Like most motorsports, drifting is predominately dominated by men, but the gender dynamic of the sport might look to be changing recently with the huge increase of talented girls who are literally drifting into the scene and making smoke so to speak. These girls have some serious skills and we wanted to tell you a little bit more about them, what they are currently up to and how to get into it.

I met someone who drifted in 2005 and then quickly found the Driftworks forum and decided to give it a go. In 2006 I bought a Volvo 340 and went to my first practice day at Santa Pod. So I guess in total I’ve been drifting around 12-13 years. For a long time I was happy just going to practice days but then I decided I wanted to compete so I gained my BDC license in 2010 and competed in BDC in 2012. Then I went to university for 3 years, so had to slow the drifting down a bit. In 2016 I bought my skyline and by 2017 I was doing a couple rounds of DriftCup. In 2018 I did a full season in DriftCup! My plans for 2019 are to rebuild and forge my engine after it went pop, hopefully I’ll make a couple of practice days later in the year!

Jaime Skelding

My dad is the one that got me into drifting, even though he isn’t himself! Back in 2013 he booked me onto a taster drift experience and didn’t tell me. I had no idea what he’d booked until we arrived at Birmingham Wheels on the day! That was that. I didn’t buy my first RWD car until late 2014 with the intentions of learning properly. I ended up with an S14a that eventually got scrapped due to rust and reshelled into the S13 I have had since midway through 2016.

I didn’t start getting out there until 2017 due to one issue or another and 2018 was the year my car has fully worked and handled like a dream, I’ve almost had to relearn everything from 2017 as the car was just not predictable to handle that year all down to basic road car maintenance overlooked. My aim for this year is to get in enough seat time to feel confident with my own ability to get to the Next Level weekend event in Poland and make the expense worth it and a road trip of a lifetime!

Jo ‘Minx’ May

I drive an R32 4 door with an RB25DET engine swap called Deadshot. I originally found out about drifting about 7 years ago, back then a group of my friends all had RWD cars and used to go to Streeto. So I tagged along to watch one evening and was hooked. I had the odd go but I was terrible. I started to learn properly about 2 years ago at Santa Pod days and I had a few competition drivers to help teach me, I’ve slowly progressed since then. I first had a go at competitive drifting last year in Driftcup. Not so much to win but more to build up my confidence, I get incredibly nervous sometimes.

Lisa Branch

I’ve always been into cars as my dad is a mechanic so I grew up going to car shows and watching him fix up cars. I was at The Fast Show at Pod in 2007 and taking my road car up the drag strip when I see some guys doing drifting at the side of the drag strip. This is how I met Lex as he was doing drift passenger rides, so he took me out for a ride and that was the day I fell in love…..with drifting. After Lex took me out for a drift ride I decided I wanted to learn how to do it myself, so I went out and bought an R33 skyline, (I had Jap cars before that, such as an Evo 6 and scooby STI but nothing RWD).

I went along to my first ‘drift what ya brung’ day at pod and didn’t even know how to change a wheel! I quickly learnt and gradually progressed with my drifting skills thanks to the support of the drifting community.

I took some time out from the end of 2013 to mid 2015 to have my son. My first season in competition was in 2017 when I entered Driftcup. I had a bad year health wise and let the nerves get the better of me so didn’t do very well. Last year I came 6th overall in Driftcup and 2nd in the last round at Driftland which earned me my British Drift Championship license.

I was allowed to do the last 2 rounds of BDC last year as they were after the final round of Driftcup and I qualified for both rounds but got knocked out in my top 32 battles.

I’m currently upgrading the 33 so I have more power and less weight so hopefully I’ll be able to be a bit more competitive against some of the monster builds that are in BDC! I’m really looking forward to Lex and I doing a full season of BDC together! (Although he’s in pro class now so unfortunately I won’t get to battle/beat him!).

Aims Hill

My name is Aims! I drive a Nissan skyline r34. She’s running a 520BHP RB25DET and is set up for drifting. I also sometimes drift a RB25 SIL80.

I have been drifting for just over 3 years now. I started out with my supercharged S2000 that was a show car and then bought a Nissan S14 as I wanted to learn how to drift. I started out doing little airfield days and learner days in my S14 and then progressed onto bigger tracks and doing demos. After this I sold my S2000 and S14 and bought my R34. I still do a few show demos like Castle Combe action days, (come say hi if your there), and l try to go to all the practice days I can. Last year I competed in RDC (Retro Drift Championship), where I managed to finish the year in 6th place! This was a huge accomplishment for my first year of competing!

This year I am hoping to do more RDC rounds and I would love to do some driftcup rounds.

In January I had the honour of being asked to join Terry Grants drift team which is me and 4 other girls. We were a part of Autosport International‘s live action show. We used RDX Drift Academys 350Z.

I love drifting it’s a massive stress reliever (when the car works) and you meet some amazing people!

How to Get Started

Advice from the girls on how to get into drifting:

Lozza – “Get a cheap and reliable car, grow a thick skin and make sure you laugh at yourself.”

Lisa – “For anyone wanting to get into drifting, I would recommend going to a drift experience first to see if you like it before committing to the expense of buying a drift car. Then get your own car to practice in and go along to DWYB at Santa Pod. Start with something cheap and simple like an MX5 or BMW with a welded diff, learn the basics and mod the car as your skills progress. Everyone in the drifting community is willing to help newbies out and will happily teach the basics and give advice when you get stuck. Then make sure you get to some competition days to watch how it’s done properly and see some of the more extreme drift car builds in action!”

Jaime – “My advice to others is, if it’s something you want to do just do it! Try not to compare yourself to others, as that’s an easy way to get disheartened quickly. Remember, everyone had to start somewhere!”

Aims – “If your looking to get into drifting RDX Academy along with others like it are a really good place to start. They have trained instructors who can give you one on one training to see if you like it before you spend all your money burning rubber”

So some good places to learn properly are: RDX Academy and Santa Pod RWYB

Some more useful links and articles you can find below:

Top things to Know Before You Start Drifting

9 Best Drift Cars for Beginners

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