FD Canada annonce le prix des billets pour la saison 2015
May 19, 2015
Round 2 Recap
July 25, 2015
Montmagny Autodrome - July 18-19, 2015
The second round of Formula Drift Canada took place once again with storm clouds looming at the horizon. The event was of utmost importance as it was to dictate the Top 16 who will be invited to the take part in the season finale being held at the Trois-Rivières Grand Prix.
Practice day took place under a hard hitting rain. That didn’t stop drift fans from the Quebec region, among the most dedicated sport drifting fans of all, to come out in large numbers with their umbrellas, tents, and ponchos, in hand.
Last year, the Montmagny Autodrome made some major modifications to its facilities. The drivers were thus confronted with a whole new track configuration.
Ryan Lanteigne, one of the judges for the American Formula Drift series, explained that this new track configuration is a very technical one. For example, filling the outside zones took planning and dedication. Many drivers were flustered by zone 1, which required to slowdown from outside zone 1 to inside clip 1 . Also Ryan explained that connecting the interior of the first clipping point with the exteriors of zones 2 and 3 requires a very specific racing line and a considerable dose of power.
We asked Ryan to speak to us about the drivers who stood out during the race. ‘Jonathan Guitard showed a lot of consistency with each tandem, this allowed him a podium spot. Brad Carlton delivered some great performances but mechanical problems cost him his last tandem race. Pat Cyr performed really well on the exterior parts of zones 1 and 3 which is not an easy thing to do. When it comes to Gosselin, he had some great moments behind the steering but it was not consistent. That being said, he showed some aggressive driving and he handled the track well,’.
The rain often has a tendency of highlighting the talent of the best drivers. Ryan noted that the judges scored the drivers as if they were on a dry track. Amongst other things, they were looking for consistency and clean racing lines. Miro Ovacharik received the best score during qualifications, a feat he realized under the rain. However, judges only gave him 24/30 for his style. On the other hand, Pat Cyr obtained 27/30 for style for his first qualification run. It notably had lots of speed, a nice racing line, smooth transitions, all with minimal corrections. Nonetheless, he received a total of 79 points during his best qualification run.
The race was not an easy one for everybody, several mishaps occurred for many. Van Sleuwen hit the wall between the first outside zone and the first clipping point while he was chasing Ovacharik during the Top 16. Pat Cyr on his end was hit by Marin Guilbault at clipping point 1 during the Top 8. Pat managed to finish his run while Guilbault lost control of his vehicle. However Pat Cyr did go off track during a finale run, which cost him the race and a spot on the podium. Patinka hit Guitard during his initiation and Doyon collided with Blanchette at clipping point 1.
The need to make a difficult decision sometimes occurs during the race. Ryan reports that amid the Top 16 tandem race between Morin-Carlton, he found that both drivers committed serious errors equivalent to each other and that a ‘one-more-time’ was necessary. Meanwhile, the two other judges gave the advantage to Morin and he thus won out on the race.
This second round of the season gathered an impressive range of drift vehicles for the amateur drift fan: Subaru STI with a 2JZ, Scion FR-S, Lexus SC400, Nissan S13, S14, S15, Lexus IS300, Infiniti G35, Nissan 350Z, Mazda RX7, Toyota AE86, etc.
Jonathan Guitard won the second round of the Formula Drift Canada 2015 championship held at the Montmagny Autodrome. Alex Gosselin and Miro Ovacharik took second and third place respectively. Pat Cyr finished in 4th position.