Round three of the Middle East Drift Championship saw it descend on Al Wasal Sports Club which featured the stunning backdrop of the Dubai skyline. A temporary track was laid out, a technical but high speed layout which meant that drivers had to put it all on the line. It wasn't long until the configuration took its first unsuspecting victim.
The grid saw a strong turnout, with drivers traveling from Qatar, Kuwait and Oman to battle some of the UAE’s finest. We also saw the return of the Monster athlete Dmitriy Illyuk who flew in from the Ukraine in search of a podium finish, after missing out in the previous two rounds.
His monster team mates Khalifa Sultan Al Nayan, who had found his way onto the podium in the previous two events and Dany Neville, who finished fourth in both rounds, were always going to be strong contenders.
Mohammed Al Khaiat who also found himself on the podium in the previous two rounds, had been facing an uphill battle all week. After his big accident in the Final in Qatar the previous weekend, he had to fly to Riga to find parts for his M2. He couldn’t source everything needed for the repair and choose to battle with damaged rear suspension. Meaning he would never be at 100%.
In a Final that saw the judges call one more time after the first run, a battle that we thought Dany had done just enough. But unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for Dany and the judges sent them out again.
Second time around it was Dmitriy's aggression that saw him glued to Dany's door throughout his chase. When the tables were changed Dmitriy was able to pull out a small gap one which Dany was unable to recover.
At the podium he was more than delighted, and he was caught telling Khalifa you are only as good as your last performance. There is always plenty of banter when it comes to the Lunatics by Nature crew, even when they are missing two key members of their team.
With the Championship tables being ever so tight, any one of five drivers could still win it. The will return after the summer break.