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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.
  • Carter, Better, Faster, Stronger.

    For the first time in BDC history, round 1 was at Rockingham race circuit! And what an event it was. With a circuit designed by the judges the track layout made for awesome twinning and made battles very close and entertaining. Another feature added into the BDC this year is the introduction of concrete walls for the drivers to push the cars to the limits of the track and put their skills to the test! With the Sharpie art Livery on the 370Z, Shane was keen to trade ink with them!

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  • 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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  • LOCKED & LOADED AT GYMKHANA

    As the drifting season for 2015 begins to draw to a close we were incredibly excited to be invited to take part in the 2015 Gymkhana Grid finals
  • SMOKING UP KING OF EUROPE 2015

    Regarded as one of Europe’s top professional drift events Monster Energy King of Europe Pro Series is an 8 round championship which takes place at locations across the continent on some of Europe’s most well-known circuits and as well as boasting a grid filled with highly successful drifters this is one event year after year we just can’t resist the opportunity to take part in; especially when it came to UK soil last weekend.

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    Having come away with 2nd place overall in the 2014 event; Japspeed driver Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith couldn’t wait to get out there and smoke his way to the top in the cloud of Maxxis Tyre smoke he is known for.

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    With the heat of the summer sun shining down on Lydden Hill, Saturday’s event saw open practice and an entirely new line compared to the British Drift Championship event earlier in the year. Perhaps it was this change in line and his drive to reach the top which saw Paul Smith push his trusty 1.5JZ-powered S15 so hard as to take a slight trip to the gravel in pursuit of his limits. With the limit firmly found and practice otherwise going well, the stage was set for qualifying.

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    True to his form qualifying followed much in the same way as practice. A series of powerful runs saw Paul qualify in a strong position ready for the main event and top 32 battles in the morning. With the sun setting and a relaxed yet optimistic atmosphere in the Japspeed camp the main event was set to be an exhilarating day.

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    As luck would have it and unusually for the UK the Great British weather held out with another day of sunshine….perfect conditions for plenty of Maxxis Tyre smoke! With little need for adjustments from practice and qualifying the day before it was time to give the car a quick once over ahead of the top 32 battles.

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    Top 32 battles saw Paul Smith drawn up against fellow BDC competitor Kirsty Widdrington in her PS13 Syril. Incredible runs from both drivers made for a tough decision from the judges however by the smallest of margins and plenty of Maxxis Tyre smoke Paul Smith would come out on top and advance to the top 16!

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    In an ironic twist of fate and despite the large number of international drivers taking part in the event for his top 16 battle Paul was pitted against BDC driver Michael Marshall with his highly regarded and distinctive BMW E92 M3.

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    Faced with fierce competition from the Team MnM driver, Paul knew he had to give everything he could muster. With both drivers giving it their all, a slight misjudgement from Paul saw him push a little too hard, clipping the rear of his S15 against the wall as he did so. Despite only minor damage to the car, this was enough to put an end to Paul’s weekend.

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    King of Europe is always an amazing event and a great opportunity to meet our friends from overseas as well as add a little mix to the drift scene here in the UK. With that in mind we’d like to congratulate Adam Kerenyi, Mike Marshall and Adam Frank on taking podium at this event.

    We can’t wait to return next year and see if Paul can beat his 2nd place record.

    The action doesn’t stop throughout August as we head back to the Emerald Isle on 15th-16th August for the penultimate round of the Irish Drift Championship at The Corrin Event Centre, Fermoy, Co. Cork. Check out www.irishdriftchampionship.com for all the details.

  • SPIN UP NORTH - CARFEST 2015

    Every year self-confessed car fanatic Chris Evans raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for BBC Children in Need putting on a spectacular celebration of everything automotive with the annual Carfest events. In previous years the Carfest North and Carfest South events have raised over £750,000 for the charity. Building on successful demos in previous years, we were delighted to be invited back for 2015 to put on a smoke show for the 40,000 people descending on Oulton Park for the 3 day Carfest North event.

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    The events give attendees the chance to get up close and personal with hundreds of classic and exotic cars, along with Chris' very own extensive collection of rare pieces of automotive history.

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    Of course, it wouldn't be a car show without some decent on track action, and Team Japspeed drivers Shane Lynch and Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith alongside guest driver and Monster Energy athlete Luke Woodham were only too happy to oblige when it came to putting on a brace of thrilling drift demonstrations on the Oulton Park circuit.

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    The crowds lapped up the smoke and noise from the 1JZ powered S15 and 600bhp IS200, the drift action being a welcome addition to the day's proceedings that included a display from the legendary Paul Swift stunt team.

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    Due to Boyzone commitments Shane was unable to attend the event on the Friday and Saturday however the V8 370z still attracted a number of admiring looks from the gathered crowd. With Shane’s arrival on the final day of the event, this presented a great opportunity to finally give the supercharged beast a shakedown on track!

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    When we weren’t out on track there was plenty of opportunity to check out the other displays and demos going on at the event.

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    There was no shortage of exotic cars including 1 of 2 La Ferraris alongside other iconic models including the legendary F50!

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    With a lot of interest shown in the drift cars from other disciplines of motorsport, we had the opportunity to take a seat in some impressive machines including this Honda Yuasa Racing British Touring Car.

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    With 3 Crazy Carts in the paddock, we couldn’t help but put on a little show the passing crowds. We even managed to get 2014 European Le Mans Series Champion Oliver Webb to join us.

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    We'd like to thank Chris Evans and the whole of the CarFest organising team for inviting us to take part in such a fun and chilled out event - it made a change to be drifting without any of the pressures that come with competition. We can't wait to come back next year and smoke up some Maxxis Tyres again!

    Finally we’d also like to offer our condolences to the friends and family Kevin Whyman following the tragic events on the Saturday.

    That’s all set to change this weekend as we head to Lydden Hill for King of Europe Pro Series Round 4 on 8th-9th August. Click here for more information on this weekend’s event.

  • 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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  • SULLY AND SMOKEY TAKE TEESSIDE

    With the 2015 drift season well and truly underway, the 11th and 12th July brought with it the third round of the British Drift Championship. As Shane Lynch was at Gatebil and with Danny Eyles unable to attend due to other commitments; Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith and Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan would be leading the Team Japspeed charge for points and podiums at Teesside Autodrome.

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    As with all 2015 BDC rounds open practice kicked off on the Saturday morning and with the hot dry conditions both Sully and Smokey made the most of the available seat time, inching ever closer to the required clipping points and making the conditions over Teesside ever that bit cloudier.

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    With both drivers putting in run after successful run, it looked to be full smoke ahead as conditions remained clear for the pro competition the following day. Saturday afternoon saw a chance to make any final preparations, sit back and take in the sights and smells of the pro-am battles.

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    Come Sunday and both Paul and Shane were eager to get back out on track for qualifying and battles. With the morning activity following much along the same lines as the previous day, Teesside would be treated to plumes of Maxxis Tyre smoke and the roar of the 1.5JZ and RB25 powered S15s as the Japspeed duo put in a series of spectacular practice runs.

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    With a little luck in terms of the weather conditions a dry and grippy circuit saw the accurate and aggressive driving styles of both drivers rank highly in qualifying with Paul Smith qualifying 5th and Shane O’Sullivan right behind qualifying in 6th place.

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    With both drivers high in contention we head into the top 32 battles and first up would see Paul Smith drawn against Ian Philips. Widely known for his accurate and consistent driving style combined with a strong affinity with the circuit at Teesside Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith proceeded to the top 16.

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    Meanwhile Shane O’Sullivan would find himself drawn against Team MnM’s Matt Stevens. With two highly competitive drivers up against one another it would always be a spectacle to watch however on this occasion Sully’s aggressive technique would put him through to join his teammate in the top 16.

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    Onto the top 16 and Smokey would bring his tried and tested 1.5JZ powered Japspeed S15 up against the newly built R35 GTR of Simon Perry. Both highly experienced drivers, each with their own history at Teesside putting in a set of incredibly close runs. It would be the consistency and familiarity with his car that saw Paul Smith take the lead and go through to the top 8.

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    Similarly Sully would face equally challenging opposition in his top 16 battle against fellow Maxxis Tyres stable mate Christian Lewis in the ItsADriftLife R33. With both cars running Maxxis Tyres and both highly competitive drivers each with very different driving styles this would be an exciting battle with everything to play for. A close call for the judges saw Shane O’Sullivan through to the top 8 as well.

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    With both drivers now in the top 8, things were shaping up to be an incredible weekend for Smokey and Sully as each could take a place on the podium at this point. In his top 8 battle Paul Smith faced off against Mike Marshall in the Team MnM E92 M3. With both drivers riding side by side and filling the air with tyre smoke, the judges had a tough call to make. Unfortunately this tough decision would spell the end for Paul Smith’s weekend.

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    Not to be outdone and following fantastic form all weekend Sully was drawn against Mark Luney for his top 8 showdown. With both drivers ex-BDC champions the atmosphere at Teesside was intense as the two drivers took to the track. With very little between the two drivers no-one envied the judges job in deciding a winner. Unfortunately due an ever-so-slight difference in angle the judges put an end to Shane O’Sullivan’s weekend.

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    All in all a spectacular weekend and some of the best performances from the 2015 Championship so far however the action doesn’t stop there as we head to Silverstone this weekend for the annual TRAX event on the 19th July!

    We’ll see you there!

  • TEAM JAPSPEED SMOKING RINGS AROUND COVENTRY!

    It is fair to say 2015 has so far brought a lot of new our way, including new car builds, new competitive structuring to both BDC and IDC; not to mention new events to attend! All at Team Japspeed strive to bring the spectacle and fun of drifting to as many new audiences as we can, which is why we were delighted to be invited along with a number of drivers and teams from the British Drift Championship to put on a display at Coventry MotoFest 2015!

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    Based in the city of Coventry, UK this event may only be a couple of years old but brings an exciting yet unique blend of racing demonstrations, static displays as well as live music to the streets of the city.

    “Motofest is not a festival being put on by us for the people of Coventry, rather it is the citizens (both individual and corporate) of Coventry coming together to put on a spectacular festival for the nation.”
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    The BDC would be there demonstrating the art of drifting on the closed roads of the city during Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May. Japspeed driver Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith jumped at the opportunity to smoke up the famous Coventry ring road alongside familiar faces from the BDC!

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    Arriving on the Saturday morning it wasn’t long before we were set up and raring to go!

    Despite the slightly damp conditions thousands of people lined the city streets as the action kicked off on the iconic ring road. Not that we ever let the weather stop us smoking up some Maxxis MA-Z1 tyres!

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    Alongside a host of other professional BDC drivers Paul Smith put in a number of superb runs around the short street circuit throughout the course of the two day event.

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    When we weren’t out on track there was plenty to see including demos from a number of short oval motorsport disciplines and even ‘Sherman’ the Audi A4 piloted by Rob Austin representing the BTCC on the same circuit as the BDC!

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    Not to mention an impressive line up of Jaguar models from across the years in attendance. Jaguar celebrated their 80th anniversary at the show and spectators were treated to an array of incredible models including this 1988 Jaguar XJR9 Le Mans winning racer.

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    With a genuine festival atmosphere Coventry MotoFest really is a unique event with something for every petrolhead. An awesome weekend - after all it’s not every day you get the chance to do some legal street drifting!

    Missed out on the action? Make sure you check out the awesome clip from the British Drift Championship here!

    Next for 2015 will see Shane ‘Sully’ O’Sullivan back out on track at the world’s first fully enclosed indoor competitive drift event at Green Glens Arena for Round 2 of the Irish Drift Championship. Make sure you’re there on 6th-7th June - you won’t want to miss it!

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  • 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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