Round 4 of the Maxxis British Drift Championship saw us return to Lydden Hill circuit in Kent – a firm favourite with the Team Japspeed drivers. However, the big news news of the weekend was that the track was going to be run in reverse, meaning all of the drivers competing were doing so on a level playing field.
Practice kicked off on Saturday morning and Shane Lynch, Shane O’Sullivan, Danny Eyles and Paul Smith all set about getting to grips with the new track layout and dialling in their cars to suit.
With Sully going into the event leading the championship by a handful of points, a win at Lydden could pretty much seal the championship in his favour. A man on a mission come qualifying, Shane lead the Japspeed charge with a spectacular 88.5 point run, netting third place in the process.
Danny Eyles followed closely behind, securing ninth place and a spot in the Top 16 battles. Unfortunately for Shane Lynch and Paul Smith, small mistakes from both drivers but paid to their chances of earning a passage through to the following day’s duels.
After a fantastic series of battles against Wayne Keeber and Wesley Keating, Sully found himself drawn against Driftworks’ Phil Morrison in the Semi Final.
The first run saw Phil make a big error heading into the first corner, understeering heavily and leaving Shane with nowhere to go but backwards into the wall! Thankfully the damage sustained was only superficial and Sully was able to compete in the second run, gaining the advantage and a place in the final in the process.
The final saw Sully line up against David Waterworth and his Viper powered S15 in a battle that was all about Shane. After chasing extremely hard and then leading convincingly when the roles had been reversed, the judges were unanimous in their decision to award the victory to Shane!
Shane O’Sullivan is now the first driver to secure back-to-back victories in the hotly contested Super Pro class and, added to his current three podiums in the three events streak, he is by far and away the favourite to take home this year’s championship!
With him sitting nineteen points clear at the top of the points table, it’d take a brave person to bet against Shane on bringing the British Drift Championship title back to Team Japspeed. Will he be able to secure the win at Round 5 at Silverstone? We’ll have to wait and see!
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