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Images from Gymkhana GRiD 2019 - 6th and 7th September - in Warsaw, Poland.
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ONE-ON-ONE WITH CHRISTOS CHANTZARAS FOR HIS 2019 SEASON

Nov 292019

The capital of Poland hosted perhaps the most exciting Gymkhana Grid ever! We had the honor of seeing our champion Christos Chantzara stepping up to the podium and make history as he is officially the first Greek driver to do so!

Together with the team, we greatly analysed all the elements of the circuit, and we came away with a great result, both for us and for our country!

Talk us through your feelings on the podium?

The Gymkhana Grid was a unique experience for me and the team. As we all know, it is one of the most famous races in the motorsport world! Finishing third was fantastic and one of the greatest moments of my career. Standing up there, I felt justified for all the efforts my team and I have made. I want to thank my fantastic team and my sponsors for their trust.

Tell us more about your car

The car is a modified BMW M3 E36. The “body kit” is entirely carbon fibre, constructed by me and my team. The engine remains the same, the six-cylinder from the M3 E36, with plenty of modifications and tune-ups. The engine has been prepared with the help of my mechanic, Socrates Speed and our programmer Spyrow Floratou at b16a workshop where we squeezed a total of 750hp out of that block!

What was the greatest difficulty for you in this race?

This year’s Gymkhana circuit was very demanding. It was the largest I’ve ever tackled, with the most obstacles and turns. This was difficult for all the drivers. The greatest difficulty I encountered, however, was that I had to adjust my driving style. I am a drifter, and a god one too, but we had to change our entire car’s setup to be competitive! Thankfully, we were successful. Together with the team, we greatly analysed all the elements of the circuit, and we came away with a great result, both for us and for our country!

Tell us a few words about your victory at Drift Kings

For the third consecutive year we had the honour of hosting the Drift Kings final in Greece and specifically at the race track of Serres. For us, after winning first place in 2017, and the misfortune we had in 2018 due to mechanical failure and failing to finish the race, 2019 came to confirm the excellent work we did as a team.

I would like to say a big thank you to my team, my family, my sponsors, and of course the fans

What was the hardest part of Drift Kings?

Because of the race that took place in Greece, the fans, after our 2017 win and our 2018 performance, was expecting a lot from me and my team. We had a responsibility towards our fans, something which stressed me out because I had to get the result! However, we stayed focused on our goal, everything went well, and we won! I would like to say a big thank you to my team, my family, my sponsors, and of course the fans for giving us the strength to continue doing what we love!

What are your plans for 2020

For next year we are hoping to participate in an international championship. With the help of our sponsors we hope we can contest the full year.

We are looking forward to hosting you in Cyprus!

I have a lot of friends in Cyprus. If my schedule allows it, we’ll definitely add a Cypriot event on our calendar. I’d love to visit beautiful Cyprus. It is my honour, honestly, to visit Cyprus.

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