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2016 D1 Grand Prix – Round 2 Fuji [RESULTS]


Daigo Saito continued his winning ways at the second round of D1 Grand Prix, which took place at Fuji Speedway and was dubbed “Warfare”. The second win since moving to WanLi tires gives Saito a fairly strong lead on the championship, although Kawabata-san has finished just behind him in both rounds and could take over the lead if Saito falters. There are 7 total rounds of competition in D1GP this year, with the next round being a twin round in late June at Tsukuba.

Here’s a look at the final results of the second round of D1GP:

1st – Daigo Saito –  Wanli Fat 5 Racing JZX100
2nd – Masato Kawabata – Toyo Tires Trust Racing R35
3rd – Shinji Minowa – Team AP Boss Potenza JZX90
4th – Yoichi Immamura – OTG Motorsports ZN6

How to Watch Formula Drift Japan This Weekend


Alright, so you want to watch Formula Drift Japan and you cannot convert time for shit…. well, we are here for you. Go buy a couple energy drinks or brew some coffee because things are happening pretty late at night. Also, the dates will confuse you so ignore them. Below we broke down qualifying, Top 32, and Top 16 in the proper EST/PST format. Charles Ng is in the Team Orange Evo X and Matt Field has a sweet loaner from Daigo Saito. The drivers list is HUGE so qualifying is going to take forever as a top tip. The Livestream can be picked up at but we recommend digging up the DailyMotion link once it kicks live as it seems to run way smoother. Times to watch –

Formula Drift Japan Qualifying
Eastern Standard Time (July 10th) at 11:10pm-3:40am
Pacific Standard TIme (July 10th) at 8:10pm-12:40am

Formula Drift Japan Top 32
Eastern Standard Time (July 11th) at 9:00pm-11:15pm
Pacific Standard TIme (July 11th) at 6:00pm-8:15pm

Formula Drift Japan Top 16
Eastern Standard Time (July 12th) at 1:15am-3:30am
Pacific Standard TIme (July 11th) at 10:15pm-12:30am

Formula Drift Japan Livestream for Top 16


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:

Formula Drift Japan at Fuji Speedway International Driver Preview

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

2015 Formula Drift World Championship Updates


The 2015 Formula Drift world championship has finally produced more details! According to a Formula Drift PR (you can read below) all seven rounds of the US series will be included in the World Championship along with two or three international venues to make a world championship. The PR does note that the venues will be already vetted locations by Formula Drift on some kind of international level or parntership. This should cook up some international petitions we bet for 2015! Here are the possible and realistic places I think they could be traveling for the international rounds:

1. Fuji Speedway
2. Kuala Lumpur
3. Melbourne, Australia
4. Autodrome St. Eustache
5. Yas Marina Circuit
6. Pathumthani Speedway (Thailand)


Formula DRIFT has announced additional information on the 2015 World Championship that include details on event rounds and locations, competition format, confirmation of all Formula DRIFT Pro licenses to be valid for the World Championship and the petition process for international drivers.

The World Championship will encompass all US Formula DRIFT Championship rounds plus two to three international rounds. The select international rounds will be vetted by Formula DRIFT through the 2014 season with all existing Formula DRIFT international rounds to be considered, including previous international venues.

The competition format will be based off the traditional top 32 head-to-head format. Formula DRIFT also confirms that all Formula DRIFT Pro Licenses are considered valid for the World Championship as well as selected Formula Drift Affiliate Series drivers will be eligible as well, while all other international drivers will need to go through a petition process in order to qualify. Additionally, three selected rounds of the World Championship will constitute its own Triple Crown with a prize pool of a possible USD $100,000.

“We have laid out the groundwork to complete this ambitious task in front of us in an effort to help bring the sport of drifting to the next level,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT.

D1GP Season Kickoff at Fuji Speedway Drilled with Rain [VIDEO]

The D1GP season kicked off in Japan with a very rainy main event. The guys at Formula Drift are planning to kick off Formula Drift Japan at the same track in July of this year. They will probably hope for a better weather weekend than this one. Here is a 3 minute highlight of tandem battles shot by

Up and Comer: A Sit Down with Andrew Mensah [INTERVIEW]


It’s that time of month again when I sit down and look at a new driver of my choice and asks him some questions. Since living down in Florida I really wanted to dig in and look for a Florida driver I found interesting. I remembered this kid that showed up late to one of the events I was running a couple of years ago in the Cleveland, and when I asked him why he was late he replied, “I just drove from Florida bro.” Andrew Mensah was that driver and he is this months Up and Comer.


Edgar Sarmiento: Andrew, so I noticed you speak all these languages on your Facebook. Where are you from?

Andrew Mensah: Well I was born in West Palm Beach, Florida but when people ask I tend to say South Florida or Miami because most people don’t know Florida too well. Though now that Formula Drift was at Palm Beach International Raceway, people in the drifting community tend to know finally where I’m talking about.

ES: Yeah, South Florida sounds about right. How long have you been drifting?

AM: This past weekend was the official fifth anniversary of my first track drifting experience. I got into it before I started driving by watching videos and reading about it in magazines.


ES: I know you drive wherever you can, what events are you planning for in 2014?

AM: My main priority this year is making a transition to international drifting so I will be exporting my BMW to Japan, and entering a few Drift Muscle events, D1SL and other events to get my name, car, and driving into the Japanese drift scene. I am going to seek sponsors for next years season and hopefully come out strong for a good season of Japanese drifting.

ES: Yes, I did notice that you are always talking about Japan this and Japan that. Is it that cool?

AM: Yeah, Japan is really that cool. When you’re a person, like me, that initially goes because you know of the cool cars and technology, and then you see that but you also see so much more. My first trip to Japan I did all of my drifting at Ebisu, my friend Shane showed me the Japanese car culture, and then I left. That alone was amazing. My last trip to Japan was on a completely different level, I stayed at Shane’s house and made friends with local drifters, went to tracks like Nikko and Fuji, drove with locals, and had a blast learning the language and the culture all while having exciting door to door tandems in the rain at Fuji and hanging the front tire in the air at Nikko.


ES: That’s amazing Andrew! You barely ever hear about someone leaving the US and heading to Japan to do some sliding around. Make sure you share some details later with me. What would be some your highlights in drifting?

AM: Some of the highlights of drifting for me was the first time I put my car into third gear and stayed on the throttle, it was so much better than I ever thought. The first tandems I had at Central Florida Racing Complex and getting used to following another driver instead of only thinking about what I was doing myself. The V8 swap in my car. Driving with a lot of angle for the first time and loving it. Doing my first official backwards entry. Driving East Coast Bash in my missile on 4psi, and tandeming with Drift Alliance. Driving for the first time Drift Matsuri at Ebisu. There are so many more, but every time I do or learn something new in drifting is a highlight in my book.


ES: So since you have experience some Japanese drifting; what would you say a perfect set up is?

AM: It’s different! My personal ideal American setup would be an E36 because I love them and they make amazing grip, LS7 crate engine with at least 500hp stock, Hinson LSx RX7 Turbo manifold headers, GTX4201 turbo, with a huge wastegate dumped out the center of the hood. Hollinger 6speed, quick change diff, SLR, WiseFab, BMW OEM (if your lucky), or some other angle and control arm kit BC Racing ER type Dual reservoir coil overs Big spacers and wheels for the rear, add some flares or a wide body kit to fit the new width Nitrous because everyone at the top has it, so why not. And obviously necessary seats and safety equipment you need.

My ideal Japanese set up would be the same car with a smaller turbo and no nitrous. Ha! But seriously I love cars so much that saying what setup is really perfect is something I cant really do because every car has its own thing about it that makes it awesome.

ES: Seems like you have a game plan already! Do you have any thoughts or opinions on the American drift scene?

AM: American drifting is as good as it can be. We don’t have tons of circuits within driving distance in most of the country. I’m just glad that drifting exists in America, and it has its own thing going on that’s different than the rest of the world.

(Footage of our last staff trip to Japan for Matsuri. It is a blast!)


ES: I know you have attended a lot of different events. Which one was your favorite and why?

AM: My favorite event I ever attended, despite having gone to awesome events like Matsuri, East Coast Bash, Lone Star Drift, and Street Wide Drift, would be the 2012 Black Friday event at Central Florida Racing Complex. It was our first overnight event in Florida, and it was a smashing success. We partied hard, and drifted around a giant bon fire until the sun started to come up. Ebisu Matsuri is definitely a second place.

ES: Any recommendations you can give to anyone getting into drifting?

AM: Don’t give up! Go faster than you think is okay, and use the drift to slow you down. Modify your suspension before swapping your engine. Make sure you have fun responsibly within your own limits. Respect you limit, but know when to push them at the same time!


ES: Any big plans for 2014?

AM: Turbo the V8, move to Japan, and have fun in Japan!


ES: Thanks Andrew! I can’t wait to check out anything you share from your move to Japan. Any shout outs?

AM: Chelsea DeNofa – for recognizing the thirst in me to drift at a decently competitive level and helping me to get there
Erick Gomez – for caging my car when I really had no way to get it done and I was in school with other priorities, but he got me caged up on the super bro rate, and changed my drifting for good.

My past and present mechanics: Pablo Garcia, Aaron Messmer, Alberto Rosa, Ben Brandner, Fred Conkling, Mickey Figueroa, Kevin Smith, Antonio Diaz, and Hayato Tomaru.

And everyone else that has helped me along the way!

Formula Drift Japan Takes on Fuji Speedway July 4th [RUMORMILL]


During the broadcast of Formula Drift Thailand the announcer Jarod DeAnda first mentioned a Formula Drift Japan event at Fuji Speedway which was a huge shock to everyone in our office! He then mentioned it again about 5 minutes later saying the Formula Drift Japan event at Fuji Speedway in collaboration with MSC will take place over the Independence Day weekend here in America (July 4th). Haven’t seen any news or posting of this event anywhere else but Jarod has been announcing drift events for 10+ years now and we can imagine he is a reliable source for this information. More updates if they become available. This Fuji Speedway event will seemingly be the one in collaboration with the Formula Drift Asia series for the 2014 calendar championship.

2014 Drift Muscle in Japan [SCHEDULE]

The 2014 Drift Muscle schedule seems to be all the more exciting to the world drifting stage as Formula Drift sets to release a schedule with MSC next month. The Drift Muscle schedule is full of American Formula Drift conflicts meaning that they will most likely avoid conflicts with the MSC / Formula Drift collaboration series. Also, no driver is going to be running a full season in either of these for 2014. They have 3 Formula Drift conflicts and one D1GP event conflict in this 8 event schedule:

Round 1: Nikko Circuit (March 8/9)
Round 2: Maze Circuit (April 12/13)
Round 3: Sports Land Sugo (May 17/18)
Round 4: Honjo Circuit (June 21/22)
Round 5: Tsukuba Circuit (July 26/27)
Round 6: Maze Circuit (September 13/14)
Round 7: Fuji Speedway (October 25/26)
Round 8: Nikko Circuit (November 29/30)


Complete Drift Calendar Here:

2014 D1 Grand Pix Season [SCHEDULE]

The D1 Grand Prix series is looking at 6 round schedule for 2014 at five venues. The series finishes up in Tokyo along with a “D1 Champions” event happening on the same weekend. The series faces more competition around Asia and Japan but is still running a strong series. Here is how the schedule is setup for 2014:

January 10-12 Kick Off Drift (Chiba / Makuhari Messe Special Course)
March 29-30 Round 1 (Fuji Speedway)
May 24-25 Round 2 (Suzuka Circuit)
July 26-27 Round 3 (Autopolis)
August 22-24 Round 4/5 (Ebisu Circuit)
October 17-18 Round 6 (Odaiba Tokyo Street Course)
October 19 D1 Champions (Odaiba Tokyo Street Course)