April showers bring May flurries? Canada doesn’t believe in weather patterns.
For the season opener of Canadian Sport Compact Series mother nature decided to snow on our parade. However since we’re Canucks we didn’t let it dampen our spirits. The show must go on as they say, and it did!
The change in temperature and weather conditions throughout the day kept the drivers on their toes. Some slippery mishaps were evident but most drivers kept their composure and there weren’t any collisions that I witnessed throughout the entire day.
Drifting left a little more to be desired unfortunately. Where is everyone? Calling all drivers to the starting grid! I’m hoping that it’s just early in the year and some competitors are still out building their machines for this season.
Only 5 cars were entered in the competition. However due to an early mishap with a slippery bank and the wall, Drew’s minty machine wasn’t performing like it should. Wayne Lee was also driving a car he’d never competed in before (the forester in the photo before). So with the big booty rental he was struggling a bit to keep a continuous drift. The crowd loved the machine though and I caught several people cheering him on during qualifying.
Dimitri Goritsas was killing out there. He was looking sharp basically driving the 180 that looks as if it’s dressed like James Bond vs the rest of the street thugs. (No offence other drivers, love everyone’s unique style 100%).
So with the minimal competitors it went like this: Wayne didn’t qualify unfortunately so Brent got a bi to the finals. So that left Pat and Dimitri to face off. After a “one more time” Pat knocked Dimitri out, giving him third.
Even though it was ridiculously cold and the wind was blowing they had to celebrate it right. Thanks Jover for commentating again, Dan wouldn’t step up this time so Drew gave it a shot for a bit. (yup calling you out Dan.)
The snow and shine had a rather large turnout. Imports to domestics and everything in between. Caught Jesse sneaking in with this incredibly unique whip. Not everyday you see a Gloria in our neighborhood.
I’m not going to throw a ton of show and shine stuff in this article as I was at the track more than the lot. A few can be found at the end of this article in the gallery. This Varis M4 was wicked looking, and yes it was on the track.
I could catch her excitement afterwards from her being back at it again after a long recovery. However I didn’t manage to catch Kyle’s Corvette, the last driver of the team (sorry Kyle!). Kyle managed to grab 3rd in Super Street RWD.
Although the day was super shitty in terms of weather, I had an amazing time. We could have seen more drifters in the competition and the mics could have held out a little more against the wind but those are little details. Thank you CSCS for putting on these events, can’t wait for the next one.
Mark your calendars, June 26 TMP Cayuga. The day after Formula Drift ‘Toronto’ (Barrie/Innisfil area).
Please get your tickets for both events, the more we support our local community the larger it will grow and the opportunities for new venues/more frequent events will rise.