There are two underlying statements that almost everyone in the motorsport game will at some point say. The first is that SR20s sound garbage, the second is that we’re all absolutely broke as hell. So when the CAMS Club Challenge for 2017 rolled around, it was a breath of fresh air for each chosen competitor. The reason being, entry is paid for! And honestly it feels bloody good to get something back from the passion that we all put such a ridiculous amount of money into pursuing.
The CAMS Club Challenge is a team hillclimb event that took place at Collingrove Hillclimb on Saturday the 27th of June. It’s an extremely unique team style event where there are five drivers per team. Each competitor is divided into their appropriate class (criteria involving effective engine displacement, tyres, modifications, registration eligibility). From there a competitor’s best time for the day will be divided by their respective class record and then multiplied by a hundred to give a resulting percentage.
The percentage of each team member is then added together and the team with the lowest percentage is declared the winner. As strange as it was first hearing this, I came to realisation that this is an incredibly thought out system. There can be a range of cars on each team however every entrant only needs to be concerned about the fastest recorded time for their vehicle’s class. It also means that the fastest time for the day will likely result in victory.
The course is an extremely narrow, 3 metre wide and 685 metre long hillclimb with an elevation rise of 61 metres. It was designed in such a way to have a fast sweeping first section, into a heavily cambered right hand bend named ‘the wall’. Following this is another short straight that leads into three ridiculously tight hair pins. It’s a track that proves power isn’t everything.
Team Drifting SA was made up of five talented individuals.
Jordan Badcoock – Mazda RX-7
One of my closer friends in motorsport who’s been featured on this page multiple times in his ultra cool Nissan S14 Silvia drift car. However, Badcock also owns this immaculate and close to factory Series 8 Mazda RX-7 RS. He purchased it earlier this year because “I need a new tow car/daily”. After I realised my car would not be ready for the event, I looked for a replacement. With Jordan being arguably the best young/up-and-coming South Australian drifter and also owning a second car, I decided what better candidate for the position than Jordan. And what better way to finally give an unlimited, legal test to a new car.
He raced in Road Registered 2001 cc – 3500 cc 2WD finishing third for the day in his class with a time of 37.15 seconds.
Andrew Campbell – Nissan 200sx
Another driver and car that has been featured on this page in the past after his success at Mount Alma Mile 2017 . With enough cars in his garage/property/living room(?) his wife probably wins the award for most relaxed woman in the world. And seeing as the weekend’s event was a hillclimb, it’s no surprise he brought out the fastest car in his fleet (and probably the only one that currently runs). Enter his insane Nissan RB25DET 200SX.
Sporting popular OriginLabo aero, painted by the talented Shar Axleby, with an extensive roll cage and tuned by Garage7. The car puts out a brutal 385 kw, indicating that this car is by no means “another one of Campbell’s bloody missiles”. Campbell finished second fastest of the team with a time of 36.80 seconds.
Kurt McIlvena – Nissan 200sx
Driver number three in his series 1 S14 was Kurt McIlvena. Predominantly a Ford V8 guy, he bought this s14 to pursue drifting after realizing it was a more suitable chassis for the sport. Last minute he joined the team as his car was still performing well after last fortnight’s Mallala Matsuri.
The car is a reasonably basic but effective track car with the usual modifications lurking beneath. Optimising an SR20DET with a T2871R, half roll cage and a decent drivers seat. McIlvena finished the day with a time of 38.20 seconds.
Nick Galiford – Nissan Skyline
A recent addition to Drifting SA is Nick Galiford. Galiford has been utilising his R33 Skyline for the past years in hillclimb, circuit racing, motorkhana, drifting as well as street driving. And with a tune by Garage7 making just off 300 kw, the car is a decent and reliable package.
After undergoing bodywork and a full respray, the weekend’s hillclimb marked the first event of Galiford’s 2017 racing season. After a day of piloting the large car up the very tight hill, he finished with a time of 38.20 seconds, identical to Kurt.
Dean Newcomb – Toyota Soarer
A car that’s always a standout in South Australian drifting is Dean’s z20 Soarer. After a slight hit at May Matsuri, Newcomb had his car repaired and ready for Saturday’s event. Whether it’s due to it’s monstrous 1.5JZ sound, unique body or the fact it’s usually sitting on the podium, it’s a car that doesn’t escape your memory very quickly.
However, what it does do quickly is rocket up the hill. With the help of some 265 wide rear tyres he positioned himself as the fastest driver of the team. Dean finished the day first in his class and third 2WD outright with a time of 35.97 seconds.
By the end of the day, Team Drifting SA placed in 5th position of 17 competitive teams.
As always a massive thanks goes out to all race officials that make the day possible. As well as Drifting SA for giving drivers the opportunity to race the event!
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