Ausdrift Round 4 Results

The Round 4 final of the Ausdrift 2016 Championship was held on Sunday 11th of December. This was the first Ausdrift competition held at Perth RC’s new location at 27 Newcastle Street in Perth. It’s been a testing time moving and setting up the new venue with some unplanned downtime in the interim.

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Round 4: drivers & judges, Photo: Harry Prussian

It’s been an absolutely fantastic 2016 championship with a different winner in RWD class for each round making for a very tight top 4 on the ladder. Numbers in AWD however have been disappointing but with the amount of new drivers attending sessions lately this will hopefully improve next year. This round saw a total field of 12 entries, 8 in RWD class and 4 for AWD. The top end of the table brought out their best again with some awesome driving on the new tile surface. Drivers enjoying a flowing track layout designed to result in some close door to door drifting thanks to competition director Soorian Ang.

Luke Veersma completed a clean sweep of T.Q performances for this year in RWD class with a 92.67/100. In the final battle brackets, Bradley Burge came away with a well deserved first round win of the 2016 series ahead of Luke in second place. Third and fourth came down to between Paul Hayes and Anthony Tottman, with Paul claiming third place after 3 close battles with Anthony.

In AWD class for this round, our competition director Soorian Ang took out top qualifier and first place. It was great to see Soorian competing again after a year of purely judging duties. I was relegated to second place and 13 year old Rilley Prussian took 3rd place from newcomer Marcus Scott.

The overall RWD championship for 2016 was a close affair with the top 4 places separated by only 7 points. First place went to the always consistent Luke Veersma with 98 points, 1 win and 2 x second places for the year. Second went to Bradley Burge on 94 points also with 1 win and 2 x second places. Third went to Paul Hayes with 92 points, 1 win and 2 x third places. An honourable mention goes to Jordon Vukojevich who missed this final round due to interstate work, he finished fourth with 91 points, 1 win and 1 x third place.

The overall AWD championship for 2016 went to myself with 97 points, 3 wins and 1 x second place. Second place went to Andrew Marriott with 62 points, 1 x second place and 1 x third place. Third place going to Mike Adams with 58 points and 1 x third place.

Many thanks to our host Perth RC and to our sponsors; Perth RC, AsiaTees, OOSpeedDrive, MRC Plaza, Drift Bunny Decals and Ken Leong’s Drift School for all of their support throughout the year.

Thanks also to this rounds judging panel; Soorian Ang, Peter Veersma, Don Jamieson & Jayden Goncalves (who stepped in to judge AWD while Soorian Ang competed) for their hard work in making the tough decisions and to my fellow admins; Michael Smith, Anthony Tottman, Jayden Goncalves and Soorian Ang for helping to make this year’s championship a success.

Thank you to all drivers who competed throughout the year and congratulations to all competition and championship place getters. Special thanks to all who lent their help throughout the year at; comps, demos, busy bees, set up and pack up, etc your help has been greatly appreciated, Ausdrift wouldn’t be where it is now without your help.


Round 4 Entrants; AWD class – 4, RWD class – 8


Judges; Soorian Ang (head judge and competition director), Peter Veersma, Don Jamieson & Jayden Goncalves


Round 4 RWD Class Results;

Top Qualifier – Luke Veersma

1st place: Bradley Burge  –  2nd place: Luke Veersma  –  3rd place: Paul Hayes


Round 4 AWD Class Results;

Top Qualifier – Soorian Ang

1st place: Soorian Ang – 2nd place: Noel Gettingby – 3rd place: Rilley Prussian



2016 Championship Total Entrants; AWD class – 9, RWD class – 17


2016 Championship Series – RWD Final Placings

1st place: Luke Veersma – 2nd place: Bradley Burge – 3rd place: Paul Hayes


2016 Championship Series – AWD Final Placings

1st place: Noel Gettingby – 2nd place: Andrew Marriott – 3rd place: Mike Adams


Please check out the Ausdrift Facebook page for all of the event photos and videos.

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Ausdrift Round 3 Results

Round 3 of the Ausdrift 2016 Championship held on Saturday 15th of October was a cracker. With Perth RC Arena moving shortly to 27 Newcastle Street in Perth, this was the last comp that we’ll be holding at Perth RC Arena.

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2016 Round 3: drivers and judges, Photo: Craig Jacka

This round saw a total field of 14 entries, 12 in RWD class but only 2 for AWD. With the low entry numbers in AWD there’s a big opportunity for new drivers to make an impact next year. Once again the overall standard of driving for this round was very high, with drivers enjoying a more open and flowing track layout compared to last comp thanks to competition director Soorian Ang.

Luke Veersma had another great night with another T.Q in RWD class with a 93.33/100. That makes 4 top qualifier performances in a row for Luke with 3 separate chassis. Again the top 4 battles saw some very tough calls for the judges with a few battles decided by a very small margin. In the end first time winner Paul Hayes came away with a well deserved win relegating Luke to second place. Paul’s been knocking on the door of a round win for some time and it’s great to see his efforts pay off, he showed great driving and determination throughout the battle brackets leading up to the final. Third and fourth came down to between Jay Masli and Jordon Vukojevich, with Jay coming away with his first top 3 finish. It’s shaping up for a close finish to the year with only 4 points currently separating the top 4 places on the RWD leader board after a drop round is subtracted.

In AWD class Andrew Marriott came away with the T.Q bonus point before going head to head with me in a best of 3 battles to decide AWD class. I came away with the win, locking away the AWD title for 2016 which leaves me to concentrate on RWD for the rest of the year.

Many thanks to our host Perth RC Arena and to our sponsors; Perth RC, AsiaTees, OOSpeedDrive, MRC Plaza, Drift Bunny Decals and Ken Leong’s Drift School.

Thanks to the judging panel; Soorian Ang, Peter Veersma & Chris Barnett for their hard work in making the tough decisions and to my fellow admins; Michael Smith, Anthony Tottman, Jayden Goncalves and Soorian Ang for helping to make the event a success.

Special thanks also to Craig Jacka for photographing all the action and to Amanda Walker for capturing video for the live Facebook feed.


Entrants; AWD class – 2, RWD class – 12


Judges; Soorian Ang (head judge and competition director), Peter Veersma & Chris Barnett


RWD Class Results

Top Qualifier – Luke Veersma

1st place: Paul Hayes  –  2nd place: Luke Veersma  –  3rd place: Jay Masli


 AWD Class Results;

Top Qualifier – Andrew Marriott

1st place: Noel Gettingby – 2nd place: Andrew Marriott


Please check out the Ausdrift Facebook page for all of the event photos and videos.

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Review – Boom Racing 007-BRV2 High Stability Aluminium Gyro

Hello again from the Perth RC drift scene, today I’m bringing you a review of the Boom Racing 007-BRV2 High Stability Aluminium Gyro.

Boom Racing is a brand that few of you may have heard of before. It’s the in-house brand of Ausdrift sponsor AsiaTees Hobbies and includes over 2700 lines over a very wide selection of chassis including; crawlers, buggies, touring car and drift cars. For this review AsiaTees kindly provided one of their very nice 007-BRV2 high stability aluminium gyros for testing. At the time of writing the 007-BRV2 was available from AsiaTees for $45.08 AUD with free postage from Hong Kong (On orders over $100 AUD).

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Boom Racing High Stability Aluminium Gyroscope #007-BR, Photo: AsiaTees

While some regard fitting a gyro to any kind of RC car as cheating, in the case of RWD drift it’s essential to overcoming the difficulties that working at small scale present. In a full size drift car the rotational inertia of the front wheels and tyres creates a natural gyroscopic effect (remember those high school science lessons) allowing the driver to release the steering wheel and let the tyres steer themselves. Due to the relatively low mass of RC drift wheels and tyres and relatively high holding torque of the steering servos used, this simply does not happen at a 1:10 scale. A gyro when correctly set adds a simulated effect of exactly what happens on a 1:1 car.

The Boom Racing 007-BRV2 gyro is available in 6 colours; black, blue, red, pink, green and gold. For this review AsiaTees supplied the gold version as shown above. The attractive aluminium cased gyro is supplied with a very nice mounting tray and all required fasteners. Spare mounting trays can be purchased separately to allow the gyro to be easily moved between models. Gyro gain can be adjusted either digitally with CH3 or manually by turning the gain pot. For manual mode a handy gain adjustment driver is also supplied which saves hunting around in your toolbox for a suitable driver. There are 2 dip switches on the gyro for setting digital or analogue mode and for gyro direction.

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Boom Racing 007-BRV2GD, Photo: AsiaTees

The Boom Racing 007-BRV2 gyro was fitted to 2 different cars for this review, to Jayden Goncalves’ brand new RWD dedicated Yokomo YD-2 Plus and to my RWD converted Alex Racing Design CER-D08 premium. Fitting and connecting the gyro is very easy with 3 short leads for connecting the gyro to your steering servo and receiver CH1 & CH3. The supplied instructions are light on for detail but very easy to follow. For testing purposes I simply mounted the gyro to my chassis with double sided tape rather than using the aluminium mounting tray, Jayden did much the same on his YD-2 Plus.

For me, the overall driving impression with the Boom Racing 007-BRV2 was a big improvement over the MST LSD 2.0 RS gyro it replaced. The MST gyro retails for between $80-90 AUD whereas the 007-BRV2 has much the same functionality at roughly half the price. I noticed on startup that the 007-BRV2 has a different centre frequency to the MST gyro, but once trimmed it maintained that centre setting perfectly throughout the run and on subsequent starts. When digitally set with CH3 of my Futaba 3PM radio to 50% gain, I felt that the 007-BRV2 displayed much smoother action and reduced twitchiness from my OMG D2-LP-CF07s servo compared to the previous MST unit at the same gain setting. For me this resulted in a much more “connected” feel to the steering and far greater predictability and confidence, both of which allowed me to drive a much smoother line with great control while still getting heaps of angle and countersteer.

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Boom Racing: 007-BRV2 gyro, Chassis: CER-D08 Premium, Owner & Photo: Noel Gettingby

Jayden’s impression of the Boom Racing 007-BRV2 was somewhat less positive than mine. Jayden fitted it to his brand new Yokomo YD-2 Plus for it’s maiden runs. He also commented that the 007-BR centred perfectly once trimmed but that on his car it suffered from gyro wobble (caused when the gyro over-corrects at low steering angles and the front wheels wobble). He also found it difficult to find the sweet spot for the gain, he ended up settling on ~40% in order to minimise the wobble from his Futaba S9570SV servo. After his review Jayden fitted a Futaba GY430 gyro, which he found to be smoother for his combination after some tuning. The Futaba gyro retails for $80-90 and also has similar functionality to the 007-BRV2.

In all, the Boom Racing 007-BRV2 high stability aluminium gyro is a very capable gyro, well suited to RWD drift at half the price of the better known brands. In addition the very easy mounting, beautiful appearance and wide colour choice will suit just about any chassis scheme. Give Boom Racing by AsiaTees a try when next looking for great value, high quality hop-ups for your RC chassis.

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Ausdrift Round 2 Results

Round 2 of the Ausdrift 2016 Championship has been run and won at Perth RC Arena. The overall standard of driving was very high, especially in RWD class where most of the battles were only separated by a very small margin.

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2016 Round 2: drivers and judges, Photo: Craig Jacka

The atmosphere for the event was fantastic with a total field of 16 entries and plenty of spectators. We welcomed four new championship competitors for this round; RWD – Stephen Galvin (first time drifting of carpet), AWD – Scott Hobbs, Andrew Marriott & Hugh. New drivers are always welcome and it’s great to see some new faces at the club. We also welcomed back former club president Robert Dack, it was good to see him at the club drifting again after hanging up the “gone fishing” sign earlier this year.

14 year old prodigy Luke Veersma had a fantastic night with a T.Q and 1st place in RWD class. His driving was close to perfect all night with a 92.67/100 qualifying score. Though he faced stiff competition in the top 4 battles with some very tough calls for the judges. Personally I was lucky to get away with a T.Q and 1st place in AWD class after some scrappy top 4 battles.

Many thanks to our host Perth RC Arena and to our sponsors; Perth RC, AsiaTees, OOSpeedDrive, MRC Plaza, Drift Bunny Decals and Ken Leong’s Drift School.

Thanks to the judging panel; Soorian Ang, Ken Leong & Peter Veersma for your hard work in making the tough decisions and to my fellow admins; Michael Smith, Anthony Tottman, Jayden Goncalves and Soorian Ang for helping to make the event a success.

Special thanks also to Craig Jacka for photographing all the action and to Amanda Walker for capturing video for the live Facebook feed.


Entrants; AWD class – 5, RWD class – 11


Judges; Soorian Ang (head judge and competition director), Ken Leong & Peter Veersma


RWD Class Results

Top Qualifier – Luke Veersma

1st place: Luke Veersma  –  2nd place: Bradley Burge  –  3rd place: Jordon Vukojevich


 AWD Class Results;

Top Qualifier – Noel Gettingby

1st place: Noel Gettingby,  2nd place: Scott Hobbs,  3rd place: Andrew Marriott


Please visit out the Ausdrift Facebook page for all of the event photos and videos.

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Hello From the Perth Drift Scene

Hi I’m Noel and I’m a new contributor to Aussie RC, I’ll be focusing on the RC Drift scene primarily in Perth WA. RC drift has been my main hobby for the past 4 years. Like many, I was initially attracted to the casual nature of the hobby meaning that even competitions have a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

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Driver: Jordon Vukojevich, Photo: Keri MacDonald

The drift scene in Perth has come a long way in recent years. As recently appointed president of Ausdrift, a club which meets at Perth RC Arena twice weekly, I am amazed at the ongoing changes in RC drift globally and at a local level. Over recent years drift has progressed from touring car based AWD chassis to countersteer (AWD chassis with overdriven rear axles to induce countersteer) and now onto RWD chassis with dedicated drivetrains and the necessary steering range to allow true RWD drifting. The emergence of RWD has been a huge leap forward in the realism of RC drift with the experience getting closer to full size drifting all the time. Likewise the tuning of RWD drift cars now has more in common with 1:1 drift tuning than traditional RC tuning.

The chassis common at Ausdrift sessions demonstrate the variety of ways that RWD Drift  can be accomplished with all manner of layout (FR, MR, RR, belt drive, shaft drive, gear drive, purpose built or converted). Many also feature rare or boutique upgrades from various tuning houses to the driver’s preference.

Drivers converge twice weekly to practice at Ausdrift’s home venue Perth RC Arena, with ~160m2 of indoor drift track floor space and about the same again for the shared pits area. Regular competitive events are held every 2 months on average with drivers competing head to head in 2 classes (AWD and RWD) to decide honours. Entry is open to all from kids and beginners right through to pro level drivers.

Round 2 of the Ausdrift 2016 championship is being held this weekend. Keep an eye out here for event results and a wrap-up of all the action.

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Has Drifting and Street Racers saved the Touring Car?

Ok, ok, I know that touring car racing is not dead, but there has been a significant increase in the number of cars designed to either cater to those wanting sideways action, or some social street driving or racing.  Much like their crawling cousins, scale accessories and scale detail are also king in this arena of public opinion. However this new brand of on road driver has certainly resurrected some interest in On Road chassis.

Today’s release of two muscle cars from Kyosho on the Fazer platform, a 1970 Dodge Charger and a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat are further evidence, and while I don’t know how these vehicles are selling, I certainly see a few around the place, and there is certainly a lot of chatter generated by them.  Heck i’d be quite happy with one the the offerings on the Vaterra V100 platform or the new HPI RS4 Sport 3 platform (and I almost forgot the Team Associated Apex cars).  All of these platforms have a number of attributes in common, great looking scale bodies, scale tyres and rims, basic shaft driven platforms and affordable pricing.  This is fast turning into a what RC car to buy for street fun article, but I will resist!

Now none of these are what you would call drift vehicles despite being labeled as such and coming with hard tyres.  Yes they do a decent job, but in my mind a drift car has to at least have an optional set of gearing to allow a Counter steer (or CS) conversion.  What does that mean?  Well the rear wheels turn faster than the front ones.  Why?  Because it’s easier to keep the car sideways, and who doesn’t like a bit of sideways action sometimes.  None of the cars mentioned before have much in the way of adjustment either with all having fixed suspension links, but most have aftermarket or factory adjustable ones available to allow for some adjustment.  That said, this keeps the price of these units down, and there is nothing like a car that is fun to drive, a decent price to buy and looks great as well.  Personally I love how the BMW M3 and Subaru BRZ models on the HPI Sport 3 chassis look, but the 1969 Corvette from Vaterra looks amazing as well.

Many of this new breed of street cars also come with waterproof electronics, so even a rainy day isn’t able to keep you off the streets.  About the only feature that I am a little disappointed is still on these cars is the ubiquitous post body mounts.  Yes, they work well, but there are some great magnetic body mounts available today which eliminate the posts and give the car a much clearer look, but are still strong enough to stop the body coming off easily.

There is a whole range of chassis and bodies out there, and there are some offerings from Yokomo, MST and Sakura which are true drift chassis, but expect to be paying more than the cars we are discussing here today.

I guess what I am saying is don’t be a chassis snob, grab one of these budget street brawlers, grab some mates and go outside and have some fun!  And because everybody loves some eye candy, here is a slide show of some of the offerings on sale at the moment.

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PS, yes, I completely missed out on the Tamiya TT-01 and TT02 platforms, I could say I was focusing on new platforms, but the TT-02 is a new platform, Maybe i have a bit of tunnel vision, but check out the Tamiya cars as well as they have a huge range of cars and bodies available.

APEX Scion Racing tC Ready-To-Run from Team Associated

APEX Scion Racing tCTeam Associated has released a new drift version of the Apex chassis called the APEX Scion Racing tC Ready-To-Run.  TA have this to say about it:

Brushless Powered All Wheel Drive Ready to Run

Built on the all-wheel-drive Apex chassis, the Scion Racing tC Rocket Bunny replica comes fully assembled and Ready-to-Run with factory installed Reedy brushless power and a Reedy WolfPack 6-cell battery wired with a High Current T-Plug.

Additional features include the XP water-resistant speed control and XP 2.4GHz radio system. The front and rear sealed metal gear differentials are connected together with a tough aluminum drive shaft that handles all of the Reedy brushless power. Imperfections in the road are managed by four adjustable fluid-filled coil-over tuned shocks.

The high grip treaded racing tires are mounted on scale replica 5-Spoke hex drive wheels featuring detailed brake rotors and calipers. Topping it all off is the factory finished Scion Racing tC Rocket Bunny body that replicates the details of Fredric Aasbo’s Hankook Racing Scion tC, built by Papadakis Racing, which has become one of the most competitive cars on the Formula Drift circuit!

Source: http://www.teamassociated.com/cars_and_trucks/Apex_Scion_tC/RTR/