04:41AM, Tuesday 31 January 2012
A passion for modified cars has inspired three friends from Maidenhead to form their own drifting team.
Justin Clarke, Andy Stroud and Jordan Patton joined forces as Team Sannsi in 2010, having known each other for about seven years.
A friend came up with their team name - an anagram of Nissan - and so far they have funded their own exploits.
But as they prepare for the 2012 British Drifting Championships, the trio are looking for support to help kick their efforts up a gear.Justin said: "We are trying to raise at least £2,000 which will be used for supplying the team with much needed tyres and fuel costs.
"We are also looking for car gazebos or any other equipment that would help us portray a more professional outfit."
The former Altwood School pupil, 39, grew up in Windsor Road and works as an MOT tester at Thames Tyre and Auto Centre Ltd in Slough.
Fellow ex-Altwood student Jordan, 30, is a self-employed recovery driver from Cookham Road, and former Desborough School pupil Andy, 25, grew up in Chatsworth Close and is an electrician for ALP Electrical in St Mark's Road.
They got into drifting - the controlled oversteering of a car - by watching it at various events then building their own cars and heading to practice days.
Having entered the British Drifting Championships as individuals in 2010, they returned last year and all three finished in the top 10 in their classes.
At the end of season ceremony Andy was promoted to a pro, and Justin was named as the championship's most improved driver.
Now all racing in Nissans, the team have already gained a media sponsor but are in need of further support.
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Watch: A video of Team Sannsi in action (above) or of the British Drift Championship (below).
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