June 24th 2013
Drift Allstars Europe Round 1: Drift GP of Poland
Bartosz Stolarski takes the win at the Budmat Driftshow!

The Drift Allstars GP of Poland kicked off the 2013 season this past weekend in association with the Budmat organisation and the Polish Federation for Drifting. With this event collaboration now 4 years in the making there was no bigger event or stage to kick of the 2013 Drift Allstars European Championship. Friday consisted of free practice and set-up and it was clear to see from day 1 this was going to be one of the most difficult tracks in the championships history.

Day 1 Teaser and interviews can be found here

Day 2 was qualifying and was probably the closest in the series history with all of top 10 drivers being separated by just 5 points.
Please see the Qualifying day –recap interview and video below
Day 3

The final day brought torrential rain creating a very dangerous, slick venue navigating the concrete jungle track around the Orlen arena. With the weather reports reviewed the clerk of the course made the decision to push the timetable back by 2 hours in the interest of safety. As it happened the sun came out to dry the whole venue up within the planned delay time resulting in the battles starting in similar conditions to those the drivers experienced in qualification on Saturday.

Quickly the venue filled up with the estimated sold out crowd of 23,000 fans. June 23rd 2013 would be the scene of the biggest and best professional drift competition in Europe.

The top 32 battles started with huge surprises as all of the top 4 qualifiers found themselves immediately knocked out in the first round of competition. Also a huge crash from Romanski while chasing Nigel Colfer resulted in his E30 collecting the wall and ending up on it roof, both drivers were unhurt but the it did signal the end of Romanski’s weekend.

Teenage sensation Jack Shanahan would push very hard and nearly take his win in the top 16 before a problem with his handbrake caused him to make a small mistake.

The top 8 was broken down between 4 Polish drivers and 4 international drivers, this being the biggest line up in the history of PFD the event win was still anyone’s game. Nigel Colfer would beat Martin Ffrench after he had a mechanical problem, a shame for Ffrench as he was on fire in the LBD PS13 all weekend. Bartosz Stolarksi forced Juha Rinatenen into two big mistakes giving a relaxed looking Bartosz a place in the top 4. Drift Allstars 2012 Champion Alan Sinnot would beat Dawid Karkoshik for his place and Wojciech Goździewicz would join them in the final 4.

Bartosz Stolarski pushed very hard again and had too much pace and speed for Colfer. A mistake by Colfer and a slight straighten was enough to end his chase for the event win; Colfer would go on to take third place. Alan Sinnot would face off against Wojciech Goździewicz in his BMW. Sinnot pushed hard and just had too much for the young Polish driver to match. Goździewicz only just made the qualification bracket on Saturday in the thirty second spot so an impressive performance for him to finish 4th after placing so low in qualifying.

The final between Sinnot and Stolarkski was super competitive with both drivers steering mega Nissan S14’s with over 600hp. Stolarski riding on the atmosphere of the circuit and the support of his home nation fans just lifted it another level displaying the extra speed and line to make his runs look even more impressive resulting in him taking the win at the Budmat Driftshow 2013.

Bartosz Stolarski said “Great to take the win at what is the biggest drift event in this country. I have had a great run this season and now take the points league in both the Polish and Drift Allstars European Series”

The season continues July 6/7th at Sturup Raceway near Malmo for the Drift GP of Sweden.