The fourth and final round of the 2017 Southeast Drift Union series took place alongside U.S. Drift and it’s Midwest Drift Union sister series at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia, Ohio. Only fiver drivers registered to drive and only four made it to competition, making it the first time either itself or MDU went directly to a top four. Nonetheless, three drivers earned their Formula Drift Pro 2 license for the 2018 season.
Matt Lynch, who had been experiencing clutch trouble in his Mustang at LS Fest the week before had found the problems followed him to Ohio, causing him to bow out before qualifying even began. This meant the other four drivers, having all laid down scoring runs, made it to competition.
Dustin Miles was the top qualifier and faced Warren Allen in the first pairing, with Miles getting the nod to advance.
Joseph Love in the Zenna Tires S14 then battled against Alex Schlagel in the S13, with the ‘Vert advancing to the finals.
This put Love against Allen in the match for third, with Allen and the Boostane S14 taking home the bronze, while Love would finish the season in third and secure his Pro 2 license.
Schlagel and Miles would put on quite a show in the finals, with Miles taking home the gold and second place overall in the standings. Schlagel, with his second-place finish, was able to secure the overall series championship.
“This was just an awesome event and everyone kicked ass,” Schlagel said. “I was proud to be a part of (SDU).”
Schlagel said if things don’t work out for Pro 2 next year in terms of preparation, he’ll take the extra time to make sure everything is 100% before taking the next step. He plans to take his ‘Vert with him.
“I want to take this thing to Formula Drift,” he said, noting that it will need more than the 430WHP it currently has plus some safety upgrades to get there. “This is the car of my dreams and I built it to suit me and my style. I even want to keep it four lug.”
After coming out on top for the final SDU round, Miles would take home yet another victory as he would compete against MDU and U.S. Drift drivers in the BroAm and win the particular segment of the weekend as well.
“It was a great time coming out here, qualifying first and winning the event,” Miles said. “Especially with all the amazing battles with (Garrett) Denton (MDU), (Noah) Michaels (MDU, U.S. Drift) and Schlagel. Thanks to SDU for putting on a great series this year.”
Miles said he plans to build another car for Pro 2, keeping this particular chassis around for fun events.
“We’re going to try and bring some flashy cars, low and some JZ sounds into Pro 2,” he added.