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FIA International Drifting Cup in Japan Announced

The FIA has finally unveiled it’s plan for the first intercontinental drifting cup in Japan. We followed some of this event progress earlier this year but they now have an official time/place for this big event. FIA President, Jean Todt, said, “This is the beginning of a very important category for the FIA. As we continue to develop motor sport around the world, drifting has a great appeal to young people and has a passionate core following which is only going to get bigger.” More information about competitors and information will be available soon. I doubt many Formula Drift drivers will be competing with this falling one week before Irwindale Speedway.

 

Competition Name:FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup
Date: 30 September – 1 October 2017
Place: Daiba, Tokyo
Governing body: FIA
Promotor: SUNPROS (D1 Grandprix Promotor)

2017 Formula Drift Round 4 in New Jersey [GALLERY]

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Formula Drift Round 4 took on the famous Wall Stadium went in the books last week. Enjoy our great gallery from Andrew Jennings as Odi Bakchis took home an amazing victory in his Nissan 240sx. The event was a long one that went well into the evening providing fans in the northeast some great tandem battles and entertainment.

Check out the Gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wreckedmagazine/albums/72157685058106875

China Drift Championships Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Note: Terry Henderson, who previously put on the Drift Buffet events in Southern California, has been living in China for several years now. He reached out to us and asked that we put some coverage up of some of the events he’s involved in. The below post was written by Terry and posted on his behalf.

Round one of the China Drift Championships took place the weekend of May 12-14th  in Wuhan, China. The event featured 3 different classes of competition – A group – The top tier of drivers. B group ( similar to Pro 2 in FD ) and the Super group –  combining all drivers together with international drivers as well.The judges for the CDC are : Terry Henderson and Wang Feng along with special guest judge Ryan Litteral.

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2017 JustDrift Top Drift ProAm Round 2 – Horsethief Mile [RESULTS]

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The second round of the Top Drift ProAm series took place on the Horsethief Mile course at Willow Springs International Raceway. It was a beautiful day at the track, with some great tandem battles all around! The final podium featured some new names, which is always good to see as the diversity of drivers keeps the tandem action interesting.

Here are the final results from Round 2 of the Top Drift competition:

1st – Tim Cobb
2nd – Alex Grimm
3rd – Luke Pakula

Photo Credit : AmDrift

DriftGP Round 1 – French Grand Prix at Tours Speedway [RESULTS]

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The first event of the DriftGP series in Europe, which is operated by Drift Allstars, took place at Tours Speedway in Tours, France just 100 km from LeMans. The competition featured competitors from all over Europe, including several top drivers from Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and nearly 20 drivers from France. Fredrik Øksnevad from Norway was the top qualifier in his V8-powered Toyota Soarer. In the end, local driver Benjamin Boulbes defeated Steve “Baggsy Biagioni to take the event win, which received a loud roar from the crowd when announced. The next round of the DriftGP series will take place at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, UK on June 24th and 25th.

Here are the final results from Drift GP Round 1:

1st – Benjamin Boulbes – FR – GT Radial Tires
2nd – Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni – UK – Monster Energy
3rd – Andrius Vasiliauskas – Lithuania – Turbo Systems / Zestino Tires

2017 Southwest Drift ProAm Round 2 – Pikes Peak Raceway [RESULTS]

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The Southwest Drift series ventured to Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado for Round 2 of their Formula D Pro Am series. The Vegas Drift crew runs the Southwest Drift ProAm, and has done a good job of giving up and coming drivers a variety of courses and some regional travel to get them better prepped for the Pro 2 level. This round was judged by Ernie Fixmer, Joe Tardiff, and Danny George. There were some weather challenges, but the entire competition was finished before any major issues.

Here are the results from Southwest Drift Round 2:

1st: Raz Naor
2nd: Steve Mass
3rd: Andrew Schulte

2017 Formula Drift Round 3 – Road Atlanta [GALLERY]

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It was an amazing weekend under the lights at Road Atlanta that was all captured by Valters Boze who put together this amazing photo gallery from the event. James Deane took another victory while the Europeans managed to sweep the entire podium at this difficult and challenging course. Enjoy all the pictures.

View the Gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wreckedmagazine/albums/72157684119767076

2017 Lonestar Drift ProAm Round 3 – Gulf Greyhound Park [RESULTS]

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David Mesker won the 3rd round of Lonestar Drift ProAm, which took place at Gulf Greyhound Park. Mesker is fresh off of a trip to Ebisu in Japan, and his tandem skills look much improved. Harrison Johnson, who dominated the Lonestar ProAm last season by winning three of eight rounds, took home second place.

Here’s a look at the final results from Lonestar Drift Round 3:

1st – David Mesker
2nd – Harrison Johnson
3rd – Bryan Mckay

2017 IRISH DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 – Drift on the Docks [RESULTS]

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Jack Shanahan continues his dominance of the Irish Drifting Championship with a win at IDC Round 2, held at the docks of Dun Laoghaire. The track was a custom one-off build for IDC, and the tight course over cobblestone roads was pretty exciting to watch despite being much lower speed than what we’re used to seeing. Shanahan defeated Chris Brady in the final, which was an acceptable finish for Brady given that he had only started building his competition car earlier in the week.  DealWidth driver Brian Egan earned 3rd place, defeating Joe Doyle in the consolation battle. The series will shift back to Mondelo for the Global Warfare event on July 1st and 2nd.

Here’s a look at the final results from Round 2:

1st – Jack Shanahan
2nd – Chris Brady
3rd -Brian Egan
4th – Joe Doyle

10 Things I Learned about Formula Drift Road Atlanta

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10.Qualifying Needs to be Fixed
I think the judges do much better than the majority when it comes to tandem judging. I normally voice my opinions when I disagree with them but 95% of the time they are making good calls. However, they are awful at ranking qualifying runs. I think many factors play into this but the order you are seeded in qualifying tends to impact your score to a great extreme. Road Atlanta had quite a few scoring inaccuracies so I figured I should bring it up in this Top 10. Anyway, qualifying needs a revamp in Formula Drift but I don’t have the ideas to make it happen. Anyone have thoughts on how to make it more accurate and entertaining?

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9. Time to Wake Up on Travis Reeder
Travis Reeder has landed on the podium for his first two Pro 2 events in his career. This driver from the northwest really looks like a serious contender for the future. He seems to have the mental game figured out and is just driving his way into a serious championship lead. After two rounds he has an alarming 78 point lead in the Pro 2 championship.
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8. The Era of European Domination is Upon Us?
The European drivers really dominated Road Atlanta this past weekend. The podium was a complete European driver sweep and nobody in the grid looks like they have an answer for the European rising. The top three drivers in the championship are all European (James Deane/Ireland – Dean Kearney/Ireland – Fredric Aasbo/Norway) and other Europeans such as Kristaps Bluss have done well this season. Does anyone have an answer for the European domination in 2017?

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7. Formula Drift Needs More Utes
Since I was at Road Atlanta in person I got to watch this insane Ute run for the first time. This thing is really big and it looks really cool drifting around the track. Josh Robinson makes that thing looks pretty good and exciting. It does make me hope we can get a larger variety of chassis in the sport moving forward.
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