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Images from round two of the 2017 Drift GP Championship - hosted in the UK

Battle of Britain Drift 2017: Drift GP Vs. BDC

Jun 262017

75 Drivers, a custom designed street track, two championships going head to head; it doesn’t get much better than this for drift events. Burning rubber on the asphalt outside the NEC Arena in Birmingham this weekend, the 2017 Drift GP Series faced off against the British Drift Championship for the ultimate UK showdown: the Battle of Britain Drift GP.

Marking the second stop on the European series’ calendar, it was a sun scorched and race-fuelled two days of drift action; pushing competitors hailing from the UK, Ireland and an impressive 13 other countries to the limit.

Unfortunately for home favorite, and Monster Energy resident tyre slayer, Steve ‘Baggsy’ Biagioni, a visit to the podium was not to be; fresh off the back of his second place finish at the Drift GP’s championship opener in France.

Qualifying in an uncharacteristically 30th position, Baggsy was eliminated early from the battles following a crash with Fredrik Øksnevad. Chasing hard on his opening run, Baggsy made a big dive into the circuit’s second section, and made contact with rear of Fredrik’s Toyota Soarer.

“I’m really disappointed – coming from the second place finish that we had at the championship’s opening round in France,” explained Baggsy. “I had high hopes to give the home fans a podium result here in Birmingham. Unfortunately the car and I just didn’t gel. We had a few technical teething issues – with this being only the third event that we have done in it. Qualifying has never been my strongest part of an event, and I really look forward to the battles, but this weekend just wasn’t meant to be. We’ll head back to the workshop now and make sure we come back stronger for the next event.”


The weekend culminated in an edge of the seat battle, where Northern Ireland’s Duane McKeever took the eventual win over Dutch drifter Sebastian Fontijn and third placed and top qualifier Jack Shanahan. Make sure you check out the exclusive images from the tyre-smoke filled weekend in Birmingham, and watch out for Baggsy next weekend, as he shreds the tread at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.