Meet the drifter part 61: Piotr Wiecek.
Sarah:So, introduce yourself to Drivetribe.
Piotr: Hello, my name is Piotr Wiecek and I am a professional drifting driver.
Sarah:What age were you when you first got behind the wheel?
Piotr: If a weird mutation of a lawnmower and plastic 911 toy car can be called a first wheel then I was 4 years old.
Sarah: What was the next step for you after that?
Piotr: There were many steps in between that and my first drift machine. The one in which I spend the most time was The Smart car when I was 13. On a loose surface, it was a beast. At least that is how I remember that...
Sarah: What was your first 'legal' set of wheels?
Piotr: Looks like it was a Fiat 126p. But looking back to the condition and modifications of this monster I am not so sure now if it was fully legal...
Sarah: What first caught your attention about drifting?
Piotr: I think that from the first accidental slide in my lawnmower 911 I was into going sideways in a car. The biggest jump was when I realized that something like drifting competition exists. Then I didn't dream about doing anything else. And it didn't change until now.
Sarah:What age were you then?
Piotr: I think I was 16 when I got the CD with "Drift bible". Back then it was the only source of knowledge about how do make your car go sideways. I just needed to watch it a few times to prevent my jaw from dropping.
Sarah: What made you think, I could actually do that?
Piotr: When I heard that there is a drifting competition running in Poland I really wanted to be a part of it. Then I saw it for the first time on the Poznan race track and I remember that watching those cars traveling so fast while being fully sideways, make me start having doubts if I am capable of doing that. Still, I want to try it more than anything else.
Sarah: What was your first proper competition car?
Piotr: That was Nissan 200sx s14a, which is still with me and help me as a practice car.
Sarah: Why did you pick the car that you have now?
Piotr: Since from the beginning I was into 200sx, the most reasonable decision was to stick to that and try to squeeze the best out of it. That is why today I am fighting in Worthouse Falken Tire Nissan s15.
Sarah: So you've been a spectator and a competitor. Has it good side bad sides etc?
Piotr:Those are totally different aspects. Watching is more like entertainment just looking for what could be improved. Then placing the car in the right spot on the track is a lot more demanding but very addictive at the same time.
Sarah:Best aspect of drifting for you personally?
Piotr: Just the combination of the best what you can think about motorsport. Close calls, great machines, and spectacular battles. But if I have to pick one I will choose that it is unpredictable. You can never tell the final result till the last moment.
Sarah:One thing you could change about drifting what would it be?
Piotr: The one thing which I would like to improve is the judging. Since this is the core of all the results in this sport, it will be great to improve it in a way to make it easier to understand for all spectators. Currently, there are some situations where it is hard to fully agree with some verdicts. But the good thing is that when you lose you can always blame the judges.
Sarah:Whose you best friend(s) you've made through drifting? Why?
Piotr: 90% of all friends I have are made through drifting including my best friend David. I think it is the easiest way to express my self with someone who thinks a similar way. Many people from drifting society who are in this sport because of the pure enjoyment of doing it are thinking in a similar way and since this sport is not the F1 or WRC (yet), there are many of them.
Sarah:Have you got any advise for anyone wanting to get into drifting?
Piotr: It depends if someone wants to start drifting at all or get into competition. If just drifting for sake of it, start from the simulator and make as many laps, session as you will start to feel that that you are fully in control. Then jumping into the car should be nothing else than great fun. If we are talking about the competition, then start with the chassis which is well known on the drifting scene. Then the parts should be easy to access, there will be many people who knows something about it and thanks to that progress should be easier to make.
Sarah: Are you glad/happy you got into drifting? Why?
Piotr: I definitely enjoy what I do and I do not think that any other sport could give me more pure pleasure just from doing it. People who surround me and all memories connected with the competition and situations surrounding that time just make me want more. As much how hard it is as much or even more it is rewarding.
Sarah:One thing you hate about drifting from any aspect of it?
Piotr: Judging. I think this is the toughest thing for everybody. We as a drivers sometimes don't understand the decision. Judges sometimes have a serious problem to make a verdict. Best solution will be to implement some sort of help from technology side so everybody could understand what happened a bit better. But as usual it is a easier say than do.
Sarah:Tell us a random fact about your drifting career to date?
Piotr: I run over my dad once. But he was fine. Sorry dad.
Sarah: You have drifted and battled with some world famous drifters, who was the best and why?
Piotr: I have many fights on my account going against James Deane and I have to say that they are the ones to be remembered most. Mainly because since he is my teammate I know that no matter what happens one of us goes through and that is always good news. Also thanks to that thought it is a bit easier to push that tiny bit harder and that is always good fun.
Sarah: If you could meet or battle against one other famous world known drifter who would it be and why?
Piotr: The one who comes to my mind first is Daigo Saito. Since he is the one that I never met personally yet and it will be very nice to compare myself with one of the most well-known drifter in the world.
Sarah: Endless amount of money for a new car and build what would it be and why?
Piotr: That would need an endless amount of time for developing and it is always hard to think about what will be the best in case of reliability. But in the dream world, some modern front-mounted engine chassis with the Aston Martin Valkyrie powerplant and some nitrous that will be the one.
Sarah: When it's time for retirement what do you want to be remembered for in the drifting world?
Piotr: Definitely for something positive. But when the time comes to hang up the gloves I hope that I will be able to still work with and for drifting. But for now, the next season is coming and that the only think on my mind.
Thanks to Piotr for doing this interview. If you would like to follow him on his social media I have included the links below!