BDC 2019: A Guide to the British Drifting Championship

Paul Hadley
03/28/201928th March, 2019
Filed under Car Topics

Not to be missed, April 2019 will see another adrenaline-fueled motorsport extravaganza take place where you can expect to see the best drifting from the top drivers found all over the U.K. The British Drift Championship (BDC) is by far the highest level of competitive drifting found anywhere in the U.K., and this year, the BDC will celebrate its 10th year as the top organization in the business. From humble beginnings, it has grown tremendously over the years, and now, it attracts well over three million online viewers, breaking attendance records with every season.

Some Things You’ll Need to Know

There are two classes of drivers in the tournament: the Pro, being the top class of driver, and the Pro-Am, those highly skilled amateur drivers working their way toward the Pro-class. The tournament itself will be under new ownership this year as David Egan steps down and the current BDC Pro-driver Matt Stevenson takes over. David has had a great impact on the sport, working tirelessly to improve its visibility and expand its audience, so Stevenson has some big shoes to fill. However, fans and drivers alike are confident that he will continue to take the championship in the right direction.

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The Rounds

The tournament consists of six rounds in total, each on a different date and at a different track in the country. The BDC has over 200 drivers competing, so it’s hard to predict the odds of any driver coming out on top, but if you’re into betting, you will be able to consult the bonus offers and reviews of the main bookmakers to give you an edge.

The first event will kick off on April 6th at the Teesside Autodrome, and the final round will take place on October 11th at the Buxton Raceway. Some of the events have yet to disclose, and there are surprise reservations for the fans, but here’s what we know so far:

Round 1: Saturday, April 6th - 9 a.m. at Teesside Autodrome, South Bank
Round 2: Saturday, April 6th - Teesside Autodrome, South Bank
Round 3: Saturday, May 25th - 9 a.m. - Driftland, Lochgelly (the U.K.’s only purpose-built drift track)
Round 4: Saturday, July 27th - 9 a.m. - The NEC, Birmingham (National Exhibition Centre)
Round 5: Saturday, September 14th - 9 a.m. - Three Sisters Race Circuit, Ashton-in-Makerfield Round 6: Friday, October 11th - 9 a.m. - Buxton Raceway, Buxton

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Are you as excited as we are? This year is sure to be something special, with the 10-year anniversary and the new ownership, so you should try to make it to at least one of the events. If you can’t make it to a specific event or are an international fan wanting to view the events online, don’t fret. The BDC has generously arranged a free live stream, which you can view on the official website. There’s no reason not to enjoy this year’s high-octane drifting antics.

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