With a very threatening beast of a hurricane Erika, now downgraded to a gentle yet as light fore play from a sadist of a tropical storm. Either of these version of Erika’s presents presented a high chance of this event being soggier than a bowl of frosted flakes left untended for two weeks.(might have a bigger problem if you do that irl, don’t do that. I’m sure your mom would be very disappointed if you did). Which would be the cause of the event getting postpone. Erika turned out to be a flirt instead. It did rain, but in a typical florida fashion. Big low flying dark rain clouds ready to erupt at a moments notice with tons of rain spilled on the track for a solid 45 minutes. But that was all she wrote. As the rain clouds dissipated we were about to witness a first in South Florida drift history. For the first time Palm Beach International Raceway allow US Drift Circuit to operate the full track. Hot Laps!! Continuous drifting banging on the rev meter with no intentions of stopping until the wheels fall off. For this day we were blessed to mimic how they get down at the holy grail of drifting Ebisu. The energy was totally on a new high as the driver meeting finished everyone ran out to get there cars tech so they could start tearing up the track!
At this point the track was still very moist. This raised some potential concerns with the track officials. The drivers I could tell wreaked with anticipation to go straight HAM(hard as mother fvcker) on the course. The decision came to letting the more season drivers take dibs on being the first group to run this event with hopes that the pro class could whisk away most of the water from the track. This proved to be a helpful success until sadly another outer band of rain fell, making sure the track was going to stay permanently soak for the entire event.
Wet conditions seems to be the bane of drifters this year. Well at lease from what I’ve seen in America so far this year, Formula Drift as well. As the day carried on there was a looming sense of aggravation on track at times when the disturbance of drivers faulting up the disco soul drift train by spinning out, running off into hay bails, to some of the drifters unfortunately crashing into wall. One ultimately totaling his car. There was a learning curve present at todays outing at PBIR. It really goes to show that majority of the drivers need to time to practice in the in these unforgiven conditions. However overall, being a first time to run the full track. It was a blast! everyone had a great time. Im sure with a little better organization the second full track event will be awesome.
Photo x shane prescod
Location @ Palm Beach International Raceway, FL