The guys at Motive DVD caught this awesome in car runs from Daigo Saito in the JPC Nissan S15 Silvia making just over 600whp. Daigo suffered mechanical issues during Top 32 of the ADGP Round 2 event on the weekend and didn’t put on much of a show due to these failures. He stayed around for a drift school and this video was shot when a ADGP staff member hopped in the S15 Silvia so Daigo could give him a ride around the course. The guys at Motive said it is probably the fastest entry ever recorded at Barbagallo Raceway.
After bad weather somehow delayed this second run of the Drift UAE series they threw the event again on Friday night at the Yas Marina Circuit. Ahmed Alamri and Sami Haidar went at it in a great final battle but Alamri ended up spinning on the second run giving Sami the win in his Drift 965 S13. Here is how the top four finished up this weekend in the Emirate:
1. Sami Haidar (Kuwait)
2. Ahmed Alameri (UAE)
3. Mohammed Alasmi (Oman)
4. Mutah Alessa (Saudi Arabi)
The Just Car Insurance Australian Drifting GP series kicked off this December weekend at Barbagallo Raceway with some foreign visitors in the fix including Daigo Saito and Andy Gray. In the end Beau Yates managed to qualify in first place with his Toyota 86 (pictured above) with a score of 87 in a brand new drift build. Daigo Saito finished up in 19th in a V8 powered S15. Andy Gray did much better as the other foreigner with a 79 putting him in 5th place. Female drifter Kelly Wong tucked in just behind Daigo Saito in her Cefiro. Full list of qualifying scores is below.
The Round 2 results were quite a big shake up from Round 1 of the series putting the championship at large for anyone to take coming into Round 3. The winner of the round Matt Harvey from Tasmania took home his first ever podium with this victory in his Toyota Corolla after qualifying in 23rd place. Second place was another first time podium from Matt Russell who took his AE86 all the way from the 13th qualifying position. Dale Campaign was probably one of the biggest stories of the weekend because after grabbing third place he now sits in first place over the whole championship. Daigo Saito was eliminated in Top 32 and we haven’t been able to find out exactly what resulted in his early exit at this time. Here is how they finished:
Link to Top 32 Grid: http://trackbattle.com.au/adgp/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/ADGP-RD2-BATTLE-TREE.jpg
The D1NZ series wrapped up with Gaz Whiter qualifying first in the pro category and also taking home first place in the round beating Mad Mike Whiddett in the finals. Watch the highlights of the good tandem battles and all the fun that was Round 1 at Hampton Downs.
The Drift Muscle series came about in Japan after a falling out within D1GP. A 10 minute preview video/commercial of the series final shows some content from the Muscle Class and the Ladys Class. Yes, they do spell it Ladys class and we know the proper spelling is Ladies but that is what Drift Muscle calls the series. Plug in and watch some familiar faces competing in the Drift Muscle series which lacks the big media/impact of the D1GP days of old. It still looks like the competition is quite entertaining at least.
The guys from Drift All-Stars released a 2014 schedule at the Essen International Motorshow in Germany has released an exciting 7 round schedule. The schedule puts them all across Europe with some huge events. Here is how the 2014 schedule breaks down:
May 17-18th – Round 1 British Drift GP (London / Venue TBA)
June 27-29th- Round 2 Drift GP of Czech Republic (Autodrom Sosnová)
July 19-20th- Round 3 Drift GP of Scandinavia (Mantorp Park)
August 1-2nd- Round 4 Drift GP of Latvia (Riga City Circuit)
August 9-10th- Round 5 Drift GP of Estonia (Tallinn Street Circuit)
September 6-7th Round 6 Drift GP of Lithuania (Kaunas Street Circuit)
September 13-14th Round 7 Drift GP of Poland (Warsaw)
A big announcement from Europe today is that Federal Tire (in Europe Federal Tyre) has become the exclusive title sponsor of the King of Europe Street Legal series and Queen of Europe series. This sponsorship goes into effect for the 2014 season for the drift series which kicked off in Europe during the 2005 season. Adam Kerenyi who is the King of Europe 2009/2012 champion has run Federal Tire over the last few seasons putting Federal’s involvement into King of Europe over the past few seasons.
The D1 Grand Prix series is looking at 6 round schedule for 2014 at five venues. The series finishes up in Tokyo along with a “D1 Champions” event happening on the same weekend. The series faces more competition around Asia and Japan but is still running a strong series. Here is how the schedule is setup for 2014:
January 10-12 Kick Off Drift (Chiba / Makuhari Messe Special Course)
March 29-30 Round 1 (Fuji Speedway)
May 24-25 Round 2 (Suzuka Circuit)
July 26-27 Round 3 (Autopolis)
August 22-24 Round 4/5 (Ebisu Circuit)
October 17-18 Round 6 (Odaiba Tokyo Street Course)
October 19 D1 Champions (Odaiba Tokyo Street Course)
Wrecked Magazine weekly Episode #2 has arrived and we got a hold of Formula Drift x Achilles Radial driver Robbie Nishida before he headed back home to Japan. Robbie dishes on the current declining state of car culture in Japan along with its movement and changes in the drifting scene. Robbie also talks about how he almost left Formula Drift before his program came together with Achilles Radial and his Toyota Soarer.
We also had Robbie Nishida walk us through Speedhunters Battle of the Weekend from Irwindale with his Achilles Radial teammate Daigo Saito. He gives us his perspective of the tandem battle breakdown. Robbie talks about how his build and Daigo’s are the same and different. He even hints about some things he has in store for the 2014 season.
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Kyle Mohan is one of the few American drivers slated to compete in the Chinese World Drift series this season. He put together this summary video from the Louyang Grand Prix where he pulled off a top qualifying position and then suffered ebrake issues in tandem losing to a competitor from Asia.
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