Tengku Djan Added to Red Bull Drifting WC

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Another driver has been added to the confirmed list of drivers for the Red Bull Drifting World Championship.

Tengku Djan – Formula DRIFT Singapore
Hometown – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Car – Nissan RPS13 180sx

Tengku Djan Ley, who put Malaysia on the drifting world map, is Malaysia’s first D1GP Drift Champion in 2006. He took on the best drifters in the world at the D1GP World Series @ Irwindale Speedway (Los Angeles) the same year earning himself the nickname Tandem Assassin from his US fans.

Tengku Djan Ley is by day a Vehicles Dynamics Engineer who has taken Race, Rally Research (R3 – the motorsports arm of Proton) to Malaysian motorsports cult status.

Tengku Djan is also a seasoned race driver who is not just adept at drifting, but he is also Twice Consecutive Overall Champion in the 12 hour Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race in 2005 & 2006. An unbeaten record till this day.

In 1995, Team Shell racing team came a-looking for novice drivers, and the then-17-year-old Tengku Djan decided to give it a go. After winning eight out of nine races in his debut year to finish as novice champion, the teen began to get – in his own words now – a little bigheaded. However, instead of racing full time, the decision was made for Tengku Djan to pursue further education instead.
Tengku Djan graduated as an automotive engineer in Germany, and is till this day grateful for the decision. “Being a race car driver these days is not just about driving – It’s important to understand the car and the technical aspects of it as well. Knowing the car and knowing how to drive it, and knowing how to improve it gives you an edge over other drivers.” he said.
He got the chance to further enhance his skills while working as a vehicle dynamics engineer for Lotus in Britain for three-and-a-half years, which was where he honed his driving skills further.
“Even though all the driving I did then was work related and I didn’t do any racing at all, that was where I actually enhanced my driving skills. That was because I was learning to drive for my work, and the skills I got were engineering-based ones.”
It was also during those years in Lotus that Tengku Djan discovered the magic of drifting.
“We once watched a video of Japanese drifters, and decided to try it out at the Lotus track. There was even a rivalry amongst us to try and link up all the corners,” he said.
Djan’s interest in the sport of drifting has grown steadily, spending much of his time training and guiding younger Malaysians into the sport of drift.
Djan is also in-charge of spearheading the strongest drift team in South East Asia. Bridgestone Drift Team Malaysia has since competed in various events in S.E.A finishing in the top ranks in Malaysia, Thailand, and recently, as runner-up in the inaugural Formula DRIFT Singapore in April 2008.
Djan is continuously trying to improve his drift skills. June this year saw Djan compete in Tokyo Drift @ Odaiba, seizing the opportunity to learn from the best. Scoring his personal best of 99.5 from the D.K. Keiichi himself, Djan feels encouraged and looks forward to every chance to hone his own skills, by learning from the world’s best.
Djan is excited and feels privileged to have been invited to participate in Formula D and RedBull’s Search for the Ultimate champion in drift. Every resource shall be exhausted to get his ass to Long Beach!

Red Bull Drifting World Championship 2 Drivers Added

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Exclusively on the Formula DRIFT blog, we are going to start profiling confirmed international entries for the Red Bull Drifting World Championship. The first 2 international drivers have been announced. They are Fredric Aasbo from the Nordic Drifting Series and Pro Drift and Frederic “Steady Freddy” Girard representing Drift Mania Canadian Championship.

Here is some info on the 2 drivers:

Fredric Aasbo – Nordic Drifting Series and Pro Drift
Hometown – Ski, Norway
Car – 2000 JDM Toyota Supra

Born and raised in the midst of the Scandinavian countryside, Fredric’s Dad quickly introduced him to the Norwegian rally scene. As a youngster he was let into a go-kart, and proved his car control skills at an early age being very fast under slippery conditions. Discovering drifting as a 17 year old in 2002 got him hooked on the new form of motorsport, and the young Norwegian eventually got his own entry level drift car three years later.

Becoming 2007 and 2008 Nordic Drifting Series Champion with Team Japan Auto and pulling consecutive qualification poles and podium finishes in the 2008 Pro Drift European Series have led the way to his US debut at the 2008 Red Bull Drifting World Championship in Long Beach, CA. Being very enthusiastic about the art of drifting and eager to take on new challenges, Fredric is a guy who goes all in whenever he gets the chance.

For more information, please have a look at the Pro Drift interview

Frederic Girard – Drift Mania Canadian Championship
Hometown – Warwick, Quebec, Canada
Car – 1989 Nissan R32 Skyline

Frederic Girard “Steady Freddy” is now well known by his drift technique, he starts the competition with one race line, and he keeps the same line for all the competition. He’s not the kind of showoff drifter, but he surely know what he’s doing and find the right way to make his way through the podium. Always around to help others drivers, he’s the kind of guy who wants to tandem with the best.

Fred have always been seeking for adrenaline rush. Without any doubt he was living for that, while drifting dad’s truck and ATV. Riding sideways is much exciting than going straight, he realized that he wasn’t alone with the same thinking… Japan was drifting for so many years!.

In 2003, he bought his first RWD car, a 87 Corolla Ae86 and decided to go drifting at Sanair Racetrack in St-Pie, Quebec. This first racing day scheduled by Roadz Tuning was in fact a full lapping day with Carl Nadeau as the coach. After many sessions, he founds that pushing a car to his limits was such a nice thing and went to Toronto to watch the DX2 show with Signals Twins and Team Orange.

In 2004 he bought his second Corolla but this time it was a Coupe from the Canadian Rally Championship. This car was modified with a racing cage, bucket racing seats and a 5 points racing harness. He felt in love with racing… so much he moved to Calgary and participate at some RallyCross and Time Attack events.

In 2005 , he went all out and bought a R32 Skyline HCR32 from Roadz Motorsport. First weekend back from Calgary, first drift day. Perfect setup, he gained controls among the day and decide to participate a every practice available and EVEN decided to go back to Calgary to drift in 3 events. He finished 1st and 2nd at the two Edmonton Drift Meltdown and at the Falken DriftShowoff ,he finished 2nd and only Canadian on the podium. Experience was rising new height !!

In 2007, with all Time Attack, Road Race and Drift Practices, he was top shape to start the season with so much confidence. He knew he was one of the top drifters in Canada and he proved it. He won the 2007 DMCC with a total of 549 points.

In 2008, with the DMCC title to defend, getting trough some bad crashes and an engine blow out. He always came back on track and proved again to be the best Canadian Drifter.

More drivers to be added shortly. Stay tuned for more information on the Red Bull Drifting World Championships! .