Here is the latest news from some of EBC’s assisted automotive racers who have been experiencing consistent success with EBC car brakes across their varied racing styles.
This month’s news blog includes race reports from the newly assisted Mike Fitz Drifting, the ever consistent Lewis Dean Motorsport, and long term racer and EBC fan Peter Burchill:
EBC Brakes are pleased to introduce Mike Fitz Drifting to our existing team of talented drift racers. Mike is currently a pro driver in the Irish Drift Championship and head instructor at the Prodrift Academy as well as being the head judge of the Irish Amateur Drift Championship. Mike races a Mazda RX-7 FC competition car equipped with Yellowstuff brake pads and EBC discs.
Here is his introduction and first EBC race report:
Hi EBC fans! My name is Mike Fitzgerald, or Mike Fitz and I’m a pro driver in the Irish Drift Championship and also the head instructor at the Prodrift Academy and the head judge of the Irish Amateur Drift Championship. I’ve been lucky enough to partner with EBC Brakes in 2017 and the guys have been instrumental in vastly improving the braking power of my Mazda RX-7 FC competition car, which was always a weak point, with EBC discs and a mix of Ultimax and Yellowstuff pads. The Mazda is running a 500bhp Toyota 2JZ engine and a Nissan 350Z six speed gearbox.
As I write this the dust is just settling from the huge foreign invasion that was IDC Vs Drift GP: Global Warfare 4. Global Warfare is always a highlight on the Irish Drift Championship calendar and this year was no different, with the Drift GP European Championship bringing the might of its drivers to Ireland’s Mondello Park racing circuit to try and beat the Irish’s 14 year undefeated streak on home soil.
Drivers from no less that 14 countries, from as far away as Peru and Australia, descended on Ireland’s only international track and gave us all they had in the name of claiming victory and the glory of being the first to say they took down the Irish at home.
To date in 2017, I’ve been having a mixed season. On the back of a 4th place championship finish last year the crew and myself mounted a serious challenge on the championship, but as is the nature of motorsport sometimes we had a little bad luck with a slight steering issue at Round 1 and a top 16 exit against the eventual event winner at round two, so we have to dig deep now and pull some results out of the bag.
After some solid practice, we qualified quite well out of 50 international pro drivers. It’s worth remembering here that many drivers had driven across Europe and flown around the world, and still had to face an early retirement if they were one of the 20 odd drivers who didn’t make it into the Top 32 battles. It’s tough but that’s drifting, the lows sometimes just make the highs higher I think!
In our first battle we faced my old rival Shane O’Sullivan in the Top 32 and I was determined to take him down. On the first lap, right on entry when I was chasing hard, Shane suddenly lost a lot of speed in an area I didn’t expect him to and I was forced to brake hard while on full angle to avoid a collision.
This resulted in a spin for me and the end of the run, but it was up to the judges to decide whether the mistake was mine or whether Shane had caused it by braking in a full throttle zone. On the day, the decision went the other way and all I could do on my lead run was go as hard as possible and hope Shane had made a silly mistake, which he didn’t.
One of the great strengths and also great flaws of drifting is it’s a judged sport. It’s as close to an exact science as possible but there is so much action and incidents and variables that you’ll always have decisions coming down to human opinion. As a drift judge myself and having looked back at the run, I can’t say I agreed with the call on this occasion but I respect the decision of the judges and we had an early exit at round three.
There are many positives to take though, as we are finally down to fine tuning on the RX-7 after seasons of developmental work on this slightly rarer drift chassis and I feel we have some really good results just around the corner, so hopefully with some luck we can start to finish the season on a high and challenge for podiums at the final two rounds. I’ll be back with a report from IDC round four which takes place at my local track in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork, so hopefully local knowledge will come into its own here!
Mike is competing in the round four of the IDC on 12th – 13th August 2017 at Adventure Park, Kartworld in Cork, Ireland.
Lewis Dean Motorsport
EBC Brakes assisted hill climb racers Lewis Dean Motorsport have maintained their consistent success after the latest event at Gurston Down when they achieved great results in their Yellowstuff pad and BSD disc equipped Subaru Impreza WRX.
Here is their report of the day:
EBC Subaru Impreza Another Podium!
Shaun and Sarah Fudge owner/owner-drivers of the Lewis Dean Motorsport Subaru Impreza WRX returned to Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb on Sunday 23th July 2017.
Supported by EBC Brakes, the team had been previously using EBC Slotted Rotors with Yellowstuff brake pads which proved to be extremely effective and have contributed to the teams trophy haul. This season saw the EBC supported Impreza shod with an alternative EBC Brakes combination of the BSD blade discs with EBC Bluestuff brake pads.
The team maintained their consistent success this weekend when Shaun, after posting a personal best time, fought the meeting out with a Mitsubishi Evolution for 2nd place honours, Shaun taking the trophy for Lewis Dean Motorsport by only .20 of a second.
This keeps Shaun in 2nd place in Class for the Gurston Championship table and Sarah holds 3rd.
The Lewis Dean Motorsport Team will return to Gurston Down in August with the trusty EBC shod Subaru and will be hoping that this year’s run of success continues.
Lewis Dean Motorsport would like to thank EBC Brakes for their ongoing support and praise them for their excellent brakes.
Lewis Dean Motorsport
Peter Burchill – Vulcan Racing
Peter Burchill and the Vulcan Racing Team had a great weekend of racing at the Cockershoot and MG Cup which took place at Cadwell Park on 22nd July 2017. Peter’s MG V6 engine saloon car was equipped with EBC Bluestuff NDX brake pads.
Here is their latest race report:
Vulcans Racing’s Peter Burchill had great results at Cadwell Park on Saturday 22nd July 2017 when he competed in the Cockershoot and MG Cup despite mixed weather conditions.
The Team managed to gain a 2nd, a 3rd and a 4th place finish in their MG V6 engine saloon that was equipped with EBC Bluestuff brake pads.
We had good results a 2nd a 3rd and a 4th the Bluestuff brake pads worked well as ever!