What Drives – Olly Silcock

“When I started getting into drifting, I saw a YouTube video called ‘Osaka Mountain Drift’. It was there I first saw PS13s looking gangster – and I decided to sell pretty much everything I owned to import one! I got the PS13 in 2011, In 2012 I started practicing regularly, then in 2013 I began competing in BDC. The car has had a beating over the years and many changes, but still clings to life!”Olly

There is one thing any racing driver fears – fire. The thought of being trapped in a blazing car is horrible, and if you escape barbequing, you watch your pride and joy burn to the ground. Olly Silcock narrowly avoided that at Teesside in July. Pulling his 1JZ PS13 off the track, an almighty fireball blew out of the bonnet. 

Fortunately, Olly was mere feet from a marshal who promptly emptied an extinguisher over the ablaze inline six, and many bystanders assisted, including defending champ Oliver Evans and BDC boss Matt Stevenson. Back in the pits, a sheared fuel rail bolt was blamed. One bolt nearly cost Olly a car he’s owned almost a decade. 

“Teesside was the first time driving the car since I’d made a load of drastic upgrades. Exciting, but also terrifying. Then the fire! While the camera footage shows me hurriedly getting out of the car once it went up; in my head it felt like I sat there for ages just thinking ‘no, no, no’’. After we got it back to the pits to assess the damage, it only took about 5 minutes of thought before John and I were planning it’s resurrection.” – Olly

“After the first initial thoughts that any race mechanic has, I thought, well – the next two weeks are going to be busy!” – John, JD Motorsport

Thus began the real trial by fire. 17 days before the mammoth journey from Olly’s native Colchester to Driftland for Round One, Olly and his mechanic John set to rebirth the PS from the ashes.

“With the amount of time and sacrifice that had gone into the car so it could be really competitive this year, letting a part failure destroy it all wasn’t on the cards.” – Olly

 

After two weeks of pizza-fuelled late nights removing the engine, replacing hoses and wiring, repainting the engine bay and fixing all of the other fire damage, some celebratory donuts in the yard outside JD Motorsport Engineering sealed the deal. For those interested, Olly documented it all on his Instagram.

“At no point did I ever doubt that we could do it in time for Round One. The amount of time that went into the car over two weeks broke 800 man hours!” – John

Heading to Round One, Olly mounted a charge, qualifying 14th before beating Haydn Cruickshank in top 24, then toppling Lwi Edwards and heading through to the Top 8, where he was bested by DMEC driver Kevin Quinn. Olly still went home all smiles, confident his mad dash was worth it, finishing up seventh in points after Round One.

“Driftland was a joy to just have made it there. I hadn’t even thought about driving and competing – all we’d focussed on is making it there to prove we could do it. The first two days, some gremlins reduced our track time, and coupled with its new-found ferocity the car was kicking me a lot and I was losing confidence.

Sunday came though, and I began working out how the car was responding and how to get on top of it, and we qualified 14th. Confidence grew, seeing us through to Top 8 – which looking back three weeks to the melted engine bay, seems unreal. The event was run brilliantly, and really gives positive vibes for the rest of the season!” – Olly

 

“Round 1 was awesome! Although we realised what an animal the car is and how quickly it goes through tyres, fuel and nitrous! Sitting 7th after Round 1 is not a bad place to be. More improvements are being made to the car!” – John

Round 2 saw Olly continue his strong season. After a heavy shunt with Pro 2 podium finisher Danny McGuire in Thursday practice which necessitated Olly and John to thrash on the car all day Friday to get the wheels straight and the subframes square, Olly went out on Saturday to qualify with some trepidation. 

This was completely unfounded as he qualified seventh with a 90-point run, and beat Josh King in Top 16 to head through to the Funk Motorsport Great 8! However, Josh’s teammate Oliver Evans got revenge on Olly, knocking him out of competition on his way to the finals against McKeever. Olly now sits in sixth place in the standings. Despite burns and blunt-force trauma, Olly’s gangster PS is serving him extremely well in what is fast becoming his best season ever!

For more drift content featuring Olly and his trusty steed, follow him on Instagram:@olly_silcock 

 

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