The European competition comes to the homeland of drift.
And so it came to be that in early 2015 the King of Europe drift series would turn it's attentions east, and come to the homeland of Drifting - Japan. Yes so welcome to 'King of Asia drift series!!'. The event was held at one of Japan's most liked courses, Nikko, up in Tochigi in the North of the country. Drivers from all over the globe had put forward their entry request into the event including such names as 'Baggsy' from the UK, Luke Fink from Australia, Benjamin Chiam, Donald Jackson and so many more.
Getting to grips..
Nikko is small circuit yes, but one that requires the upmost concentration, practice, and skill if you're going to complete the run in the desired way. The drivers would have one full practice day, followed by a qualifying day, and then the finals day. Practice day would be exceptionally important for those overseas drivers to work with their Japanese friends, spotters, and judges to squeeze as much information as they could to then apply that to the track...
With such an international event it would be evident to see a number of faces from around the drifting world community. A number of which I had specifically in the Japanese game, but would get to see and meet many new faces over the three days. Everyone got along brillianty, exchanging ideas and stories. Jumping into other people's pit areas to help out with issues. And for the Japanese drivers to communicate with their new international friends about how to tackle the course. Here's some faces from the competition..
One highlight from the 3-day craziness was that of the Drift King himself, Tsuchiya-san, taking to the track as part of a section being filmed for the Hot Version series of videos. Taking to the track it was obvious that those skill levels were as high as ever. A joy to behold watching the man doing what he does best!.
If you haven't already, you can check out some on-board video taken with Nakamura and Saito over on the Roughsmoke Youtube channel. But here's some shots of the event's battles and action. If any of you follow drifting media you may have alrerady seen the results.. If you haven't then we can tell you that Naoki Namakmura took first place over Daigo Saito in the overall competition. An even better victory when you consider he was running 400hp in fellow 'Pink-Style' team member Miki-Chan's car, over Saito whom was running 1000+..! The right set-up of suspension, skill and determination can earn a victory just as good as power can.