At PGP Motorsports Park the racing goes on rain or shine, and on Saturday, Aug. 7 the drifters of PGP’s Stars of Drift Series found that out for themselves — and had a great time doing so.
“This was our first event in the rain which made it challenging and different,” said Rob Primozich, a local drifter who helped coordinate the show and handed out the awards. “The speeds were a bit slower, but the drivers were really putting on a show — guys were initiating their turn 1 and 4 drifts way before the corner. It was very impressive.”
So impressive that the top award for the event — the Awesome Cup — wasn’t decided until the last lapping session when Darren McArdel in his 100hp S13 was able to distance himself from Kyle Pollard. Pollard’s solid runs throughout the day-into-night event earned him recognition in the form of a Keep Drifting Fun sticker.
Photos of the event were provided courtesy of Brad Elder, a drifter who took part in some ride-alongs and hopes to take part as a driver in the next event.
In all 28 of the region’s top drifters took part on Saturday, while many fans of one of the fastest-growing motorsports in the world enjoyed watching the rain-assisted slides on PGP’s .82-mile asphalt track and listening to the music spun by DJ Dunn Dirty. There were also concessions and vendor displays, a beer garden for those old enough, and plenty of chances to check out the tricked-out cars between lapping sessions.
One of those cars belonged to Walker Wilkerson, who received a special limited-edition Raptor sticker from Primozich at the end of the event. Alex Wieder, Levon Bagdasaryan and Lucas Perez were also recognized on Saturday, earning “Marathon Men” status.
"They were drifting on track in the last session for 35 minutes straight with no break,” Primozich said. “All other cars fell off or the drivers stopped but these guys wouldn't quit until we kicked them off. Two of them had to immediately head for a gas station after the event.”
As exciting as PGP’s first rain drifting event was, the next time the Stars of Drift race at the region’s premier multi-purpose motorsports facility should be even better. The first Washington Team Tandem at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, will feature 10 teams of three cars each drifting in synchronization. As the drivers vie for prizes and bragging rights, fans will be treated to live music, food and vendor displays.
More details will be provided in the coming days on this exciting new addition to the racing calendar at PGP Motorsports Park, one of the “Best Destinations” in the 2010 KING 5 Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington contest.