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A fresh start for Matt Carter

Last weekend saw the triumphant return of the British Drift Championship for the 2016 season! Not only did it herald the beginning of a new era for the series but also for a number of teams and drivers – not least of all for Team Japspeed.

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Alongside double Gymkhana Grid Champion Luke Woodham; former Team Lock Stop driver Matt Carter joins forces with one of the UK’s most respected drift teams.

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Having signed up early in 2016 the team spent many long nights upgrading Matt’s already awesome 1.5JZ-powered Nissan R32 Skyline with set of Maxxis MA-Z1 tyres, a Quaife QBE69G sequential gearbox and of course the iconic black and white colour scheme with digi-camo detailing. With the final touches added just days before the event she was ready for her unveiling at Lydden Hill last weekend.

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All things considered Matt had a fair few challenges during practice, with new and unfamiliar tyres giving him extra grip than he might be used to as well as sequential gearbox in place of his old H-pattern box.

Despite the wet conditions Matt successfully tamed the beast; putting in a pair of solid qualifying runs in the process - an incredible performance which awarded him 5th place and ensured him a spot in the top 16.

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With a 4 car team in the same competition there are always going to be times with teammates will do battle against one another. Unfortunately for Matt this became reality all too soon as he came face to face with teammate Shane Lynch who had so far been on fire all day in the Japspeed supercharged V8 Nissan 370z.

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With both drivers pushing hard what took place was an incredibly close door on door battle of the giants. Although both were relatively unfamiliar to their new setups it would be Matt who cracked under the pressure as he shifted into the wrong gear; handing the advantage to his teammate.

“I had a lot to learn with the grip from the Maxxis Tyres and the unreal Quaife sequential gearbox coming from 10 years with an H pattern box showed when I was under pressure in my battle with team mate Shane Lynch as I shifted the wrong gear but practice makes perfect and I'll learn from my mistakes.”

-Matt Carter

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Finishing the event in a very respectable 10th place overall we can’t wait to see his performance at Round 2 on 18-19 June!

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