A PERSHORE business has enabled one of its employees to reach the start line for the British Drift Car Championship after discovering he was a double champion in his native Bulgaria.
Fix Auto Pershore has sponsored Stefan Stefanov to build a new a new drift car to compete in the highly competitive series which kicks off this weekend at the Teeside Autodrome in Middlesbrough
Stefan joined the Station Road firm last July and is no novice to the sport as he is a double Bulgarian national drift car champion and Romanian title holder.
With the support of Fix Auto Pershore and bodyshop manager Dave Addis, Stefan has built a new competition car, a Nissan S13 – a three-litre, six-cylinder 600 bhp machine paired with a six-speed BMW gearbox.
“The support I have had from Dave and the entire team has been incredible,” said Stefan. “I came to England with the intention of competing in the British Drift Car Championship. It’s a big step up from anything I’ve competed in before.
“Finding a job here at Fix Auto Pershore is making it all possible for me.”
Dave said: “We employed several guys from Bulgaria and Romania and knowing we were in need of another paint technician, Stefan was recommended. His workmanship is exemplary and we immediately took him on.
“It was only after he started with us I discovered he’s competed and won at the highest level and his intention was to build a new car and compete on the UK and international circuit.”
“The entire team immediately got behind him and have worked outside of hours to renovate his car. The whole project has brought us all together.
“Watching the transformation of the car has been quite something.”
The British Drift Car Championship will be held over six rounds throughout the summer before the finale at Buxton Raceway in Derbyshire in October.