Check out a video of Ryan Tuerck and Pat Goodin taking on a mountain road in Vermont. This is a pretty solid sequel to The Oregon Trail Drift he did with Rob Primo last season. Pat Goodin is in a black S13 240sx and Ryan Tuerck brought out his street car FR-S build for the big video shot up in the northeast tandem drifting about.
James Deane and Ahmad Daham just broke a Guiness World Record for the longest tandem drift ever recorded. James was in the chase car for 45 straight minutes spanning over 17.3 miles (28km) with constant tandem door-to-door action. The tandem team completed over 100 laps around the track with hundreds of transitions to make the record a reality. Nissan and the Pro Drift Academy came together to bring this record to the Middle East!
We did it! Ahmad Daham and I just broke a new record for Guinness World Records. Longest tandem drift ever recorded! I was in the chase position for 45minutes, 28km none stop door to door action, 100 laps of the track with over 200 transitions. Massive thanks to Nissan and the Prodrift Academy UAE for putting together this very cool unique project and using one of our favorite international drivers, James Deane.
Fredric Aasbo locked up the Formula Drift Asia championship with his finish at Formula Drift Japan podium. His dominance in FD Asia could tip him to be a huge candidate for the Formula D World Championship next year.Masashi Yokoi just dominated everything over the weekend, which was more exciting by a rumor he has petitioned for Formula Drift in 2015, shared during the event by several people. Daigo Saito flicked off Jarod DeAnda and also finished on the podium. Fredric Aasbo was called out by the judges for his “off-throttle” games many said he implemented in Formula Drift USA this season. His team RSR protested the call but it was not upheld. Here is how the podium finished up:
1. Masashi Yokoi
2. Daigo Saito
3. Fredric Aasbo
Mad Mike Whiddett brought out some top drifters from around the world to Auckland, New Zealand last week. Here is a quick five minute recap showing the elimination of former champion Matt Powers and the race to a final with Chris Forsberg and Mad Mike Whiddeett in drift pinball.
Some rough runs and a poor start for most drivers wrapped up with some fantastic second runs at the Japanese circuit Okayama! The end of qualifying was enough to get me pretty excited for Top 16 tomorrow! Sadly some big name drivers will be sent home for the competition. This is the qualifying results:
1. Tsutomu Fujio – 93
2. Masashi Yokoi – 93
3. Akira Hirajima – 90
4. Masao Suenaga – 89
5. Daigo Saito – 88
6. Fredric Aasbo – 86
7. Manabu Fujinaka – 84
8. Kuniaki Takahashi – 83
9. Tetsuya Hibino – 83
10. Yoshiaki Waki – 83
11. Tomokazu Hirota – 80
12. Yokio Matsui – 79
13. Charles Ng – 79
14. Andrew Gray – 79
15. S Chanatpon Kedrpiam – 76
16. Junji Yamamoto – 76
Fredric Aasbo is set to drop an attack on Downtown Los Angeles with his Scion tC! The video was shot a while back and we hear it will be released next week to the public. We cannot wait to see Aasbo drifting around Los Angeles in what we imagine will be a well put together video. We were lucky enough to score this leaked image from production of the film. We hear Aasbo takes on the LA River and the 6th Street Bridge.
The Formula Drift Livestream is firing up for this weekend at Okayama International Circuit found in western Japan. Our time conversion machine tell us that the Livestream will fire up at 3:30pm PST each day. Charles Ng is driving the Team Orange V8 Silvia and other drivers such as Ken Gushi will also be in attendance.
Check out Taylor Wright’s (BrokenImage) trip to Drift Matsuri over the November 15-16th weekend in northern Japan at the world famous Ebisu Circuit. The big Drift Matsuri festival saw some poor weather and smashed up missile cars wrapped up to finish out the 2014 Matsuri drift season. The big names of Japan bring out missile cars along with other foreigners who rent/buy cars to smash up in a 24/7 drift festival that lasts for three days. Drift Matsuri made our #1 ranked spot in our Top 10 Drift Vacations list we made earlier this year as well.
The particular V8 powered S15 Silvia is a build from Team Orange. The event is Formula Drift Okayama this weekend for a second version of Formula Drift Japan. This particular loan/car swap for the weekend has caught my eye since Kumakubo has been rumored to be heading stateside for 2015 Formula Drift already. Compound that with the fact that Charles Ng, with a car in Japan, is most likely guaranteed to compete in the Formula Drift World Series next year. Charles has his Infiniti G37 for the USA and has a Silvia already in China he uses for CDC. Does this mean Kumakubo is not coming to Formula Drift or has he given up on the V8 swapped Silvia for practical use? It definitely has us scratching our head over here at the office.
A big buzz is going around during this off-season that Nankang Tire is set to arrive in the USA for 2015 in a big way with a dive into Formula Drift. The rumor has been soaring around teams and others involved in the drifting series. It is strange that we cannot pinpoint any direct teams they seem to be talking with for 2015 but the rumor seems to be pretty consistent across the paddock.
In 2014 Nankang made a huge press release launching a large amount of drivers across Europe so the expansion does make sense. What does everyone know or think about the tires and how are they as far as a performance tire against the new blood in Formula Drift such as Achilles and GT Radial remains to be seen.
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