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FIA International Drifting Cup roster is released

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FIA World Drifting Cup released their roster of 26 drivers today. From the list, seven drivers have Formula Drift ties. Current Formula Drift competitors Michael Essa, Matt Field, and Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis will be competing at the first event, scheduled to happen on September 30th and October 1st in Japan. Past competitors Charles Ng, Daigo Saito, and Masashi Yokoi are also scheduled to compete. 2009 and 2010 Formula Drift Asia champion Tengku Djan Ley will also be returning to competition for this event. Djan Ley has been away from drifting for a few years, but will be returning to compete in this monumental event. Also of note, Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni will also be competing. Biagioni was awarded a Formula Drift license for the 2017 season, but ended up not competing. He later put out a pretty impressive viral video dubbed “Monster Drift 2” with Daigo Saito earlier this year.

Who are you most excited to watch in this event?

FIA International Drifting Cup in Japan Announced

The FIA has finally unveiled it’s plan for the first intercontinental drifting cup in Japan. We followed some of this event progress earlier this year but they now have an official time/place for this big event. FIA President, Jean Todt, said, “This is the beginning of a very important category for the FIA. As we continue to develop motor sport around the world, drifting has a great appeal to young people and has a passionate core following which is only going to get bigger.” More information about competitors and information will be available soon. I doubt many Formula Drift drivers will be competing with this falling one week before Irwindale Speedway.

 

Competition Name:FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup
Date: 30 September – 1 October 2017
Place: Daiba, Tokyo
Governing body: FIA
Promotor: SUNPROS (D1 Grandprix Promotor)

China Drift Championships Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Note: Terry Henderson, who previously put on the Drift Buffet events in Southern California, has been living in China for several years now. He reached out to us and asked that we put some coverage up of some of the events he’s involved in. The below post was written by Terry and posted on his behalf.

Round one of the China Drift Championships took place the weekend of May 12-14th  in Wuhan, China. The event featured 3 different classes of competition – A group – The top tier of drivers. B group ( similar to Pro 2 in FD ) and the Super group –  combining all drivers together with international drivers as well.The judges for the CDC are : Terry Henderson and Wang Feng along with special guest judge Ryan Litteral.

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DriftGP Round 1 – French Grand Prix at Tours Speedway [RESULTS]

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The first event of the DriftGP series in Europe, which is operated by Drift Allstars, took place at Tours Speedway in Tours, France just 100 km from LeMans. The competition featured competitors from all over Europe, including several top drivers from Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and nearly 20 drivers from France. Fredrik Øksnevad from Norway was the top qualifier in his V8-powered Toyota Soarer. In the end, local driver Benjamin Boulbes defeated Steve “Baggsy Biagioni to take the event win, which received a loud roar from the crowd when announced. The next round of the DriftGP series will take place at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, UK on June 24th and 25th.

Here are the final results from Drift GP Round 1:

1st – Benjamin Boulbes – FR – GT Radial Tires
2nd – Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni – UK – Monster Energy
3rd – Andrius Vasiliauskas – Lithuania – Turbo Systems / Zestino Tires

2017 IRISH DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 – Drift on the Docks [RESULTS]

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Jack Shanahan continues his dominance of the Irish Drifting Championship with a win at IDC Round 2, held at the docks of Dun Laoghaire. The track was a custom one-off build for IDC, and the tight course over cobblestone roads was pretty exciting to watch despite being much lower speed than what we’re used to seeing. Shanahan defeated Chris Brady in the final, which was an acceptable finish for Brady given that he had only started building his competition car earlier in the week.  DealWidth driver Brian Egan earned 3rd place, defeating Joe Doyle in the consolation battle. The series will shift back to Mondelo for the Global Warfare event on July 1st and 2nd.

Here’s a look at the final results from Round 2:

1st – Jack Shanahan
2nd – Chris Brady
3rd -Brian Egan
4th – Joe Doyle

2017 Middle East Drift Championship – Round 3 Dubai [RESULTS]

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While the North American drift season is just getting started, the Middle East has been in full swing to avoid events in the hot summer months. For Round 3 of the Middle East Drift Championship, a custom track was built at Al Wasl Sports Club which showcased the Dubai skyline as a backdrop for the event. 25 drivers showed up from all over Europe, with the top five drivers being very close in qualifying scores. Championship leader Khalifa bin Sultan Al Nahyan took the top qualifying spot, with Dany Neville taking P2 and UAE driver Mohammed Al Mansoori earning P3.

In what was the battle of the night, Dmitriy Illyuk pushed Khalifa bin Sultan Al Nahyan to a pair of “One More Time” battles in the Top 8 before Illyuk emerged victorious, a win that shook up the championship points battle drastically. Mohammad Al Khaiat, who also was near the top of the table in the championship standings prior to this event, would also bow out in the top 8. In the end, Illyuk took home the victory after surviving a total of 4 “One More Time” battles in the tandem brackets, catapulting him into championship contention.

Middle East Drift Championships will be on summer break until November. Until then, the top 4 drivers sit just 15 points away from each other in the championship table.

Here are the results from Middle East Drift Championship Round 3:

1. Dmitriy Illyuk – Ukraine – Monster Energy
2. Dany Neville – Lebanon – Monster Energy
3. Mohamed Al Mansoori – UAE – X Unit Racing
Photo Credit: CarCulture.ae

2017 Irish Drift Championship Round 1 – Mondello [RESULTS]

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The 2017 Irish Drifting Championship started off at the iconic Mondello Motorsport Park, just outside of Dublin. With James Deane off competing in Poland, and Alex Heilbrunn not able to make the planned trip to compete in the McnSport S13 loaner car, this weekend’s competition appeared to be up for grabs. Jack Shanahan would take the top step on the podium in his Nissan S14, eliminating Anthony Galvin in the final round. Jack’s kid brother Conor Shanahan would win the semi-pro competition on Saturday (which granted him entry into the Pro competition) and take the final step on the podium by eliminating Gary Dunne in the consolation round.

Oh, and as a reminder, Jack Shanahan is 17 years young. His kid brother, Conor, is only 14 years old. To say there’s a youth movement in the Irish Drifting Championships is quite the understatement.

Here are the results from Round 1 of the Irish Drift Championships at Mondello:
1st – Jack Shanahan
2nd – Anthony Galvin
3rd – Conor Shanahan
4th – Gary Dunne

2017 DriftMasters GP Round 1 – Tor Poznań [RESULTS]

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James Deane has done it again, winning yet another competition. This week, Deane took the win at the Driftmasters Grand Prix event in Poland. Deane was piloting his 2JZ-powered Falken Tire / Budmat Auto S14, taking out several top drivers in a tough Top 32 competition. Deane was the top qualifier out of nearly 50 drivers in addition to the event winner. Deane’s Budmat Auto and Worthouse teammate Piotr Wiecek qualified third, but was taken out in the top 8 by Michal Reichert. The series will continue on to Nurburgring for round 2 on May 12th and 13th, which is the same weekend as Formula Drift Atlanta. Deane and Wiecek are committed to running Formula Drift, which means that they will miss Driftmasters Grand Prix Round 2, but will likely make the rest of the events in the Driftmasters series and could still make a serious run at the championship.

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

1st Place: James Deane
2nd Place: Adam “Rubik” Zalewski
3rd Place: Ivo Cīrulis
4th Place: Bartosz Stolarski

2017 Formula Drift Japan Round 1: Suzuka [RESULTS]

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Formula Drift kicked off their Japan series over the weekend at Suzuka circuit with a field of thirty drivers. In the end, Koichi Yamashita took home the event win over Shinji Minowa, while Takahshi was awarded third place over Sheng Nian due to qualifying higher. Recapping some former Formula Drift USA drivers, Masashi Yokoi qualified 2nd and lost in the top 8 to Shinji Minowa, Andy Gray qualified 3rd and lost in the top 16 to Ikuo Saito, while “Mad” Mike Whiddett qualified 10th and was also taken out by Minowa in the top 16.

Round 2 will take place on June 10th & 11th at Ebisu Circuit.

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

1st – Koichi Yamashita
2nd – Shinji Minowa
3rd – Kazumi Takahashi

2017 British Drifting Championship – Round 1 – Rockingham Motor Speedway [RESULTS]

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The British Drifting Championship kicked off the international schedule with their first round over the weekend at Rockingham Motor Speedway. Team Japspeed driver Matt Carter took out all competitors to claim the top step of the podium, while Oliver Evans won the ProAm competition on Saturday before beating most of the “Pro” competition on Sunday! Overall, it was a very competitive round, and the full competition was stream via Facebook and is currently still available on the BDC Facebook Page.

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

1st – Matt Carter
2nd – Oliver Evans
3rd – Marc Huxley
4th – Simon Perry

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