Round 3 of the recent NDC or National Drift Championship 2019 was held at Clark Global City last April 13-14, which was in conjunction with other motorsport events like rally cross, drag racing etc. It all happened simultaneously that Sunday and was capped off by the hot air balloon show. The first day was exclusively reserved for practice in order for both novice and pro drivers to familiarize themselves with the lay-out, giving both spectators and judges alike, a great show the next day during qualifying, and later, the drift battles. DMF Team’s David Feliciano had to switch to the DMF Drift School car (above) last minute when his newly designed 240SX (below) encountered tuning problems during practice day. The comp started in the morning with some more practice runs, then was kicked off by the qualifying runs of the novice class then the pros. There was a quick lunch break which was promptly followed by the tandem battles of the novice division, then the pros afterwards. DMF Teammates’ Russ Agapito’s S14 and Alex Perez’s R32 parked side by side
The NDC series gives opportunities not only for drivers to show their skill on the track, but also car shops to show-off the cars they built, and sponsors (especially tire companies), to showcase their products via the competing drift cars.
It was a refreshing change to see the track moved to a different place, in this instance, Clark Global City instead of at the usual, which was Clark International Speedway. This was a brilliant move by the organizers as it gave variety and challenge to the drivers who weren’t familiar with the new venue, thus bringing their respective games up, and their skill sets higher. It may not be as high speed as CIS where drivers reach entry speeds in the Pro division as high as 180kph, but it was fully compensated for by the highly technical yet smooth line laid out by the judges which were all drifters themselves, namely: Former champion Gio Rodriguez, veteran pro Joma Montaner and Malaysian international guest judge Shahril Ibrahim. The track they made helped level up drivers’ skill set in clipping, whilst controlling their angle and line without compromising speed, much like how their Japanese counterparts do in tight lay-outs.
DMF’s Russ Agapito in his Nissan Silvia S14
Our team comprising of Russ Agapito (Novice Division) who was a first time joiner, was doing well during practice but was unfortunately placed out of commission due to tuning problems with his white Nissan Silvia S14, whilst multiple champion Alex Perez (Pro Division) qualified and battled in the Top 8 using a Nissan R32 Skyline.
David Feliciano’s qualifying runs using the DMF Drift School A31
Meanwhile, David Feliciano (Pro Division) who was supposed to debut his 240SX this round with its new design and newly built 2J engine, also had to sideline his car when it too, encountered tuning problems. It was a good thing that the DMF team managed to bring the Nissan A31 school car from the garage in time to use in the comp as replacement. Feliciano who did really well in the qualifying rounds actually ended up 3rd highest qualifier using the dark green A31 that only had a stock Neo RB25 DET under the hood.
Despite the power disadvantage however, he was still able to deftly manoeuvre the A31 to win its initial battle in the Top 8, and after all the smoke had cleared, Feliciano ended up bagging 3rd runner-up using the very same car our school uses for teaching our students how to drift.
We can’t wait for the FINAL ROUND which will be held sometime May or June, and we also heard it might be back at Clark International Speedway (welcome news for those itching to see some high speed action again). The NDC series is getting to be more exciting as we see the drivers doing their best to rack up those points as the series is now reaching its conclusion. So we hope to see you there next month!
We’d like to give a big THANKS to Rixx Rabe for the super rad race drone footages you see here. For more of his footage on the event, click HERE.