Check out this great video showing off the action from Formula Drift Japan at Fuji Speedway. The video throws down and highlights most drivers running Formula Drift’s debut event in Japan with some special focus on Fredric Aasbo and Mad Mike Whiddett!
Global warming might come to an abrupt end because this swap has made hell freeze over. Kumakubo walks through and shows off his LS3 powered S15 Silvia. This video from Option shows off a decent bit of track time in the car. Kumakubo seems to like his big V8 swapped Silvia but it sure looks like it could use some more horsepower or perhaps he is just slowly getting it all together. What do you think of his new build? Could it be coming to America for the international series in 2015?
The second ever episode of Formula Drift Nation was put up today on DailyMotion. This episode features Toro from GT Channel and myself as we talk about a review of Formula Drift Japan and the upcoming Formula Drift Seattle. My podium prediction is 1. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 2. Chris Forsberg 3. Chelsea DeNofa and 4. Daigo Saito for the weekend. Let’s see how I did next weekend.
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
Photo Credit: Instagram
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
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
Ng Sheng Nain
Chi Lun Tang
S Chanatpon Kerdpiam
Muhammad Zaiham Hamdan
Wan Johan Rahim
Tsutomu Fujio Yuji Tanaka
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!
While we don’t have any word just yet on an official Formula Drift Japan list we did get a hold of this great list of international flavor coming to Fuji Speedway July 4th weekend. The judges are Andy Yen, Ryan Lanteigne, and a Formula Drift driver Dai Yoshihara. Below is the list of international talent that will be on display:
Daigo Saito – Japan
Kunny Takahashi – Japan
Michihiro Takatori – Japan
Masao Suenaga – Japan
Katsuhiro Ueo – Japan
Robbie Nishida – Japan
Fredric Aasbo – Norway
Daynom Templeman – New Zealand
Mike Whiddett – New Zealand
Oat Krerpradab – Thailand
SaraNon Pronpatanarak – Thailand
Rob Whyte – Australia
Zaiham Handam – Malaysia
Emmanuel Amandio – Indonesia
James Tang – Hong Kong
Ng Sheng Nian – Singapore
The second round of the D1 Grand Prix series wrapped up this weekend with some spectacular battles. The final round with Suenaga and Takayama was pretty insane. Takayama was given the win when Suenaga dropped tires off course. Here is how the podium finished up for D1GP Round 2:
1st. Kenji Takayama
2nd. Masao Suenaga
3rd. Kuniaki Takahashi
4th. Tomohiro Murayama
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