DROMO 1 Wrap-Up

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Dromo 1 had a great turn out with many fans coming out to take on the drifters.  Amongst the Formula Drift drivers on hand was Joon Maeng, Kyle Mohan, Patrick Mordaunt, Sam Hubinette, Gary Lang and Michihiro Takatori.   The winner of the event getting some respect from the drifters and winning a Ride-Along from Kyle Mohan after Friday’s practice session.

After a long battle and many runs by the drivers, Kyle Mohan and Joon Maeng earned top spots which moved them into a final race with 8 fans to see who was the best.

Results were as follows.

Position     Name    Fast Time  Gap
01.   Torsten Wilke   25.74   0
02.   Patrick Britain   25.99   2.39
03.   Ari Baquet       25.58   3.06
04.   Robin Deans     26.11   4.81
05.   Joon Maeng     25.94   6.12
06.   Kyle Mohan      26.09   7.99
07.   Steven Klenk   26.00   8.31
08.   Mike Kai          26.06   8.31
09.   Gordon Smith   25.80   10.72
10.   Logan Calvin    25.88   1L

Torsten Wilke wins a ride along with Kyle Mohan at Irwindale as well as some tickets for the event.  Thank you to Formula Drift for allowing a great opportunity for its fans.  Thanks to Everything Drift for the report and pictures.  For more visit EDRFT.com

Red Bull Drifting World Championship Tickets On-Sale

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October 8, 2008

Red Bull Drifting World Championship Tickets On-Sale Now;
Featuring an All Reserved Seating Layout

Long Beach, Calif. – October 8, 2008 – Tickets for the Red Bull Drifting World Championship are now available online for the November 15-16, 2008 event at the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, CA and will feature an all reserved seating layout.

Red Bull Drifting World Championship tickets are available online at www.formuladrift.com and start at $35 for a 2-day pass. VIP tickets are also available online and will include: 2-Day reserved seating in a covered sky box, food & beverage, on-site parking, and a discount coupon for the Formula DRIFT merchandise tent. Formula DRIFT has taken care of the service charges for all online ticket purchases and there will be absolutely no service charge for online transactions.

“Online ticket purchases are very much encouraged as they provide the lowest possible price and guaranteed admission into the event,” says Ryan Sage, V.P of marketing of Formula DRIFT. “Formula DRIFT and Red Bull want to provide the fans with the best consumer experience and make purchasing tickets as easy as possible.”

Tickets will also be available on event days, November 15 & 16, at the Long Beach Convention Center, which will serve as the official event hub for the Red Bull Drifting World Championship. Fans will be able to park, purchase tickets, and take a courtesy shuttle to the secret event venue from this location.


Ueo Katsuhiro Added to International Roster of Drivers

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Ueo Katsuhiro – D1
Hometown – Kumamoto, Japan
Car – Nissan Silvia S15

May 26,1972 in Kumamoto, Japan Ueo Katsuhiro was born. His parents where strict and was in the fishing business. When he was young he would go out to sea with his father helping him out during the holidays and summer vacations. While helping out at sea Ueo found interest in engine building and repair. While improving his knowledge and skill he soon started surprising adults around him. This was the start for Ueo Katsuhiro.

When he turned 18 he was helping his friend as a tuning adviser while sharpening his driving skills. Soon he started becoming famous among “hashiriya” or drivers all around Japan. Ueo then met Tsuchiya Keiichi who changed his life. Admired by Tsuchiya’s driving technique he started practicing and learning those techniques on his own which lead to his debut in the drifting scene.

The reason why he started drifting was because of Tsuchiya Keiichi and now that he became a pro-drifter his goal is to test his skills at the world level.

James Deane Added to Driving Talent

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James Deane – ProDrift
Hometown – Castletownroche, Co, Cork, Ireland
Car – 1998 RB26 Silvia S14.5

James comes from a strong Motorsport family background with both is father and uncle recognised as 1980’s rallying legends in Ireland. His brother Mike was one of the first ever people to win a drifting competition in Ireland back in 2003 when James was only 12 years old. From this day James was obsessed with being a drifter. In 2006 his brothers Mike and Kenneth entered him in the Prodrift Junior Championship drifting in a ford sierra. He finished 3rd. At this stage James and his family went on and bought his current Silvia which was running completely standard at the time. In Prodift Round 2 2007 at Rosegreen in Tipperary, Ireland, James managed to see off all the more experienced drivers and won the event at 15 years old. As far as we were aware this made him the youngest driver in the world to win a Professional drift competition. He was later placed 9th overall for the 2007 season and was awarded the title of rookie of the year 2007.

At Prodrift IRL Round 1 2008 @ Mondello Park racing Circuit in Ireland & In front of 7000 spectators James finished 5th overall being knocked out by the legendary Damien Mulvey

Prodrift Europe Round 1 2008 @ Mondello Park Racing Circuit in Ireland
In front of 7000 spectators James was to finish 4th overall and earn very valuable points in the championship.

Prodrift Ireland Round 2 2008 @ Tipperary Raceway Rosegreen in Ireland
Again with record crowds in attendance at the Irish home of drifting. James was victorious over John O’Connell and scored his second win in Rosegreen.

Prodrift Europe Round 2 2008 @ Teesside Autodrome in the UK
James was narrowly beaten by Darren McNamara, a small mistake on the last corner costing him the win. But with again great championship points he want away happy

Prodrift Ireland Round 3 2008 @ Nutscorner Oval Circuit Northern Ireland
James qualified 2nd but was unlucky on the day and was out at the Top 16 stage for the first and last time in 2008.

Prodrift Ireland Round 4 2008 @ Ennis Street Circuit in Ireland
James was on fire from the start and took the win with ease.

Prodrift Europe Round 3 2008 @ Sturup Raceway in Sweeden
At the very high speed track in Sweden James found himself in a new environment. He put on a amazing show and came home in 3rd place.

Prodrift Round 5 2008 @ Mondello Park Racing Circuit in Ireland
James had a good run on the day but in the top 16 battle he came across Deane Kearney the eventual winner and had to settle for 9th.

Prodrift Europe Round 4 2008 @ in Finland
James was under powered from the start and had to settle for 9th place.

Prodrift Round 6 2008 @ Mondello Park Racing Circuit in Ireland
James qualified 6th on the day and finished 3rd and with that he won the 2008 Prodift IRELAND Championship

Prodrift Europe Round 5 2008 @ Lydden Hill racing circuit in UK
James went to this event with a new RB26 engine gearbox and suspensions setup. This could have gone against him in that he might not been able to adapt to the setup quickly. This was no the case and after only 5 practice runs he was on the money. He qualified 2nd and then went on to storm up the field to an eventual 2nd place finish. This also gave him the title of Pro Drift European Champion
In 2008, James managed to win both Prodrift Irish and Prodrift European Championships which has been a huge achievement for him at just 16 years old. James is delighted to be representing Ireland & Europe @ Long Beach and to be taking part in the Red Bull World Drifting Championships.