I don’t think anyone expected that.
I also don’t think that anyone could disagree with the result either. Florida was the first real unknown for the Worthouse Drift Team, with neither driver having experience at the Orlando Speed World oval, or the heat on the peninsula at this time of the year.
For all the euphoria that was felt after FD Long Beach, the atmosphere was very different as the sun set this evening.
Both cars were parked up after the Top 16, with James having been beaten fair and square by Jhonnattan Castro – who put in one of the all-time great chase runs, it has to be said – and Piotr being unable to return to the start line after making contact with the wall on his lead run against Dean Kearney.
Strong disappointment and frustration were definitely the initial reactions, but they were soon replaced by calm and considered reflection.