Remmo Niezen Added to International Roster of Drivers

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Remmo Niezen – International Drift Series
Hometown – Maassluis
Car – BMW M3 V8

photo courtesy of Alok Paleri

Ever since I was a kid I’ve been busy playing around with cars and bikes. I did the racecourse and in 2000 I got my racing licence. I started racing in 2001 in a BMW touring car championship and the first year I was Champion. In 2002 I won several races in the BMW 325i M Cup and ended up 2nd in the Championship. In 2003 I had a number of victories in BMW 325i cup. In 2004 I drove in the Super sports class with a BMW M3 and several races in the 325i Cup. In 2005 I started drifting with a BMW M5 and won my first race in drifting. After that I mixed racing with drifting with a BMW M3. In 2005 I was 2nd in the Dutch Drift Series. In 2006 I was 1st in the Dutch, Belgium and Benelux Drift Series. In 2007 I won the Xtreme Drift Series and the German IDS. I am currently in 2nd position in the German IDS and I will do everything in my power to win the Championship again.

Paul Vlasblom Added to Roster of International Drivers

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Paul Vlasblom – International Drift Series
Hometown – Uden, Netherlands
Car – 95er BMW, M3 Touring

photo courtesy of Alok Paleri

I started racing Porsche and BMW in 1999. Some victories in the Porsche Series, and winner of the BMW Cup 2002. In 2003 I entered the Autovisie DriftChallenge (the annual sideways-challenge) with a standard BMW E30 323i with a welded diff. and got 11th place. The year after I decided to do better and bought myself a BMW E36 M3 coupe. In the end I won the 2004-edition by drifting all the turns with one hand out of the sun-roof of the car!!

In 2005 I bought my BMW E36 Touring and converted the car for drifting. With that car I entered the NL and BE-drift-series and several other events in Europe. In August 2005 I decided to go to the D1-drivers-search on Silverstone-circuit there and see. In the end I was one of the 6 chosen drivers and I was very pleased to obtain my provisional license.

On the way back from the UK we stopped over at Warneton Speedway in Belgium,where the King of Europe championship was held that weekend.I the field of European drifters I proved to be the best and was crowned King of Europe 2005!

I converted my Touring to match-up the D1-regulations and that year I won the Belgian Drift Series Championship In the end of 2005 I converted the Touring to the GTR-looks and installed a rollcage for the D1 Great Britain-season 2006. During the season the Japanese held another D1 GrandPrix match at Silverstone, and again I was one of the licensed drivers. I managed to qualify in 14th position and was matched up with Ueno driving a 600hp Toyota Soarer. By reaching top-8 my provisional D1GP-license was upgraded to a Full D1GP-license!!! In top-8 I met Ueo, but I couldn’t keep up with the speed of the lighter Corolla AE86. I’m still very proud of my D1GP license, as I’m to only European to have it!
In the end of the King of Europe championship 2006 I was invited to enter the final round on Spa-Francorchamps. In the strong field of Polish, Croatian, Belgian and French drivers I took the 1st place and by winning the finals I was send out to Dubai to enter the Dubai DriftChallenge and won the Challenge!

In 2007 I entered the King of Europe Drift-edition and the German IDS championship. The KoE took me to France (1st place), Czech Republic (3rd position), Hungary (1st place), Finland (1st place) and finally again in Hungary (3rd place).By these results again I became the King of Europe championship winner for 2007.

In September 2007 I got an email from the D1 organisation; the invitation for the D1 All Star World Match 25th November at Irwindale Speedway. As I’m a D1GP License-holder I can also enter the D1 GP-Finals on Saturday the 24th of November.

My car left the port of Rotterdam in a container October 17th, and arrived in the Port of Long Beach (Los Angeles, California) November 13th.Unfortunately the DHL-shipping company didn’t get the paperwork right for the US Customs, so the container couldn’t get cleared and returned to the Netherlands unopened.

Very sorry to have to watch the D1 World Match from the side, and not being able to compete.
In the 2008 season I’m competing in the International Drift Series (the German championship) and so far I won the season-opener at Hockenheim, also the 3rd and 5th round and I’m the current leader in the championship. I also did all the DTM-demo’s with IDS this year, which is a great opportunity to bring drifting to the attention of a big audience.

In June I went to compete in the 2nd round of the Hellenic Drift Championship in Greece, and got 1st place. In July I did a big demo in Moscow, to show Russian people what drifting is!
Last weekend I won the European Driftbattle at Poznan-racetrack in Poland.
My further plans for this year; the finals of the Italian Driftseries in Varano and….the RedBull World drifting Championship in Long Beach in November!

SEMA is coming to Formula Drift!

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The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and Formula DRIFT have teamed up to host an informative enthusiast Focus Panel at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.

Representatives from leading manufacturers, event organizers and media outlets will meet with a handful of enthusiasts to discuss current topics, trends and ideas impacting the hobby.

You are invited to spend an hour with the decision makers behind some of the most respected companies in the market and directly IMPACT THE INDUSTRY.

Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Time: 3:00-4:00 PM

Location: Toyota Speedway at Irwindale

Panelists will receive a $50 American Express gift certificate for participating.

To apply for the panel, visit:


Participants will be contacted prior to the event.

DRIFT @ DROMO 1 – October 8

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Drift @ Dromo presented by set for October 8

Drift @ Dromo
Presented by
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Dromo 1 | The Real Racing Experience
1431 N. Main St.
Orange, Calif. 92867
(714) 744-4779

September 25, 2008 (Orange, Calif.) – As is traditional for the fans of the Formula Drift Pro Championship presented by Circuit City, they will have the opportunity to meet and race with some of the best drivers in the series at Drift @ Dromo on Wednesday, October 8.

The fastest drivers of the night will race head-to-head with the two fastest Formula Drift drivers in the evening’s final event. Racers will be competing for prizes from Formula Drift, Dromo 1, and Sparco USA – including the main event prize, which will be a ride-along during practice at Irwindale Speedway. Fans will also be treated to an R/C Drift display courtesy of HPI Racing and Togue Knights.

At the last Drift @ Dromo event, Tanner Foust and Kyle Mohan advanced to the evening’s main event, with Mohan besting Foust at the end. Foust then returned the favor when he eliminated Mohan in the consolation round at the Streets of Long Beach a few days later.

Scheduled to represent the Formula Drift Pro Championship are:
– Tanner Foust, championship leader and winner of the last round at Sonoma, driver of the Rockstar Energy Drink / AEM Nissan 350z
– Samuel Hubinette, driver of the Mopar Dodge Viper
– Joon Maeng, driver of the Hankook Tires Nissan S14
– Kyle Mohan, driver of the Mazdatrix / Cooper Tires Mazda RX-7
– Patrick “Juicebox” Mordaunt, driver of the Braille Auto / Nissan 350z

Dromo 1 will offer racing all night for $20, and each race will feature at least one Formula Drift driver. will provide event coverage, including race reports and event galleries.

Dromo 1, home of the most competitive indoor karting in Southern California, is located at 1431 N. Main St in Orange, Calif. More information is available at, and you can sign up for Drift @ Dromo by calling (714) 744-4779.

Red Bull “Secret Location” Sneak Peak

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Went down to our location to day with people from the Port of Long Beach, City of Long Beach, IMG, Red Bull and Public Works to work on some measurement layouts for the Red Bull Drifting World Championship. The space is ridiculous big, drifting area and surface is perfect and the back drop is amazing. All around us were cranes and containers and all kinds of gritty, cool looking stuff. My point and click doesn’t really do it justice, but here is a little sneak peak….