Drifting ace Simon takes top trophy

PUBLISHED: 15:20 14 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:20 14 November 2013

Simon Lock celebrates winning the UK Open Drift Championship 2013.

Simon Lock celebrates winning the UK Open Drift Championship 2013.

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A local petrolhead has taken a sideways route to glory by winning the UK Open Drift Championship 2013.

Simon Lock, 26, took an interest in drifting – the art of powersliding a car round a course in a controlled manner – after being shown videos by friends, and decided to have a go himself.

Having bought a Nissan Skyline R32 and spent a year converting it into a drift car, Simon enjoyed early success in local events, which persuaded him to enter the UK Open this year.

After five qualifying rounds at Smeatharpe Airfield, near Honiton, and Pembrey Circuit in Wales, Simon qualified in 11th place for the final at Pembrey.

There, watched by friends and family, Simon, who grew up and spent most of his life in Exmouth and now lives in Mid Devon, managed to beat the competition from 27 other hot-shoes and come out on top.

He said: “I found the final quite nerve racking as it was taking part on the larger of the tracks at Pembrey which I had never been on before. However, I was also very excited as the big track meant it would be faster.

“Once I got used to the speed and the track, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was such a rush to be drifting around a big track at some pretty serious speeds.

“It’s difficult to describe how I felt when they announced that I had won as it was completely unexpected. I knew I had a well setup car under me as Matt at Volkscraft Exeter Ltd has been lending me a helping hand with getting the car running and handling right all through the year.

“My goal at the start of the year was to qualify for the final, when I qualified I set myself the goal of finishing in the top 16.

“Once I had made it to that point I decided it was time to just have fun, and as I felt no pressure it must have really showed in my driving as I went on to win.”

Having walked away with the trophy, Matt says he will be back to defend his title next year.


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