After a long off-season throughout winter, we headed to the ever growing BDC’s first event of 2018 at the end of March to watch Jake Rolls in action after qualifying from Driftcup for his first professional competition event.
In typical British fashion, the weather was not on our side, it was cold & wet most of the day with the odd dry patch to chuck in some confusion for teams tyre choices prior to competing on the track.
It was clear to see the workmanship of some of the cars competing for the coming year. While we was at Rockingham we took the opportunity for a pit walk to take a closer look.
Pro-Am group winner Lee Scott’s RB25 powered E46 Saloon.
The unstoppable Northern smoke machine. Duane McKeever’s RB26 powered dogbox S13.
Walton Motorsport’s 2JZ powered S13, ready for battle, driven by Mike Walton.
Our good friend Jake Rolls, wiping down his M50 converted E36 compact that he borrowed while competing at round 1. Although one of the slower cars to compete, Jake put the car through its paces and qualified in to top 32.
Wiping down a car with Mr Muscle kitchen cleaner was not something I expected to see, especially at the ‘show car’ shows that I normally attend. Nonetheless it done the job!
Team Japseed’s Mazda RX8 with an LS turbo setup driven by Matthew Denham.
Sultan Al-Qassimi travelled all the way from the Middle-East just to compete here in the UK for BDC (& IDC). How else to compete other than converting your AE86 to Left Hand Drive with an SR20 heart transplant.
I have not yet had the chance to Sultan’s latest vehicle, a carbon kevlar E92 M3, we can’t wait.
For me this was one of my favourite cars of the weekend. Driftworks Nissan Skyline R32 driven by Martin Richards which has been totally overhauled by martin and the guys at driftworks for the 2018 championship.
Following on with the Driftworks team was their E36 which pretty much defines perfection. Driven by Richard Grindrod.
14 Year old Ryan Cadwell’s 2JZ powerhouse S15.
Michael Marshall’s BMW E82 135i running a Clinched body kit & Cosmic wheels.
Kevin Quinn’s S13 – Kevin travelled over from Northern Ireland and ended up on the podium after beating Matt Carter in a third place playoff.
Paul ‘Smokey’ Smith’s (Team Japspeed) Toyota Corolla GT86, 2JZ converted pieced with a HGK carbon kevlar arch kit.
Tomas Falvey, another visitor from Northern Ireland planning to dominate the BDC. Certainly a great up & coming pro-am driver.
1000+ BHP from a supercharged LS conversion in an MX5. As you do!
Matt Carter’s Nissan Skyline R32, also part of Team Japspeed. 900+bhp & around 760WHP powered by a heavily tuned 2JZ conversion.
Matt put on a great show with a third place playoff with Kevin Quinn and just missed out on a podium spot.
Overall – I had a great Saturday down at Rockingham Motor Speedway supporting a good friend Jake in his first pro-am day of battling. I am hoping to get to another BDC event later on this year and hopefully far nicer weather.
Good luck to all of the drivers who are competing throughout the year.