Event Coverage: Mosport DMCC 2012: Qualifying

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To me a great drift event shares a lot of similarities with a great BMX event. Parts get destroyed, knuckles get bruised as frantic repairs are made, women get heckled (and men get heckled right back), there’s a guy with dreads (sometimes named Grant) rapping in the corner, more than 70% of the crowd is cheering for the hometown hero and you get a chance to catch up with friends you may only see once a year

All of the above combined with incredible driving are what make DMCC events at Mosport so damn enjoyable and truly make me wish there were more stops out this way.

For 2012 DMCC switched things up by running the course in an entirely differently than how it was run in 2010 and the new configuration seemed to be just as challenge as the last with the course hungry to take out wheels, suspension components and body parts.

Today’s coverage runs through the list of qualifiers I was able to capture in order.

‘Magic’ Mike Pollard – DNQ

Sometime during practice Mike Pollards steering rack gave up the ghost so he took one from another 240 in the parking lot in order to compete. Unfortunately in his first run he mangled a Work VS-XX wheel and reportedly took out his sub frame ending his day.

Magic Mike moments after impact
Obviously Mike isn’t worried about which authentic wheel to run
G’damn

Brad Paauw – 15th place qualifier

As mentioned in yesterdays coverage Brad runs in both CSCS and DMCC and here he was able to qualify 15th.

Brad’s NV Motorsport sponsored car never seems to have any issues

Eric Paradis – 14th place qualifier

About mid day I uploaded a photo to the fanpage of Eric’s convertible LS1 powered 240 on the fan page and Eric drove well enough to grab 14th spot in qualifiers.

Most of the field seemed to be running 0 or positive camber in the rear, a stark contrast from what’s seen in the show and shine
Eric smoking his way to 14th

Claude Poirier – 13th place qualifier

Claude I remember from DMCC 2010 because his car had Cheetah livery that made me think of Ben Jonson every time he came down the hill with his super loud LS powered 350.

Cheetah livery gone and replaced with D-max

Alex Gosselin – 12th place qualifier

I beleive Alex managed to hold onto all his body panels and wheels through qualifying which wasn’t an easy task.

Alex appeared to have one of the straightest looking cars of the event

Danny Bernier – 11th place qualifier

Another LSX powered car Danny really put on a smoke show any time he was on the course.

A look at Danny’s car in the pits
450 horse will put down a ton of smoke

Dave Briggs – 10th place qualifier

Though he might have had a few issues with entry speed Dave Briggs (in the tandem battles) Dave was super consistent and competitive all day and had quite a few good battles with Peter Chrisikopoulos.

Lots of photos of Dave in part 2 of the coverage

Tomy Boivert Bellemare 9th place qualifier

Tomy qualified 9th managing to truck his way through a crazy 3 wheel drift on one of the last corners of the course.

Wild as hell, never lifted though

Brad Carlton – 8th place qualifier

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Brad drive but he looked really good out there in his now LS powered 240 and qualified 8th joining the other two drift posse drivers in the finals.

Sounds good, looks good, drives good

Peter Chrisikopoulos – 7th

You might remember this Neo Motorsport sponsored car from the Squeaky Clean ‘Coffee’ coverage. Every entry by Peter was followed by a ridiculous amount of smoke.

Shout out to the announcer for making it through his last name every time too.

Peter and Briggs duked it out several times in the finals
Peter repping for Drift Posse

Joe Thiffault – 6th place qualifier

Joe also had a bit of an off course run in during his second run that wrecked his wheel pretty gruesome but his first run was good enough for 6th and he had the car repaired and ready for the tandem battles.

The first of two AE86’s in the running
Said mangled wheel

Bob Patinka – 5th place qualifier

Another name I remember from 2010 Bob made it past qualifying to put up a fight in finals

Bob’s car is also LS powered
Solid all day

Alex Michaud – 4th place qualifier

Alex piolited his damn near blinding yellow s13 to 4th in qualifying

Alex leaving the track after practice
Laying it all out during qualifying

Francis Tasse – 3rd place qualifier

“Hollywood” drove his way to third behind evil clown eyes.

Hollywood stepping out of his office
This helmet is awesome, unless of course you are scared of clowns then it is terrifying
Showtime for Hollywood
Through the last clipping point

Pat Cyr – 2nd place qualifier

I spent a lot of time in the Drift Posse area before things got started talking to Brad, Curtis, Dan, and of course Pat himself.

I’m excited to see him in a FR-S next year but I will be sad to see his current car retired.

Zombie Army Doom Squad
Well worthy of retirement, but still lots of life left
Pat flying through his qualifying run
Meanwhile the Drift Posse BMX team gets some practice in

Marc Landreville – 1st place qualifier

Marc Landerville who won the 2010 Mosport DMCC stop qualified first and was looking to carry that momentum into the finals.

Prior to qualifying Marc’s team was working hard to get his rear end fixed up from what looked to be another wheel to solid object encounter
500 horse sr20 doing it’s job

Stay tuned for more DMCC coverage to come this week.

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