Drift All-Stars Bans Old Car From Series Starting in 2016


The Drift All-Stars series makes a ridiculous step and bans cars that are 1996 year model or older from the series. I sure hope drivers such as Nigel Colfer were given a heads up well in advance of this announcement. I get the idea of what the guys at Drift All-Stars is trying to do but I don’t think the series is in the place to make these demands on drivers and programs. They are also banning a large portion of the FD RX7, MK4 Supra, various BMW models and the Nissan 240sx market. It moves the grassroots and pro series further a part and leaves drivers worried about what could get banned next (assuming they weren’t given a good heads up). It is a bold move that I just tend not to agree with. How do you think this will effect Drift All-Stars and the sport of drifting in Europe moving forward?

2016 Formula Drift Canada [SCHEDULE]


The Formula Drift 2016 Canada schedule has just been released for the new season. A 5 round series includeing Toronto and a Formula Drift Championship round really make this series look more appealing. The series is spread from June 4th to September 3rd rounding off a short Canadian summer series. Here is how they stack up –

Round 1 – June 4th @ Autodrome Montmagny
Round 2 – June 25th @ Toronto
Round 3 – July 15/16th @ Autodrome St. Eustache w/ Formula Drift US/World
Round 4 – August 6/7th @ GP3R The Streets
Round 5 – September 3/4th @ Autodrome St. Eustache for Finals

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Takes on D1GP and Beats Ken Nomura in Top 32

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Years ago Vaughn Gittin Jr. made his name in drifting by winning the D1GP vs. The World event at the famous Irwindale Speedway. This event made several careers including the big thrust of Mad Mike Whiddett into the public spotlight. Vaughn packed his 2015 Mustang RTR into a shipping container and sent it to Tokyo so he could compete at D1GP Odaiba!
It has caused me to do a double take looking at him drifting around Japan and with the D1 Grand Prix series. Part of watching this happen makes me wish drifting had more of a Formula 1 structure that took the series around the world. Our super small budget at Wrecked Magazine wouldn’t like the worldwide travel I am afraid. We will hear more about Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s adventures from Japan soon but we wanted to push out a quick update. After qualifying he drew Ken Nomura in the Top 32 tandem battle.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. managed to beat the Japanese drifting legend Ken Nomura in his R34 Skyline to stay alive in the event. In other news from D1GP Odaiba, Daigo Saito took out his Lamborghini drift car for some demos and did tandem with Vaughn Gittin Jr. in his Mustang. He also lost in Top 32 with the Lamborghini for its big event debut. It sure looks like the fans in Tokyo are getting quite a treat this event.

Ryan Tuerck Driving 72 Escort MK2 at Gymkhana Grid


Ryan Tuerck is set to drive Ken Block’s 1972 Ford Escort MK2 debuted this week by Hoonigan. Gymkhana Grid is this weekend at Santa Pod Raceway in the United Kingdom. Ryan Tuerck will be behind the wheel of this 72 Escort MK2 that features a 330HP naturally aspirated engine mated to a 6speed sequential transmission. Exterior wise the car features a custom ‪‎Rocket Bunny‬ kit and some amazing wheels by Fifteen52.

2015 Drift All-Stars Poland and Season [RESULTS]


The 2015 Drift All-Stars season came to an end with an awesome stadium event in Poland. I almost attended this event on a last minute flight/trip with Pro 2 driver Faruk Kugay but couldn’t make it work out with my schedule sadly. The final battle with Kuba Przgonski and James Deane brought the stadium to its feet. The follow from Deane was just unreal. Here is a snapshot from it.


Final results from the Polish Drift GP – Round 6:
1st- Kuba Przygonski – Poland – Orlean Team
2nd- James Deane – Ireland – Falken Tyres/Level One Qatar
3rd- Grzegorz Hypki – Poland – PUZ Drift Team


Even with his second place finish in Poland – James Deane took home the 2015 championship which just continues to highlight the dominance of Ireland in European drifting. James Deane is now back to back champion and once again I wish he would get a seat in Formula Drift already! Here is how the 2015 championship finished-

1st- James Deane (497 Points)
2nd- Janis Eglite (437 Points)
3rd- Luke Fink (307 Points)
4th- Nigel Colfer (298 Points)
5th- Juha Poyatalskoo (284 Points)
6th- Piotr Wiecek (282 Points)

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.

Check out the Gallery:

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