BEHIND THE SCENES: The Invasion at TRAX

Posted by Jordan Butters on 11th September.

Paul Smith S15

The British Drift Championship Super Pro round at Silverstone had been playing on my mind for a few weeks. The audience at the TRAX event would be the largest that the BDC would see throughout the season and the pressure of hosting a competition event in and amongst the allotted track time slots at the event is pretty high.

Silverstone

Silverstone does not make any allowances for time. Things have to run like clockwork. Fortunately the BDC team are seasoned pro’s at making these things work so if anyone could pull it off, it’s them.

Shane Lynch

To add spice to the mixing pot there would be several big guest names taking part at the event, and the eyes of the world’s automotive media would be watching.

Canon 400 F2.8L

Speedhunters were present in full effect, with Editor in Chief Rod Chong over from the US with his signature Canon 400mm F2.8L behemouth lens (making us all feel a bit inadequate).

Paddy McGrath

Paddy McGrath, also of Speedhunters was attending too, this his first BDC event in a few years. I bumped into Paddy the day before when shooting the Edition 38 show for Stanceworks and we were both pretty stoked about this event! I’m posting this amazing shot of Paddy because I’ve a sneaky suspicion that he has a similarly flattering shot of me going up on Speedhunters.

Ross Ianson

Completing the media assault from the hunters of speed was Ross Ianson. I’ve shot alongside Ross all year  and it’s always an honour and a pleasure. He also never disappoints when you point a camera at him.

Fredric Aasbo

The reason for such strong Speedhunters presence? Team Need for Speed drivers Fredric Aasbø and Darren ‘D-Mac’ McNamara were to take part in the event.

Aasbo

This was to be Fredric’s first time drifting in the UK and the first time the Need for Speed/Japanauto Supra would touch down on British soil.

D-Mac AE86

Darren would be piloting the MCN Sport/Need for Speed RE86 for the round, it’s second outing in this country, however it’s competition debut and the first time it had really been drifted in anger.

DWS15

Also back in the BDC and with a point to prove alongside the BDC regulars was 2010 champion Phil Morrison in the DWS15 smoke machine.

Falken Silverstone

The start line may not seem like the best place to stand at Silverstone, after all, the run up to the first corner is huge, you can’t really see much past the initiation from this vantage point.

Simon Perry

But from here it’s what you do notice that counts, away from the smoke and speed happening at the Brooklands corner. You notice the little things.

D-Mac

D-Mac stares with intent down the start straight, waiting for the signal to launch.

Sweeps

British Drift Championship front man Mark ‘Sweeps’ Buckle invites the next drivers to the line as Mark Luney launches at the course.

Need for Speed Aasbo

And the drivers make the return journey ready for their next runs.

With practice out of the way the fans got the chance to meet the drivers in a brief signing session in one of Silverstone’s pit garages.

D-Mac

It gives drivers a break from the pressure of competition too and a chance to grab some time talking to fans and fellow drivers.

Signing

The fans get a nice memento of the event too, ‘Keep Drifting Liam!“.

Darren McNamara

Need for Speed had one of the neighbouring garages set up with their ‘Speed Lounge’ for fans to play the latest NFS title ‘The Run’.

Fredric Aasbo

These guys were hogging the game a bit though. Play fair guys.

Max and OB

I also spotted a couple of actors from the UK soap ‘Hollyoaks‘ chilling in the Speed Lounge. They were at the event filming for a show.

Wet Falken Pit

Every drivers worst enemy at TRAX was the weather. Morning practice and qualifying hampered with showers and a track like an ice-rink.

Japspeed Flag

As the day passed the rain clouds were moved on and we saw glimmers of hope for a smokey Finals.

Maxxis Girls

I’d imagine some attire choices weren’t ideal for the morning’s weather, it’s amazing what a difference the sun can make.

Anthony Cahill

BDC Commentator Anthony Cahill summoned the great orange ball of fire in the sky and commanded it to behave.

DriftMonkey Shades

Thankfully it agreed and the Northampton circuit basked in glorious sunshine!

Smoke screen

We were treated to smoke screen after smoke screen after smoke screen.

Aasbo

The Invasion was counted as a success. Fredric taking the win over Phil Morrison in the Finals, with D-Mac finishing in 4th place after retiring from the 3rd Place Playoff due to mechnical issues.

Ross Ianson

A sunny BDC podium makes for a happy Ross.

Darren McNamara

It was pretty awesome to have such world renouned drivers on UK soil for this round. Who knows, maybe next season we’ll see this happening as a more frequent occurance, fingers crossed!

::Jord

Written by Jordan Butters

Jordan Butters

Writer, freelance photographer and Editor of Drifted. Follow @jordanbutters on Instagram

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  • neil jones

    was an awesome day, spent the whole day looking at, waiting for and watching these guys. .

  • Micheal Clements

    Very nice photography.

    I thought I was going crazy when I saw the flag in the Maxxis Tyres photo moving!

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