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Kristaps Blušs of HGK Motorsports and 2014 EEDC Champion is Coming to Formula Drift

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A third driver petition has been accepted allowing them to compete in the big show for 2015. The driver is Kristaps Blušs who dominated the EEDC series this season in his HGK Motorsports build BMW. Kristaps has some very unique flair to his driving style which I think will him a really interesting competitor for 2015 Rookie of the Year against Masashi Yokoi and Nikolett Szanto. Kristaps drives his BMW in a similar fashion to how Forrest Wang throws his Silvia around from what I have seen of his driving. He is a big WiseFab driver and some of the builds that I have seen come out of HGK Motorsports are nothing short of impressive. However, most of their builds are not even close to Formula Drift legal so it will be interesting to see if they opt to build a new car for the Formula Drift rulebook or maybe purchase an E46 that won a championship in Formula D and is now collecting dust down in Orange County from Michael Essa?

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Masashi Yokoi is the Next Japanese Driver Heading into Formula Drift

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Masashi Yokoi, who dominated Formula Drift Japan last year, is now heading to Formula Drift for the 2015 season. He had some insane style over at FD Japan in December sweeping up everyone who got in his way and finishing in front of Formula Drift top ranked drivers Daigo Saito and Fredric Aasbo to get the win. Back in the FD Japan results page we hinted at rumors that he was filing for a Formula Drift petition and it seems that the series has accepted it. He is now listed on the Formula Drift website as a Pro 1 driver with a rookie class that currently features Nikolett Szanto. Not a ton of details have been released about what he will be driving and who his partnerships are but we will keep you updated as soon as we know anything. Videos below.
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Two Drift Videos That Will Make You Wish You Attended Sonoma Winter Jam

I like that we are putting these two videos together because it represents two complete different experiences at the same event weekend. The video above by Carbon Studios puts tons of focus and content on the old Formula Drift course layout while the video below from KDF puts a ton of focus on the parking lot course at the main entrance. It goes to show you this event brings together a ton of fun and awesome drifting at a terrible time of the year to be outside in Northern California.

Nikolett Szanto Is Coming to Formula Drift – Who Is She?

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So a close look at the published Formula Drift drivers list for 2015 and you will find about 40 usual suspects and one big head scratcher in the form of Nikolett Szanto. I pride myself on overindulging with drift live streams, attending drift events, YouTube videos, Tumblr GIFs, and the list could go on with my forms on consumption but I have never heard of this European drift chick once mentioned in the last eight years.

Being aware I cannot know everything I reached out to a bunch of European friends on Facebook to inquire about her performance on the continent. I got some mixed feedback and confirmation she has run in King of Europe in the past over there. It seems pretty wild she is the only approved Formula Drift Pro 1 petition set for the 2015 calendar year right now. We have reported on rumors of Mad Mike and Team Orange trying to come over for the new season. However, the drivers list does state it lacks pending petitions so we can still hold onto hope they are arriving at Long Beach.

The main thing I would hate to see is her put out a lackluster performance and hurt future sponsorship for some awesome female drivers coming through the American driving ranks the hard way such as Kelsey Rowlings. She qualified in 1st place just last month at a Formula Drift Pro Am event with an INSANE qualifying run that we shared/posted last week. Regardless, follow the jump below where we shared some video content we could dig up of her driving and you can be the judge.

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Daigo Saito in Planning Stages to Drift Lamborghini in D1GP This Year

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Thanks to the dozen people who sent us this rumor mill about Daigo Saito off the bat this evening first off before we dig into the story. I spoke to as many people as I could who would have inside authority about the situation and can confirm that Daigo Saito has a plan or intention to run this Liberty Walk Lamborghini in the D1GP season this year. It does sound like some things need to take place for it to be a 100% go at this point. Something tells us he is trying to not get outdone on Internet hype by Imamura who brought out a Lexus LFA earlier this year to run in D1GP as well. Also, we have heard some whispers of a possible Ferrari drift car coming out as well. This sure has become the most expensive drift car build year in history and we haven’t even hit February.

 

 

Tyler McQuarrie Returns to Falken Tire for 2015

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The big announcement of the week appears to be the return of Tyler McQuarrie to the Falken Tire tea/blue. He took to Instagram this morning to let everyone know he has made a great return to the brand for the 2015 season. No official word on the future of the current Falken Tire drivers such as Justin Pawlak and Dai Yoshihara’s tire plans for the future. Tyler McQuarrie never saw great success on the Hankook Tire through his career on it with the Chevrolet Camaro in the past so it will be interesting to see what his return to the Falken 615k will do for him in 2015. What do you think of the move?

Formula Drift Announces a Branded Canada Series for 2015

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Formula Drift has licensed a complete series in Canada which will be known as Formula Drift Canada. DMCC has been dwindling to nothing over the past couple seasons so a new series seems to be needed that will travel around Quebec. No information appears to be available yet on how a FD Canada license will work when moved into the USA series as a Pro 1 or Pro 2 pass into the next season. Here is the tentative 2015 FD Canada calendar below:

Formula D Canada 2015 Calendar
Round 1: June 21, Autodrome St-Eustache
Round 2: July 18, Montmagny Autodrome
Round 3: August 7-8, Trois-Rivières Grand Prix
World Championship Round: September 6-7, Autodrome St-Eustache

Alec Hohnadell Partners Up with Get Nutz Lab for 2015 Formula Drift Season

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Alec Hohnadell announced his partnership with Forrest Wang and the Get Nutz Lab crew for the 2015 drifting season. We have already reported on Forrest Wang’s new car plans/rumors for 2015. The partnership looks pretty interesting and could help both drivers advance forward. No word on if Alec will be undergoing other major changes like sponsorships and if Forrest Wang will be helping Alec advance on the driving side of things as well. We imagine the partnership can be huge dividends for both teams. Forrest Wang really took the world by storm this year with some mind blowing qualifying runs such as the one he threw down at Texas Motor Speedway this year.

Kelsey Rowlings Top Qualifying Run at Three Palms Drift [VIDEO]

Here is a cool video we found showing Kelsey Rowlings #1 qualifying run at Three Palms Drift over the past weekend. This was Round 2 of the new Pro Am series which saw Kelsey exit early due to a strong contact on the bank which forced her to straighten up and go out in competition. Regardless, her qualifying fun was pretty wild and very aggressive and high on the bank compared to others who ran that day.

 

Victor Madera – The First Man to Drift in Haiti [VIDEO]

Check out this video of Victor Madera taking the first drift laps in Haiti’s history as a country. Not many people can make an official claim to complete the first drifting laps in a country but Victor got that chance earlier this year. The vide shows them drifting on Circuit 9 in the country which is on the same island as the Dominican Republic for you geographically challenged. The Dominican has an awesome drift scene if you are visiting on vacation during one of it’s CDCD events. Great drivers and an insane crowd that cheers and screams all night. Formula Drift pro Jhonnathan Castro built up his skills in the country before coming stateside.