Seibon/Lucas Oil UK Drift Team Takes 2nd at Maxxis British Drift Championship
Round four of the Maxxis British Drift Championship saw the Lucas Oil UK Drift/Seibon Carbon Team head to the south coast of England to Lydden Hill Racing Circuit.
Arriving early on Friday afternoon, the team performed essential maintenance on the Supra in preparation for the weekend’s competition, which was necessary as the car had just been mapped on the dyno the night before. The remap was performed because of the recent rebuild the team had carried out on the cars 2JZGTE engine. Once completed, everyone relaxed before the action kicked off the following morning.
Mark Luney’s first run saw him give complete commitment around the entire track, which scored one of the highest runs of the day. With the day behind them, the team quickly made some changes to the car’s setup to prepare for Day 2 (Top 16 battles).
On Day 2 Mark’s first challenger was Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni from the Acorn Motorsport Team; an opponent that Luney had not yet battled in the 2013 season. The odds seemed to be stacked against Mark as Biagioni had recently spent a lot of time at the track practicing with his teammates.
Heading into the first run, things were tight between both drivers with Steve taking some shallower lines to keep up with the Supra throughout the course, giving Luney an advantage going into the second battle. This advantage was short lived though as Mark had to make a small correction when chasing the S13, deeming the battle to be a tie and both having to run one more time (OMT).
In the OMT run Mark launched the Supra off the line and pulled a huge gap into turn one. Now holding the advantage, Mark was right on Steve’s door and with no mistakes this time, Luney progressed to the Top 8.
Mark’s next battle was against Super Pro newcomer James Fuller, who has a do or die attitude in drifting. This style of driving puts Luney on nerve and both he and the team knew that it would be a tough few runs.
Continuing on from his previous battle, Mark launched the Supra off the line and aggressively navigated his way around the track. Fuller’s car seemed to be struggling to keep up and when entering the second section his gear box started to expire, with the driver losing third gear. By default, Luney took the advantage, whilst James headed back to the paddock.
After some confusion, Fuller remerged from the paddock willing to give the second battle a shot with only second and forth gear. Knowing this, Mark gave his opponent space entering turn one and was right to do so as once again, whilst entering turn two, James lost the remaining gears in the box which ended his day and allowed Mark to progress to the semi-final.
Mark’s next opponent was ex-teammate Wayne Keeber. Having practiced together many times previously, both knew each other’s driving style, making Mark realize that he had to pull something special out of the bag to advance into the final.
Mark entered turns one and two with huge angle and speed, pulling a massive gap, resulting in Wayne having to run shallower lines just to keep up. This meant Keeber was marked down and gave the advantage to Mark.
In the following run, the Supra proceeded to chase down on the Soarer of Keeber, closing up tight into the first corner and maintaining the close proximity throughout, almost touching the driver’s door with the wheel in the process. This awesome display from Luney earned him a spot in the final.
The final was set to be a battle of epic proportions when Mark faced UK Drifting stalwart Phil Morrison, someone he had battled many times over the years. Both drivers knew this battle would be a flat out brawl to see who would take the top step of the podium.
Phil took the lead in the first run, attacking from the off but was closely followed by Mark in the Supra. This continued though turn two but the final section saw Morrison pull a small gap, giving him a small advantage. Determined to win, Mark took no prisoners on his lead run.
Pulling one of the biggest angled entries of the day into the first corner, Mark nailed it, leaving Phil to catch up going into turn two. Morrison took his chance and put the front of his Skyline millimetres from the Supra throughout the rest of the run, giving him the win. As a result, Mark and the Supra took second place.
This podium finish puts Mark to the top of the championship standings, with a two point advantage going into the final round of the BDC, which will be held at Knockhill Circuit in Scotland on the 21st and 22nd of September.
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