September 21, 2023


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B Is For Breisladden – Speedhunters

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For those who’ve caught any of our Gatebil protection over time, you’ll be conversant in the phrase Breisladden.

It’s simple to elucidate what it’s in a couple of phrases, however typically the small print are disregarded. In the present day, I assumed we may take a more in-depth take a look at this distinctive sub-event.


The Breisladden – which merely interprets to energy slide – was first contested at Gatebil Rudskogen 2001. Again then, competitors drifting was in its infancy and a far cry from how we all know it in the present day. It was a special time, with totally different vehicles and totally different guidelines.

This video from Gatebil Rudskogen 2003 ought to offer you some concept of what the Breisladden was all about 20 years in the past.


Preparation differs from workforce to workforce. For some, it’s only a new set of tires required; for others, like FD driver Simen Olsen, last-minute repairs are wanted – in his case a clutch alternative.


However what are the foundations? For the viewer it’d look easy: slide your means round a nook at excessive pace and maintain the road. That’s the Breisladden in a nutshell, however the judges have a pair extra containers to tick. Let’s take you thru a complete run at Gatebil Motorsenter…


First is a burnout to heat the tires, which is fairly normal at any drift-related occasion. Whereas there aren’t any factors rewarded right here, it’s nonetheless a pleasant little pre-show for the spectators.


From the beginning line, drivers instantly put pedal to the metallic. Many like to make use of sheer horsepower to float their means into the primary nook, whereas others go as quick as they’ll earlier than yanking the e-brake to provoke their slide.


It’s important to have each pace and angle at this level to attain excessive within the the rest of the run. Being aggressive can both offer you an edge, or shortly put you within the sand.


After flip one comes the lengthy second flip, nicknamed Storsvingen. Right here, drivers want to carry huge angle and pace with as little steering and throttle correction as doable. The quantity of smoke being generated can also be necessary. With out smoke, there isn’t a Gatebil. That’s a truth.

Being proper in the course of it, perched excessive on a scissor raise, the judges have an unimpeded view over the judged part. It should look so cool to see the observe fully engulfed in smoke; the followers definitely find it irresistible.


If all the pieces has gone to plan, drivers method the end line with the rear of their vehicles proper on the clipping level marker. It’s throughout in a matter of seconds.


The judges rating every run, and the highest 20 go on to battle within the following day’s ultimate. Greater than 100 vehicles took half this 12 months, however there will be just one winner.


The overwhelming majority of vehicles that tackle the Breisladden are rear-wheel drive drift machines, but it surely’s the four-wheel drive maniacs that steal the present. And whenever you hear the title ‘Alm’ launched,  issues are about to get wild. Right here we’ve Kenneth Alm‘s brother Fredrik doing Gatebil correctly – sideways with all 4 tires lit up.


4-wheel drifting has been part of the Breisladden for the reason that begin, and whereas it isn’t as well-liked now because it was again within the day, it’s all the time nice to see. Watching an Audi Quattro go all-out is one thing particular.


For me, the Breisladden is the spotlight of the Gatebil Rudskogen weekend. It’s superior to see followers and rivals give their all. However what do the drivers suppose?


Simen Olsen: “For me, the Breisladden is extra of a enjoyable competitors, however most of us are rivals so I assume all of us wish to win! It’s not a lot about particular approach, however it’s all about full throttle, going as vast as doable, being clean, and getting as shut as doable to the final cone. I usually to attempt to work out an excellent setup that offers me the grip I want, so I can simply management the automobile being on-throttle throughout the transitions as a substitute of utilizing the e-brake.”


Fannar Þór: “It’s one factor to participate in Gatebil and be amongst all of the heroes and have an opportunity to show your self, however the Breisladden provides you a sense you don’t get elsewhere on the observe. It’s a little bit of a ‘one shot, one alternative’ factor with all of the spectators on the hill, the night solar and all the eye on you for 15 seconds. It’s like stepping on a large stage in comparison with Iceland, traumatic, however on the similar time an superior feeling.”


Per Erik Hovden: “The Breisladden actually reveals that you just don’t want 1,000,000 greenback automobile to have enjoyable. I really feel like individuals typically neglect what drifting is all about – that’s, displaying what you are able to do with what you’ve gotten. I do know I can’t win the Breisladden with my grassroots BMW E46 Compact and its unique 2.8L engine with 190hp, however I do know I can win a couple of smiles from the group whereas I clutch kick across the nook a number of occasions. I put 4bar of air stress within the oldest tires I can discover and see the way it goes. Low-cost vehicles are essentially the most enjoyable!”


Joachim Haugenes: The Breisladden is without doubt one of the most enjoyable issues about Gatebil. You might have everybody from first-time drifters to skilled all in the identical competitors. But it surely’s not really easy to coach for and be 100% ready. You might have the entire observe for your self and wish to begin drifting with out rolling pace, after which have simply 30 seconds to shine. The approach is ‘by no means raise the fuel’, and that’s what I like essentially the most about it. The Breisladden is nearly the identical as after I began six or seven years in the past, however the degree of driving simply retains getting greater yearly.”


It’s fascinating to listen to the totally different views of those that compete within the Breisladden. If there’s one factor that everybody can agree on, it’s that there aren’t actually any guidelines relating to what you may and may’t compete with – if it drifts, you’re good.

The Breisladden competitors has all the time introduced the most effective out of Gatebil, and I can’t wait to expertise it as soon as once more.

Alen Haseta
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