Piotr Więcek puts on a relentless performance in Estonia

Extreme Drift Allstars Round 4 – Estonian Drift GP Results

Take some of the world’s best drift drivers, pit them against each other on an unforgiving Estonian circuit surrounded by concrete walls, with an airborne initiation and constant changes in elevation and you’ve a recipe for incredible entertainment. This is Extreme Drift Allstars round four and the Estonian Drift GP.

Poland’s Piotr Więcek was in unstoppable form at this weekend’s Estonian Drift GP, making his mark on the 2015 championship in his Budmat Auto R34 Nissan Skyline. During Friday’s qualifying event Więcek laid down an incredible first run, securing him third position. On his second qualifying run he pushed too hard, making contact with the wall and forcing serious overnight repairs to his car. During Saturday’s main event, Więcek battled through several tough brackets to meet Latvian Janis Eglite in the final. A close fight ensued, but it was Więcek’s event, with the Polish driver elated at his first victory of the 2015 season.

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Laitse Rally Park, near Tallinn in Estonia, is one of the country’s premier motorsport venues and played host to the fourth round of the 2015 Extreme Drift Allstars championship. The biggest challenges posed by this tight and technical custom circuit relate to Laitse’s severe elevation changes and immovable concrete perimeter. To make things interesting, the Extreme Drift Allstars international judges designed a course layout to really push the drivers and their machines to the absolute limit. With over 35 drivers from all around the world vying for the win, this would be the toughest Drift Allstars event so far.

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Out of a maximum possible 100 points in qualifying, just two points separated the top four drivers, with championship leader James Deane taking P1 following two flawless and aggressive runs. Australia’s Luke Fink was out for blood and it showed, securing P2 going into Saturday’s battles. Poland’s Piotr Więcek was on fine form in practice, and his commitment resulted in him taking P3 against an incredibly tough field of drivers.

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Saturday’s top 32 tandem battles played out in front of a capacity Estonian crowd, with no-one willing to concede an inch. International drift star Aurimas (Odi) Bakchis joined the Drift Allstars roadshow for this event, piloting a HGK Racing PS13. After progressing past Kristian Salmre in the top 32, Odi took a surprise early exit from the competition during the top 16, losing out to local driver Mihkel Norman Tults.

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The great 8 comprised of a truly all star line-up – Latvian champion Janis Eglite took on the ‘Estonian Express’ Harold Valdma and won.

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In a Tri-Ace grudge-match, Luke Fink took Nigel Colfer to one more time, with the Australian just edging the win. Piotr Więcek would meet and beat Fink in the semi finals after taking down Norwegian Fredrik Øksnevad whilst in the other half of the bracket James Deane found himself chasing down Janis Eglite, to no avail.

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The third place playoff was worthy of any final – a grudge match between Ireland’s James Deane in the Falken Motorsport/Level One Qatar Nissan S14 and Australian Luke Fink in the Tri-Ace Tyres Nissan PS13. The two last met at the British Drift GP earlier this year, resulting in one of the most spectacular battles of the season. Their confrontation in Estonia didn’t disappoint either, with two critically close runs. Ultimately, Deane took a slight advantage which, at this level of competition, was enough to secure him third.

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The battle for the podium would come down to Więcek vs Eglite, two drivers who both looked like they could take the win. Eglite’s pace and aggression was unparalleled up until this point, but Więcek matched him turn-for-turn. In the lead position, Więcek managed to open up a slight gap on Eglite, which the judges deemed to be enough to secure Więcek his first victory of the 2015 season.

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“This was the best win of my drifting career,” commented Piotr Więcek. “Every battle was a huge challenge against some of the best drivers in the world. Now I’m really looking forward to the next round in Lithuania to put some more points against my name.”

The fifth round of the 2015 Extreme Drift Allstars championship takes place on 29-30th August in downtown Kaunas, on a custom-built street circuit in the heart of Lithuania.

Final results from the Estonian Drift GP – Round 4:
1. Piotr Więcek – Poland – Budmat Auto Drift Team
2. Janis Eglite – Latvia – Tri-Ace Tyre
3. James Deane – Ireland – Falken Motorsports

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