Robbie Nishida

Watch Formula Drift Thailand Round 3 Tonight [LIVESTREAM]


The Formula Drift Asia series has a rear treat for you this evening or really early tomorrow (depending on area c0de)! Round 3 in Thailand will feature a Livestream that airs at 12:00am PST or 3:00am EST. Normally Formula Drift Asia isn’t allowed to do a Livestream due to live television rights in Asia but this round has an exception! So sit back and stay up really really late to enjoy Round 3 in Thailand with familiar drivers Ken Gushi, Robbie Nishida, Daigo Saito, and Tengku Djian all set to compete in the Top 32! Tune in:

How to Watch Formula Drift Asia Round 3 Thailand:
January 19th, 2013 – 12:00am PST
January 19th, 2013 – 3:00am EST

2013 Formula Drift / Drifting Year in Review with Wrecked Magazine Staff [VIDEO]

We gathered the Wrecked Magazine staff (Jacob Leveton and Rathyna Gomer) for a Google+ Hangout with some special guests to look back at the whole 2013 season of drifting. We brought on two special guests for the episode including Justin Banner ( / Mackin Industries) and Brian Eggert (Formula Drift Judge / US Drift Founder / Pro Am Founder) for the show. In just over one hour we cover the big 6 topics below along with giving some inside scoops on potential Formula Drift formatting changes and analyzing the Pro 2 series. The following drivers all got rewards/mentions in our video: Vaughn Gittin Jr., Danny George, Pat Goodin, Chelsea DeNofa, Darren McNamara, Chris Forsberg, Michael Essa, Conrad Grunewald, Walker Wilkerson, Corey Hosford, Patrick Mordaunt, Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, Nate Hamilton, Geoff Stoneback, Rapper Dan Savage, Mike Pollard, and Dan Brockett. Here are the six categories we focused on:

Most Improved in 2013
Most memorable tandem battle 2013
Biggest letdown/disappointment of 2013
Driver of the Year 2013
Best Up and Comer for 2014
Hopes for 2014

Odi Bakchis Presents A 2013 Recap and Look at Feal Suspension [VIDEO]

A complete recap of the 2013 Formula Drift season with Odi Bakchis including a look at his shop Feal Suspension. His program did tons of fun things this year including adding nitrous at Road Atlanta which he mentions in the video is his favorite track. Odi talks about his Nexen N9000, Air Force, and his new angle kit form Wisefab.

Australian Drift GP Round 2 Race Highlights from Barbagallo Raceway [VIDEO]

We have been reporting on ADGP Round 2 that happened last weekend with special guests Andy Gray, Daigo Saito, and Robbie Nishida at Barbagallo Raceway. Here is a highlight reel put together by ADGP to show how much fun the series down under has become.

Robbie Nishida Interview – Wrecked Weekly Episode 2 [VIDEO]

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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Formula Drift Asia Returns to Thailand in January 2014

Formula Drift Asia is set for a big return to Thailand at the Pathum Thani Speedway over the January 18/19th weekend. They have a big partner teamed up for 2014 with  Grand Prix International Co., Ltd (GPI), which owns the Bangkok International Motor Show, several motorsport events, a host of magazines such as Grand Prix and XO Autosport, as well as television channel Grand Prix Channel.

This event will mark the end of the 2013 season and the start of the 2014 season which we are guessing will happen in the form of a back to back race event weekend. This Thailand event is happening at the expense of losing the Indonesia round which was slated for December 2013. Thailand is slated to have Daigo Saito, Fredric Aasbo, Robbie Nishida, Ken Gushi, Josh Boettcher, and Tengku Djan all in attendance.

Marcus Lim, Co-Founder of Formula Drift Asia, “We are excited to return to the Thailand market, after three years of absence, and we look forward to coming back to Indonesia in the near future. 2013 also marks the end of a fruitful chapter with Achilles as the title sponsor of the Asia series. We look forward to welcoming new partners to the fold as we move on to a combined platform globally. The integration of operations with the US side will give us better strategic alignment for the development of the sport in Asia. ”

Daigo Saito and Robbie Nishida Slated for ADGP Round 2

The guys over at Australian Drift GP released a video announcing that Robbie Nishida, Daigo Saito, and PowerVehicles owner Andy Gray will all be competing at Round 2 on December 7th/8th. For the first round of the season they brought out Chris Forsberg as a guest judge really highlighting the Australia series pushing to be a big name in the world drift market. Now two of the busiest men in drifting it seems these days Robbie and Daigo will be in attendance for the big Round 2 weekend at Barbagallo Raceway.


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2013 Formula Drift Awards – Spirit of Drifting: Robbie Nishida

Robbie Nishida was given the Spirit of Drifting award for the 2013 Formula Drift season. Robbie manages a family in Japan, drifts in Formula Drift Asia and Formula Drift along with participating in grassroots/professional events in Japan. He carries quite a schedule full time and commutes around the world to compete on a top level. Robbie also won Hardest Charging this year.



2013 Formula Drift Awards – Hardest Charging: Robbie Nishida

Robbie Nishida was given the first award of the 2013 season as hardest charger. Some of his tandems and speed were pretty unreal this year that he was voted the hardest charger. Congrats to Robbie and his Achilles Team for his best season performance to date in his career.


2013 Formula D Final Championship Points Standings

Here are the final 2013 points standings, baring any technical violations or other points deductions which may have happened without our knowledge.

1. Michael Essa                   555.5 points
2. Chris Forsberg                 538 points
3. Daigo Saito                       510.5 points
4. Fredric Aasbo                  487 points
5. Vaughn Gittin Jr           481 points
6. Justin Pawlak                425 points
7. Matt Field                        407 points
8. Darren McNamara       388.5 points
9. Robbie Nishida                387.25 points
10. Odi Bakchis                    378 points
11. Dai Yoshihara              333.5 points
12. Conrad Grunewald     309.5 points
13. Chelsea Denofa               291 points
13. Ryan Tuerck                  291 points
15. Tyler McQuarrie          290.5 points
16. Matt Powers                   282 points
17. Forrest Wang                 276.5 points
18. Kenny Moen                   258.75 points
19. Ryan Kado                      239.75 points
20. Danny George                231.5 points