Our trip West last weekend saw young Lwi Edwards competing in the first round of the Drift Games National Championships in Mondello Park in Ireland, the most premier championship in Ireland against a field of top class drivers, qualifying 6th out of 75 drivers and finishing 19th on final leaderboard.
7 days later, we load up again and head to the Far East of the UK (well actually North East from our base in Wrexham) to compete in the British Drift Championship round 1 at Teeside Autodrome, with an opportunity to qualify and gain a Pro-Am license for the season.
The BDC is the topflite drift championship in the UK and the opportunity to compete at this level shows the natural talent and precise driving style that Lwi has to be a serious contender in the championship at Pro-Am level. It will not be easy again with a field of very experienced and talented drivers with high horsepower cars but he has proven that he can hold his own in Ireland with the current relatively moderate powered M3 engined BMW.
2019 is turning out to be a bit of a rush, we couldn’t have predicted that Lwi would have been competing in two of the biggest national championships at the same time, but we are all up for a challenge and Lwi’s machine like driving skills are being honed every time he gets into the new car.
BDC here we come!
We are looking for selected companies (or individuals) who would wish to get involved with our quest to dominate two championships in UK and Ireland with a young driver. A golden opportunity to be part of the story from the start.
It was never going to be easy with the class of drivers in the championship but Lwi pulled out all the stops with his smooth precise driving style to qualify 1st in the first session and finally finished an impressive 6th overall out of 75 drivers after the second session. This meant Lwi had officially made it into top 32 and ready for battles
Things went a little pear shaped during his first battle, carrying a little too much speed into the first corner he stepped off the track causing the chase car to follow therefore getting penalised, his chase run was clean but the damage was done and he lost the battle. It was the first time all weekend that Lwi made a mistake and he paid the price.
But a lot of positives to take away from the weekend, an incredible result considering Lwi is still just 17, has only been Drifting for around 12 months in a car that he has only driven twice before arriving at Mondello in a championship that has a mix of experienced pro and Pro-Am drivers.
The car prepared by Allitalia Ltd ran faultlessly all weekend and the service crew was on point.
The Drift Games championship is new for 2019, very slick and professional and fast turning out to be the best drift championships to be a part of. The opportunity to compete against top class drivers in this environment is invaluable at his age and we are confident Lwi will shine during the season.
Next stop will be Teeside this coming weekend where Lwi now has opportunity to qualify for British Drift Championship as well!
It was a warm and sunny in Mondello Park today but young blood kept his cool
The image captures the level of competition that young Lwi Edwards will be facing on race day tomorrow. Practice on the track today was quite challenging against some experienced and talented drivers in cars with sometimes twice the horsepower but this incredible championship has been carefully engineered to help encourage more talented drivers with lower hp cars and create a more level playing field by using a control tyre.
This suits Lwi well, being a very tidy and precise driver he will be in a position to battle with more powerful cars without losing out to hp gains.
Faultless driving today with his confidence in the new car growing every minute, Lwi will be looking for a good result tomorrow.
Countdown to first round of Drift Games National Championship.
Car is finished and ready or the trek over the water from Wrexham to Mondello, Ireland for the first round of the championship. A big step for Lwi to have opportunity to compete against some of the best and experienced drivers in Ireland and a few from UK also.
Drift Games is a perfect stepping stone to Pro and International competition and Lwi will be the name to watch in the future. Fingers crossed for a good result this weekend.
After qualifying 8th in Drift Games National license day, young driver Lwi Edwards will be making the trip over from Wrexham, North Wales to Mondello Park in Ireland this weekend to compete in the first round of the Drift Games National Championship.
A new car for this year, M3 powered BMW E36 recently rebuilt by main sponsor Allitalia Ltd will help Lwi get good results
Young Blood, Lwi Price Edwards podium finish at King of the Ring
16yr old Lwi Price Edwards aka Young Blood, finishes 3rd at the very last King of the Ring Drift competition in Essex Arena against experienced top class drivers.
In only his third visit to the competition and only 9 months behind the wheel of a drift car he qualified 7th before battling through drift battles to the top 8.
This the where the driving becomes fast and furious, with very close battles against experienced drivers but youngster, Lwi kept his cool and made it through to top 4 by 1 point.
His final drift battle again had to run ‘one more time’ for the judges to pick a winner but he finally finished an amazing 3rd place.
The BMW 2.8 Compact fitted with sassa roll-bar srl was faultless all day, supported by Allitalia Ltd and choosing to run West Lake tyres for the competition worked well in the wet conditions.
With the BDC in his sights for the future, this talented 16yr old will be the name to watch out for in 2019