The US Drift season kicked off this past weekened in Virginia at shenandoah Speedway with some great battles! In the end, MA Motorsport employee Dylan Hughes took his self built Nissan 240sx to the top of the podium in his second ever competitive event. Here is how the podium finished:
1st place – Dylan Hughes
2nd place – John Windham
3rd place – Josh Lambert
Southern California Pro Am organizer Just Drift held the second round of their “Top Drift” series over the weekend at the famed Horsethief Mile. The Horsethief Mile layout is one of the more desirable layouts at Willow Springs, and also one of the most technical. In the final, Sean Ariano took out seasoned vet Jason Kim in the final to take the event win. Jason Kim won the first round of Top Drift, and is currently leading the points standings in the series as the only driver to earn two podiums in the first two events.
Here’s a look at how the final results shook out at Round 2:
1st – Sean Adriano
2nd – Jason Kim
3rd – Domenic Rotondo
4th – Adam Knapik
Golden Gate Drift held their second round of Formula Drift ProAm over the weekend at Thunderhill Raceway. Judging was handled by experienced Formula D veterans in Matt Field, Matt Coffman, and Matt Pat Mordaunt. Unfortunately, 14-year-old phenom Dominic Martinez wasn’t allowed to compete due to the track insurance policy, but the rest of the competition was quite fierce. Here’s how the final results shook out:
Lonestar Drift held their first round of ProAm a few weeks back at Gulf Greyhound Park, which featured a complete elimination of qualifying. The event went over well with the drivers, who were slotted into ‘divisions’ and tandem battled from the start. In the end, some familiar names finished on the podium as Josh McGuire took home the win in his Enjuku Racing S14. McGuire already has his Pro 2 license, and likely used this event as a tune-up for the Pro 2 season which starts in Atlanta in May.
Here’s a look at the full podium results:
1st – Josh McGuire
2nd – Jeff Kurtz
3rd – Chris Tyrone
4th – Randall Waters
Here is a Lone Star Drift 2016 schedule showing all the events for the Texas series. They have two key trips to Texas Motor Speedway mixed with a couple other venues around the state. A video below made by Aaron Losey explains how they have eliminated qualifying for the 2016 season.
Event Schedule Round 1 of the Lone Star Drift Series, March 19-20 – Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX
Round 2 of the Lone Star Drift Series, April 16-17 – Mineral Wells Airport, Mineral Wells, TX
Round 3 of the Lone Star Drift Series, May 28-29 – Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX
Round 4 of the Lone Star Drift Series, July 9-10 – Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
Round 5 of the Lone Star Drift Series, Aug 20-21 – Mineral Wells Airport, Mineral Wells, TX
Round 6 of the Lone Star Drift Series, Sept 17-18 – Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX
Round 7 of the Lone Star Drift Series, October 15-16 – Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
JustDrift kicked off their 2016 Pro-Am series, dubbed “Top Drift”, with the first round of competition taking place on the Balcony course at Willow Springs. Formula Drift veterans Taka Aono, Hiro Sumida, and Justin Pawlak judged the competition, and nearly 60 drivers registered to attempt to make the top 16 tandem bracket. Jason Kim and Adam Knapik had a fierce battle of V8-swapped S14’s in the final, but many people (including Justin Pawlak) were hyped on Kelvin Arreola’s podium finish in his sub-200hp Corolla.
In case you have never checked it out, our link bar on the website has “Find An Event” where we compile a serious list of drifting events around the world. We are underway building up the 2016 schedule. Shoot us a comment here or an email if you know of 2016 drift events that are not displayed. No event is too small! We already have Just Drift, Midwest Drift Union, Street Driven Tour, and Formula Drift put together for the new year.
Streetwise Drift wrapped up their 2015 drifting season at Myrtle Beach Speedway this past weekend in 2016. The double event weekend wrapped up a 2015 season and issued three Pro 2 licenses to some of the best drifters in the southeast. Tyler Nelson took home a Pro 2 license in his HaloEFX liquid wrapped Nissan 240sx (above) along with Jonathan Nerren and Ricky Adams. Below are the results from the double round and 2015 Streetwise Drift season:
1st- Jonathan Nerren
2nd – Tyler Nelson
3rd- Nate Roberts
Winner- Ricky Adams
2nd- Tyler Nelson
3rd- Eric Loomis
Pro 2 Licenses
Northern California has a new and young secret weapon younger than most of you reading this post. He is 13 year old Dominic Martinez who is entering a Pro Am competition this weekend and already seen success in the Drift Cave series. He has impressed drivers in the local drift scene so much that pro Matt Field brought him to my attention for this post. The only two real youth drivers I can remember are James Deane and Jack Shanahan who have both impressed me as they grew older. Dominic Martinez seems like one to watch and if he puts down an impressive finish at Golden Gate Drift this weekend we will provide a follow up post. Make sure to follow him on Instagram below and thanks to Wall Hunter for the photo.