Josh King - Pro Drifter
My name is Josh King,
I am the owner of JKServices. We are mechanics who work on the likes of cars & commercial, agricultural plant and machinery even to the ends of building customers cars.
I started drifting about 5 years ago as a little hobby on the weekends but it turned out it was something I was good at and wanted to pursue. So I took just over a year out of driving to build a car. I was then told I should compete at a higher level.
So that prompted me to enter the UK's feeder series, Drift Cup.
I competed in two rounds and did extremely well and was promoted straight up to British drift championship Pro-Am competition.
This year I did a full season of Pro-Am and managed to achieve a 3rd place season finish. With mechanical issues that year this was a huge accomplishment which seen me promoted to the Pro class of the British Drift Championship.
Less than 2 full years of competing and I am into the Pro class contending with some big team names and cars / drivers. These are the guys I looked up to when I started drifting and now I was on the start line next to them! Teams with 6 figure budgets and insane cars. With a spec list I could only dream of.
Over the two years I've been competing I have realised that to remain a competitive a driver, what you need is to not just have financial support but a lot of moral support. A driver can only do the best he can, but without the right team behind him he wont be able to focus on the number one task, the competition. In my time drifting competitively I have had little to no help. This means along with being the driver, I am also responsible for the maintenance and repairs between runs, refueling, Loading and unloading the car, changing tyres and being my own critic and motivation at the same time. With so many plates to keep spinning and so much to deal with I managed to finish the Pro season with 3rd place after only competing 4 out of 6 rounds and was proud to say of these 4 events I managed 3 1st place finishes.
With the right help behind me I no doubt that next year I will be a main contender in the PRO series.
My goals are to carry on trying to dominate and do the best I can through out the season and to stay humble and present myself in the best way I can.
In 2020 I want to focus on social media presence and getting my name out there more and known to help the sport grow. I want to represent sponsors getting you known the best way I can with videos from every round, social media tagging and mentioning along with live videos to build a solid relationship with sponsors, fans and public. As you may be aware of now drifting is a big part of my life and career through hard work and dedication with collaboration I will succeed to fight my way to the top and to be the best.
My Career Highlights
Drift Cup Second round placed 8th due to a broken differential (Has now been reinforced)
BDC - PRO am Round 2: Had to qualify to gain licence, after sheering a propshaft we welded it together and qualified 8 th with no practice and a single qualifying run. Retired due to not wanting to damage car any further and leave me without a car for the remainder of the season.
Round 4 Pro-Am: Qualified 1st and came 2nd overall due to sync-rho failure in my lead run else a strong chance of finishing first, it just was not meant to be this time but having a stand on the podium was definitely one to remember.
Round 4 PRO: As I finished in the top 4 of the Pro-Am class the day before, I was given the opportunity to compete in the pro class. I came 6th came up against Duane Mceever who has won the Irish drift championship 3 times so a hard contender. My car was out paced at the time.
BDC Pro-am Round 1: Came 1st
Round 2 and 3 the engine was out of the car due to mechanical failure at Silverstone and needing an engine rebuild. Due to this I used my spare car. This car was not set up properly for competitive drifting and is mainly used for shows and events.
Round 4: 1st place
Round 5: 1st place
Final round: Knocked out top 32 due to judges missing lead car dropping wheels covering my screen in water which wasn't safe to carry on as wipers were not on. I managed managed to take a joint 3rd over all in the championship which I was thrilled with due to the issues that I had come across during the season,
I strongly believe if the car hadn't of dropped a valve I think I could have took 1st with a considerable lead. The car is now pretty much bullet proof and ready to take a gold at every possible opportunity!