RED BULL DRIFTING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP INVITATION LIST
DRIVER SERIES COUNTRY COMMENTS CONFIRMATION
Tanner Foust FD USA Final Standings, 2007 & 2008 FD Champ ACCEPTED
Samuel Hubinette FD Sweden/USA Final Standings, 2004 & 2006 FD Champ ACCEPTED
Rhys Millen FD New Zealand/USA Final Standings, 2005 FD Champ ACCEPTED
Daijiro Yoshihara FD Japan Final Standings ACCEPTED
Chris Forsberg FD USA Final Standings ACCEPTED
Michihiro Takatori FD Japan Final Standings ACCEPTED
Vaughn Gittin, Jr. FD USA Final Standings ACCEPTED
Conrad Grunewald FD USA Final Standings ACCEPTED
Robbie Nishida FD Japan/USA Final Standings ACCEPTED
Ryuji Miki FD Japan Final Standings, 2004 D1 Champ ACCEPTED
Darren McNamara FD Ireland Final Standings, 2006 Pro Drift Champ ACCEPTED
Stephan Verdier FD France/USA Final Standings ACCEPTED
Ken Gushi FD Japan/USA Final Standings ACCEPTED
Bill Sherman FD USA Final Standings ACCEPTED
Justin Pawlak FD USA Final Standings ACCEPTED
Kyle Mohan FD USA Final Standings ACCEPTED
Katsuhiro Ueo D1GP Japan 2002 D1 Champ ACCEPTED
Daigo Saito D1GP Japan 2008 D1GP Champ ACCEPTED
Garry Whitter D1NZ 1 New Zealand 2008 D1NZ Champ ACCEPTED
Fredrick Girard DMCC Canada 2008 DMCC Champ ACCEPTED
Luke Fink Drift Australia Australia 2008 Drift Australia 2nd Place ACCEPTED
Leighton Fine Drift Australia Australia 2008 Drift Australia Champ ACCEPTED
Tim Marshall EDC UK 2008 EDC 2nd Place ACCEPTED
Ben Broke-Smith EDC UK 2008 EDC Champ ACCEPTED
Tengku Djan FD SG Malaysia 2008 FD SG 2nd Place ACCEPTED
Mike Whiddet FD SG New Zealand 2008 FD SG 3rd Place ACCEPTED
Paul Vlasblom IDS Netherlands 2008 IDS Champ or runner-up ACCEPTED
Remmo Niezen IDS Netherlands 2009 IDS Champ or runner-up ACCEPTED
Fredric Aasbo Nordic Drift Norway 2008 Nordic Drifting Series Champ ACCEPTED
Carl Ruiterman NZ Drift New Zealand 2008 NZ Drift Champ ACCEPTED
Eric O’Sullivan Pro Drift Ireland 2007 Pro Drift Champ ACCEPTED
James Deane Pro Drift Ireland 2008 Pro Drift Champ ACCEPTED
Ryan Tuerck FD USA Final Standings DECLINED – Budget
D1GP D1GP Japan 1 of 6 invitations D1 requested DECLINED
D1GP D1GP Japan 2 of 6 invitations D1 requested DECLINED
D1GP D1GP Japan 3 of 6 invitations D1 requested DECLINED
D1GP D1GP Japan 4 of 6 invitations D1 requested DECLINED
D1GP D1GP Japan 5 of 6 invitations D1 requested DECLINED
D1GP D1GP Japan 6 of 6 invitations D1 requested DECLINED
Nob Taniguchi D1GP Japan 2001 Champ DECLINED – Prior engagement, race
Youichi Imamura D1GP Japan 2003 Champ DECLINED
Yasuyaki Kazama D1GP/MSC Japan 2005 Champ DECLINED – Scheduling Conflict
Nobushige Kumakubo D1GP Japan 2006 Champ DECLINED – Dubai Demo
Manabu Max Orido D1GP/MSC Japan D1 Judge, MSC Judge, Super GT driver DECLINED – Hired by Chevy for WTCC race in Macau
On September 6, 2008, Vaughn Gittin teamed up with Bosch to stage a one of a kind event. Billed as “Performance Art,” Vaughn drifted his Bosch-sparked Mustang through a closed course in downtown Los Angeles, leaving a unique pattern of tire marks and creating his “Abstract on Asphalt.”
Luke Finkf – Drift Australia
Hometown – LPoint Cook
Car – Nissan S14
Luke Fink grew up in country south Australia, brought up by his father glen fink a single parent.
Luke quickly grew up and moved away from his life in south Australia at the age of 14, where he moved to the city to acquire work.
It was in the city that Luke stumbled onto bmx through friends from school, in which he started riding for fun.
This quickly turned into competition riding and after doing extremely well in the Australian scene Luke moved his riding to overseas competitions and entered the 2003 world bmx street championships, after a successful competition Luke won the world championship.
He spent another year traveling the world competing in other competitions such as x-games in the USA.
Upon returning to Australia at the age of 21 Luke got his license and started driving for transport to go out bmx riding, just by chance a group of friends were into drifting and Luke saw this and he seemed quite interested.
This led to Luke giving it a go for himself, after around 6 months of practice in a Holden VL commodore he brought an import (Nissan sil80) and entered his first competition and ended up placing in the top 4 on his first time in competition.
After a few more competitions holford motors owner Dominic saw Luke drive and decided to give him a seat for a drive at round 4 of the Drift Australia Toyo tires drift series 2006 in the holford motors s14, which he won on debut and threw Luke into the Australian drifting spotlight.
Luke then secured a drive with Holford motors for the entire 2007 and 2008 Drift Australia series.