Formula Drift World Championship Cancels Last Round in China


I have been pretty vocal on how I think the validity of the Formula Drift “World Championship” was kind of a joke or a really low starting point (I get you have to start somewhere) for the premiere drift series in the world. After ignoring Europe and only visiting Canada, Japan, and China it seemed like the World Championship was a lack luster award to pursue. Now due to circumstances out of Formula Drift’s control, China has been canceled.

I did confirm with Ryan Sage that the Formula Drift World Championship final round will now be Irwindale Speedway. It is most likely the World Championship Award Ceremony will also be held there. Looks like Fredric Aasbo can easily take a double championship next weekend. This sure makes the new course layout and the pressure for him to qualify step up a level or two.


Here is the series PR regarding the matter –

Long Beach, Calif. – September 29, 2015 – Formula DRIFT announced today the cancellation of the final round of the World Championship that was originally scheduled for December 2015 in southern China.

The Formula DRIFT team has been working very hard to make this event a new and exciting part of our Series, but unfortunately Irena World and Goldenport Enterprises did not meet their contractual obligations. Our ability to operate events depends on the mutual effort of our partners and without that, we cannot put our sponsors, teams and employees at any unwarranted risk.

Due to the cancellation, Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway will be the final round of the World Championship and will be worth double points for the World Championship contenders. We will also still honor our World Championship prize purse.



Prodrift Academy expands their operations to Saudi Arabia


The ProDrift academy, which was started in Ireland by the same team who founded the Prodrift Irish Championship drifting series, announced this week that they will be expanding their operations to Saudi Arabia. The Prodrift Academy helped train 15 year old Jack Shanahan, who is the 2015 British Drift Championships champion, and several current Irish Drift Championship drivers have been guest instructors during the off season. This year marks the third year that the Prodrift Academy has been in UAE, and sixth overall year of operation. Saudi Arabia’s car culture has been exploding recently, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. has even made a few trips to help promote the Ford Mustang over there.

Prodrift Academy has setup a new Facebook page for the new location, and should be hosting students in the next month or so. Looks like students will be driving a Mustang RTR in Saudi Arabia, which seems like a great car to learn in!

2015 British Drift Championship Round 5 at Anglesey Circuit [RESULTS]


The show down for the championship was a tad lack luster in the end with the championship chase drivers going out early. Jack Shanahan ended up being the 2015 champion even with major car troubles plaguing him throughout Round 5 at Anglesey Circuit. Once Mike Marshall failed to qualify it gave Jack an easy lock into the championship.

Here is how Round 5 finished-
1st. Martin Richards Drift Elite & Evergreen Tyres Drift Team
2nd. Simon Perry Lassa Tyres Drift Team
3rd. Brian Egan Dealtwidth

2015 Formula Drift World Championship in Canada [GALLERY]






Formula Drift Canada brought most of the big American stars over to compete in the World Championship Round. Jeremy Glover was on the scene for us in Canada capturing the performances of local and international drivers.

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2015 Formula Drift Japan at Suzuka [RESULTS]


The second Formula Drift Japan event of 2015 finished up this weekend at Szukua. Andy Gray dominated the event with his great style and aggressive tandems. He even took home 500,000 yen ($4,162 US) for his victory. This was not a Formula Drift World Championship event so points don’t count towards anything. Dai Yoshihara was even in attendance for the weekend as a guest judge. Here is how they finished up –

1. Andy Gray
2. Seimi Tanaka
3. Toshimitsu Masuda

Dean Kearney Bringing American Muscle over for IDC Mondello Park


Dean Kearney is bringing over his Dodge Viper (one of his two) to Ireland so he can compete in the Irish Drift Championship final round at Mondello Park. I’ve always been told by the Irish fans that Mondello Park is the one event you want to attend if you ever want to see Irish drifting and fan insanity on display. I’ve been told they are expecting 10k+ for a wild series finale. Dean is shipping over one of his 8.3L Dodge Viper’s to join up with his Achilles teammates at the end of this month. \

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. is D1 Grand Prix Bound


It was almost 10 years ago when Vaughn Gittin Jr. defeated all the D1GP comers in the D1 Vs. the World event at Irwindale Speedway back in 2005. Vaughn was kind enough to upload his road to victory on YouTube (you can watch below if you can stomach 10 year old crappy drifting).

This sheds quite a bit of light on his announcement where he hints he will be missing Irwindale Speedway which we broke earlier this week. The backup car he would normally use to replace his 2014 Formula Drift competition car is on its way to Japan for D1GP! He will be attending the final round in Tokyo on October 24th/25th. Here are the details from his PR –

“Since winning the D1GP USA vs. Japan in 2005, I have wanted to take my Ford Mustang RTR and my team to compete in Japan where drifting started,” says Champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. “I am pumped that ten years later, the dream has become reality and I will be joining the Monster Energy Japan crew in downtown Tokyo for the final round October 24-25th. I am very excited to meet a lot of my Japanese fans for the first time, and I look forward to some epic battles with the great drivers in Japan’s D1GP series.”

Ten years ago at Irwindale Speedway, Vaughn battled the best-of-the-best Japanese drivers in order to win the D1GP USA vs. Japan event, becoming not only the first American to win a D1GP event, but by piloting his Ford Mustang, this was the first time in the series that an American car dominated against drifting’s traditional Japanese vehicles. This monumental win of Vaughn’s was heard around the world and undoubtedly put American drifting on the map, in a Japanese-originated and dominated sport. Here is a VIDEO summary of Vaughn’s 2005 D1GP win.

2015 Formula Drift World Championship in Canada [RESULTS]


The new Formula Drift World championship wrapped up its second event in Canada with an international podium. Some World Championship drivers went missing including Daigo Saito who was off playing with his Lamborghini in Japan instead of driving in Canada. Fredric Aasbo seemingly has a great shot at winning the World Championship after a solid performance in Canada. Here is how the podium finished up-

1. Fredric Aasbo
2. Tomy Boisvert-Bellemare
3. Matt Field

How to Watch Formula Drift World Championship Round 8 in Canada


The Formula Drift “World Championship” is back on this weekend with Round 8 of the big World Championship. Jacob Leveton already did a nice FD Canada preview post here with a drivers list that you can check out. If you are bored on Labor Day the drift event will be wrapped up by the afternoon on the west coast. The stream can be found this weekend over here on Eversport.TV.

Qualifying/Practice Sunday 9/6-
2:30pm EST / 11:30am PST

Main Event Monday 9/7-
Top 32 – 11:30am EST / 8:30am PST
Top 16 – 4:30pm EST / 1:30pm PST

Kumakubo Trashes LS3 powered S15 Silvia at D1GP Osaka

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Kumakubo posted about his high speed accident that happened at D1 Grand Prix Osaka today. The LS3 powered S15 Silvia was spotted by us back in 2014 and Option made a video that summer featuring the Silvia found here. It looks like this weekend the car took an insanely hard hit at D1 Osaka. Sounds like Kumakubo is doing fine and has high spirits about new plans and maybe a new engine in 2016.