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Scandi Smokeshows: Baggsy takes on Drift GP Sweden

Jul 232017

Last weekend saw the 2017 European Drift GP championship touch down Sweden at the awesome GTR Motorpark in Eskilstuna; for round four of the series and a sun-scorched two days of wheel-to-wheel competition.

 

Having been on the front-line of show duties; meaning he had to miss the championship’s previous round in Ireland – instead premiering the global launch of Battle Drift 2 and his 1300bhp V8 powered Nissan GT-R - Steve Baggsy Biagioni was back in competition mode.

 

At the wheel of his flame-spitting 750bhp PS13 V6 race ride, there was little sign that the show-time had dulled his competition edge. Destroying no less than 22 sets of tyres over the weekend, Baggsy rocketed through to qualify second overall, and then battle his way to an impressive fifth place finish.

The result was even more impressive considering the Scandinavian high-horsepower hoards that he left in his dust. First facing-off against Swedish racer Anders Hay in his custom built BMW E36, and then Finnish drifter Juha Pöytälaakso and his 900bhp BMW E92.

 

“It’s been a super fun weekend here in Gröndal at the GTR Motorpark,” explained Baggsy. “We’ve come away with a top five finish – but I think it could have been easily a podium. I just came in a little too hot on my chase run with Juha and slid out on to the grass. I knew he was quick when I battled him in Tors [France], so I just needed to go as fast as I can. I could barely see anything because of the tyre smoke we were both kicking out, and I clipped the rear quarter of his car. It’s a shame to not go further, but a good result all the same!

 

The track has been insane here – a single run was so long; there were about nine clipping points and a jump, as well as it being mostly uphill. It’s a bit like a Japanese purpose built facility for drifting.  Between the all day practice session and the competition day we’ve used about 22 sets of tyres. My team have been solid as always too – my Dad even came out to this event as it was his birthday over the weekend; so a big thank you to all of them.  There’s only a few weeks until Germany now – and with the car running so well – I really can’t wait.”

The Drift GP of Germany goes live on August 5th and 6th. Keep it locked with us to find out how it all goes down.

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