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FIA Drifting Working Group Meeting

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The latest meeting of the FIA Drifting Working Group was held in Paris on February 6th, 2017. I was invited to present the results of the Judges Working Group meeting that I spoke about HERE, and to get a consensus from the group on how to proceed with some key issues that were raised during that meeting. As for the Drifting Working Group meeting, I wouldn’t go so far as to say the specifics of the meeting are confidential, but I don’t want to delve too deeply at the moment. In general terms, a few subjects including standardizing technical regulations, safety regulations and of course the results of the aforementioned Judging  Working Group meeting from this past December were discussed.

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Kenneth Moen Won’t Return to Formula Drift in 2017

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Kenneth Moen has announced today that he is stepping away from Formula Drift for 2017. It sounds like he will be looking to sweep up the competition in Europe as James Deane arrives in America to battle in Formula Drift. My two most stand out Kenneth Moen moments were his podium at Homestead in 2014 and when he drove Sam Hubinette’s Dodge Challenger in 2011 at Wall Speedway. His insane and sometimes over the top wide open throttle style will be missed in Formula Drift for 2017.

 

But when I watch back I get goosebumps. Even if I had a small budget I was living the dream. I was doing what every drifter dream about. I was driving Formula Drift in America with the best drivers in the world. And even more important, I made some friends for the rest of my life. A huge thanks to everyone that helped me out on my way, friends, family, fans and sponsors. I wish everyone of my FD friends good luck in 2017, I will be watching you! Now it’s time for me to focus on Europe.

Baltic Drifting Seminar

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Last week I traveled to Riga, Latvia, to speak to some of the Baltic region’s drifting organizers, drivers, judges and some people that will hopefully step up and become new judges in the near future. For those that aren’t aware, the Baltic region is comprised of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, which are all nestled together on Russia’s Western border just North of Belarus and Poland. Approximately 60 people were in attendance, which impressed me immensely as most had to drive between 1-3 hours to attend and they stayed until the very end, asking questions and offering different points of view throughout the night. Read More…

Irish Drift Championship Boss Talks State of Drifting in Ireland

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Ireland is a small country in the North Atlantic Ocean with a small population of 4,500,000 people (same population as Louisana or Kentucky) for a comparison. I visited Ireland for the first time in November for a 62 hours and got a quick feel of the country. It is really amazing how powerful and impactful the drift scene has grown on this little island compared to America or mainland Europe (more Eastern). IDC is an amazing series that produces a large talent pool of drifters (James Deane who is arriving in Formula Drift for 2017). With that being said, I found the article written by IDC bossman David Egan. Here is an excerpt I found interesting and you can follow the link below this quote and read his full write up.

“Firstly, 95% of the general population have no idea what drifting is or have a complete misconception. This is actually a good thing in many ways. That means that only 5% are making the decision to attend or not and the sport has not been rejected by the masses. Therefore our simple and significant task should be to give a much higher percentage of people the option. The fact that we are seeing attendances of over 10,000 at certain events, from 5% of the drift-educated population, is a good indication that the potential for mainstream success is there. For 2017, we have redesigned our marketing strategy to include numerous crossovers with other motor-sports, sports, celebrities and events. We are planning on attending over 20 non-drift related events to promote the championships and perform demonstrations. Our in-house media team have partnered with numerous magazines and online blogs, both nationally and internationally, providing in-depth reports and reviews on all events. We aim to produce over 180 videos and 4 documentaries during the season and have constant behind-the-scenes content streaming online. Our improved free live-stream service can be viewed on any device and will rival conventional TV broadcasts in terms of quality and production.”

 

Source/Read More: http://www.idcnation.com/2017/01/25/state-drift-nation/

2017 Street Driven Tour [SCHEDULE]

The 2017 Street Driven Tour schedule has arrived and it looks like it will be an awesome third season! Come enjoy drifting in a bash style format all day with some cool drifting games to break up the day and a big finish with a burnout contest. Street Driven Tour is returning to the same locations as 2016 but with a new track and some dates shifting:

May 19-20: Virginia International Raceway w/ Hyperfest
July 29th: Gateway Motorsports Park (St. Louis, MO)
September 23rd: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV)
October 21st: Lanier Raceplex (Atlanta, GA)

 

Tickets & More Info: www.streetdriventour.com

Drifting And The FIA

fb54bd976b50deb9b497bc62fc3068f4As I’m sure most readers are aware, the FIA has taken a keen interest in drifting as of late. This was first brought to my attention last year at Round 1 in Long Beach when Jim Liaw introduced me to a man from the FIA by the name of Morgan Caron. I was told he was there to “check it out” and see how we did things at Formula Drift, but not much else. After that we heard of meetings at the FIA offices in Paris between some of the organizers of the biggest and most important drift championships in the world. They were there to give their opinions and ideas of the direction of the sport globally, and help the FIA understand what the sport is all about. Read More…

Josh Robinson is coming to Formula DRIFT


It looks like Formula DRIFT will have its first ever Australian driver this season with Josh Robinson. Robinson officially announced the news by posting up his confirmation letter from Formula DRIFT on his Facebook page today. For those of you who might not be familiar with Robinson, he has been drifting in Japan and Australia the last few years, and most recently came in second place overall in the 2016 G1 Grand Prix Series.

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The next question will be whether or not he is allowed to compete in his 1000-hp Holden Ute. Currently according to the 2017 rulebook, pickup trucks are not allowed (see B & D). However if you reference the next line (E), there is still hope we might get to see it in action this season.

A. Eligible models must be considered a “production vehicle” and have had a minimum build run of 600 units in each model year.
B. Eligible body styles include: coupe, sedan, convertible or wagon and have no more than 5 doors.
C. Vehicles must maintain the original OEM steel unibody and/or steel frame and rear suspension mounting points. structure between the OEM front
D. No trucks or SUVs will be allowed.
E. Vehicles that do not meet the above eligibility criteria must petition for approval from FORMULA DRIFT.

 

Charles Ng in BMW for 2017 and Teams Up with Essa

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Charles Ng is running a E46 BMW for the 2017 Formula Drift season built by Michael Essa. Charles Ng debuted in Formula Drift in Michael Essa’s old FC Mazda RX-7 so they have done some business together in the past. Charles Ng always has had promise but suffers car issue after car issue with his G37. It will be interested to see how he will look in a Michael Essa built BMW chassis.

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Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck Partner Up for 2017 Formula Drift Season

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Chris Forsberg (2016 Formula Drift champion) has partnered up with Ryan Tuerck for the 2017 Formula Drift season with the addition of Nameless Performance to the mix. This seems like an interesting partnership for the new year with the team seemingly fielding two different cars (Toyota 86 / Nissan 370z). I could see a small possibility in Ryan Tuerck jumping into a Nissan 370z but doubt Forsberg would leave the Z platform after 10+ years and a recent championship. Here is the announcement video from Donut Media.

Sorry about our mini hiatus. We are bringing on some awesome writers for 2017 to help out with the content load and cannot wait for this season to unfold!

2016 USDRIFT x MDU BRO/AM EVENT AT DOMINION RACEWAY [RESULTS]

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USDrift and Midwest Drift Union joined forces earlier this month for their first ever BRO/AM collaboration event at the newly opened Dominion Raceway road course for both of their fourth and final rounds of the 2016 season. Each series would run their own Top 16 brackets with the winners from each series’ event competing against each other for bragging rights of the best on this side of the Mississippi River, as well as winning their weight in Smartmouth Brewing Company beer.

Repeating a similar end to that of the 2015 season, Austin Meeks from Spartanburg, SC would win the last event of the USDrift season again. This time Meeks would win in his Committed Service Brand swapped LSX V8-powered 1996 Nissan 240SX running on Achilles Radial Tires. Riley Sexsmith, from Hamilton, Ontario in his 2007 NV Auto 2JZ powered Subaru Impreza STI running on Achilles Radial Tires would take the win in the last event of the Midwest Drift Union season.

Since the final tandem was an exhibition match, the judges from both series would vote and if there was a tie, the announcer would cast the deciding vote with help from the crowd if needed. However, after both runs, the judges went with 3 votes for Meeks, 2 votes for Sexsmith, and 1 vote for a “One More Time”; giving the win and a 154lb assortment of Smartmouth Brewing Company beer to Meeks for the win.

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The 2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series concluded with Round 4 and a huge congratulations to all who competed this season, especially to Dylan Hughes, Chris Cotrupi, and Matt Pollock who all earned their 2017 Formula DRIFT PRO2 Licenses. The 2017 USDrift schedule should be released shortly and include some more track day events at Dominion Raceway that aren’t strictly competition based.

2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Round 4 Standings:

1. Austin Meeks Committed Service Brand Nissan 240SX First Place
2. Kenric Meyer BMW M3 Second Place
3. Kyle Wood Johnston Research & Performance Nissan 240SX Third Place

 

2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Season Standings:

1. Dylan Hughes MA-Motorsports Nissan 240SX 348 points
2. Chris Cotrupi Nissan 240SX 331 points
3. Matt Pollock JNR Nissan 240SX 327 points
4. Thomas Palmerino Mazda Miata 265 points
5. Kyle Wood Johnston Research & Performance Nissan 240SX 262 points
6. John Windham Freak Show Nissan 240SX 213 points
7. Brian Riccio Nissan 240SX 211 points
8. Ben Williams Fresh Roots Mazda RX7 189 points
9. Kenric Meyer BMW M3 188 points
10. Justin Hoitsma Faction Motorsports Nissan 240SX 170 points

Full season standings can be found on the USDrift website here.

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