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Round 1 of the 2011 Xtreme Drift Circuit (XDC) season was held at the ever-popular Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, CA aka  the “House of Drift.” In addition to the drift competition, there was the REMIX Car Show, Cycle Path Bike Show, and the always popular model lounge. Drivers from all over made the journey to duke it out with a number of exciting “One More Time” battles during the last rounds of competition.

XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36
Hailing all the way from Texas is Chelsea DeNofa & his Nexen / Non Stop Tuning / Technica BMW E36. DeNofa went against Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis (below) of Wrightwood, CA and his Forged Racing Radiators / Godspeed Nissan S14 during the final round of competition. DeNofa took the first XDC event of the 2011 season.

XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36
As “Odi” Bakchis followed DeNofa into the inner bank, Bakchis made a mistake during the first run of the Finals. Despite a strong lead run, Bakchis’ chance at winning drifted away.

All the way from Houston, TX is Joshua Steele and his S14-faced black S13. Steele went against “Odi” Bakchis in the Final Four where “Odi” Bakchis advanced to the Finals. Steele went against George Marstanovic and his FC in the Consolation Round; unfortunately for Steele, he was unable to make the second run of the round. As a result, Marstanovic finished third overall. DeNofa went against Marstanovic in the Final Four where they had another One More Time battle.
XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36
Another Non-Stop Tuned (NST) car is Will Parson’s Toyota AE86. From the Lone Star State, Will made it all the way to the Great 8 where he duked it out with “Odi” and his S14. He gave “Odi” a run for his money where they had a One More Time battle.
XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36

Chelsea DeNofa had his toughest battle of the day against Forrest Wang and his S14-faced S13. They had two One More Time battles before DeNofa moved on the to the Final Four.

XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36
During his One More Time battle with Chelsea DeNofa, Forrest Wang and his S13 slid into the wall and dragged the rear bumper for a short distance until it detached.
XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36
A local Southern California native, Cyrus Martinez and his RPS13 made it to the Great 8 where he went against George Marstanovic.
XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36
FC3S Battle: Daniel Kuo’s Rotary Power vs George Marstanovic’s V8 Power! RotorMaven Edward Uche, this photo’s for you!
XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36
Here you see Nate Hamilton, another Texan, in his Nissan RPS13
XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36
From Sunland, CA, Jeff Jones and his maroon RPS13 leads Forrest Wang’s black S13 during the Super 16 competition.
XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36
Above and below is Dave Briggs‘ clean, blue Nissan S14. Originally from Canada, Dave is always “oot” and “aboot” in numerous West Coast events such as XDC, Just Drift, and Vegas Pro Am.

XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36

XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36

From Costa Mesa, CA is Dan Burkett and his Corvette-powered white FC. Unfortunately, he did not qualify this time. Be sure to look out for him during the future events. If you failed to catch him in action, I hope you saw his bad-ass, black turbo 2JZ-GTE in the REMIX car show.

XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36

I’m diggin’ this “conditioner” on Dan Burkett’s FC–especially since he has a mullett.

XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36

I highly doubt his “conditioner” was the culprit of the engine fire during a practice run-which, BTW, he put out himself with his own fire extinguisher!

XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36

XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36

Forrest Wang and Cyrus Martinez toe-to-toe.

XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36

Robert Turnbrow’s Toyota Cressida qualified for the event but was unable to compete in the first round against DeNofa.

XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36

Some of you may remember Chelsea DeNofa’s BMW E36 sporting a green color last year sans two doors. I’m digging this color!

XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36

Daniel Kuo and his Rotary-powered FC3S RX-7 slidin’ sideways.

XDC IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY OLIVER PETALVER MOTORMAVENS CHELSEA DENOFA CYRUS MARTINEZ DAN BURKETT DANIEL KUO DAVE BRIGGS FORREST WANG GEORGE MARSTANOVIC JEFF ABBOTT JEFF JONES KELVIN ARREOLA ODI BAKCHIS NATE HAMILTON WILL PARSONS NISSAN S13 S14 S13.4 DRIFTING DRIFT TOYOTA AE86 BMW E36

Another angle of Joshua Steele’s NST / NOS Energy Drink / Neverslo Nissan S13 slidin’ sideways.

The next XDC West championship event will be held at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Arizona. For more information on the event, check out www.xtremedriftcircuit.com

:: Oliver Petalver

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17 Responses

  1. Justin

    Steele and parsons are both out of Houston FYI. Lol Josh sure as he’ll didn’t bring his car from Hawaii

  2. Oliver Petalver

    Thanks Justin! Will get on that as soon as I can. The list they gave us showed otherwise. Good call!

  3. P1erre

    Cool pics for sure !
    But the DeNofa’s E36 is not the same car as last year.
    The green one was a coupe. The purple is a sedan.
    Any infos about what happened to the coupe ? Someone ?

  4. Chelsea prepared a new car for this season and went with a sedan this time. I believe the old coupe had taken a couple of hits over the course of last season and Chelsea wanted to start with a fresh chassis. Last I saw the green coupe, it was at neverslo motorsports as a bare shell with Chelsea’s new car inside so I believe that all of the running gear from the old car has found its way over to the new one.

  5. BMW POWER! I miss my E30… anyhoo XDC is SICK – I love it man. These cars aren’t out of any ordinary drifter’s league. Hell most are like the ones we build and run on the streets. Grassroot coolness. Great job Oliver!

  6. Thanks y’all. Actually, getting kicked off the track (since I was wearing shorts) turned out to be a blessing. The stands provided a great angle. Looking forward to Formula DRIFT in Long Beach!!

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  8. Any way I could get IMG_1402 in 1920×1200 for my desktop? Sick photos and some badass cars to go with em, kinda looking forward to seeing XDC @ hyperfest this year now that their are cool cars in it (which I hope make it all the way out east here).

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