Saturday, August 30, 2014

GCRC DRIFT "THE COMP" Part #1 - Qualify.

GCRC Drift Competition Series Debut on the Evolution Circuit.

An array of 20 entrants was more than enough for an awesome event.

the level at GCRC is pretty damn high these days, Everyone is pushing hard.

I got my qualifying run out of the way so I could take pictures. Nerves a plenty.

GCRC's owner is a multi-time off-road racing champion. While we sometimes have to coax him off the race line, his consistency set's a benchmark for us mad drift nutters to admire.

I like this shot of his Street Jam R3R near the Japanese Street Jam logos. GCRC are suppliers of these solid will designed machines.

Some of the regulars have been working hard on their attack zones. This position is perfect as it's deep out to the walls.

We decided to score runs with a 1/2 point in the blue zone and one point in the white out clip zone. The Judges discretion for continued linked drifts and depth of drift adds some bonuses. 

There's a lot to do at GCRC. Off Road, Drift, Crawlers, Slot cars so sometimes we don't see people for a while as they tackle other disciplines. 

But it seems slot car racing can improve your reflexes. With accuracy translating into .... 

deep silky lines.

One person who really takes on board small pieces of advice is this man.

Sharing a Top Qualifing score with myself, he shows how deep you have to push to get a near perfect run. 

Flag to flag, deep and constant maximum wheel angle. This is how it's done.

Even across the end of the judged section. The wall was just mm away.

Sliding across the finish parallel to the wall.

Three attempts were required for the perfect lap. Two of mine were terrible, but some just seem to link the points on every lap. I admire consistency.

 MR-S GT Version.

I'll have to remember this shutter speed in my photos because it highlights the high CounterSteer style perfectly. 

Most runners at GCRC settle on around CS 3.0 as an effective ratio for emulating realistic drift. This DIB is right in the zone. 

Getting decent lines.

getting close to the fence is a necessity.

Anytime the scenery interferes with photography, you are usually in the right spot.

mm perfect against the wall with max angle is where to be.

Just like this!

I provided some  GCRC numbers for the event. #34 seems correct.

Being located near Movie World on the Gold Coast means it's only an hour to drive from other regions like Brisbane and the North Coast of NSW. 

But skills apply. right on target.

Sideways over the line.

We are trying to cater for all levels in these comps. so we are not judging totally on wheel angle etc.

I captured a little too much correction in this shot which would usually mean a lower score, but the angle of the car itself was the real measure.

High CS or 50:50. everyone was out for a go. I was given a big scare from this Commodore. 

these wide shells create an awesome Aussie Muscle image.

Scale dynamics rims adding to the clear pearl, transparent red and gun metal paint.

Younger competitors also hitting the points.

To promote "Keep Drifting Fun" the wheel angle is not important in these fun comps. It actually was one of the key factors that created a tough battlefield... but we will get to that later. 



The tight in clips were not judged in qualifying. The two long linkable sections were the main focus.  

Cruising back to the start line  allows you time to re-think you approach.

Drivers with real drift experience always have a natural advantage. This is something that helps others to follow.

Because the out clips are pretty well entrenched in the mind.

Sometimes you can tell.

when over-steer is a normal occurrence.

It also brings a desire for the realism that breeds big wheel angle. 

There was also plenty of track time to prep your car and practice battles all day long.

With qualifying closed. the Yellow S13 of Dave Redman and the Black FD3s with myself at the wheel shared a 9.0 top score.

Next up ... some battle action.

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