The Round 4 final of the Ausdrift 2016 Championship was held on Sunday 11th of December. This was the first Ausdrift competition held at Perth RC’s new location at 27 Newcastle Street in Perth. It’s been a testing time moving and setting up the new venue with some unplanned downtime in the interim.
It’s been an absolutely fantastic 2016 championship with a different winner in RWD class for each round making for a very tight top 4 on the ladder. Numbers in AWD however have been disappointing but with the amount of new drivers attending sessions lately this will hopefully improve next year. This round saw a total field of 12 entries, 8 in RWD class and 4 for AWD. The top end of the table brought out their best again with some awesome driving on the new tile surface. Drivers enjoying a flowing track layout designed to result in some close door to door drifting thanks to competition director Soorian Ang.
Luke Veersma completed a clean sweep of T.Q performances for this year in RWD class with a 92.67/100. In the final battle brackets, Bradley Burge came away with a well deserved first round win of the 2016 series ahead of Luke in second place. Third and fourth came down to between Paul Hayes and Anthony Tottman, with Paul claiming third place after 3 close battles with Anthony.
In AWD class for this round, our competition director Soorian Ang took out top qualifier and first place. It was great to see Soorian competing again after a year of purely judging duties. I was relegated to second place and 13 year old Rilley Prussian took 3rd place from newcomer Marcus Scott.
The overall RWD championship for 2016 was a close affair with the top 4 places separated by only 7 points. First place went to the always consistent Luke Veersma with 98 points, 1 win and 2 x second places for the year. Second went to Bradley Burge on 94 points also with 1 win and 2 x second places. Third went to Paul Hayes with 92 points, 1 win and 2 x third places. An honourable mention goes to Jordon Vukojevich who missed this final round due to interstate work, he finished fourth with 91 points, 1 win and 1 x third place.
The overall AWD championship for 2016 went to myself with 97 points, 3 wins and 1 x second place. Second place went to Andrew Marriott with 62 points, 1 x second place and 1 x third place. Third place going to Mike Adams with 58 points and 1 x third place.
Thanks also to this rounds judging panel; Soorian Ang, Peter Veersma, Don Jamieson & Jayden Goncalves (who stepped in to judge AWD while Soorian Ang competed) for their hard work in making the tough decisions and to my fellow admins; Michael Smith, Anthony Tottman, Jayden Goncalves and Soorian Ang for helping to make this year’s championship a success.
Thank you to all drivers who competed throughout the year and congratulations to all competition and championship place getters. Special thanks to all who lent their help throughout the year at; comps, demos, busy bees, set up and pack up, etc your help has been greatly appreciated, Ausdrift wouldn’t be where it is now without your help.
Round 4 Entrants; AWD class – 4, RWD class – 8
Judges; Soorian Ang (head judge and competition director), Peter Veersma, Don Jamieson & Jayden Goncalves
Round 4 RWD Class Results;
Top Qualifier – Luke Veersma
1st place: Bradley Burge – 2nd place: Luke Veersma – 3rd place: Paul Hayes
Round 4 AWD Class Results;
Top Qualifier – Soorian Ang
1st place: Soorian Ang – 2nd place: Noel Gettingby – 3rd place: Rilley Prussian
2016 Championship Total Entrants; AWD class – 9, RWD class – 17
2016 Championship Series – RWD Final Placings
1st place: Luke Veersma – 2nd place: Bradley Burge – 3rd place: Paul Hayes
2016 Championship Series – AWD Final Placings
1st place: Noel Gettingby – 2nd place: Andrew Marriott – 3rd place: Mike Adams
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