18 October 2011|
|In Depth: DMCC Mid-Season Recap|
Round After Round of Epic Battles
This year’s season has been jammed packed with action. With seven rounds plus a preseason event, the 2011 campaign produced a lot of highlights. We have had a season of ups and downs, not to mention some really bad storms at several rounds.
Taking DMCC by force is rookie Jeff Laflamme. Part of the Wide Open Drift team, Jeff ‘s rookie pro season has been incredible, starting with the preseason event which he won. Jeff has been on fire ever since, and has finished on the podium at almost every round with his aggressive style and a team that makes sure his car is always ready for battle. Currently he his in third place in the overall standings and will likely win the Rookie of the Year Title.
With last year’s Champion Matt Waldin only competing in Formula D this season, and Pat Cyr also doing a bunch of FD events as well, a lot of people were sure that it was Marc Landreville’s year to seize the championship. He was at the top of his game last year and with Lacroix Tuning and APS backing him this season it should have been his time, but with a host of mechanical issues and other problems, Marc has only been able to podium once this year. Marc was not the only one to have a season of problems. Marc Andre Fontaine who suffered a huge crash at the end of last season was back this season with another R32 skyline that was so nice it could have been a show car. Even though his car was pretty, it was not reliable. Over the first few rounds he suffered tranmission, axle and engine issues, not to mention a crash during Round Four. Also having a rough season was Dany “Babu” Bernier who could not catch a break this season in his V8 G35. His team changed engine setups from a Ford power plant to an LS with the thought it would be more reliable, but it didn’t work out that way. After finally getting all the bugs worked out, Babu did have one good round but then had a clutch failure at the round that followed. Babu is one of the nicest drivers out there, so I really hope the end of the season goes smoothly for him.
Two drivers that are no strangers to the podium are Miro and Dave Briggs. Miro is running the whole DMCC season, and so far is in among the top three title contenders. His smooth style and consistency has proven to be a great recipe for landing on the podium. Like Miro, Dave Briggs had been on fire this season. With his experience of driving in a few of other American drift series, the added experience has really helped him step up. This season he got his first DMCC podium and it got the ball rolling for his run to second place in the championship. With the news that DMCC will have two Formula D licenses to award, Dave Briggs and his team decided to finish the season off instead of going to compete Stateside.
One driver who has been very impressive is Brad Carlton. He has been super aggressive all season and has collected two podium finishes. With the help of Federal Performance, he really stepped up his game and now is one to watch.
With only a few events left in the season, it’s going to be an exciting end to what has been one of the most eventful DMCC seasons ever.