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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)

Another Crash from D1GP Odaiba [VIDEO]

This R34 Skyline went for a ride while in tandem with Takahiro Ueno and his BMW. We have been digging around for results from this D1GP weekend and haven’t had any luck landing who was an actual winner and loser just yet. This was the second in several pretty crazy wreck videos we have found over the weekend.

Max Orido Crashes at D1GP Odaiba [VIDEO]

Max Orido’s Toyota FT-86 is one of the few V8 power plants in D1GP and this run was pretty solid looking until he made contact with the wall and completely just annihilated his car. The driver side suspension was taken clean off on contact with the walls for this parking lot course in the city of Tokyo. Max almost made the full run which would of been quite a high score in the D1 series. Dino Dalle Carbonare, a journalist from Speedhunters, posted this aftermath photo on his Instagram.

Max Orido Takes on D1GP with his V8 powered Toyota 86 [VIDEO]

Here is a video of Max Orido making some passes in his Toyota 86 (Scion FR-S) during practice at the D1 Grand Prix event. His V8 engine swap marks the first V8 swapped Toyota 86 found on the market today. Check below at some photographs of the car in the pits and his Lexus V8 engine sitting inside the engine bay.

Max is running the new M7 drink as his door sponsor known as Drive. The guys at M7 are now a partner of Wrecked Magazine for 2012 and also have moved stateside with a driver sponsorship of Odi Bakchis in his S14. Here is a look at the back of Max Orido’s Toyota 86 from the rear with a huge wing and open trunk. Closing out the post highlighting his Toyota 86 first look is a snapshot of the car drifting on the D1 Odaiba course before qualifying took place at the 2012 D1GP Round 1 event.




2012 D1 Grand Prix Round 1 at Odaiba [RESULTS]

Daigo Saito is on fire in the month of April as he took home the win at the first round of D1 Grand Prix in downtown Tokyo tonight. He finished 3rd at Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach last week and leads the Rookie of the Year race because you know he is such a “rookie.” This photo is from an older Tokyo Drift event but Daigo Saito is still running a similar machine. In interviews Daigo has mentioned he won’t be running the full D1GP season and will be dedicated 100% to Formula Drift. This should be good news for the guys who finished behind him in the points today. Here is how the podium stacked up.

1. Daigo Saito
2. Yoshinori Koguchi
3. Masao Suenaga
4. Kazuya Matsukawa

Another Look at the Hibino Crash from D1GO Odaiba [VIDEO]

The guys at Car@Nifty caught the Hibino crash on film which was spotted by one of our commenters in the photo thread (thanks Steffan) which shows the big run into the turn one wall by Hibino in his Toyota 86. The contact and crash from this video angle doesn’t really look all that bad but his entire rear suspension came off the car in the process so it must of been a bigger impact than it appeared to be.

Re-Extreme Blogs About D1GP Favoritism and Bias Still Around in 2011

The postponed D1GP Odaiba event took place over the weekend as drifting was happening all over the world. The guys at the Re-Extreme blog have decided to speak out about the things they don’t like about D1GP this year and how the sponsor favoritism is staying the course in the series. Back in 2009 we reported on a story someone wrote: “The Death of D1 – The Rise and Fall,” and it seems like nothing has really changed in light of the series. Here are a few notes of what Re-Extreme has to say and follow the link to read his whole report.

“It seems the D1 world hasn’t changed since the departure of Dai and Keiichi. Still pleasing the teams with connections and money to offer.

I was looking forward to this year as a fresh start but it seems worse than before.”

It is possible that this is an upset team not making it for the race weekend but this seems to be a common theme flowing from Japan since 2009. That year we witnessed some serious turmoil here in the United States with the series as well before it closed the doors and moved on back to Japan. His blog post has some more details and thoughts on the series bias and unfair judging.

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2011 D1 Grand Prix Odaiba [RESULTS]

D1GP hit the streets of Tokyo this weekend with the event in Odaiba this year. It was delayed from earlier this year after the earthquake rocked Japan putting many things in the country on hold. Some great tandem battles took place for the fans in Tokyo and eventually Masato Kawabata took home the win.

Here is how the podium finished up for the weekend:
1- Masato Kawabata
2- Youichi Imamura
3- Tatsuya Sakuma

Youichi Imamura Wins 2010 D1 Grand Prix Round 1 Tokyo Drift – Odaiba





Round 1 (Tokyo Drift) Odaiba was won by Youichi Imamura in his S15 Silvia. A great car we have seen in several phases over the years. Taking home a victory this weekend for Dunlop and his other sponsors. A few photos of the S15 above in this post before taking home victory. This is his 11th career victory in the D1 Grand Prix.

D1GP Odaiba – Tokyo Drift Expo Sunday [GALLERY]

Upon arriving, the rain had already begin, making this the first Odaiba round with a wet course. Slower entry speeds, less angle and no smoke would be compensated by the added crashes and wrecks that were sure to come. Oddly enough, Kunny was practicing hard from the get go and was really looking good in practice. Drift Samurai was the first to test the sponge walls out, followed by none other than the Drift King during his introduction drive/drift in with a yellow FC RX-7 convertible. The front bumpers and fenders crushed, Tsuchiya continued to spin and show off until he dragged the mess to the front of the stage and was greeted by “you meant to do that…right?” He just smiled and said “No, it was a big mistake!” and continued on as if nothing had happened. The rain defiantly changed the stage for the event and the qualifying results proved it.

Although he was praised all day, Hibino did not have what it takes to stop Tezuka from moving on to the final round. (though he managed to strip off yet another piece of Tezuka’s Aero) Imamura drew Nomura to a sudden death but ended up in the wall the second time around, leaving us with the two finalists. A rematch from the day before, Skyline vs. Skyline, Tezuka’s R34 faced R32 vs. Nomura’s 4-Door R34. Although Nomura was able to defeat Tezuka on Saturday, today was a new day. After several repeatedly even sudden death matches (yes, they need to stop calling it sudden death) it seemed like Nomura might take the win after Tezuka made contact with him and both spun. The slow motion replay was in conclusive and with both drivers opting to run again (as well as the crowd demanding it) , after a quick tire change, the battle began yet again. Tezuka stepped it up even further this time and ended up taking the win.

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