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Last weekend saw Baggsy make the long trip to Hefei, China for Round 3 of the D1GP China Series. Being reunited with his trusty #S13V8, Baggsy would be battling it out on a freshly laid custom track inside the Hefei Olympic Stadium. The weekend promised to be a truly unique event filled with some of the best drivers that China and D1 Japan had to offer.

With the event underway, the weather would soon take a turn. Heavy rain descended upon the Hefei Olympic Stadium part way through practice, causing track issues and leaving standing water. With many drivers struggling under the conditions, Baggsy being no stranger to wet conditions bagged himself 2nd place in the pre qualifiers, and then the 3rd position in the main event qualifier.

Taking the 3rd place qualifying spot with a score of 92.12 would mean Baggsy had a bye to the Top 16, and would face Akinori Utsumi in his Nissan S15.

After heavy rainfall and fresh tarmac covered in burnt tyre rubber, track conditions could only be compared to driving on marbles. Baggsy and Utsumi would go head to head in an extremely close battle, with Utsumi narrowly taking the win.

Baggsy: It was awesome to be back out in China for Round 3 of the D1GP China Series. The custom made track inside the Hefei Olympic Stadium was a lot of fun to drive. We had changing weather conditions and heavy rain over the course of the event, this proved to challenge all the drivers with the track being extremely greasy and slippery. The D1 series has a very different rulebook compared to European drifting and they also use the DOSS electronic scoring equipment. Its interesting and a good challenge to try and adapt to this style of drifting. We finished in 10th place overall at Round 3. I can wait to get back out to China in the #S13V8 very soon.

The next stop for the #S13V8 was the China Auto Salon where the car was being hosted by ST Suspension for static display. With a 120,000 people through the doors, its one of Chinas biggest automotive events of the year.

Baggsy – KOE Round 6 Germany – 2017
With only a few days off, it was time to hit the road again. This time a little closer to home, Baggsy headed to the Oschersleben Motorsport Arena in Germany for Round 6 of the King Of Europe Pro Drift Series held alongside the Asia Arena motor show event.

It’s been over two years since Baggsy last appeared at King Of Europe, a series he is very familiar with after becoming the KOE Super Final winner in 2014. Back behind the wheel of his #PS13V6, Baggsy jumped straight into the Friday practice sessions before qualifying. With a technical issue arising in the car, the team from SB Motorsport managed to rectify the problem with only minutes to spare before qualifying.

After the practice sessions in the dry, the weather took a turn for qualifying. Baggsy would put in two qualifying runs in the wet, taking the 8th place qualifying position ready for battles in the main event. Taking a bye to the top 16, Baggsy would have to put in only a single run due to his competitor forfeiting with engine problems. Baggsy would take on Elias Hountondji of the Drift Brothers in the Great 8 battles. After errors from both drivers, the judges would call for a one more time. Another close battle would unfold with Hountondji just nipping the win over Baggsy.

Baggsy: We had a lot of fun returning to KOE after a two-year break. So much has changed in the series, and there is much more power on the grid now. The Oschersleben Motorsport Arena track is a really fast track with quite a tricky initiation. We developed a small problem with the car during practice, but the team were able to rectify it just in time for qualifying. The weather had changed and the track had become quite slippy, but we managed to bag 8th position for qualifying. We progressed onto the Great 8 of the main event, but that is where the weekend ended for us. Was great to back at King Of Europe, and hopefully we can return again soon. For now its back to HQ to prepare for the final of the British Drift Championship at Teesside next weekend.

Next up for Baggsy is the British Drift Championship Final Round at Teesside Autodrome September 15/16th 2017.

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