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A Look at the Final Round of D1NZ Under the Lights at Mt. Smart [RECAP]

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It was finally time for the title fight to kick off at the Cody’s D1NZ National Drifting Championship Round 6 at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. The competition had been strong throughout the last five rounds of drifting with several drivers in with a chance of taking out the championship along with bragging rights as New Zealand’s next drift king!

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The custom built circuit at Mt Smart was another tight and technical track designed to test the driver’s abilities behind the wheel. The return of the concrete walls meant the ever present danger of wrecking the car with one wrong move. Shaped almost like a spiral, the circuit started with a long right hand turn scrubbing the walls, tightening into a roundabout with inside clips and then a very tight left hairpin and back around the first turn. Almost like a mini Road Atlanta section.

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Keep Drifting Serious – Irish Drifting Championships Round 2 [VIDEO]

Peden Nielsen continues his look at the Irish Drifting Championship by focusing on how serious the event is. James Deane won the event, but more importantly, Peden feels that Ryan Sage is having far too much fun and needs to be called out. Jarod Deanda was called out in the first video,  which you can view here, so now it’s up to Ryan Sage to Keep Drifting Serious and #hurryup.

2014 Irish Drift Championship Round 2 at Fermoy [RESULTS]

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Round 1 of the Irish Drift Championship wrapped up just now at Mondello Park! Duane Mckeever took a loaner car and managed to qualify in the event and drive his way to second place James Deane who just looked unstoppable all weekend put an end to Duane’s stellar performance with a proper defeat in the finals giving him the win. Nigel Coffer and Shane O’Sullivan had a pretty even battle for third but the judges edged out Nigel to take a win in this Aerokit 240sx. Dean Kearney also made an appearance qualifying 8th and performing pretty well through the weekend! Here is how they finished:

1st. James Deane
2nd. Duane Mckeever
3rd. Nigel Coffer
4th. Shane O’Sullivan

Jonathan Guitard Shows off Lacroix Tuning Lexus SC300

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Jonathan Guitard is seen here showing off his Lexus SC300 for the 2014 DMCC season. Jonathan showed up on our radar last year when he took home first place at Round 8 of DMCC in Sanair! With help from Budweiser, Standard Suspension, and Lacroix Tuning he is ready to run the 2014 Drift Mania season. His SC300 has a 2JZ engine making 850hp  and makes 725 torq. 

 

A Eurotrip Following Drifting Across the Continent [VIDEO]

Lukas Skersas left Chicago, Illinois and spent a good amount of time checking out the European drift scene. Come back to this page when you have an hour to enjoy this awesome video. Lukas checks out Drift All-Stars, EEDC, and Gatebil on his tour around Europe. He even runs into Ryan Tuerck, Odi Bakchis, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. on his tour around the country! Some European drivers get special airplay in the video like Jack Shanahan, Dmitriy Illyuk, James Deane, and Fail Crew.

Top 10 Drift Vacations to Take Before You Die

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Regardless if you are independently wealthy or have a credit card to max out I put together the Top 10 drifting vacations you need to take before you die. The list is compiled upon driving, fan entertainment, atmosphere, and all the fun you can have in the area!

 

10. D1NZ Final Round – Mt. Smart (Auckland, New Zealand)

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The D1NZ season ends at Mt. Smart under the lights! The venue is a custom built and it puts fans very close to the action. The track does take place in the Mt. Smart Stadium parking lot which normally holds duties for the National Rugby team. Once the race ends you are just a quick cab from downtown Auckland where some of the real fun can begin. Don’t miss some top drivers like Mad Mike Whiddett and C’s Garage take on the New Zealand night.

9. Irish Drift Championship – Mondello Park 

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The most fun you can have in Ireland is by far Mondello Park. It puts you pretty close to Dublin and has the most energy over a drift weekend in Ireland. Big name drivers such as Dai Yoshihara, Darren McNamara, and other international stars tend to come and drive at this Ireland track as well. If you happen to come here and enjoy watching a weekend of pro drifting then you could also do the ProDrift Academy and drift on your own at Mondello!

8. Formula Drift Irwindale Speedway (Los Angeles, California)

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The “House of Drift” as everybody knows it had to make the list. So many people attend this event now parking has been moved off site and stands have been put anywhere they can fit. The driving here tends to be world class and over the last few seasons a championship has been sorted out during the event weekend. Once the Irwindale weekend is over you will find yourself not very far from Los Angeles, Hollywood, and other places to finish out a great weekend.

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Drift All-Stars Round 1 London – Drone’s Eye View [VIDEO]

Dan Buck Joyce has been around the European drift scene for as long as I can remember in time. He went out to visit Drift All-Stars Round 1 and put together some awesome practice footage with his aerial drone over the track. It’s super smooth footage and makes the backdrop of London look even more impressive than in pictures we have seen to date!

2014 Drift All-Stars Round 1 from the Streets of London [RESULTS]

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Round 1 of the Drift All-Stars series just came to an end in London. The guys were driving with the Olympic Stadium as a backdrop all weekend and some crazy fans! The final four ended up with one blown motor, two crashed cars, and one car in good shape. Kenneth Moen was a guest judge for the weekend as well who also did some laps during practice to check out the track. This is how they finished up:

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2. Janis Eglite
3. Dan Chapman

Nobushige Kumakubo Bringing Out V8 powered S15 to D1GP

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Kumakubo and the other Team Orange drivers have shown off the new D1GP car build that has been tested recently around Ebisu. The biggest shocker of the build is that it features a big N/A V8 engine to power it up. Kumakubo talks about how driving the V8 is a different experience on his Facebook page! Sounds like he is enjoying it so far. Below is a link to some test video footage posted of the car running at Ebisu.

 

Watch it: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=636044966445082

Kenneth Moen In Low Brain Drifters 13 for Drift All-Stars

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Kenneth Moen has hopped into this V8 powered Low Brain Drifters car for the Drift All-Stars weekend. From our on track reports, Kenneth is just ripping in this car! We cannot wait for qualifying and the race kick off in front of London Olympic Stadium tomorrow first thing in the morning. We have Jamie Rolls on the scene giving us the best reporting from the UK to kick off Drift All-Stars!