FIA International Drifting Cup roster is released


FIA World Drifting Cup released their roster of 26 drivers today. From the list, seven drivers have Formula Drift ties. Current Formula Drift competitors Michael Essa, Matt Field, and Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis will be competing at the first event, scheduled to happen on September 30th and October 1st in Japan. Past competitors Charles Ng, Daigo Saito, and Masashi Yokoi are also scheduled to compete. 2009 and 2010 Formula Drift Asia champion Tengku Djan Ley will also be returning to competition for this event. Djan Ley has been away from drifting for a few years, but will be returning to compete in this monumental event. Also of note, Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni will also be competing. Biagioni was awarded a Formula Drift license for the 2017 season, but ended up not competing. He later put out a pretty impressive viral video dubbed “Monster Drift 2” with Daigo Saito earlier this year.

Who are you most excited to watch in this event?

Jacob Leveton

Freelance Drift Correspondent at JacobPhoto
Jacob Leveton has worked as a freelance journalist for 12 years, specializing in drifting since the first professional competition landed on US shores in 2003. Leveton has worked with more than twenty print and online media outlets to provide unique drifting content.


  1. Justin Yamashiro says:

    Shoutout to you Jacob for at least always trying to put something up on the site.

  2. wesismyhero says:

    No Aasbo, JR, Mad Mike or Deane? Some big names missing.

  3. Doof says:

    Anybody wanna take bets on how far the US drivers will go before getting knocked out?

  4. Justin Yamashiro says:

    26 drivers with a suspecting Top 16 format. I don’t know what Essa would be driving so that’s unknown, I’ve got suspicion that Odi sent the Genesis over and I’m guessing Field will have some sort of borrowed S-chassis. With all that said, I kinda have to think Field will at least get Great 8 since he’s got the most seat time in Japan.

  5. Hosford Hugger says:

    Odi did send the genesis

    field is using his china ft86

    i bet no US driver makes the top 8

  6. Justin Yamashiro says:

    Thanks for the update.
    The FT86 should be interesting after it’s recent update. We shall see, but I’m thinking it’ll be an all Japan podium.

  7. Justin Yamashiro says:

    Well Labor Day weekend was good. Sadly Final Bout will be coming to end of an era for an unknown amount of time. Formula D: Texas is fast approaching and let’s see where Pro 2 leads us.

  8. KBanks says:

    That’s a sorry ass roster

  9. Blaze1 says:

    Yeah sorry ass roster with the mutiple FD/D1 champs and round winners. To be real though back in 05 and before we all said the same thing about American drivers not standing a chance against the Japanese. But when JR won the USA vs Japan event everything stopped. Never count out anyone!

  10. Justin Yamashiro says:

    Welp, Danny George called it quits again and surprisingly rolled his car during Pro 2 practice.

  11. Crook says:

    What a shit show.

  12. drifty mcdrifterson says:

    Justin – I believe that Essa is going to be driving the BMW he built for Charles Ng.

  13. Asido says:

    You forgot about Georgy Chivchyan he visited a first round of FD(long beach)

  14. Jack MeHoff says:

    A shit show? It was just a D1GP event with the FIA banner hung up. Since 2008, i’ve seen D1GP as shit, maybe more people will see it aswell.