Peace Auto Fest, drift competition goes better than expected

Expectations for the 2020 Peace Auto Fest were high, cautioned only due to the capacity limits put on the event due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the two-day event, especially the drift competition, blew those expectations out of the water.

For a first-time event, the drift competition went off without a hitch, putting smiles on the faces of everyone who watched, and the weather couldn’t have been better.

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“It was darn near perfect, I don’t really know what to say. It was way better than I expected it to be, and the drift event will definitely be back next year,” said Auto Fest organizer Kaylyn Senft.

There were 20 participants in the autocross event on July 25, clocking in six runs each, and 13 drivers in the drift event on July 26.

Justin Lagasse took home first place from the drift event. Lagasse brought the idea to the Fort St. John Car Culture Club and the Peace Region Motorsports Association and played a big part in getting the event off the ground. However, his car almost did not.

Lagasse blew a head gasket on his engine during the autocross event. He found another gasket from another old, broken-down engine and was able to temporarily fix his car long enough to put down the best drift runs. By the end, his engine was shot, but not before he gave the other drivers and organizers a show.

“I’ve been wanting to do this forever. To go out there and be judged on my skill was so much fun,” Lagasse said. “We’ve been fighting with this car the last couple weeks, but we managed to make it work, and I’m working on building another engine already so it’s good timing.”

Ryan Mucci had a really busy weekend. He finished third in the autocross street class, and second in the drift competition. both in his 1981 Toyota Corolla. Mucci has been competing in autocross for 10 years, but never had the car to use in a drift event until he came across the Corolla in a field in Rolla, B.C.

He bought the car for $300, put $2,000 of parts into it and new tires, and had the hardware to show for his hard work.

“It was awesome, we really couldn’t have asked for a better weekend,” Muccia said. “It turned out way better than expected and I really hope we can do this all again next year. From what I saw, everyone had a fun time, no frowns out there.”

Here are the results from the two competitions, as well as the Car Show on July 26:

Autocross
Street Class

1. Juan Garcia
2. Russ Lofstrom
3. Ryan Mucci

Competition Class
1. Sean Roy

Beginner Class
1. Rahul Roy

Drift Competition
1. Justin Lagasse
2. Ryan Mucci
3. Jeremy LaFountain
Most Cones Hit: Ryan Mucci

Car Culture Show
Most Modified: Kaylyn Senft
Best Aftermarket: Nathan Fougere
Best Craftmanship: Tyler Hunt
Best Body Style: Kailey Logan
Best Classic: Glen Durand
Best Engine Bay: Klayton C.
Best Interior: Keith Clarke
Most Creative: Justin Lagasse
2000+: Ryan Phillips
Jiffy Lube and Climax Detailing Sponsors Choice: Nathan Fougere

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.  

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