Seibon Driver Stands 3rd in Maxxis British Drift Championship

The Lucas Oil UK Drift Team kicked off their 2013 season at the first round of the British Drift Championship on April 13 and 14 at Lydden Hill Race Circuit in the South East of the UK.

With months of major redevelopment on the Supra, the team was confident in the new set-up. The new set-up sees the car take the Lucas Oil UK Drift Team Colours and name under the Lucas Oil Motorsport Programme, change of suspension thanks to Wisefab and MeisterR Coilovers, a new Garrett Turbocharger supplied in the UK by Universal Turbos, and a new set of custom embroidered Suzuka GT seats from Cobra Seats in the UK. The Seibon Carbon hood, trunk, and set of doors remain for weight savings.

The Lucas Oil UK Drift Team/ Seibon Carbon Toyota Supra at Round 1 of the Maxxis British Drift Championship.

The Lucas Oil UK Drift Team/ Seibon Carbon Toyota Supra at Round 1 of the Maxxis British Drift Championship.

As the competition started Mark Luney, driver of the Lucas Oil Supra, was drawn against a newcomer to the Super Pro ranks, Jamie Kenyon in the top 16 battle. Kenyon admitted he “got lost in the smoke screen” when following the Supra and ended up in the gravel trap on turn one, handing Mark the pass to the top 8.

In Top 8 Mark Luney was paired with Mark Huxley’s V8 Volvo Estate. Luney led the first run and recorded the fastest speed of the day at 84mph into the first corner. On the second run, Luney stuck to the driver’s door for the majority of the lap, moving him on to the semi-final.

The Lucas Oil UK Drift Team/ Seibon Carbon Toyota Supra at Round 1 of the Maxxis British Drift Championship.

The Lucas Oil UK Drift Team/ Seibon Carbon Toyota Supra at Round 1 of the Maxxis British Drift Championship.

His next opponent was one that Luney regularly found himself up against in the 2012 championship, Paul Smith of Team Japspeed. The first run saw Luney create a gap the length of six cars on the lead run into the final corner- giving him the advantage into the next run.

During the second run Luney stuck to Smith’s door but the Supra seemed to be losing power, causing the Supra to straighten slightly. This wasn’t a massive mistake but the battle was given to Paul Smith.

Mark Luney in the Toyota Supra against Paul Smith in the Nissan S15.

Mark Luney in the Toyota Supra against Paul Smith in the Nissan S15.

Not all hope was lost as there was still an opportunity of securing a spot on the podium. The battle for 3rd place would be against David Waterworth in his Viper powered S15.

Luney led the first run. It was a close battle around turns one and two but still the Supra pulled a huge six car length, giving Luney another advantage going into the final run of the day.

Mark Luney in the Toyota Supra against David Waterworth in his Viper powered S15.

Mark Luney in the Toyota Supra against David Waterworth in his Viper powered S15.

On the second run Luney mirrored the S15’s every move, until the final straight of the track where the car lost all power causing the Supra to once again straighten. As a result Waterworth won the battle and took 3rd place.

Lucas Oil UK/ Seibon Carbon Toyota Supra at Round 1 of the Maxxis British Drift Championship.

Lucas Oil UK/ Seibon Carbon Toyota Supra at Round 1 of the Maxxis British Drift Championship.

Over the course of the weekend, the whole of the Lucas Oil UK Drift Team worked tirelessly to get the car out on track to compete against the best line up of drivers the British Drift Championship has ever seen. The team’s hard work was rewarded with Mark Luney qualifying 1st place and finishing in 4th  place. After Round 1 the Lucas Oil Supra stands in overall 3rd in the Championship.

Round two of the British Drift Championship will be held at Pembrey Circuit in Wales on June 8th and 9th.

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