Nate Hamilton broke through to take his first victory in the final round of the Xtreme Drift Circuit Western Division Championship on Saturday at PGP Motorsports Park.
The Consolation Round would feature two local drivers, with Mike Phillips outdueling Logan Noel for the final spot on the podium. At the end of the day, Hamilton was awarded $3000, Wilkerson $2500, Phillips $1000, and Noel $500 from the XDC.
Meanwhile, when he advanced to the Great Eight, George Marstanovic clinched the XDC Western Division championship - the first drifting championship for the Flagstaff, Ariz. Based driver. The championship means Marstanovic took home $3000, with runner-up Chelsea DeNofa awarded $1000 and third place Will Parsons earning $500.
Hamilton, the second qualifier, defeated Erich Hagen in the first round, Victor Moore in the second, and Noel in the Final four to meet Wilkerson. Wilkerson, who was the top qualifier, defeated Kory Keezer in the first round, Marstanovic in the second, and Phillips in the third.
The much anticipated final between the two top qualifiers ended when the differential in Wilkerson's car failed, handing the victory to Hamilton.
"We had an incredible weekend out at XDC Seattle," said Hamilton. "After breaking our differential during Saturday morning practice, we worked hard as a team and got the NOS ENERGY DRINK K-Sport 240SX back on track in time to land the 2nd place qualifying position! The car felt great all day as we worked our way through the ladder, all the way to a first place finish! I just want to thank the whole team for their hard work!"
XDC will next field their first event in Canada, at the St. Eustache Autodrome just outside of Montreal, Quebec on September 4-5. The XDC International event will feature a total event payout of $13,400 with $5000 going to the winner of the event.
XDC Western Division Final Standings
1. George Marstanovic
2. Chelsea DeNofa
3. Will Parsons
4. Dave Briggs
5. Nate Hamilton
6. Jeff Jones
7. Forrest Wang
8. Corey Hosford
9. Joshua Steele
10. Walker Wilkerson
2011 XDC Events Schedule
March 11-12 | XDC West | Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, CA
April 22-23 | XDC West | Firebird Raceway, Chandler, AZ
May 14-15 | XDC East | Central Florida Racing Complex, Orlando, FL
June 17-18 | XDC East | Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, WV
July 2-3 | XDC East | Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC
August 13-14 | XDC West | Pacific Grand Prix, Seattle, WA
September 4-5 | XDC International | St. Eustache, Montreal, Quebec
September 23-24 | XDC Finale | Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
XTREME DRIFT CIRCUIT
The XDC showcases the country's rising Drift stars, featuring an eight-round drifting championship set in a full-scale lifestyle festival. Now in its second season, the XDC remains committed to driver development and investing in the future of Drifting. For more information, visit www.xtremedriftcircuit.com. Competitors with rulebook and technical questions should contact Mike Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drivers with general event questions should contact Brian Eggert at email@example.com, or by calling (804) 65-PROAM (77626).