International

Dean Kearney Bringing American Muscle over for IDC Mondello Park

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Dean Kearney is bringing over his Dodge Viper (one of his two) to Ireland so he can compete in the Irish Drift Championship final round at Mondello Park. I’ve always been told by the Irish fans that Mondello Park is the one event you want to attend if you ever want to see Irish drifting and fan insanity on display. I’ve been told they are expecting 10k+ for a wild series finale. Dean is shipping over one of his 8.3L Dodge Viper’s to join up with his Achilles teammates at the end of this month. \

More Info: http://www.mondellopark.ie/jap-fest

Vaughn Gittin Jr. is D1 Grand Prix Bound

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It was almost 10 years ago when Vaughn Gittin Jr. defeated all the D1GP comers in the D1 Vs. the World event at Irwindale Speedway back in 2005. Vaughn was kind enough to upload his road to victory on YouTube (you can watch below if you can stomach 10 year old crappy drifting).

This sheds quite a bit of light on his announcement where he hints he will be missing Irwindale Speedway which we broke earlier this week. The backup car he would normally use to replace his 2014 Formula Drift competition car is on its way to Japan for D1GP! He will be attending the final round in Tokyo on October 24th/25th. Here are the details from his PR –

“Since winning the D1GP USA vs. Japan in 2005, I have wanted to take my Ford Mustang RTR and my team to compete in Japan where drifting started,” says Champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. “I am pumped that ten years later, the dream has become reality and I will be joining the Monster Energy Japan crew in downtown Tokyo for the final round October 24-25th. I am very excited to meet a lot of my Japanese fans for the first time, and I look forward to some epic battles with the great drivers in Japan’s D1GP series.”

Ten years ago at Irwindale Speedway, Vaughn battled the best-of-the-best Japanese drivers in order to win the D1GP USA vs. Japan event, becoming not only the first American to win a D1GP event, but by piloting his Ford Mustang, this was the first time in the series that an American car dominated against drifting’s traditional Japanese vehicles. This monumental win of Vaughn’s was heard around the world and undoubtedly put American drifting on the map, in a Japanese-originated and dominated sport. Here is a VIDEO summary of Vaughn’s 2005 D1GP win.

2015 Formula Drift World Championship in Canada [RESULTS]

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The new Formula Drift World championship wrapped up its second event in Canada with an international podium. Some World Championship drivers went missing including Daigo Saito who was off playing with his Lamborghini in Japan instead of driving in Canada. Fredric Aasbo seemingly has a great shot at winning the World Championship after a solid performance in Canada. Here is how the podium finished up-

1. Fredric Aasbo
2. Tomy Boisvert-Bellemare
3. Matt Field

How to Watch Formula Drift World Championship Round 8 in Canada

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The Formula Drift “World Championship” is back on this weekend with Round 8 of the big World Championship. Jacob Leveton already did a nice FD Canada preview post here with a drivers list that you can check out. If you are bored on Labor Day the drift event will be wrapped up by the afternoon on the west coast. The stream can be found this weekend over here on Eversport.TV.

Qualifying/Practice Sunday 9/6-
2:30pm EST / 11:30am PST

Main Event Monday 9/7-
Top 32 – 11:30am EST / 8:30am PST
Top 16 – 4:30pm EST / 1:30pm PST

Kumakubo Trashes LS3 powered S15 Silvia at D1GP Osaka

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Kumakubo posted about his high speed accident that happened at D1 Grand Prix Osaka today. The LS3 powered S15 Silvia was spotted by us back in 2014 and Option made a video that summer featuring the Silvia found here. It looks like this weekend the car took an insanely hard hit at D1 Osaka. Sounds like Kumakubo is doing fine and has high spirits about new plans and maybe a new engine in 2016.

Daigo Saito Shows Off D1 Grand Prix Livery on Lamborghini

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Daigo Saito shows off his livery all set for a big D1 Grand Prix debut in his drift Lamborghini. We have a done a pretty solid job tracking this Lamborghini build from its inception to where it stand now. How do you think he will do in D1 this weekend?

Story 1 – Drift Lamborghini Planning
Story 2 – Dismantling the Drift Lamborghini
Story 3 – Big Angle and Engine for Drift Lamborghini Ready
Story 4 – Drift Lamborghini Almost Ready for D1GP

Formula Drift World Championship contenders will grow – FD Canada Drivers List

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Prior to this weekend’s Formula Drift Canada round, only nine drivers had qualified for the World Championship by driving in the Formula Drift Japan round. In order to be in contention for the World Championship title, drivers must drive in one of the three international rounds (Japan, Canada, and the yet TBD China round). However, the China round is invite-only, so drivers really only had two options. After the Texas round, here’s the current standings in the World Championship among the 9 drivers who are in contention:

Fredric Aasbo – 480 Points
Odi Bakchis – 396 Points
Masashi Yokoi – 309 Points
Matt Field – 263Points
Daigo Saito – 257 Points
Dean Kearney – 205 Points
Charles Ng – 175 Points
Robbie Nishida – 144 Points
“Mad” Mike Whiddett – 141 Points

The drivers list for this weekend’s round contains an additional four names that will be added to this list.

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2015 Drift Allstars Round 5 – Lithuania [RESULTS]

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Drift Allstars Round 5 featured an incredible track on actual city streets in the city of Kaunas (including drifting over a bridge – possibly a first in international drift competition?) and some awesome tandem action. Some familiar names made it back to the podium, including James Deane who continues his incredible run this season with his seventh podium of the year by our count. Drift Allstars allows drivers to drop their lowest score of the season, so the championship chase is still alive for the final round in Warsaw Poland on October 9th and 10th.

Here are the results from Kaunas, Lithuania:

1st – Piotr Wiecek – Budmat Auto Nissan S14- Poland
2nd – James Deane – Falken Motorsports Nissan S14 – Ireland
3rd – Nigel Colfer – Tri Ace Tyre S13 – Ireland
4th – Janis Eglite – Tri-Ace Tyre BMW E46 – Latvia

Daigo Saito’s Lamborghini Murcielago Nears D1 Grand Prix Debut

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I cannot help but get more excited as I see the progress of the drift Murcielago come together in Daigo Saito’s shop. Here is the January update when we found out this Lambo was coming to life as a drift car, a Lambo dismantling update in March, and finally a June moving forward build. His Lamborghini progress is still being called out as BS by skeptics but this build looks more real by the day as far as we can tell. A rumor that it might hit the track before the end of this D1GP season is out in the rumormill. Can he bring this to Formula Drift for 2016? Door banging with this thing in the United States would be ideal. What do you think of the build progress?

 

Hat tip to Dennis Ho for submitting the new pics!

2015 Irish Drift Championship Round 4 – Fermoy [RESULTS]

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The 4th round of the Irish Drift Championships really shook up the championship chase. Favorite James Deane ended a 3-year undefeated streak in the Top 8 when he came in too hot on entry and made contact with fellow competitor Barry Leonard. Young guns Jack Shanihan and Tomas Kiely both got knocked out in the top 16 round, which made room for some new faces on the podium. Top Qualifier John McCarthy started the weekend off strongly, but his brother Paul McCarthy would take the top step of the podium.

Here are the results:

1st – Paul McCarthy – E36 BMW Coupe
2nd – Shane O’Sullivan – Nissan S15
3rd – Alan Lenihan – Nissan S13.5 Coupe