Steve ‘Baggsy’ Biagioni has been in the driving seat since he could reach the pedals. Baggsy is currently one of the hottest prospects in drift racing to come from UK shores.
In the eight years he has been competitively racing, Essex-born Baggsy has won the British Drift Championship, and made demo appearances at the FIA World Rallycross Championship as well as the Monza Rally Show, alongside Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi.
WHAT SKILLS DID IDRIS HAVE WHEN YOU MET HIM?
Idris had done a bit of driving and grown up around cars. He needed to draw from all of this for the historic Flying Mile. It’s a really dangerous challenge. The car can dig into the sand and flip over, plus the sand moves under the car.
HOW DID IDRIS RESPOND TO THE CHALLENGE?
He had to really concentrate. Although you’re just driving in a straight line, anything can happen. When you’re travelling at 180mph, the smallest bit of flotsam on the beach, or a gust of wind, can disrupt the car. If you go sideways, you’re in trouble. Then there was the weather. We had really low fog coming in, and when that cleared, the tide was coming in, so we were battling the elements.
DID YOUR MENTORING INVOLVE PSYCHOLOGICAL
HELP AS WELL AS TECHNICAL HELP?
Yes. It was a very serious day, but my plan was to keep his spirits high. As soon as you get scared, you can over compensate with the steering wheel and go off course. So I wanted him to be the Mr Smooth that he is!
COULD IDRIS TAKE UP THE SPORT COMPETITIVELY?
Idris is learning to be a racing car driver, but it’s not his job. He’s having to learn very quickly what people take years to achieve. But his talent in acting helps him to take up new skills: where he’s learning lines very quickly and adapting quickly. He can quite easily step out of one lifestyle and hold his own in another lifestyle. If you didn’t know him, you’d watch him and assume he’d been doing this for a lot longer. He’s already been on the phone asking me to look at different projects we can do next. So watch this space! He seems to be capable of achieving anything he wants to, so I think the sky is the limit for Idris.