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2014 Formula Drift Japan – Fuji Speedway [RESULTS]

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Formula Drift wrapped up their inaugural event in Japan with some familiar faces on the podium. Long time D1GP competitor Masao Suenaga piloted his RE-Amemiya Mazda RX7 to the event win, beating out fellow Japanese local Masashi Yokoi’s D-Max Silvia S15 in the final. Formula D US competitor Fredric Aasbo took the final spot on the podium in the NASCAR-powered RS*R FT-86, earning the final podium spot over Emmanual Amandio due to his better qualifying position (Aasbo qualified in Q18 vs Amandio’s Q20).

1st – Masao Suenaga – FD3S Mazda RX7 – M150 Overdrive

2nd – Masashi Yokoi – Nissan Silvia S15 – D-Max

3rd – Fredric Aasbo – Toyota FT-86 – RS-R Japan

4th – Emmanual Amandio – Toyota JZX100 – Moods Gallery / Achilles Radial

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Formula Drift Japan Livestream for Top 16

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The Top 32 at Formula Drift Japan has just wrapped up but the Top 16 is about to kick off for those of you who plan on having a late night.

Sunday, July 6, 2014 – Main Event

8:10 AM – 5:00 PM (Local Japan Time)– LIVE STREAM: PRO Live Stream Begins ( JAPAN STANDARD TIME)
10:00 PM PST – 10:30 PM – National Anthem / Opening Ceremonies
10:30 PM PST – 1:00 AM – MAIN COMPETITION: Round of 16 to Finals

 

Watch it Here: http://www.formulad.com/live

A Look at Drift All-Stars Kick Off in London [RECAP]

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The Brits are a bunch that do things with precaution and order: Milk in tea to not crack the “China”, signs that tell you to mind the gap in the subway, “look right” painted at the beginning of cross walks. London in particular is one of the oldest civilized and modern cities in the world. Within the sea of shuffling bodies there is a sense of risk assessment engrained into the masses. Unlike America, extraordinary events in amazing venues are easier to make possible. Through these truths, the opening round of the Extreme Drift Allstars was able to hold their first round in the heart of London at a venue nestled next to the Olympic Stadium!
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The opening round of the Extreme Drift Allstars brought premier European drifting to a custom made street track. Drift Allstars (DA) utilized the multi layered car park of Westfields to design a wall encompassed track that would prove to be technical and challenging for the top drivers of Europe.
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The cars and drivers in this year’s DA line up are absolutely amazing. This is the year of new builds and returning competitors. The return of James Deane to the series in his freshly prepared 2jzgte powered Falken S14 has brought his super aggressive style back to the battles. Unfortunately, his weekend would be cut short after having transmission issues early on in the bracket.
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Another Irish man, Nigel Colfer, built a brand new 180sx for 2014. Powered by a Garrett turbo charged 2jzgte and rolling on Wisefab, Nigel knew that he would have to step up his power and suspension game to compete with the envelope pushing field of this season.
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Janis Eglite is a multiple championship winner in his native country of Latvia. Traditionally piloting an underpowered vehicle, he also stepped up and built a brand new weapon over the winter. His 2014 Zeetex E46 gets its ponies from a turbo ls1 and, like Colfer and Deane’s cars, is fully equipped with Wisefab suspension. The BMW hadn’t turned a wheel before practice on Saturday and still managed a 2nd place finish.
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The podium was decided through mechanical fortitude. Piotrek Wiecek from Poland in his bright yellow Budmat S14 qualified first, then finishing off the event at the top of the podium without a final battle. He had no challenger as Eglite grenaded the engine of his E46 after winning his top 4 battle. Third place was also won in the pits, as Ingemars Jekabsons has an unrepairable crash in the top 4 battle he lost, letting Dan Chapman walk away with 3rd place.
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If the opening round is any hint at how this season will be, I can’t wait for the rest of the 2014 Drift Allstars season. Wrecks, exploding engines, fires, awesome fans and fantastic driving made this event absolutely riveting, and I can’t wait to give you guys a write up from Round 2 in the Czech Republic!
Words: Faruk Kugay
Photos: Jamie Rolls
Full Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=412

Irish Drift Championships – Round 3 – Colin The Cone [VIDEO]

Peden Nielsen takes us around the Mondello Motorsports Park over last weekend’s Irish Drift Championships round 3. The event featured a full roster of drivers from around the world including Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, Dean Kearney, Darren McNamara, Matt Powers, and Phil Morrison. Eric O’Sullivan even stopped by for an appearance, but ColinTheCone is the real star of the show, as you’ll see in the video.

Bigger Drivers List for Formula Drift Japan Has Arrived

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We finally got a hold of a much bigger drivers list for Formula Drift Japan this weekend. The drivers list looks quite strong even with D1GP throwing an exhibition event with Ken Block on the same exact weekend in Japan.

Shun Qi Liu
Zhuo Liu
Fredric Aasbo
Ng Sheng Nain
Chi Lun Tang
Daynom Templeman
Oat Krerpradab
Masao Suenaga
Saranon Pronpatanarak
S Chanatpon Kerdpiam
Emmanual Amandio
Robert Whyte
Muhammad Zaiham Hamdan
Wan Johan Rahim
Kazuto Ichiyanagi
Mike Whiddett
Yoshiaki waki
Michihiro Takatori
Kiyotaka Yamazaki
Masataka Kawashima
Manabu Fujinaka
Yuki Inaoka
Kunihiko Teramachi
Tsutomu Fujio Yuji Tanaka
Koji Yamaguchi
Kazuya Bai
Daisuke Hasegawa
Yoshifumi Tadokoro
Tadahiro Fukada
Ikuo Saito
Noritsugu Totani
Seimi Tanaka
Masashi Yokoi
Atsushi Taniguchi
Hirohide Tanaka
Daigo Saito
Yuichiro Takahashi
Nobuhisa Sone
Katsuhiro Ueo
Takeshi Mogi
Robbie Nishida
Toshimitsu Mauda
Mito Shinnosuke
Masaki Kasahara
Shinji Minowa
Kitashiba Tomoyuki
Kuroi Takamasa
Shinozaki Yoshinori
Iizuka Kazuya
Takahashi Kuniaki

King of Europe Round 3 at Lydden Hill UK [RESULTS]

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King of Europe ventured into the United Kingdom this weekend for Round 3 which took place at Lydden Hill circuit. Paul Smith of Team JapSpeed was very impressive with a solid qualifying run and just as impressive run through tandem. The Italians all fell on back luck with Francesco Conti falling out due to mechanical failure and Nicolo Rosso lost in the Top 16. Federal Tire had something special for drivers this weekend by producing a third victory in a row with driver Adam Kerenyi. Here is how the rest of the podium finished up:

1st. Adam Kerenyi
2nd. Paul Smith (Team Japspeed)
3rd. Michael Marshall

Darren McNamara Shows Off New Look to MCNSPORT AE86

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Darren McNamara brought out his refreshed MCNSPORT 86 for Global Warfare at Mondello Park. Tomorrow he will be squaring up against other Formula Drift drivers such as Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, and Matt Powers who have all traveled to Ireland to do battle. You can also tune into the Livestream tomorrow morning which we detailed here.

2014 Drift AllStars Round 2 – Czech Drift GP [RESULTS]

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Round 2 of the Drift Allstars series came to a close just now at the  Sosnova Circuit! The final battle of the weekend ended with James Deane going out on a mechanical failure. Otherwise we saw some pretty solid battles throughout the weekend. Here is how the Final Four finished:

1st. Dawid Karkosik – Budmat Auto RB Team Poland
2nd. James Deane – Falken Motorsports Ireland
3rd. Marek Wartalowicz – STW Drift Team
4th. Harold Valdma – VAK RACING Estonia

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2014 Drift All-Stars Round 2 Czech Drift GP Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Drift Allstars has kicked off Round 2 in Czechoslovakia with huge fan fare! You can catch the Livestream tomorrow morning in America if you want to see some European drifting competition. Here is how they qualified today:

1. James Deane (Ireland)- 99.6
2. Dawid Karkosik (Poland)- 96.6
3. Marek Wartawolic (Poland)- 95.6
4. Piotr Wiecek (Poland)- 95
5. Martin Richards (UK)- 90.6
6. Stevey Carzasty (Poland)- 90.3
7. Maciej Bochenek (Poland)- 88.6
8. Bartosz Stolarski (Poland)- 87.6
9. Johannes Houtondji (Germany)- 86.6
10. Nigel Coffer (Ireland)- 85.6
11. Elias Hountondji (Germany)- 84.6
12. Marcel Uhlig (Germany)- 82
13. Harold Valdma (Estonia)- 81.3
14. Max Heidrich (Germany)- 81.3
15. Arthur Opiela (Poland)- 79.6
16. Christer Halverson (Norway)- 79.6
17. Rasmus Peerson (Denamrk)- 79.6
18. Marco Zakouril (Czech)- 79
19. Maciej Jarkiewicz (Poland)- 78
20. Dmitriy Illyuk (Ukraine)- 75.6
21. Mateusz Fijal (Poland)- 75.6
22. Krisztian Szili (Hungary)- 70.3
23. Pawel Bednarczyk (Poland)- 68.6
24. Rene Portz (Germany)- 67.6
25. Mark Kuvvas (Estonia)- 58

Daigo Saito Shows off New Car for D1GP

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So here is Daigo Saito’s new D1GP car. As you might of heard his old one had a little issue so Daigo has put together this fresh build which will be used in D1 Grand Prix this season. I bet a small part of him wishes this was his Formula Drift car for the rest of the 2014 season. Haha, not quite sure that is the case but he does have sponsorships with Sunoco and Achilles over in Japan.

 

Thanks to everyone that tipped us this story. Achilles Radial USA, Aeschlimann Samuel, Dennis Ho, and Brendan Dougherty!
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