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Ng Sheng Nian – Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver [INTERVIEW]

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Wrecked Magazine: Who are you and how did you get your Pro 2 license?

Ng Sheng Nian:
Hello! I’m Nian from Singapore, I was granted my Pro 2 license through a petition. I’ve been competing for about 3 years and last year I competed in the full Formula Drift Japan series.

WM: Can you give us a break down of your car and what sponsors you have on board?

Ng Sheng Nian: I’m driving a JZX100 Chaser built by Jono & Andy(Andrew grey) of Powervehicles! Trust me , Andy is a JZX wizard hahaha! It has a 3.4 2J with a GTX42 Turbocharger. Achilles is helping me out with tires ! Tonnka from Malaysia makes the sexiest intakes for me.

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WM: What track are you most excited about and most nervous to tackle this season?

Nian:Atlanta actually! It is my first time competing in the States and i’m really excited to check out the atmosphere and the competitors .

WM: Who is your favorite drifter in the world and who to you derive driving inspiration from?

Nian: ANDREW GREY (ANDY) He is not only my teammate but he is also the guy i really want to drive like! He has got a really good style, big flicks, full smoke and is a really composed driver! I wanna drive like Andy ! and I’m really glad that he is so willing to share his driving with me! haha

WM: Who do you think will win the Formula Drift Pro Championship this season?

Nian: Andy!! When he gets his groove he is going to annihilate !

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WM: What is one hurdle or headache you ran into during the off-season gearing up for Pro 2?

Logistics? I’m from Singapore . So it will take me about 30 hours to get to the states just for a weekend of drifting!

WM: What advise can you give to the upcoming Pro 2 drivers who are currently in Pro Am?

Nian: I can’t really advise as I’m still a shitty driver myself! haha

2016 D1 Grand Prix – Round 2 Fuji [RESULTS]

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Daigo Saito continued his winning ways at the second round of D1 Grand Prix, which took place at Fuji Speedway and was dubbed “Warfare”. The second win since moving to WanLi tires gives Saito a fairly strong lead on the championship, although Kawabata-san has finished just behind him in both rounds and could take over the lead if Saito falters. There are 7 total rounds of competition in D1GP this year, with the next round being a twin round in late June at Tsukuba.

Here’s a look at the final results of the second round of D1GP:

1st – Daigo Saito –  Wanli Fat 5 Racing JZX100
2nd – Masato Kawabata – Toyo Tires Trust Racing R35
3rd – Shinji Minowa – Team AP Boss Potenza JZX90
4th – Yoichi Immamura – OTG Motorsports ZN6

2016 Irish Drift Championships – Round 1 Mondello [RESULTS]

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The incredible unbeaten streak on Irish soil continued this weekend at Mondello despite some tough competition. Duane McKeever took out fellow Irishman Shane O’Sullivan in the final, while Forrest Wang won his podium battle with Nigel Colfer when Colfer’s clutch gave out in their battle. Wang was driving Darren McNamara’s LHD S13 with a 2JZ engine, a setup that Wang looked quite comfortable in.

Here’s a look at the final results from Round 1:

1st – Duane McKeever
2nd – Shane O’Sullivan
3rd – Forrest Wang
4th – Nigel Colfer

Kristaps Bluss in the Badass Latvian [VIDEO]

One of my favorite Formula Drift drivers Kristaps Bluss released a pretty awesome drift short film called Badass Latvian. The video looks like it takes place on the docks in Riga and he throws down some of the most insane 360 drifts I have seen in a BMW! Not to mention he runs into buildings and about everything else in his way. His car really looked dialed in at Streets of Long Beach this weekend and shows he could be moving up in the championship standings.

2016 Drift Allstars – Round 1 Yas Marina [RESULTS]

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While the Formula Drift boys were qualifying practicing in Long Beach, the first round of Drift Allstars was taking place as the historic Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. The event at Yas Marina was missing a few of the top names including James Deane and Janis Eglite, but the competition was still quite competitive. Similar to Formula Drift, Drift Allstars will crown a European Champion alongside a World Champion, with this round counting towards the “World Championship” title.

Monster Energy driver “Baggsy” Biagioni had a newly-installed Nitrous-fed Chevy LS3 motor shipped over from the US just in time for the event, and the engine would prove to be a winning combination with his Nissan S13 chassis. Baggsy qualified first on Friday, and eliminated all drivers on Saturday in tandem competition to take the early lead in the championship chase.

Here’s how the podium shook out:

1st – Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni – Monster Energy / Westlake Tyre Nissan S13

2nd – Ahmad Daham – Nitto Tire / Tensai Tuning Nissan S13

3rd – Nigel Colfer – Tri-Ace Tyre Nissan S13

Daigo Saito Wins D1 Grand Prix Round 1

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Daigo Saito walked away from Formula Drift in 2016 to focus on the D1 Grand Prix series and it looks like that extra focus has worked. Daigo Saito defeated Kawabata in a great final battle to win the first round of the 2016 D1GP series. I guess his new tire sponsor Wanli has built a solid product and is helping him back on the road to a championship. The D1 and Formula Drift series have some schedule conflicts this season so running both seasons in full was going to be impossible for Daigo Saito.

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One of our awesome readers Sanlis, put together an interesting chart on Daigo Saito’s D1GP finishes over the past five seasons and show he has been just a step off the championship.

2011- 2nd Place
2012 – 2nd Place
2013 – 4th Place
2014 – 15th Place
2015 – 2nd Place

Cleary he has been right there as far as a D1 championship in the last 5 years, but retiring from Formula Drift for the season might give him a chance to break that second place streak. Daigo Saito will be able to return to Formula Drift at anytime due to the former champions clause preventing him from being relegated to Pro 2 for next season. Here is how D1GP finished Round 1-

1st – Daigo Saito
2nd – Masato Kawabata
3rd – ideyuki Fujino
4th – Yusuke Kusaba

Juha Rintanen Debuting 800hp S15 Silvia at Formula Drift Road Atlanta

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Juha Rintanen took to the Internet today to debut his S15 Silvia that was built in Europe over the winter. The car is currently being shipped to America and will make its debut at Round 2 of the Formula Drift series at Road Atlanta. Juha will run his S14 at Long Beach that is still in the country. This S15 with a 2JZ-GTE engine hit 800hp on the dyno before being shipped across the Atlantic Ocean. Juha is staying with Achilles Radial for 2016 and continues to use some other awesome brands such as BC Racing and WiseFab. Follow the link below for more pictures of his #FlamingFinn S15 Silvia.

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Extreme Drift All-Stars Releases 2016 [SCHEDULE]

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The guys at Extreme Drift All-Stars just released a solid 2016 schedule with stops in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa! They also rolled out a new title sponsor with Monster Energy for the 2016 season. Monster Energy will be bringing some of their star drivers with Steve ‘Baggsy’ Biagioni and Dmitriy Illyuk competing alongside the current EXTREME Drift Allstars roster of world class drivers.

Round 1. Abu Dhabi Drift GP Yas Marina Circuit April 7-8th
Round 2. British Drift GP Lydden Hill May 1-2nd
Round 3. Global Warfare EXTREME Drift Allstars Vs Irish Drift Championship @ Mondello Park July 2-3rd
Round 4. Estonian Drift GP-Laitse Rally Park July 29-30th
Round 5. Latvian Drift GP -Bikernieki Circuit August 5-6th
Round 6. German Drift GP August 12-13th
Round 7. Hungarian Drift GP August 26-27th – Trackwood Festival
Round 8 . Thai Drift GP Chang International Circuit October 21-23rd
Round 9 – South African Drift GP Cape Town December 16-17th

 

We have this schedule and many more on our Find An Event Page.

Back 2 Basics at Ebisu Circuit Japan with BC Racing [VIDEO]

An awesome and unique look at Ebisu Circuit done by BC Racing with some quality interviews with Chris DeJager and Andrew Gray about drifting in Japan. They also swing by Fat Five Racing and look at some of Daigo Saito’s cars sitting around the shop. Sit back and enjoy some great cinematography and drifting out of Japan.

2016 Formula Drift Japan Round 1: Suzuka [RESULTS]

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For the second consecutive year, Andrew Gray took home the win at the Suzuka round of Formula Drift Japan. Despite having 32 entrants, only 29 drivers could muster a qualifying score, landing the top three drivers in qualifying a first round bye. Andrew Gray defeated defending Pro 2 champion Alex Heilbrunn in the top 32 round, a rivalry that should heat up as both drivers kick off the Formula Drift Pro season in just four weeks. Gray defeated top qualifier Seimi Tanaka in the semifinal, the second consecutive year he faced Tanaka towards the end of the competition. Daichi Oshiro snuck into the podium after taking out defending Formula Drift Rookie of the Year Masashi Yokoi in the top 16.

Here’s a look at the final podium:

1. Andrew Gray
2. Daichi Oshiro
3. Seimi Tanaka

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