So, we are entering day 4 here in Singapore, which for the U.S. boys is really day 6 when you consider the traveling and what not. My slowly diminishing number of photos in comparison to the other days is a direct reflection of the event days getting crazier and us getting more tired. The feeling of being here in this amazing country is slowly being taken over by the fact that when we get back to our hotels and hit the pillow, it’s an extremely quick fade to black operation.
That being said, today is game day and we have seen some really good drifting. This track is very challenging for the drivers as it has a little bit of World Championship, a little bit of Long Beach and a little bit of Atlanta all in the same track as Andy and I were talking about yesterday. Our number 1 qualifier was Miki but Djan is showing signs that he is not messing around either. His first qualifying run was one of the most ridiculous things I have ever seen pretty much ever, but he just could not quite pull off the angle and had to settle for a more conservative second run.
Anyway, should be a great day!
Video of Djan Entry. I messed it up because I was so excited, but you’ll get the idea.
With the trials and tribulations from the 2009 Formula D season resulting in far greater desires, Dai along with the great team at Falken Tire looked towards the 2010 season opener of Formula D hosted at the streets of Long Beach as a starving lion gazes at its prey from a distance. SPD Metal Works spent much of the off season refreshing Dai’s nostalgic S13 chassis with the many refinements required to aid in capturing that elusive Formula D championship title. In addition to all the mechanical enhancements, the project manager of Dai’s Nissan 240sx chose to outfit the vehicle with the rare and ultra stylish Rocket Bunny aero kit bathed in the red and white Discount Tire livery. With just a few short test sessions prior to engaging the course that threatens catastrophe with the smallest margin of error, anticipation and excitement levels were through completely through the roof.
The first couple runs on any street course is always unpredictable due to the amount of debris, oil, and other waste littered on the pavement by the automobiles that would normally drive on the streets. Fortunately, the practice session went over smoothly, requiring only a simple gear change prior to qualifying. Dai was able to hit a score of 78 points with his first run, placing him at a solid 12th overall. “The car felt great after the gear change and I feel confident for Top
32,” commented Dai after qualifying.
Feeling great and ready for battle, Dai was put against John Russakoff for Top 32 competition. Russakoff put up a great fight, and after a one more time, Dai went on with a victory. Dai’s Top 16 opponent, Tanner Foust, was much more formidable in his NASCAR V8 powered Scion tC. Dai followed the first run, and although Foust was not able to pull away at all, Dai made the minor mistake of coming in too shallow. He then led the second run where both men performed close to perfection. Due to the small infraction of having a slightly shallow angle in the first run, the victory was awarded to Tanner.
Immediately following the FD weekend, Dai and his team set off early in the morning for a practice day to sort out some minor mechanical problems and to fine tune the KW suspension. At the end of the test day, an exhausted but content Dai exclaimed, “The car keeps feeling better.” Although the battle of the Long Beach ended in a loss, it proved to be a great start for Dai to fulfill his revenge and be the Formula D champion of 2010.
Check out these 2 videos that give great insight on two of the top Formula DRIFT drivers with veteran drifter Daijiro Yoshihara stepping into his 5th drift car and back into the driver’s season of a Nissan S13, after his crash of the Lexus at the last event and Round 6: Locked and Loaded winner Stephan Verdier on his first ever drifting victory.
For the past 3 Formula DRIFT events, Falken Tire has chosen 1 lucky winner per event to receive a custom Fender guitar designed by Falken.
Round 1: Streets of Long Beach winner, James Warner received his Daijiro Yoshihara edition guitar.
Round 2: Proving Ground’s winner, Bryan Cordova, won the Darren McNamara guitar.
Round 3: The Gauntlet’s winner, Jorge Suaso Sr. won the Vaughn Gittin Jr. edition guitar.
To enter for your chance to win a custom Falken Tire guitar visit the Falken Tire pits during the Formula DRIFT event and fill-out the entry form. The winner will be selected before the conclusion of the drift weekend and announced live during the event.
Here is a line-up of the next events and the custom design.
ROUND 4: Las Vegas, NV – July 10-11 – Guitar Designed by Falken Models
ROUND 5: Monroe, WA – August 7-8 – Guitar Designed by Tyler McQuarrie
ROUND 6: Sonoma, CA – September 12 – Guitar Designed by Calvin Wan
ROUND 7: Irwindale, CA – October 16-17 – Guitar Designed by Team Falken Tire
Last Friday, Formula DRIFT was featured on FOX 5 in Atlanta. Here are the videos from that news feature that included Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT, Ryan Tuerck (current Formula DRIFT points leader), Samuel Hubinette (2-time Formula DRIFT champion), Daijiro Yoshihara and his new Falken / Discount Tire Lexus IS350, and Rhys Millen (Formula DRIFT and Drifting World Champion.)