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First up: Goodwood #FoS!

This summer has already been extra-busy for Baggsy and the crew! First up, in early July, Baggsy brought the epic #LSXR35 GT-R Version 3 to the amazing Goodwood Festival Of Speed!

In addition to the now-familiar drift displays, smoking tyres, burning rubber doing neck-crunching donuts as they went up the famous 1.16 mile hillclimb route, this time all of the drift racers would compete against each other for the first time going up the hill in the first-ever Driftkhana competition!

The test of power, skill and precision involved rocketing down the tree-lined avenue and performing a sequence of close-quarters barrel turns not just once, but twice – at the first turn, and again in front of the world-famous Goodwood House. Each barrel was fitted with proximity sensors and flashing lights to inform the crowd if the drivers got close enough – or if they missed the mark!

All this is before braving the dangerous off-camber Molecomb corner and then the imposing, immovable Flint Wall! At the top paddock, a third sensor-laden wallride awaited, leading into a challenging parallel parking spot to finish the run.

With each driver only getting a single practice run on the Driftkhana course each day over 4 days, and challenging wet/dry conditions, it was a massively difficult job to get everything spot-on – and judge Terry Grant pulled no punches with his commentary and judging!

The GT-R showed some concerning signs after the first few runs, so the team pulled the trigger Saturday afternoon and headed back to Essex to pick up the competition-ready #PS13V8 to finish off the weekend.

Sunday dawned with Baggsy’s team extra-tired, but the PS13 was in the pits – right next to the GT-R! Visitors to the car paddock got a double-dose of Baggsy!

Irish drifter James Deane bagged top points from Terry, but Baggsy took it all in his stride – fun, sun and fast cars is the name of the game at Goodwood, after all!

Goodwood #FoS isn’t just about awesome cars…one of the greatest things about it is meeting your motorsport heroes! This legend is Ari Vatanen, rallying demigod! The other is Steve ‘Baggsy’ Biagioni!

Catch all the action from Goodwood Festival of Speed on Behind the Drift, coming soon!

Next up: UKDC!

The very next weekend, Baggsy and the PS13 were back in action, all the way up in Teesside for round 3 of the UK Drift Championship! The team arrived on Saturday during the Pro 2 runs and settled in to check out the track condition and try to find some shade in the 29 degree weather!

The blazing heat and high-horsepower cars even started to tear up the track in one corner, prompting some quick repairs by the track crew – but would it stay in one piece as the Pro racers went out the following day? Practice for Baggsy went smoothly until the final run, when the steering fluid reservoir cap came off the car – luckily James from CTRL found it, the hero of the day!

Qualifying went a bit more smooth, with Baggsy earning 85.7 and 85.3 scores from the judges to get him well into the Top 16.

His first run was against Karl Farrar, also running a Chevy V8 in his S13. The first run saw Karl go wheel-to-wheel with Baggsy and crowd him over the line, while in the lead on the second run Karl was again aggressive but went away with a love tap on the rear corner! The judges took their time deliberating, watching replays of both runs, making the drivers wait…but gave Baggsy the win on a close split decision to get into the Great 8.

In the next round, Baggsy faced JJ Stevens in his 750hp Skyline R34. As the lead car for the first run, Baggsy was able to maintain a high line around the track and pull away at the end. Then, with massive aggression in the chase run, Baggsy was so close over the finish line the driver side wing mirror broke off the car!* Judge James said this was the definition of an ultimate drift battle and a clear-cut win as the judges gave Baggsy the unanimous victory!

*Baggsy gave the wing mirror to JJ as a souvenir after the run!

In the Final Four, Baggsy faced Luke Barker, who won versus Baggsy in the second round at Driftland. Luke’s GT86 had been strong all weekend, and in the chase position for the first run Baggsy took a super-aggressive line but was hampered by understeer in the middle of the first corner. On the back foot for the second run, Baggsy went in hard but suffered again from understeer. Although the judges viewed the replay twice, Luke took the well-deserved win to head into the Final.

Battling for third place, Baggsy took the fight to Stefan Stefanov in his yellow and blue S13. As the chaser for the first run, Baggsy again ran a tough, tight line into the first corner – this time with no hint of understeer! In the lead for the second run, there were no mistakes at all and Baggsy got a big gap which he didn’t relinquish all the way to the finish line. A clear-cut victory with a unanimous vote from the judges – but the result wasn’t given until the podium presentation!

The podium run for Baggsy and his crew continues in 2021!

There’s been loads of action for Baggsy and the crew, but July isn’t over yet!

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Baggsy – “What a year already! I can’t believe we’re not even halfway through summer.

“Goodwood Festival was amazing as always, such an epic weekend. A shame we couldn’t use the GT-R for every run but so proud to be invited back by the Duke of Richmond. And a big hand to my crew for getting the PS13 ready and delivered overnight, I can’t thank them enough.

“As for UKDC, another third place is good, it’s great to get the podium again! We’re going to come back stronger at the next events and bring the fight. Riga is next, we’re already on the road to Latvia!”

Coming up next time:

Drift King of Riga!

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