Hey all! This year’s drifting season has been so hectic and crazy that we’re finally getting a couple minutes to sit down, sip on a coffee, and look back at what has happened so far in the 2013 season.
We’ll start off with DMCC Round 1 at Autodrome Montmagny, which took place June 1st-2nd. It’s become widely accepted that the first round of DMCC will come with horrendous rain. It’s been a running theme over the years that we’ve been attending DMCC, and the 2013 season would not disappoint. The first day which featured qualifying, as well as practice sessions was met with on-and-off rain throughout the day, making track conditions somewhat difficult, but overall not too bad.
As many knew, this first round was supposed to be the inaugural round of competition for the 2013 Cyrious Garageworks Scion FR-S which had been built over the off-season. The vehicle was indeed complete at this point but had not seen sufficient testing at any of the local tracks, so it was decided to hold off until Round 2 once the car had seen a race track and some proper testing time. That being said, the trusty AE86 was ready and chomping at the bit to get back out on track, so we brushed the dust off and hauled out old faithful for one more blast at DMCC.
Little did we know, however, that the old AE86 had more up it’s sleeve than just making it out to this particular round of drifting. It showed pretty early on in practice that although it may be a near 30-year old chassis, it can still hang with some of the best out there today.
Before you could say, “Dang that old car’s fast!” the finals were upon us and we lined up against Marc Landreville. Marc suffered some mechanical issues before qualifying on the first day, so he was driving a Toyota Soarer at this round, which is why he may not be quite as familiar in this picture. It was a tense battle, but the decision was unanimous…
“Pat Cyr, for the win!!” It may have been a surprise to some, but the ‘little hachiroku that could’ managed to score another victory on the DMCC circuit. As it was expected that this would be the final round of competition for the AE86, it was certainly a nice way to cap off what would be a memorable Canadian drifting career for this car.
Once again, this would be a sort of bittersweet victory, as this would potentially be the last time the AE86 would be used in competition. However, appearances can be deceiving, and although we thought that this would be it for the AE86, we would soon be surprised to find out otherwise…
With there still being quite a lot of work to be done on the 2013 Cyrious Garageworks Scion FR-S, it was crunch time to get the car completed and battle-ready for Round 2 of DMCC. Unfortunately, due to some previously unforeseen technical issues that appeared during dyno testing of the car, it once again became a question of whether or not we could safely compete with the FR-S at the next round of competition. A few weeks later, the decision was made and we were back in Quebec for DMCC Round 2, held at Autodrome St. Eustache on June 29th; once again with the trusty old battle axe known as the AE86.
As much as it was not originally planned, there was no doubt that the AE86 was extremely comfortable at St. Eustache. This car had proven itself time and time again at what is largely considered to be Canada’s counterpart to Irwindale Speedway down in California, and Round 2 would be no different.
As in previous years, the AE86 was once again challenged with battling against cars with double the horsepower, and once again it proved that it could hold its own! Pictured here battling the 1000+ WHP RX-7 driven by Francis Tassé, the old battle axe shows it won’t be intimidated!
We wound up meeting Maxim Lemoine in the finals, and this one was definitely a battle to remember. Maxim had told us stories of attending DMCC in previous years and he always wanted to battle against us in tandem. Here his dream came true, and in the finals of the competition no less!
It was a tough battle, but in the end Maxim Lemoine ended up with the win due to a spinout on our follow lap. This would also officially be the final round of DMCC competition for the AE86, which had some of our Drift Posse crew members a little choked up, but ultimately we were very excited to finally bring out the FR-S and show the fans what the new chassis could do!
A week later, we were back in Quebec for Round 3 of DMCC at Riverside Speedway, and that could mean only one thing: the official debut of the 2013 Cyrious Garageworks Scion FR-S was finally here! We had felt fairly confident after our single test of the car between Rounds 2 and 3, at least enough so that we decided it was due time to bring out the FR-S and show everyone what it was made of!
Of course, as tends to often be the case with brand new race cars being used for the first time, problems began cropping up. Initially there were issues with getting the car to start, and then afterwards issues with getting the car to idle.
Even with the issues, we managed to get the car out onto the track for some practice laps. It was definitely cool to hear from the fans about how pumped they were to finally see this car in action. A lot of people saw the car making its rounds at the Canadian International Auto Show, and they were all just as excited as we were to see what was initially a pretty show car turned into a beastly drift car!
Unfortunately, electronic issues continued to plague the car throughout the first day of practice, and into qualifying as well. After putting down one qualifying lap, but being unable to get enough points to make it into Top 16, we decided to call it a day and pack up, rather than senselessly abusing the car without really understanding the problems it was experiencing.
It would only be another two weeks before we were headed down the 401 again to race at DMCC in Quebec! DMCC Round 4 was held in a town called Victoriaville on a flat asphalt pad-type course. The first day was met with rain for a better part of the day, which limited practice for a lot of the drivers as well as forcing DMCC to move their qualifying session into the second day.
Still, although most drivers weren’t very happy to see the rain, it was a good opportunity to get the car out to do some wet weather testing. In the past, the AE86 tended to have a lot of struggles in the rain, and getting the car set up appropriately to adjust for the rain seemed to not really be an exact science. Added to that is the fact that at Victoriaville the course runs through a drainage ditch of sorts, which tends to unsettle cars mid-drift. This was especially a problem in the AE86, which would practically have all four tires leaving the ground through that ditch. The FR-S proved to be both more stable through the wet parts of the course, as well as being very solid through the drainage ditch, which was certainly a nice change of pace from the AE86!
The second day wound up having much nicer weather, which was a relief for most of the drivers in the field. Practice got off to a great start, and the FR-S truly began to show just how much potential it has as a top level drift machine!
The FR-S definitely looked great sliding around Victoriaville! Although there were some little hiccups initially, the car wound up running as well as could be hoped for! It was definitely a relief having the car working the way it’s supposed to, and to really put on a great show for the fans.
This time around the FR-S managed to make it into Top 16, but we were paired up against Francis Tassé in his monstrous RX-7 FD. We tried our best to get the best of Francis, but the (de-tuned) 800hp RX-7 just proved to be too much. It made for an exciting battle, as Francis used his power to creep up on the door of our FR-S and seal in the win for himself.
The 2013 season thus far has certainly had its ups and downs, but has been great fun nonetheless. Getting the FR-S operational was a big victory for our team, and we hope to continue to push towards success for that car! We’re currently sitting in 5th place overall in points, and there’s 4 more rounds of drifting left. That being said, we haven’t given up on the points race yet!! It’s going to be a mad dash to the finish, and it could really be anybody’s game at this point! Stay tuned to PatCyrRacing.com for more updates on the rest of the season.