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Check out Australian Drifting Grand Prix HIGHLIGHTS from Perth round 1 — Tune into 7mate this Saturday to see it all unfold!
(Saturday 1st November 10am on 7mate)
Over the last month we have had a lot of late nights giving the 15 it’s new look “BLACKEDDITION” for the new season.
Loading up in the Whyte STABLES!
We also have been prepping for the next 3 up and coming weeks with round 1 ADGP 10-12 Oct Perth the very next weekend we will be in Sydney (17-19 Oct) for World Time Attack Challenge and Formula Drift Asia the following weekend we are back in our home town for the V8 Supercars GC 600 24-26 Oct
Big thanks to
Exedy going above and beyond with there support being our naming right sponsor we couldn’t be at this lvl with out them! The lala lala is still working perfectly after a years abuse copping the 745NM torque and the grip of the Achilles 123s.
Showing there support every way they can and supplying the fans with energy in a can! Be sure to drop by the tent this weekend to grab a drink!
for there continues support with race prep, replacing the s15 rack, knuckles tie rod ends, fuel lines etc also helping car set up for more grip!
Moto Solutions for manufacturing a new rear crash/seat belt bar to suit FD regs also coming to Perth to crew for the team.
Supplying the new crew shirts, unfortunately there sublimation machine is still in transit they should have it up and running in the next few months!!
Horse Power Solutions
Doing there roundly check up on the dyno and making sure the ls3 heart is still up to beat – this time taking the rpm up to 7000 and boasting 800nm of torque.
Nerang Tyre & Mechanical
The 15 was well in need of a wheel alignment, the boys know what they are doing with drift set up – also giving the car there once over!
The S15 took its fair share of hits last season the Cosmis Racing wheels supplied by Csr Performance Parts have been proven to withstand the punishment – quick trip to Dr Wheels to get all the lips sorted and tidy the wheels up for the satin black powder coat!
Over the Christmas break the team worked hard getting the car back in to working order after the damage at ADGP round 2 in Perth! Justin from Horse Power Solutions worked his magic on the LS3 now giving us 745 NM of torque at the wheels! Round 3 of ADGP was held on the South Circuit at Eastern Creek, this time we had the car set up to suit the track running the 3.9 diff gears. By the second practice session we had the car pretty much dialled and on line ready for qualifying, this was the first time we had lined up for qualifying with the same set up we had been practicing with all day
In qualifying we laid down 1 clean run, on the second run we throw down everything we had which put us in 2nd place on 67.5 points. We had guest judge Matt Powers here from USA (formula drift competitor), the track layout he designed ran a lot of outside clipping points allowing the chase car to tuck up on the inside of the lead car (making it a good show for spectators and overall an awesome track to drive). Sunday did not kick of the way we had planned with the LS3 missing under load in the first practice session.
. Ivan from Moto Solutions was hunting down the problem, we replaced plugs, leads and pulse cleaned all the injectors but still had the problem, our next step was to get the dater log of the car we found it was dropping 40psi of fuel pressure, this lead us to replacing the fuel pumps and flushing the fuel system. With no track time to spare we struggled to test the car, just driving around in the car park we were able to see it was still breaking down under load, we hooked up the lap top for one last time to see that the crank angle sensor was missing its home count, With Brad Tuohy lending a hand and Gavin Edwards lending us some parts of his car we managed to resolve the problem with minuets to spare before our top 16 battle (we had missed all practice throughout the day and the top 16 paraded lap). We won our first battle with Matt Russell in his tough 86 that put us in to the top 8 up against Mick Rosenblatt in his v8 powered r32 skyline 2 good runs but we secured the win!
Next up was Andy Gray in his Jzx100 from Japan, we had the advantage on our lead lap, we were pushing hard on our chase tho Andy had a spin on turn 2 with no room move we made contact both cars were towed of the track and back in the pits! Everyone in the pits lent a hand to get the Exedy s15 back on track for the finals (the car wasn’t in best shape but it would have to do) Our battle for first place was with Rob White the Current ADGP Champion, us being the hire qualifier meant we lead first, we scored 0-10 to us on our lead run giving us a massive advantage we still pushed hard on our chase run and doing so gave us the WIN. We are now sitting 4th place tied with Mick Rosenblatt – with one more round with one more round left in the champion ship!
4,390km and a 46 hour drive, the team decided to put the car and all the gear into a container and train it over to Perth – the team flew over a few days before the event to make sure the car and gear had all arrived on time and in one piece! Before this even we had been testing different diff gears to suit the smaller tracks, we set the car up with 3.9 gears to suit the smaller track that ADGP ran back in 2012 – this year they decided to use a different layout using turn one which is a high 4th gear entry.
After the first practice session on the Saturday we decided to remove some grip from the car so we could use 4 gear throughout the whole track, we went up in tyre pressure by 10 PSI, stiffened the dampeners on the Racing Logic coilovers and removed the 3D wing this allowed us to (just) hold 4th gear not quite on the line that was required but would get us through qualifying! Throughout the day we made some minor adjustments and had the car dialled for qualifying. It was on our first lap of the last practice session we had big hit with Beau Yates in his new Toyota 86, bending all front and rear drivers side arms and bending 2 rims! Ivan, Daryll and Shaun had 40min to replace all arms and get it back on the ground ready to qualify – with the car being untested with new arms/eye-alignment we took it easy to secure a place in the top 32 we manage to qualify 16.
That night we swapped out the 3.9 diff gears for Daigo Saito’s 4.1 two way. After testing the new diff Sunday morning we were confident with running the line that was laid out by the judges.
We won our first battle against Brandis Laine in his R32 Skyline, this put us through to top 16.
Once again up against Beau Yates, Beau had a spin on his lead lap resalting in us having yet another crash, the impact snapped his rear knuckle and bent ours this put him out for the weekend. We had to pull the rear end out of the Exedy S15 and replace drive shaft, top traction arm and bend the tow arm back straight in time for our top 8 battle against Dale Campaign – we had a clean lead run tho in our chase run behind Dale we couldn’t maintain enough drive up the hill for the switch forced us to run a shallow line and couldn’t extend to the last ourter clipping point, this knocked us out and left us finishing in 8th for the weekend!