This weekend Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga played host to the 2018 Formula Drift competition debut of Taylor Hull and his new competition car, the first Cadillac ever to compete in professional drifting, a 2015 ATS-V.
Practice began Thursday morning with Cadillac’s engine fighting to stay cool against the sweltering north Georgia heat. After a long day of troubleshooting, the team diagnosed the issue as a faulty water pump and had the car ready to rejoin the field Friday morning after the one hour autograph session where he was able to spend some time with hundreds of drift fans.
With qualifying looming in the afternoon, only a single hour and a half practice session was left to get both car and driver prepared to successfully qualify into top 32. Friday would prove to be vastly different storyline as practice went well. The team worked closely with Fortune Auto during practice to get the dreadnaught coilovers to Taylor’s liking.
Taylor was the very first driver to take to the high speed road course of Road Atlanta for qualifying. He navigated the course successfully and scored a 73, putting him 26th and safely in the top 32 and moving on to Saturday’s main event.
“I wanted to get a solid score my first qualifying run. We were pretty conservative, but I certainly didn’t want to come this far and make a mistake that would cost us a chance at making it to Saturday. I got a little too aggressive on my 2nd run and made some mistakes, but I’m happy overall with the result, especially in front of my hometown crowd!” Hull commented following qualifying.
20,000 fans were in attendance when Saturday kicked off with a short practice session where the Comp Cams Cadillac continued to look better and better on track in preparation for top 32 battle. With no mechanical issues to speak of and the car running well, Taylor and the team were ready.
The ensuing battle with Chris Forsberg, a three time champion of the series would fill the air with Achilles Radial smoke along with some Georgia red clay. When the dust settled, Forsberg had bested Hull in battle but Taylor remained positive looking toward the rest of the season as he was quoted saying “We lost our battle with Chris (Forsberg) but the Cadillac is running very well, we had no issues to speak of the last two days and we’re headed to some ovals next that I feel very comfortable on. Confidence is high looking to the next few rounds!”
Taylor will be taking the ATS-V to Wall, New Jersey next to compete at round 4 of the Formula Drift Pro Championship on June 1-2. He will continue to develop the new platform between rounds at multiple practice days. He anticipates the car will be faster and transition even better at the high bank asphalt oval next month.
Taylor was able to spend some time with several of his partners this weekend. They managed to even find each other all at the same time to snap a picture together.
Left: Matt(Fortune Auto) Left center: Trent(Comp Cams) Right center: Taylor Hull Right: Dennis(Affirm Consulting)
Taylor Hull is partnered with:
Comp Cams, Achilles Radial, Affirm Consulting, Borla Exhaust, Fuel Air Spark Technology, Fortune Auto USA, Magnuson Superchargers, Racing Head Service, Sticker Shark, OMP Racing, Cosmis Racing, Drink Doc, Committed Service Brand, Royalty Performance, Top Garage, JE Pistons, Eagle Specialty Products, Driven Racing Oil, Evolved Injection, Driveshaft Shop, CSF Radiators, Verocious Motorsports, Advanced Clutch Technology, Aloha Green Tea Hawaii, Chase Graphics, and Custom Sheet Metal of Delaware
Round 4: The Gauntlet June 1 – 2 / Wall, NJ
Round 5: Throwdown July 20 – 21 / Monroe, WA
Round 6: St. Louis August 10 – 11 / St. Louis, MO
Round 7: Showdown September 14 – 15 / Dallas, TX
Round 8: Title Fight October 12 – 13 – Irwindale, CA
Photos: David Karey, Larry Chen, Bagel Media