The Drift Effect Ohio

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Miro at Drift Effect in Ohio I decided I should do more competitions lately and less practice stuff so I can learn to not drive like a retard at competitions. There was a competition called The Drift Effect in Ohio organized this weekend by the Drift Cleveland guys. I’m pretty much out of vacation days at work since I’ve set my days aside for some big trips later in the year. So I had to come back by Monday, which sucks a lot. Anyway, it was paying $1500 to the winner, so I thought some quality dudes would show up and it would be good practice. I left Saturday afternoon, got to Ohio around 9pm, and passed out.

I got to the track early Sunday. It was a 1/5 mile oval, relatively low banking with an “X” through the center. So the course setup was basically an “S” shape. You go through the first bank, down though the center of the oval, out and around the other bank, manji on the straight, and through the first bank for the last time. It was a pretty simple course. The challenge was just getting close to the walls. A lot of people crashed, like literally half the cars there. We had hours of practice time, but I didn’t run too much because I only brought 6 tires. I did around 10-15 practice runs and just left it for qualifying. I put down two pretty decent runs with lots of angle and smoke, not crazy close to the wall though. That was good for 3rd place.

For first round, I went against Josh in an SR S13. He spun when following me, so I took it easy on my follow run and got the win. I’m not really sure what was going on in top 8. From what I understand, the guy I was supposed to go against wrecked his car in top 16 but moved on to top 8. So he borrowed a car that had lost in top 16 to drive with. I was confused why I was lining up with a car that lost in top 16, but I just drifted. I got a big gap on him in my lead run. He was pretty smooth/predictable on his lead run, so it was easy for me to follow close. I advanced to top 4.

Miro qualifying at Drift Effect in Ohio In top 4, I went against Dennis Mertzanis. We were both consistent and had almost exactly the same speed throughout the course. The first two runs were super even. I think I was a bit closer to him on my follow. But on the straightaway manji, he got ridiculous angle, and I thought he was going to spin. So basically I got phazed and my transition looked sloppy since I was preparing to stop when he spun, but he never did. So we got a one more time from that. The OMT runs were really close again, but I think I was just a bit closer to him on my follow, and I didn’t get phazed this time. So I got the win. To his credit, I’m sure he was driving more on the safe side since his car has to leave for Formula D Las Vegas in a few days.

In the final, I went against Mike Skudlarek. We were really close on speed, so it was a tough match, and I was struggling for grip the whole time. The first set of runs were retarded. I led first, went to enter the first turn high on the bank, and he just shot underneath me and passed me… lol. He apologized for it later, so I’m guessing he just went in too fast, went low to avoid me, and the only way he could keep the drift was to stay on the throttle and pass me. I was pretty annoyed though when it happened, so on my follow run, I did the same thing he did and just passed him on the inside in the first turn… lol. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but it was pretty entertaining for the crowd… haha. So since that was retarded, we got a OMT. The OMT runs were clean and close and I was driving as fast as I could to stay with him because my tires were going off. I didn’t know who won afterwards, but I guess I was a bit closer in tandem or maybe he had some correction behind me, so I was told I got the win.

Then it started raining like crazy immediately after, so I packed up my stuff and left, drove 7 hours home, wanted to die, survived on Red Bull, fig newtons and combos. I got home, showered, and went to work. So a good weekend overall.

Here’s a picture of the ridiculous trophy that doesn’t fit in my truck.

The Drift Effect Trophy

XDC Englishtown

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Miro and Steve Angerman at XDC Englishtown I did some more driving. Summer Moves was fun. XDC NJ was kind of disappointing. There were a lot of good dudes at the event with several of the DMCC guys doing it, so it was pretty competitive. The course was kind of risky since you need to go into the bank fast and ride the wall around. A lot of people crashed.

I kept it conservative in practice and qualifying to avoid hitting the wall early. I did two solid qualifying runs and got 11th place out of that. Qualifying was kind of a mess with a lot of good people qualifying low in the order so it wasn’t much of an advantage to qualify high anyway. Nobody wanted to practice on Saturday due to lack of tires/sandbagging, so that was pretty gay and made tandem more difficult. I did some solo practice runs and tandem with the 5 or so other guys that decided to practice. I was feeling good about the comp since I was consistently doing solid runs and was able to follow most people in tandem.

XDC Englishtown I was matched up with Justin Tuerck in the first round. I didn’t get to practice with him because he had to change his seventh transmission of the weekend during practice, so I didn’t know how fast he was. I remembered he was about the same speed as me just from driving together at Clubloose, so I wanted to be more on the aggressive side to make sure I could stay with him when following. He led first and got a bit of a gap on me because I entered the first turn on the slow side. I drove into the bank hard and caught up, but he was way slower than I thought, so I had to do major e-brake extendo transitioning off the bank to stay off of him and got all wonky because of that. I gathered that up and stayed decently close to him for the rest of the run, but he had a big advantage from that run.

On my lead run, I’m not sure what happened but accelerating down the straight, I went to shift to 4th and it wouldn’t go in gear. So that fucked me all up. I just put it in 3rd and e-braked into the first turn. The rest of the run was pretty good I thought, and I had a large gap on Justin from what I could see in the mirror by the end of the course. I was hoping to get a OMT from that, but he got the win. Anyway, it was a good time, and the car is still in one piece. I need to do more competitions and to stop shifting like an idiot.