HPI and Radio Race Car International were the main sponsors of the D1RC Drift Worlds Championship, held over the first weekend of July. Drift fans from around the world converged on UK from as far away as Australia, and racers from mainland Europe and all over the UK made up the bulk of the racers. Pete Gray won the all UK final of the D1RC Drift Worlds. He fought off 42 of the worlds top r/c drifters over the 4 day event culminating in the finals on 4 July. The D1RC event, sponsored by HPI Europe and Radio Race Car International, was held at Snetterton Park in Norfolk, England using the very fast, sweeping and rather infamous ‘Euro' drift course, challenging the best of the best in the high side winds that continued to blow over the otherwise hot and sunny long weekend.
Pete qualified 4th with team mate John Turner 8th, both using Cyclone TCs with locked rear diffs and a very soft suspension drift setup, Pete selecting the HPI Toyota Soarer shell and John the HPI Toyota Supra Aero shell. All competitors used the HPI T-Drift tyre #4406 control tyre and those new to it agreed it to be the best for the job. Whilst some non-UK drivers were initially shaken by the pace of the UK drivers around the large course, by the second day of qualifying they were up to speed with higher gearing or even new power plants!
Second and third places were taken by UK's Tom Walton and France's Remi Daude. Favourites from Japan, Australia and South America were knocked out of the top positions earlier than expected but the competition from across Europe was as stiff as ever, most of their drivers having experienced the ‘Euro' circuit at the '08 & '09 D1RC Euro Cups. The top 8 drivers and the best shell and chassis winners went away with both D1RC trophies and prizes and the best fancy dress, Man of the Meet, best photograph and even a raffle winner all collected great prizes, all generously provided by HPI and RRCi, the main event sponsors.