In early January we wrote a report that the ex-D1GP management would be putting together an alternative series to the D1GP in Japan. Well according to a report at Noriyaro he was on site at a Hot Version taping with the guys and they said no series in 2011. Alexis says “It turns out they don’t have any intention of starting the series this year, so it’s going to be a 2012 gig.” This to me seems pretty disappointing after the huge media blitz and buzz they have been spreading around over the last few months.
It does look however they are moving forward with series information saying it will have three classes. A normal class, super class, and ladies class for drifting competition. The series is going to be based around light modified cars (sounds like a D1SL type thing) and leave the huge HP build monsters to D1GP. Naoki Nakamura was in attendance and apologized to everyone for his street drifting accident. Other drivers in attendance Noriyaro reports were: Koguchi, Kawabata, Hibino, Tezuka, Taniguchi, Orido, and Daigo Saito. Sounds like the battle for supremacy and talent in the Japanese drifting scene could be headed to the way of American Sport Compact Drag Racing sooner than later. Thanks for the tip Seth!