With the King of Europe season coming to an end, and the prospect of the English winter around the corner, it wasn’t a difficult decision to make when I got invited over to Greece for the Hellenic Drift Championship 2015 Final.
I went in knowing very little about the series or the location I’d be shooting at. I like going into the unknown, and I also like to experience the drift and motorsport scenes in various places. Each country has it’s own unique feel, and this was very different to what I’d witnessed through my years in the UK and other places in Europe.
Greece brought back fond memories I have from the past, where the drifting is low-budget, but with drivers spending every penny they can to pursue their dream and hope that they will one day take part in a series like King of Europe.
The level of driving was much better than I had anticipated, but what really blew me away was just how passionate the fans are out there. Every driver, no matter how good or bad they did got a round of applause when entering the pits. The camaraderie on show was hugely inspiring and you could tell that each and every driver was determined to push 100% to try and better themselves.
Alongside some of the simpler cars with standard engines were also some Cosworths, I can’t think of any I’ve seen in the UK in recent years, yet there was multiple cars here which was great to see.
It was world away from the likes of V8’s and 1000bhp builds that we’re so used to seeing in recent years, and while I like both, it was great to have the opportunity to see what Greece’s offerings were. I hope to head back to the Championship at some point in 2016, and I also hope that some of the drivers will eventually take part in King of Europe!