This weekend sees the start of the 2014 Maxxis Tyres (UK) British Drift Championship and there will be a Donegal interest in proceedings.
The 2013 Super-Pro Champion Mike Marshall from Gravesend will be joined by total newcomer to the sport Keilan Woods, who will contest the Pro class.
Keilan Woods, 24, from Convoy, will line up at Lydden for the first time in the 2014 Maxxis Tyres (UK) British Drift Championship, running a Nissan S13 in the Pro class.
The 24 year old from Donegal joined Lydden last year as Maintenance Manager, and was bitten by the Drift bug almost as soon as he arrived.
“Working here is such an advantage, and there is always something going on, but when I first saw British Drift last year, I knew that’s what I wanted to do, its just on a different level,” said Keilan.
Woods recently gained his Pro licence at Teeside, and is ready to join the other stars in the BDC here at Lydden this weekend, though he has had some experience of Drift before in a Ford Sierra and an Altezza.
He has already, last month taken part in one of the Lydden Hill Drift Track days, as a shakedown for the BDC and was quick to thank all those who have helped him reach the dizzy heights of a Major British Championship:.
“I have to thank Willie Woods, the MD of Lydden here, who has helped me a lot, Keith Scott too from xpics and not forgetting quite a few of the guys in the paddock who have been great with advice and help.”
The difference between woods and the champion, Marshall, could not be more different, with Marshall an experienced competitor, where in winning the 2013 title was no mean feat. Three podium finishes helped him take the title, ahead of some of the best drifters in Europe. With his unique 2JZ powered BMW E36 Touring earning him a loyal fanbase and with the support of his Team M&M team mates spurring him along Mike made a big impact on the championship in 2013; we caught up with him to see how he’s planning to retain his title in 2014.
Delighted with 2013 Marshall said: “I’m over the moon with last year’s results. Super-Pro is a hard battle and there are so many good drivers; for 2014 my car has more power and appears to be behaving so it’s going to get a beating this year and I am looking forward to the first round at Lydden.”
With more power for this year, for the 2JZ powered E36 Marshall will the one not only to watch, but that the others will want to beat. With the success of last year, new sponsors have come on board for Marshall in the MnM engineered car and these include Owen Developments, Calibre Wheels, Bower Lane Tyres, Meister R, Elite Developments, Ill-Repute, Solid Fabrications and S.C. Farley Electricals.
Whatever happens this weekend at Lydden, where the action over the two days will be fast and furious, one thing is for certain and that is Kent will be well represented on the track with Marshall and Woods.