« on: May 19, 2009, 10:31:52 AM »
Below is Pete\'s write up of the event at Knockhill where he won outright in EDC.
"well what can i say about this round other than it was fantastic, the event was by far my best to date and also my best result.
we arrived at knockhill ( scotland ) on saturday the 16th to heavy rain and quite strong winds, all the drivers had the same feeling and that was that the event was going to be utter carnage and worst of all no spectators to cheer us on. we had an hour and a half practice session starting at 5pm and this proved to be a challenge as the conditions were not good at all, after the practice and with the bad weather we dicided to get an early night and i\'m sure many of the drivers were praying for better weather for the main event.
sunday came and the prayers were answered, we awoke to find a nice clear blue sky and a glowing sun. the event kicked off with driver practice and new driver licensing at 9am, at first the track was pretty patchey it terms of the large scattered puddles on the racing line which proved to be pretty difficult for many drivers.onto the twin battles
top 16 twin battles,
the twin battles were announced and i had a very difficult competitor, he was the ulster drift champion from ireland 3 years running and was proving his worth in the practice session, the battle went pretty well but my competitor was slower than me through the section which made it tough for me to adjust my driving style to suit, the battle had to go to a sudden death round and that luckily went in my favour as i clintched the victory and progressed to the top 8
top 8 twin battles
i went into this battle feeling pretty confident as i was starting to settle into the car and track layout, i was put against bret castle who was the 2007 EDC champion so was a very tough and well experienced drifter. this battle was once again sent to sudden death as there was nothing to call between us, i knew that this was my only chance to progress further and i had to give it my all. we both went flat out from the start line and hit 94mph at the point of pullung the handbrake to initiate the slide, i kept very close to bret and was pleased with the run but i knew once he was the chase car he wasn\'t gonna give me an inch, this run also went in my favour and i progressed into the semi finals.
top 4 twin battles
for this battle i was up against mark luney in the SVA nissan 350z, this car is truely mental and cost close to 100k to build, i knew this battle was going to be once again a close call, we set off with me as the chase car and this run was very close and the result was a 5-5, when the table was turned i once again had a good fast and clean run but luckily for me mark made a small error and therefore gave me a 6-4 advantage and along with that my place in the final.
by this time i was still in shock and was over the moon with the way the event had gone, i knew that the least that would happen was a 2nd place finish, i felt like i needed to just play it cool and try to put on a good show for the spectators and not spin out. i was against james russel in the DCY nissan skyline, again james is a very good competitor and trying to make his presence known, i went out in the chase run and was glued to the skyline and produced a 5-5, whowever in the chase run i was able to stretch the rx7\'s legs and gained a fairly substantial lead giving me a 6-4 advantage and the win.
this was like a dream come true for me and was a long awaited victory in the EDC,
here are a few action pics from the event,