We here at RDC (Retro Drift Challenge) are proud to announce that we are joining with other top drift championships across the uk in becoming stepping stones towards the British Drift Championship through DriftCup feeder series.

The following press release as follows has just been posted on DriftCup pages



DriftCup 2019

Ladies and gents

It is with great pleasure we can now announce some ground-breaking changes for grassroots Drifting in the UK.

Until now there have been a number of championships running across the country, all with the aim of giving drivers the chance to compete against each other.

DriftCup was created to replace the out-dated licensing days of old. The standard of driving had increased to such a level that the British Drift Championship (BDC), at the time, would have become oversubscribed with drivers.

Drivers now have to prove they can do more than drive a few good laps. They must be able to qualify and battle to be offered a place on the grid of the BDC.

The increase in drivers now taking part in competitive drifting means there has to be change.

In 2019, DriftCup, with the support of organisers across the country, will be operating a new promotional system. This will guarantee drivers who are successful in their chosen championships a guaranteed place in DriftCup in 2019.

Each round of DriftCup 2019 will be held over two days. The second day will be for seeded/licenced drivers. These will be drivers from regional championships across the UK. Drivers that will be eligible to drive on the second day will be:

  • The top 32 drivers remaining from DriftCup 2018 after driver promotions
  • The top three drivers from King of The Ring (KOTR) 2018
  • The top three drivers from Retro Drift Challenge (RDC) 2018
  • The top three drivers from the Scottish Drift Championship (SDC) 2018
  • The top three drivers from the Diemax Drift Challenge (NADT) 2018
  • The top four drivers from day one of DriftCup 2019

These drivers will battle it out for a place in the top 8 on the day. They will then be offered the chance to drive in the following round of the British Drift Championship.

The top four drivers in the season will automatically be given a licence to drive in the BDC 2020. Fifth to eighth will be given the option to be promoted.

Day one drivers in DriftCup 2019 will be drivers who purchase a place on the grid as they have in previous years. The top 4 of the first day will be given the chance to compete on the second day.

It’s great to have a route for drifters in the UK to go all the way to the BDC and beyond. With the support of Jeek, Gordon, Malx, Adam and Steve, we now have a true promotional system in the UK like never before.

2019 will see the best drivers in the grass roots category come together on the second day of each event. They will have earned their place on the grid with previous performances.”

– Mark Buckle, DriftCup

We are delighted to announce that the top three drivers from the SDC 2018 will get the chance to drive in DriftCup 2019. With the new format being introduced, the best up and coming drivers in the country will get to battle it out for a place in the British Drift Championship.

It’s awesome for our series to be recognised for producing amazing drivers that have the pedigree to go all the way to the BDC.


We can’t wait for the series to get underway and to see who will accept the challenge to be in the all-important top three at the end of the season.” 

– Jeek, Driftland

The RDC is delighted to be offered places in DriftCup 2019. This means our drivers now have a target to aim for. If they want to guarantee a place in the feeder series to the BDC, we can now offer drivers a direct route”

– Gordon McIsaac

RDC director

It’s awesome news that DriftCup will be taking the top three drivers from our championship in 2018. The introduction of a seeded driver day will allow those with a high skill set to be given a chance to fast track to the British Drift Championship (BDC). King of The Ring is a great starting point for drivers wishing to progress their drifting careers. For us it’s about building the drivers ready to go on to DriftCup & The British Drift Championship.

A number of drivers have already made a mark in the drift world from KOTR, progressing through the ranks of DriftCup and are now established in the BDC. Former KOTR champion Danny Grundy is now a BDC Pro driver. Alistair Sutton won HEL DriftCup in 2017 after being champion in 2016.

We can’t wait to see who will be joining us this year with the aim of driving in DriftCup 2019.”

– Adam Kortlandt & Steve ‘Baggsy’ Biagioni

King of the Ring

Anyone that visits our events know we are here to help and teach people competitive drifting from the start and beyond. Now we have a target for them to aim for, ultimately the BDC. We are delighted to be a part of the new promotional system in the UK. We look forward to seeing who will make the step up to DriftCup in 2019“

– Malx Norfolk Arena Drift Team.

We look forward to a great future for drifting in the UK with organisers across the country all working together.

My Round5/Season2017 thoughts -G-

Well now then after several weeks my brain is sort of started working again ?I though I’d best put my thoughts into words which is a lot harder than it sounds..

But what can I say ? I don’t really know where to start

WHAT A MAD YEAR !! and what an emotional weekend 3 weeks ago at Sunday’s RDC round 5 for the final round of the 2017 season championship, a championship I took over ownership of at the end of 2016 and boy did we have our work cut out ….

So enter the new RDC team with me at the helm,

Mark Kelley, Darren Jones, Lee and Faye Hurt and several marshals at each event.

The judging team Dave Lannaghan and several guests (Mike Marshal,Darren Bloomfield ,Kyle Chisholm ,Harry Stuart ,Jay White ,Tom Hutchinson, Will Smith, and James Grimsby

Head of media Stuart Sheil and his massive team of awesome photographers,

without these guys none of what we have achieved this season would have been possible, each and every one one of them has a major and vital role to play on each comp day AND for that I THANK them ALL from the bottom of my heart. I feel humbled to work alongside them.

To all the drivers that have turned up and supported us throughout the season in some amazingly built and prepped cars, always showing up at the start line at every event with a smile on their face and ready to battle, and to do this it takes major commitment, time and dedication for which I THANK YOU.

I also appreciate all the time taken offering helpful advice and ideas through the season to assist with the smooth operation of these events. Supporting each other in the the pits and bringing the right attitude and atmosphere to the pits- Thanks to those that support the drivers, families and friends of drivers and all those that support everyone to be able to participate. All the work that goes on, the late nights in garages etc, all the sacrifices.

Id like to thank all the forces drivers that attended it was great to mix up the competition a little bit and thanks to matt Roberts and Paul Howells for keeping you in check lol

A huge well done to those that have taken the trophies and prize pots home throughout the year and to the guys that took the top spots of the season – Huw Gwion Savill in the Dukes of Hafod AE86 and the Jones brothers in the team JBR S13s Daryl and Bradley ????????

Here’s a quick run down of what my goals were from the off for this season:

a. Driver focused events – seat time ,value for money competitive etc

b. Atmosphere

c. Family friendly and social events

D. Challenging tracks

E. Consistency

F. Trust

G. Build drivers confidence in myself and RDC as a series

H. Free tyre changing

I.  Brand build (merch)

J. Zero single runs

K. Prize moneys and prize pots.

I’ve had a good crack at all of these items and will continue to try and progress further with each event.

For next season my aims and goals are more consistency, more evolution of media outlets I.e

– new member of staff who’s job is to promote the series

– new website

– videographer

– flyers for each event

– promotion local to event venues to boost spectator/local awareness

– more evolution of the brand building


We have already started working on and will continue to work during winter months on all the plans for 2018.

So far we have 3 venues that are eager to work with us 2 of which have already confirmed and both of them will be weekend events ?

This year while trying to build the series we have had massive and amazing support from our sponsors; VOLKSCRAFT, Violent-D, Two Roads Motorworks, GTEC Garage, i3t, AIRCAM and Pentland ACL for which I am VERY VERY GRATEFUL and look forward to furthering our commitment to these companies and working with them more for next year

At this point I would like to invite all those that have been involved in this season to message me with any suggestions of things they’d like to see happen. With lots of things to sort for 2018, I’ll reply to emails and messages as soon as possible

And lastly if you enjoyed RDC let everyone know and if you have any media you would like to promote please send it over so we can help to promote you as drivers too.



Ps watching you guys all skid was mega hard for all of us as staff so next season we will be joining you on the start line during practice sessions at some of the events ???