For those of you who have been reading about Drifting on the pro level in Canada you need to see what the amateur level has waiting in the wings.
Drifting, as Gary has explained in his articles, is a mix of racing and judging and therefore is becomes somewhat subjective. The good thing is that the crowd does have a lot of influence on how the judges score. If the result is too close to call you will very often see the judges throw the cars back in the ring for another set of runs if the crowd begins the chant “One More Time!”
That is exactly how it went down in the final race of the CSCS Drift event. Cody Loughead became the eventual winner after running 2 sets of runs and dominating the second set to leave no doubt that he was there to win. The only drifter all day to smoke the tires from the entry of turn 1 to the exit of turn 3 and hammering the clipping points without mercy.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â His dominating performance in this event brought home not only the race that day but also the points championship for the 2010 season.
The Stage One Drift Crew (S1DC) are no strangers to success. For the second year in a row they held the top 3 spots in points at the end of the season. With a little bit of shifting in the positions the trio of Cody Loughead, Chris St. John and Lucas Johnson placed First and tied for Second respectively.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Last years result was almost identical, the only difference being Lucas Johnson held the top spot least year.
Unlike their professional counterparts these guys are running every event on their own dime, right down to the tires. They may have some minor sponsors helping them out with the cost of building a race car but every event and almost every bolt in the car came out of pocket in their rebuilt Nissan 240’s.
This is grass roots racing at it’s finest.
Now CSCS isn’t all about drifting. They host a Drag competition, and Time Attack as well as a Show and Shine to help keep the crowds coming.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Drag racing and show and shines have never really been my thing but when combined with a action packed Drift series and a thrilling Time attack Session with Sasha Anis running to break his own CSCS track record at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga. Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Breaking his previous record of 1 min 16.182 seconds and achieving a time of 1 min 15.94 seconds in his red Sg-Motorsports Nissan 350 Z, brought a round of cheers and applause from the crowds and got the blood pumping for the final round of drift.
CSCS has been around for 8 years now and shows no signs of slowing down. I have attended the past 4 years for both the Season Opening and Closing events and the crowds just keep getting bigger every year. This years finale was just another example of how grass roots racing should be done.
So Congratulations to all the winners of all the events from this years CSCS season. I look forward to seeing you all again in the years to come.