DESKTOP: ”Its been a busy season” – Superior Drift wear n’ tear by Carl Kjellberg

Well hello there, are you still here? Waiting for better times? That revolution which you are used to when Superior are focused and going into battle?

You might have to wait a bit longer, but trust us when the silence of 2012 means work ”behind the scenes” for 2013 (-14?) has been more then extensive.

We would like to reward our loyal fans with a symbolical desktop of our recently started SUPERIOR DRIFT (CLICK FOR FACEBOOK!), that is also starting to show its been through a lot this season:

Make sure to click the image to get it in crisp hi-resolution. Big thanks toCARL KJELLBERG who likes to pop in and to sweet desktops as a SUPERIOR SELECTED guest sometimes. Much appreciated!

Need more hidden messages, cryptic talk about the future? Didn’t think so! 

We are just going to focus on doing what we do best, post our productions from this season mixed with good photos- and then you are more then welcome with the feedback ON OUR FACEBOOK afterwards. Deal? Ok!

RACE REPORT: Superior Drift goes to Bilsport Action Meet 2012

Here is the final piece of the ACTION MEET 2012 puzzle, a race report from the weekend from SUPERIOR DRIFTS point of view.

Enjoy some of our photos taken by SUPERIOR SELECTED Carl Kjellberg. Some snapshots with the iPhone too.

We would like to thank BILSPORT for hosting us, and really hope this becomes an annual thing- because despite that there were quirks to work at… the driving kicked ass which you can read here in the RESULTS and GALLERY!

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Departure —> Arrival:

We have slowly been finding a team formula making our lives much easier in simple things. No bombastic plans were made here, except for the team to perform and meet the criteria for media for our hosts BILSPORT.

As a precaution, we called in Daniel Hovdahl (O’SNAP) to really add some cream to our library of material. You have not seen much promo-material for Superior Drift, but we have a long and exciting low-season coming up where the foundation for 2013 will be layed- so except more then one surprise to show what we are truly made of…

For Action Meet beforehand, we needed some basic graphical stuff made which Daniel whipped up in a basic lunch break- Then to prepare and to pack enough stuff to eat, breathe and sleep this event for 36 or so hours.

That turned into a bit more then we had imagined, but surprisingly enough the Superior Drift street Soarer swallowed it all and we had a comfy ride.

We are blessed to have good friends all around the scene, and our own official Pro Racedriver Alx Danielsson had his old garage at Mantorp Park which we could set base.

You should all do yourself a favor and support this incredibly talented and unique guy on his march back to the top in Swedish racing, we are doing simple stuff for him at the moment and enjoying every minute of it- and as our standard saying goes… more is coming your way.

Backbone is the Asp family, along with friends of Thompa and Daniel.

A good group, and we had a cozy evening together dining in the sunset *naw* before retiring in good time at our garage.

The ”family within the family” was strongly gathered as Superior Drift has become a ”cell” within at just this short time.

Apart from a highly annoying and regressed group of car audi guys and their probably ”freudian” size of bass; we had a good night of sleep neatly tucked between a whole bunch of race cars.

Don’t say you ”Eat – Sleep – Race” unless you’ve tried this experience!

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Preparations for race:

The mood was surprisingly loose at the morning as we had another ”family style” breakfast buffet.

The days of flashy race trailers and set tables are a few years ahead, but everyone are chipping in and its always a pleasure to get started on raceday!

Our event sponsors AT Däck arrived in good time, owner Aldin was a real soldier and found his way to switch us up for fresh meat to devour.

He arrived together with a real good friend and owner of a ”Superior imported” Skyline ER34 with a widebody Crossfire kit. Yum!

Thanks to Micke Svensson for letting us his tire-machine. We hope AT Däck appreciated the rented space for this event, and we would love to develop this formula for future events too- as 2012 for us is a a way of just getting established and just pursuing much sponsorship (yet).

While the guys were getting prepared, I went looking for cars to feature and throw an extra eye on.

Especially for our Ten of the Best list, but a separate report from this is coming and we will have plenty of tasty pics from our SUPERIOR SELECTED man Carl Kjellberg (damn buff guy too, no homo!).

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Training:

Frustrating enough, the logistics of this event is quite a challenge to pull of. As they run some of Swedens sharpest ”semi-streetable” drag cars on the long straight on Mantorp Park; they were hoping to let the drifters run in between.

Big no-no to be honest, and it even had ”cool as a rock” Lasse Asp Sr boiling with restlessness as drifting is an adrenaline-sport.

No proper and continuous training not only hurts the contenders, pretty sure the crowd at this point felt a bit cheated- but it was picking up later on.

But at least Superior Media mainstay David Johansson had plenty of time to shoot material in the pits:

From each drivers perspective, here is what they had to say together with a few quotes from other parts of the crew:

Daniel Asp: ”I have a lot more angle now, just need to find speed. Probably avoid the sand a bit too, although it was a quite effectful and even got a scoop of it in the car… Ooops!”.

Thompa Pettersson: ”Gearing is new for this event, and I haven’t found the ”sweet spot” yet where I can dump the clutch well through gears in turns. Working on it!”

Björn Runfeldt (spotter): ”They need to commit more, speed speed speed. Maybe a bit of confidence lacking here, lack of training doesn’t help that.”

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Qualification:

With bland results and practically futile amount of training, it was getting into the qualifiers with low expectations.

Daniel was first out with the Rocket Bunny styled S14, and struggled badly in his first run- straightening out several times and not having any speed. Could almost feel a lot of hesitation from behind the wheel up to the rafters.

Second run was even worse, sliding quite badly into the sand with a jump that could make it into an episode of the ”A-team”. Unfortunately something got caught in the impact, and he got the worrying ”low oil pressure” warning meaning it was over this time around…

Thompa seemed to had gotten over some of his deamons, with decent speed on initiation and clutch-kicking his way around the track.

He didn’t burn the house down, but decent strides forward and should be enough for a Top 16 qualification.

In all honest and brutal straightforwardness, this was easy to predict- not only for our team but for many others too except for maybe the top echelon of drivers = Lack of training meant very shaky runs, and add to that long periods of waiting for being allowed to run.

Actually the other half of drivers could have taken a lunch break when qualifiers started until the first one had run. Imagine that if it was a sleepy experience for the crowd, how much of a looong enduring pain it must be for a drifter filled with adrenaline?

Tough cookie, we’ll just have to find another way to bite it next time!

Elimination:

Sadly, the writing on the wall for Daniel was done pretty early. And he was quite disappointed in the pits being out of the Top 16.

But we all have our focus on the future and are at great spirit anyway!

Nothing to add to that, another rock added to the foundation of building experience in proper race mode- which undisputedley cannot be argued can be replaced by but grinding it out competition after competition.

Thompa had a tough opponent after slipping in qualifying 15th, going up against a car and driver filled with a desire for vengeance: Limmet DrifTeam.

This 1-series BMW has been something we’ve followed since its premiere at ELMIA EXPO 2012, and just as he had sorted out the chassis of the car and gotten good results in all events attended- busted his gearbox during Gatebil Rudskogen.

But now he was back, and with a vengeance; although he was hitting dirt in the lead run and giving Thompa a proper chance to advance… the Superior Drift driver was stressed out by the Supercharged german V8 and ventured far into the sand in the 2nd run.

Only highlight was that he got a decent jump on the Bimmer and the ”what if” he had held it… is not of any interest at all actually.

Competition over!

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There is a lot more to be said and some pictures to be added, but we’ll work on this report and hope you check out the SUPERIOR DRIFT FACEBOOK until then for more!

Thanks to everyone who supported us this weekend, and with the pics in mind- especially Carl Kjellberg!

GALLERY: This is how they Drift in Sweden – Bilsport Action Meet 2012 by Carl Kjellberg

7 augusti 2012, 21:35

As we try to put an event behind us swiftly with plenty of media released quickly; we have a treat for you from BILSPORT Action Meet 2012 tonight.

Nice and meaty gallery from SUPERIOR SELECTED Carl Kjellberg, depicting all the action from the drifting- and make sure to read the SUMMARY/RESULTS HERE too!

This event came in driving skill right on top of the list, but lacked a bit in the smooth and borderline luxury facilities/schedule that TIERP DRIFT CHALLENGE had put on a few weeks earlier.

One thing is for sure, with two such awe-inspiring events behind us; drifting has a sweet future ahead of us for 2013…

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(Start of with the final run? Why not! Daniel ”Limmet” Liimatainen in the 1-series finally got a podium finish but had little to put against Johan ”Hollywood” Halvarsson in the signature green widebody S15 sponsored by J-spec.)

(On his way to the final ”Hollywood” was relenentless and showed nobody any mercy, which is one thing I like about him- not giving any leanience to his opponents no matter their name. Rumor has it in fact, that Johan doesnt even like to practive more then ”just enough” in order to save up adrenaline and focus for his battles…)

(Speaking of determination and ”no-fear” attitude, Christian Halvorsen; almost a namesake of our Swedish star- showed that the only way to avoid getting ”smoked out” is to stick it right in the rear. Here being succesful vs Rockstars own Mikael Svensson.)

(At the same event, Halvorsen had his teammate Kim Skedsmo with him- but the #2 Gulf S15 was far from as fortunate as the other one…)

(Underdogs? We love underdogs! Here is one of them in Andreas Jansson, whose Bad ass parts S13 is always capable of beating the best and even placing really high in the ”Breisladd world championship”. It was not his day this time though.)

(Another underdog we felt sorry for, Andreas ”Mad Mange” Magnusson smashed his side at Tierp and was hungry to do a good result- but failures and a trip to the sandbox ended his day early.)

(Someone who used to be an underdog instead was faintly dissapointed with his performance here. Teemu Peltola from Black Smoke Racing got eliminated in the Top 8 and did not feel comfortable with the way the runs were flowing.)

(Luck ran out for our friends from Raidopower Motorsport when Tokan Bielkelöf got eliminated in a close ”OMT” vs the above Mercedes wagon. Seemed as a catalyst of bad luck as seeding was not to his favour, and he just lost out the regional champ due to this. We still got your back to push for the SPDS-series win Anders!)

(We end this blogpost with a nice widescreen picture of a widebody Johan ”Hollywood” Halvarsson, who is that good that he gets all the attention. We cant wait to beat him one day with the Superior Drift cars. 😉 ).

***PLEASE NOTE! Thumbnails do not work, but click them and violá you will be able to browse the full 20 pic gallery!***

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We would like to thank BILSPORT for their hospitality, and hope to have a ”general” gallery from the rest of the event too despite ”logistics” and focus on drifting keeping us scattered.

Check out this gallery on OUR FACEBOOK and go ”tag” yourself if you are one of these hardcore drifters!


SUMMARY: A new benchmark is set in Swedish Drifting – Bilsport Action Meet Dotz Drift Challenge results!

It was time again to venture and see how far the Swedish Drifting scene has gone, with a highly staked (50 000:- SEK) BILSPORT Action Meet – or more in detail the Dotz Drifting Challenge! We were just a few weeks ago at a state of the art facility at TIERP ARENA and watched some decent runs but a damn tight ship in execution; and here the roles would be a bit reversed. Lets start with qualifiers! – – – – – Qualifiers: In what might have been the longest and most restless stage of the day, I took a seat in the audience stand and watched as 20 something cars tried to be one of the 16 that progressed. Naturally main focus was on SUPERIOR DRIFT, but having gotten to know everyone within the drifting circuit here in Sweden makes it even more interesting. We also had a few norwegian guests, and also a finnish one (very familiar) so the starting line-up was definitely as strong as it ever could have been. But back to the restlessness, because most of the runs where quite tedious and careful and you had to wait a while in between the single runs. The speaker was not properly ”warmed up” either, not really getting into the context of drifting to the audience- and probably not fed direct info from judges either. So we are all in for a quite *undramatic* narration of the event. For the driving at self, there were some highlights seeing the ”Big 5” in Sweden going at it. Guys like Johan Halvarsson, Limmet DrifTeam, Tokan of Raidopower and hungry veterans like Mikael Svensson and ”not so innocent” newcomer Daniel Björck really set things off far from the rest of the field. Was also incredibly amazed on Andreas Janssons first run which was jaw-droppingly good in my opinion. This guy has the chassis and skills, but seems to have lots of struggles on the technical side which is a shame. More cars noticed indeed were Christian Halvorssens Nissan Silvia S15 in the classic Gulf colors, a lot of rock and roll ”Gatebil style” but not a very high qualification spot. Things would tell it doesn’t matter much when the heat is on… Our own boys did not do more then to add competition experience this time around. Daniel Asp struggled badly and hit heavy sand with a big thump meaning he wasn’t totally nullified; but the other run was nothing to brag home with either. Gone from competition! Thompa Pettersson in the old Driftspeed Formula Drift S15 had higher hopes, but was shaky and just managed to qualify although he wasn’t the only one having problems. In summary, the qualifiers were struck in a bad way by limited training and too long waiting times. That makes absolutely nobody a happy camper… The scores finally looked something like this, my subjective views don’t mirror them do they: – – – – – Top 16: We’ll let the pics to most of the talking here, and if you get into it you will see how the Top 16 qualifiers eventually looked: (Halvarsson vs Pehrsson: Johan Halvarsson is by default the ”big dog” in any Swedish Drifting event he enters. And he barked down the S13 with R32 GT-R front pretty badly with an easy win.) (Andreas Jansson vs Dotz Drift: Being so good in the first round, I was expecting a lot from Andreas and he had a adrenaline-filled runs with the Dotz sponsors car; but surprisingly enough got eliminated.) (Mikael Svensson vs 7-series BMW: Mikael Svensson had high hopes for this event, the seasoned driver for Rockstar / Team SWR made short work of the big 7-series smoking him out!) (Dennis Martinsson vs Christian Halvorssen: Dubbed by ourselves as an underdog in any event, Martinsson in the Mercedes could have been in a breakthrough here- but it was not to cialis 30 day be here as Halvorssens norwegian thunder kicked in and he chased the hell out him!) (Limmet DrifTeam vs Superior Drift S15: A bit of a city-rivalery as Gothenburg regions Daniel ”Limmet” Liimatainen took on Thompa who hails from just outside Stockholm. In short words, some dirt and unknown ”boundaries crossed” in the first run; but Thompa could not handle the transition very well and ended his day in sand and without a rear bumper!). (Robin HA vs Fredrik Sjödin Heavy-hitting run just like we want it! Lots of wiiide angles and action. Shame Robin HA planted his car in the first sandbox in the second run, easy win for northerner Fredrik Sjödin.)   (Björck vs unknown: Daniel Björck has showed up with his VW V8 beast and : made many drifters afraid indeed. And in perhaps the smokiest first run, followed by the most aggressive chase-run; went on to Top 8.) (Tokan Raidopower vs Black Smoke Racing: The most interesting run of the Top 16, with an unfortunate seed for Tokan of free viagra pills Raidopower running into the mythical beast called Black Smoke Racing. We could go a lot into detail here, but it was damn close and personally I could have given Tokan the nod for keeping more distance, but it went to ”one more time”. Unfortunately Tokan let himself down there and hit sand in his first run, and was probably the most disappointed of all drivers after this weekend…) – – – – – Top 8: (Johan Halvarsson vs Dotz Drift: No mercy yet again shown by Johan ”Hollywood” Halvarsson. Nobody chases like him in Sweden, the Dotz car was an easy snack indeed.) (Halvorssen vs Svensson: Christian showed fearlessness from the S15 and chased Mike really well through think smoke- and then with his well-built machine really put on a clinic in speed going deeper into this and winning us over big time as fans!) (Limmet DrifTeam vs Sjödin: Good technical, but not spectacular driving by both leading to a ”OMT” (= One More Time) which was also close; but the man with the neon smiley stickers advance to the semi-finals.) (Daniel Björck vs Black Smoke Racing: This was the only battle I felt was a let-down, as Turbo+compressor and diesel fueled taking viagra with cialis Teemu Peltola got eliminated by Daniel Björck. A bit more speed and action was my analysis of why.) Semi-finals: (Halvarsson vs Halvorssen: Drop me a big can of OMG (OH MY GOD!) for this battle! The similarly named and joint S15 driving nut cases did the best driving I’ve experience live and did it TWICE! I had really warmed up to Christian Halvorssens Gulf S15 and his incredible speed in lead runs, but he pushed ”Hollywood” Halvarsson to be the true star that he is- and I can’t argue with the judges giving him the win. All in all, if you were here live and saw it in person… you won. Bigtime.) (Björck vs Limmet DrifTeam: Again with a rather unspectacular run involving Daniel Björck, he seemed clearly frustrated by Limmets pretty slow driving in the lead. But hitting a clipping-point with impact which sent the cone at my feet some 20m away did not help either. Daniel Liimatainen to the final vs ”Hollywood” it was!) – – – – – Third price: (Halvorssen vs Björck: Things got pretty heated here, Halvorssens Gatebil-like driving but with merciless accuracy was hard to handle for Daniel; who after the first run was bumped into after the finish- sparking a bit of emotions. In my opinion a perfect finish to the smokiest run of the day, controversy is good! Then in the lead, the gap was once again created which had taken Norways hope this far to finally seize a well-deserved top finish!) Final: (Johan ”Hollywood” Halvarsson vs Daniel ”Limmet DrifTeam” Liimatainen: No sense in describing this final run as it seemed fueled more about emotion then skills. Johan Halvarsson took his revenge from the previous Gatebil Mantorp debacle when Daniel eliminated him- and took first place and a nice sum of 20 000:- SEK at that. Congrats! (From the left: Daniel Liimatainen, Johan Halvarsson and Christian Halvorssen.) – – – – –

We hope you true fans of drifting appreciate this elaborate race report of Dotz Drifting challenge, and you newcomers to Drifting feel satisfied too. This was in terms of driving an awesome event, but needs a lot of work to make the whole experience truly shine. Just too delayed, but we thank BILSPORT for putting it on; and think that with some work in creating flow and less interruptions legitimate cialis online this could be the big finale it deserves to be…

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