Drifting in the UK?
D1GB, is the professional body promoting Drift in the UK, with Amature Leagues and a feeder series being promoted by DRIFT UK. The sport originated in Japan and has been rising in popularity over the last 15 years.
Drift UK aims to give the sport enthusiasts a safe and legal place to compete, and to build the skill and interest level of drifters in the United Kingdom. It is there intention to use the Oval racing stadiums to try and capture the community spirit of the Japanese way of drifting
Official Link to D1GB : http://www.d1gb.co.uk/
Key Elements to Drifting: Tyres
It’s been said that tyres are the key elements in Drifting and Most of big tyre manufacturers have brought their products into the sport. Following NEOVA from YOKOHAMA in 2003, REV SPEC from GOODYEAR in 2004 and RE-01R from BRIDGESTONE in 2004, DUNLOP & FALKEN release new drift spec tyres in 2005/6
So, how is Drifting Judged?
Because drifting events are judged on execution and style, it is mandatory that the judges are intimately familiar with the capabilities of the cars and the advanced driving techniques employed by the competitors.
D1 Grand Prix judges are usually former professional drifters or racing drivers. These expert D1 judges evaluate speed, angle of attack, showmanship and vehicle control. All drivers make solo runs before eliminations start. The competitors who make it to the Best run door handle-to-door handle, going against one other car on the circuit at the same time. As fun as the solo runs are, these drift showdowns really ignite the crowd and bring them to their feet.
Factors like slowing to the point of hindering the other driver, running into another car or spinning out mean an automatic loss of the run. To advance to the next round, drivers use tactics such as putting pressure on an opponent through a more aggressive drift angle, carrying a higher speed through a corner, and showing good strategy. Judges are thoroughly familiar with the capabilities of each competitor’s car and if the driver is not pushing the car to the limit, they will be eliminated from the round.
Where do I fit into this?
I am being mentored by Malcolm Foskett an Oval and Baby Grand racer for over 25 years. He is well respected in the Oval/ASCAR circle, and has a regular column in a racing editorial.
I have personally only been drifting for 4 months, but due to regular Practice events, progress has been swift, so much so, it is planned that next year I will enter clubman class of the Drift Championship
Drifting – The Car
Prior to building the Lexus Racer, I spent one season Racing Rover GTI, and then in 2003 with help from Toyota Motorsport in Cologne Germany, the Lexus Racer was built.
The car in its current guise is its second inception, its first was as a true saloon track car, major modifications have been undertaken to “convert” the car to drift specification.
Over the winter it is My intention to fully re-build the car with a new more powerful engine, giving a very usable 350 hp. A full 10 point weld in roll cage (BTCC FIA specification) and more subtle but serious race spec additions including Race fuel tank and fuel system, and braking.