Posts Tagged "Tokyo Drift"

Daigo Saito Wins D1 Grand Prix Round 1

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Daigo Saito walked away from Formula Drift in 2016 to focus on the D1 Grand Prix series and it looks like that extra focus has worked. Daigo Saito defeated Kawabata in a great final battle to win the first round of the 2016 D1GP series. I guess his new tire sponsor Wanli has built a solid product and is helping him back on the road to a championship. The D1 and Formula Drift series have some schedule conflicts this season so running both seasons in full was going to be impossible for Daigo Saito.

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One of our awesome readers Sanlis, put together an interesting chart on Daigo Saito’s D1GP finishes over the past five seasons and show he has been just a step off the championship.

2011- 2nd Place
2012 – 2nd Place
2013 – 4th Place
2014 – 15th Place
2015 – 2nd Place

Cleary he has been right there as far as a D1 championship in the last 5 years, but retiring from Formula Drift for the season might give him a chance to break that second place streak. Daigo Saito will be able to return to Formula Drift at anytime due to the former champions clause preventing him from being relegated to Pro 2 for next season. Here is how D1GP finished Round 1-

1st – Daigo Saito
2nd – Masato Kawabata
3rd – ideyuki Fujino
4th – Yusuke Kusaba

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

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

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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.