Mark Buckle (Sweeps) the DCY Drift drive showed up relatively late on Saturday morning, he just made his briefing by the skin of his cowboy hat!!
Sweeps competed in D1 and Eurodrift last year so was no novice with the procedures in the pit's unlike Mick, Barrie & George. Sweeps had left his briefing and nearly had time to change the two front tyres before he on for the first warm up session of the weekend.
The Drift car has been suffering with a power steering problem for the last 2 months. Although it didn't really cause Sweeps any problems at a recent drift comp it will at Donnington as entry speeds are 70mph.
Apart from that not a lot has changed in the Drift car since last year apart from some much deserved rear traction. Mick had developed the Drift car a moth ago giving Sweeps some more rear grip which he loved but did ask for a bit more.
Mick did set the car up previously to Donnignton but with added traction at the rear Sweeps found himself struggling to battle with understeer.
All day long on Saturday Sweeps had to fight with the car to overcome understeer and the wobble with the power steering. He had quite a few spins and plenty of battles to try and keep a smooth drift throughout the corners in Melbourne.
Although he struggled all day with the car and a really bad migraine he did manage to impress the judges and pulled of a couple of very good runs.
At the end of the day on Saturday Sweeps and the rest of the EDC drifters were called upstairs to the briefing room for the news on who had gone through to the final on Sunday. Sweeps was pretty confident he wouldn't of qualified but had an almighty when they called him name out as one of the successful entrants to qualify for the final.
Sunday Sweeps had it all to do, his migraine had gone but the understeer and power steering wobble was still there. He was picked of to go up against Brett Castle one of the UK's best drifters so he had his work cut out.
Sunday practice sessions saw Sweeps still fighting with the car to overcome the understeer, and when he went into the final against Brett he had his work cut out.
His first run against Brett saw Sweeps carry plenty of speed into the first corner but the understeer got the better of the car and him, although he battled to keep it straight he lost control and spun the car.
His second run saw Sweep pull of an amazing drift , plenty of speed and nice smooth transaction, plenty of angle and smoke made for a perfect drift and probably the best one of the weekend, but added to the first run, saw Brett Castle go through and Sweeps eliminated from round 1 of the EDC.