Best of Vegas by VEGASDRIFT
2012 is finally on the wrap for vegasdrift. last weekend 11/05/11 was the last but is definitely an event to remember. and im sure that the people who drove or watch would agree with me on that.
it was a pretty nice day as this particular saturday was in between the rain in Vegas. With the deminse of SEMA week, everybody was looking forward on driving. This is the 1st time that VegasDrift used the IRC (Infield Race Circuit) for drifting. I probably did about 3000+ laps in this course in the last year for working @ Exotics Racing. the 1.1 mile track has 9 turns and a straight away that could rip the Ferrari Scuds, 458 Italias, and Lambo’s up to 120+ mph speeds.
of course, I was not looking into getting the top speed out of my dads S13 hatch. But I was really looking forward on drifting the back section where the link of turns are nice. Its very rare and close to none that we get to drift on a real track in Vegas, unless you drive 60+ miles to Spring Mountain Raceway.
Regardless of the experience I had on the track, it will be my 1st time to drive/drift clock-wise configuration. From the straight away, Turn 1 to turn 2 is the staging area. the fun begin as soon as the vd staff release you on the track. Turns 3-4-5 are a good flow, 5-6 is a bit too long for my dads under-powered car but turn 6-7 is a fast 3rd gear on the floor action. I loved the part of the track as I was pushing it thru out the day. The track is surprisingly good on tires. I only used a pair for the whole day, totalled about 15-18 laps for ride alongs.
Turn 4 entry tandem with Odi Bakchis (2011 FD Rookie of the Year) He was on my ass the whole time and was adjusting with angle. insane driver! very consistent. I had fun driving with him at this event.
Drove my dads s13 hatch the whole day. Wish my car was in town for this event. But I cant complain as long as Im behind the wheel of a car. No problems all day with this car, just gas and go. If I had a lot of tires I would have probably drove my heart out. It was a great day for this.
The day was not just about for driving and practice. VD had a mini-comp, Qualifying style, best run and #1 Qualifier gets the bragging rights of the event and of the year. No tandem, no cage required. It was just about driving your own style and having fun. Vegas, Cali, Hawaii and Utah drivers was ready.
The judging section was set up between turn 3-4-5. The clipping points was very visible here and the entry. From (L-R) Ray Berlo (Safety and Track Marshall) Me, Odi Bakchis, and Joshua Guild as judges for the event.
Gary Ganotisi from Hawaii was full force on the field. He was driving hard! Best ive seen of him and he was good freestyling. Angle, Smoke, Speed, and line was great. He got 3rd Place.
Bucky Laing was impressive as always. Bouncing off the rev limiter, shooting flames and popping exhaust sounds. He wanted to kill the event with his explosive style. He was 2nd place and 1 point shy for the win.
Mr. B-Wick on the rise! if we can award the “Spirit of Drifting” it should definitely go to our friend from Utah. Brandon almost had a perfect score from the judges, hes 1st and 2nd runs was very impressive. Brandon was awarded the Best of Vegas driver of the year and won the prizes. Thanks to our sponsors for this event.
Brandon 1st Place, Bucky 2nd Place, and 3rd Place goes to Gary.
The mini comp lasted only about an hour or less. Everyone jumped back in thier cars and started driving again. It was a very laid back and stress free event. Every one was just chillin and driving all day. Hopefully we will be back in this track next year, im sure the drivers will be double the amount than this one. If you missed this event its a shame, you missed out on a lot! Great track, great weather, great people.
except of course to some drivers like my good friend Inku who was sidelined for undefinite reasons. Oh how I know he was dying to drive that day. so heres for the rest who was hating because they did not drive. “the birdie”
To end the blog entry, Nick Dizon as always had given his heart out and passion to the drift community. Vegas is indeed lucky to have this guy to Organize the local events.
See you all in 2012.
Thanks to Joel Cada for the images used. www.burnNturn.com and Function Theory Blog.