Romania was the next stop on the Monster Energy King Of Europe Pro Drift Series tour.
Round 5 took place at ‘Prejmer Circuit’ just outside the city of Brasov. A few hours drive north of Bucharest.
On the way to the track I was able to take in my surroundings. What a stunning country Romania is!
I arrived late at the track on the Friday & checked out the layout before the weekends action to come.
The track itself was larger than the one the week before for round 4 in Greece. This time the drivers would be judged on a run involving 3 corners, one of which was an awesome long sweeping bend that really brought on the smoke!
That weekend a round of the Romanian Drift Championship was also taking place at the track, meaning there was a fantastic variety of cars in & around the paddocks alongside the veteran King Of Europe cars.
Including this fantastic looking Audi Quattro which was a first for me to see in a drift competition.
Due to my late arrival on the Friday I actually missed a street parade through the city of Brasov, but I was able to meet up with Monster Energy driver Dmitriy Illyuk who had stayed behind at the track to fix an intake manifold issue on his epic smoke machine of an S13.
I always love checking out the details on this drivers builds and Dmitriy's car is no exception.
The holes in the rear quarter are a brilliant edition and allow the smoke to pour out during runs, very cool for photos!
It was great to meet up with the Swiss Drift Team and Philippe Guillod or 'Drift Drop Phil' as he's known who had made the pilgrimage to Romania with his unique S14a.
Lots of other teams had already arrived and setup for the weekend.
Once the drivers returned from the street parade the paddocks buzzed with activity before everyone headed off for some rest before the weekends event.
It all kicked off early Saturday morning with practice sessions for all the King of Europe and Romanian Drift Championship drivers.
Drivers briefing brought a lot of familiar faces together as well as new ones, always love the variety of drivers & teams at these King Of Europe races.
After the drivers briefing I asked where the media could stand....
Then got to work.
The Cartu Drifting team E46 2jz had made the trip to Romania, however the car suffered some engine issues on the Saturday during qualifying which kept the team busy for the rest of the day and most of that night.
It was back on form soon enough thanks to their amazing mechanics and support team who worked tirelessly to get driver Adam Frank back out there. Once fixed, the car did not disappoint and it smoked up the track nicely.
& was still able to shred some tread.
France was well & truly represented this round, with drivers Jerome Vassia & Boulbi among others laying it down & flying the flag for their country.
Monster Energy was well and truly represented that weekend by veteran KOE Hungarian driver Adam Kerenyi in his unique E36 BMW.
His driving was some of the best I've seen all season with lots of angle & an incredible amount of smoke being thrown out by his Federal tyres.
& as mentioned before Monster Energy Ukrainian driver Dmitriy Illyuk was also there tearing up the track.
He actually experienced some turbo issues during the qualifying sessions on the Saturday, which resulted in a turbo change and remap by the side of the track.
The old turbo looked pretty worse for wear after it had been removed, it had definitely had a hard life attached to that SR20det!
Dmitriy even entered the local Romanian Championship and took first place with a spectacular performance in the battles.
Romana Rusu who is actually a competitor in the Queen Of Europe Championship was also on track showing up a lot of the competition with her BMW, look forward to seeing her out driving again soon.
Swiss-Italian driver Francesco Conti had also made the trip and was driving the E92 as hard as always! This smoke machine was running some wild angles into the first entry, and was laying down some incredible smoke on the last corner, awesome to watch as always!
Monster Energy flowed nicely at the event with several sample sessions keeping the crowd pumped & charged for the finals.
The battles themselves were intense with lots of action!
The variety of locations and teams that take part is what makes the Monster Energy King Of Europe series so special. Everyone comes together in the spirit of 'Drift' teams assist each other and work hard to make sure that everyone can get out on track and battle for that top podium spot.
The next round is in a weeks time in Croatia and I look forward to bringing you a full report once I'm back.
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