and he pulled clear to take the win.

    Paul Smith was facing the powerful SATS Supra, Smith engulfed the hill with Maxxis tyre smoke as he battled to victory.

    Onto the Great 8, we still had three drivers in contention for the podium. Lynch had to face an imposing new rival in the form of Patrick Ritzmann. Unphased by the BDC newcomer, Shane stuck onto the door with close proximity that gave the judges what they wanted to see.

    Next up was a Team Japspeed battle as Paul Smith and Baggsy faced up. It was a close affair until an error from Baggsy put him into the gravel trap and allowed Smith to progress onwards to the Semi Final.

    Shane Lynch once against proved to have regained his form as he pulled incredibly close onto Barry Leonard, it was an obvious win for Shane and put him into the final!

    Paul Smith didn't want to be left out and had some good luck when Mike Marshall had a failure allowing Smith to drift cleanly and onto the final against his team mate Shane. This is when everyone started to stand up for a better view, Shane wasn't going to make it easy for Smith and went in hard and put in another one of his previously impressively close runs, maybe too close though as some mild contact from Shane forced him to correct. It was in the hands of the judges to separate them now.

    The efforts from the mechanics before and during the event, had been rewarded by some true on-the-edge driving and noticed by the Judges. The just rewards came in with a win in the Team Event for Team Japspeed!


    If that wasn't enough we had both Paul "Smokey" Smith in first place! Shane Lynch in a commendable second place and with both Baggsy and Shane 'O Sullivan in the points too, the championship points table is starting to look very strong! With two more high profile events left in the calendar, nothing is taken for granted and it could all dramatically change once again. Be sure to come and see us live in action at Silverstone for the next round of the Maxxis British Drift Championship.

  • Team Japspeed VIDEO - Team Event Maxxis BDC Teesside 2012

    Triple Drift Video Action!

    Round 3 was a monumental success for Team Japspeed. We claimed podium finishes in the Championship round and in the Team Triple Drift Event we battled hard while keeping in close formation; this was what both the crowd and judges wanted to see!

    We claimed the coveted 1st place in the team event and we've made a video that captures the atmosphere of a truly fun weekend! Here's a chance for you to see what you may have missed out on, or to relive some great memories from a fantastic Maxxis British Drift Championship weekend!

  • Monster Road To Gatebil 2012

    Japspeed Hit The Road In Style!

    When Team Japspeed do something, we do it in style! We were recently invited to join the Monster Energy crew on the "Road To Gatebil 2012" tour and we just couldn't turn that opportunity down! A very literal Monster European trip that takes in 8 different cities and locations in a mammoth tour, featuring demonstrations and parties with other people from the Monster family. We duly grabbed our passports and loaded up the Subaru for some European drift madness, here's just a brief taste of the international insanity! A "raw" video capturing some highlights will be online for you soon!
    It all started when we loaded up in Manchester in preparation for the trip South to the first check point and towards the tunnel over to France.

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