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Daigo Saito to Drive Ferrari F430 at Formula Drift Japan

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I don’t even know if I really believe Daigo Saito and all his rumors/nonsense for 2015 at this point. First, he unveiled plans to drive a Lamborghini in D1GP which I thought was completely insane.  Now, it looks like he is set to repurpose this Ferrari F430 track car into a drift machine. No idea how he intends to do this within the spirit of the Formula Drift rulebook. On top of all that……. he is bringing an insane Nissan GT-R to America that will run the season on a 21 inch tire. I almost don’t know what to think anymore….. but he is single handidly keeping the 2015 season interesting in case you think nobody else in the sport is.

Club Loose expands to Ireland [GRASSROOTS]

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Over the weekend, we noticed a new fan page had been setup for Club Loose Ireland. After some digging around, it looks like this is a confirmed situation. 2009 Formula D Rookie-of-the-year Eric O’Sullivan has recently returned back to his native country (rumored with a Solstice in tow), and will be extending the grassroots organization to a new continent. Club Loose is one of the most famed grassroots organizations in the drifting community, and boasts alumni like Steve Angerman, Mats Baribeau, and Geoff Stoneback, all of which have clearly left their impact on competitive drifting events. O’Sullivan cited a lack of events in Ireland where drivers can get seat time and drive with their friends without the pressures of a competition, and hopes to offer the same sort of fun environment that Club Loose is known for.

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The first event has tentatively been scheduled for May, with more details coming as they get confirmed.

For those unfamiliar with Club Loose, here’s a video profile of the group that was done by the people over at AutoBlog:

http://www.autoblog.com/2015/02/19/drifting-club-loose-car-club-usa/

Drift All-Stars Sets a 2015 Schedule Covering Europe

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The 2015 drift season in Europe has seen schedules released left and right but the biggest one we always look forward to viewing is the Drift All-Stars release. The biggest names in Europe tend to dance here such as James Deane, Piotr Wiecek, and Janis Eglite. The series will kick off in London at a possible new location during the gorgeous month of May and venture around the mainland from there. Here is the schedule:

May TBA – London, England – Round 1 @ TBA
May 29-31 – Lodz, Poland – Round 2 @ National Circuit
July 4-5 – Eskiltuna, Sweden – Round 3 @ Grondal Circuit
August 1 – Riga, Latvia – Round 4 @ Riga City Circuit
August 8-9 – Tallin, Estonia – Round 5 @ Laitse Rally Park
August 29-30 – Kaunas, Lithuania – Round 6 @ Kaunas Street Circuit
October 9-10 – Warsaw, Poland – Round 7 @ Warsaw City Circuit

 

For a Full World Schedule Of Drifting:
http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/find-an-event-the-best-drift-event-calendar/

Watch D1NZ Round Round 4 Livestream Now

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The D1NZ series has some gorgeous looking cars and pretty solid drifting to match. While most of us live about a world away from New Zealand the magic of the Internet allows you to Livestream a drift weekend there which is probably the next best thing from traveling all the way to NZ. Follow the link below to stream some D1NZ live.

Watch Here: http://d1nz.com/live

Kristaps Blušs of HGK Motorsports and 2014 EEDC Champion is Coming to Formula Drift

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A third driver petition has been accepted allowing them to compete in the big show for 2015. The driver is Kristaps Blušs who dominated the EEDC series this season in his HGK Motorsports build BMW. Kristaps has some very unique flair to his driving style which I think will him a really interesting competitor for 2015 Rookie of the Year against Masashi Yokoi and Nikolett Szanto. Kristaps drives his BMW in a similar fashion to how Forrest Wang throws his Silvia around from what I have seen of his driving. He is a big WiseFab driver and some of the builds that I have seen come out of HGK Motorsports are nothing short of impressive. However, most of their builds are not even close to Formula Drift legal so it will be interesting to see if they opt to build a new car for the Formula Drift rulebook or maybe purchase an E46 that won a championship in Formula D and is now collecting dust down in Orange County from Michael Essa?

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Masashi Yokoi is the Next Japanese Driver Heading into Formula Drift

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Masashi Yokoi, who dominated Formula Drift Japan last year, is now heading to Formula Drift for the 2015 season. He had some insane style over at FD Japan in December sweeping up everyone who got in his way and finishing in front of Formula Drift top ranked drivers Daigo Saito and Fredric Aasbo to get the win. Back in the FD Japan results page we hinted at rumors that he was filing for a Formula Drift petition and it seems that the series has accepted it. He is now listed on the Formula Drift website as a Pro 1 driver with a rookie class that currently features Nikolett Szanto. Not a ton of details have been released about what he will be driving and who his partnerships are but we will keep you updated as soon as we know anything. Videos below.
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Nikolett Szanto Is Coming to Formula Drift – Who Is She?

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So a close look at the published Formula Drift drivers list for 2015 and you will find about 40 usual suspects and one big head scratcher in the form of Nikolett Szanto. I pride myself on overindulging with drift live streams, attending drift events, YouTube videos, Tumblr GIFs, and the list could go on with my forms on consumption but I have never heard of this European drift chick once mentioned in the last eight years.

Being aware I cannot know everything I reached out to a bunch of European friends on Facebook to inquire about her performance on the continent. I got some mixed feedback and confirmation she has run in King of Europe in the past over there. It seems pretty wild she is the only approved Formula Drift Pro 1 petition set for the 2015 calendar year right now. We have reported on rumors of Mad Mike and Team Orange trying to come over for the new season. However, the drivers list does state it lacks pending petitions so we can still hold onto hope they are arriving at Long Beach.

The main thing I would hate to see is her put out a lackluster performance and hurt future sponsorship for some awesome female drivers coming through the American driving ranks the hard way such as Kelsey Rowlings. She qualified in 1st place just last month at a Formula Drift Pro Am event with an INSANE qualifying run that we shared/posted last week. Regardless, follow the jump below where we shared some video content we could dig up of her driving and you can be the judge.

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Daigo Saito in Planning Stages to Drift Lamborghini in D1GP This Year

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Thanks to the dozen people who sent us this rumor mill about Daigo Saito off the bat this evening first off before we dig into the story. I spoke to as many people as I could who would have inside authority about the situation and can confirm that Daigo Saito has a plan or intention to run this Liberty Walk Lamborghini in the D1GP season this year. It does sound like some things need to take place for it to be a 100% go at this point. Something tells us he is trying to not get outdone on Internet hype by Imamura who brought out a Lexus LFA earlier this year to run in D1GP as well. Also, we have heard some whispers of a possible Ferrari drift car coming out as well. This sure has become the most expensive drift car build year in history and we haven’t even hit February.

 

 

Formula Drift Announces a Branded Canada Series for 2015

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Formula Drift has licensed a complete series in Canada which will be known as Formula Drift Canada. DMCC has been dwindling to nothing over the past couple seasons so a new series seems to be needed that will travel around Quebec. No information appears to be available yet on how a FD Canada license will work when moved into the USA series as a Pro 1 or Pro 2 pass into the next season. Here is the tentative 2015 FD Canada calendar below:

Formula D Canada 2015 Calendar
Round 1: June 21, Autodrome St-Eustache
Round 2: July 18, Montmagny Autodrome
Round 3: August 7-8, Trois-Rivières Grand Prix
World Championship Round: September 6-7, Autodrome St-Eustache

Victor Madera – The First Man to Drift in Haiti [VIDEO]

Check out this video of Victor Madera taking the first drift laps in Haiti’s history as a country. Not many people can make an official claim to complete the first drifting laps in a country but Victor got that chance earlier this year. The vide shows them drifting on Circuit 9 in the country which is on the same island as the Dominican Republic for you geographically challenged. The Dominican has an awesome drift scene if you are visiting on vacation during one of it’s CDCD events. Great drivers and an insane crowd that cheers and screams all night. Formula Drift pro Jhonnathan Castro built up his skills in the country before coming stateside.