The youngest Team Scotdrift member reveals his secrets
While Team Scotdrift’s Steve Donnelly is arguably a relative novice in the drifting world, having only had a short time of competitive drifting under his belt, he drives like a seasoned Pro! He’s already made a big impression and quickly got himself noticed within the BDC.
Driving an incredibly lairy looking Soarer will always get you a second glance but his skills behind the wheel are what have kept peoples focus, he is most definitely “up and coming”. One to watch out for in the Semi Pro class, make no mistake!
With Round 6 at Knockhill looming around the corner, this is a welcomed home-game for Team Scotdrift, so we had to take a moment out to have some words with Donnelly to find out more about the local lad.
Watch out for Steve and his unmissable Soarer smoking things up in the Semi Pro Class on the 29th and 30th of September. And when we say smoking things up, we mean it! This thing churns it out at will!
Steve sports a huge grin after a weekend of action and fun at Lydden Hill!
Class in BDC?
First Drift Car?
White BMW E36 325 coupe
How long have you been drifting?
A little over one year
How did you join Team Scotdrift?
I joined Team ScotDrift at the start of the year, when a group of drifting friends invited me along to do some local drifting demos. Being part of the team has really helped me get myself known within the drift scene, and will make next year even better for me.
Why did you choose a Soarer to drift with?
I chose a Soarer because there are not many of them around and wanted something a little bit different.
Can you give us a brief spec of the car, including power output?
1JZ engine running a GTX3076R turbo and 650cc Power Enterprise injectors all controlled by an Apexi Power FC ECU and AVCR through a R154 5 speed gearbox putting out over 450bhp.
What is your favourite modification on the car?
My Favourite modification has to be the screamer pipe out the bonnet because it likes to spit flames and sounds awesome and I’m particularly proud, because I am an engineer and I have made lots of other modifications to the Soarer myself.
What is it like to drive?
Now that I have done a few tweaks here and there and had more seat time, I can now say that the car is an absolute dream to drive.
If you could have any car, what would it be and why?
My ideal car would be a matt black E92 BMW M3 and there would never be enough space on this page to give all my reasons why I would want one.
What is your best result in drifting so far?
My best result in drifting so far is qualifying twice in 14th place at Teesside and Lydden Hill. I am very happy with this, as I only set out to qualify once this year due to the fact I have not been driving long.
Any accidents or mishaps?
I have been fortunate enough not to have had any accidents so far but my only mishaps was Round 3 at Teesside when my power steering pipe exploded which took me on a trip to Pirtek to get a new one made between the 2 practice sessions. This was closely followed by the syncros in my gearbox refusing to give me the choice of the gears I wanted which forced me to do all my qualifying runs and battles in 2nd gear.
What was it that attracted you to the BDC?
It’s the whole atmosphere, cars and the difficult challenges that attracted me to give it a go. I took myself along to watch all the rounds last year and I just knew that I wanted to do it!
How does drifting compare to other motorsports to you?
Drifting is in a league of its own, it can’t be compared to any other motorsport. What other motorsport involves 2 cars driving sideways inches off each other’s doors at high speed in a hail of smoke? I love it, and wouldn’t have it any other way!
What’s your favourite venue and why?
My favourite venue by far was Lydden Hill. Putting aside the 13 and a half hour 600 mile journey from Scotland, I would say it was totally worth it. Not only because of the scorching weather, it was the happiest I have ever been with the car so far and it was a truly incredible track.
Judgement Day at Knockhill is looming, are you excited?
Judgement Day at the Hill is going to be awesome! I know that a lot of other drivers are also excited about it! I think there will be a lot of competition as this is last chance to make the points. But the thing I am most looking forward to is the fact that Knockhill is 570 miles closer to me than Lydden Hill!
Anyone you’d like to thank?
First of all, I would like to thank the organisers of BDC because none of this would be possible without their hard work and determination. I would also like to thank my family and friends for all their support throughout my first year in the BDC, I couldn’t do it without them and I hope that I can do them and myself proud in the 2013 season.
If you want to keep tabs on the antics of Team Scotdrift, take a look here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Scotdrift/207126892632368
Don’t forget, you can see Team Scotdrift take on the rest of the BDC stars at Knockhill on the 29th and 30th of September for Round 6 of the Maxxis British Drift Championship for the season finale.