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Novice Drift Series Rd. 2

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It was a rainy Round 2 of the Novice Drift Series, but despite the weather, 21 competitors still registered in the two classes available for this leg: The Novice Class which saw 14 drivers and the Open Class which had a pool of 12 drivers.

The morning was dedicated to practice runs for the competitors in order to familiarize themselves with the track before the Drivers’ Briefing at noon, the Qualifying Runs and the exciting Tandem Battles after.

Ryan Agoncillo of Yellow Cab Team with his Silvia S13 Coupe.

The Judges for this round were pro drifters Audel Sison of Team Autocraft, Boodie Dabasol of GMW Team and John Boban of Driftmob Team. Chief Scrutineer and Head Steward was Lateral D Champion Alex Perez of Team Yellowcab.

As we watched them practice, we noticed that there were changes made in the lay-out that actually served to make things more interesting, not only for the spectators, but also for the drivers who joined.

Privateer Rob Tan with his Nissan S15 (RB25 DET)

We couldn’t help but notice a marked improvement as well in the Novice drivers’ skills, as there were less spins and swerving happening compared to Round 1 last March, in spite of the more challenging track.

Team GMW's John Urtola aboard his Nissan R33 Skyline

This only proved that the Novice drivers were leveling up in their game, but the weather wasn’t cooperating, and by the middle of the afternoon, the once threatening clouds already started to pour. Now here, we saw most of the Novice Class competitors struggle to adjust to the now very wet track conditions.

The rain also affected the Open Class drifters despite being more advanced in skill than their Novice counterparts, as they were only able to practice earlier in the day, when it was still dry.

These prompted the judges to award them an extra practice run each in the trickier wet surface conditions, before they started their own qualifying runs.

Mark Bernardo in his Nissan 180SX with SR20 DET engine.

Fortunately for us, the change in track surface did not deter the drift warriors from giving the crowd a great show in their solo runs while prepping themselves for the tandem battles that lay ahead.

Tandem Battle Shots:

S15 (1JZ-GTE) vs. A31 (RB25 DET)

Nissan A31 (RB25 DET) vs. Toyota Celica TA22 (4AGE)

Silvia S15 (VH41-V8) vs. 190E (1JZ-GTE)

Toyota Celica Coupe (4AGE) vs. 180SX (SR20 DET)

Final results: OPEN CLASS

Champion: Jet Mathay – Team HKS/DMF Drift

Silvia S15 with VH41 V8 engine.

2nd Place: Rad Albano – Team Maxxis Tires-Autocraft

S15 with 1JZ-GTE under the hood.

3rd Place: Ralph Tan – Team Driftoy-Hankook

Benz 190E with 1JZ-GTE engine

Final Results: NOVICE CLASS

Champion: EJ Malibiran – Nankang-DriftmobTeam

Celica TA22 with 4AGE engine.

2nd Place: Luis Gono – Motul-Achilles Team

Nissan 240SX with SR20DET engine

3rd Place: Raoul Olbes – Driftmob Team

Nissan A31 Cefiro with RB25 DET engine.

Congratulations to all the podium winners of NDS Round 2 in both Novice and Open Class!

  L-R: Raoul Olbes, Rad Albano, EJ Malibiran, Jet Mathay, Luis Gono and Ralph Tan


Click on link for more photos of NDS Round 2.

The Novice Drift Series Round 2 was presented by DMF Drift and First KMT Group and was brought to you by Motul, Atoy Customs, ROTA Wheels, Racks Flame Grilled Ribs, and Perpetually Tonnka.

NDS Rd. 2 Event Details and Schedule

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Get ready for the 2nd round of the Novice Drift Series, made bigger and more exciting with the addition of the Intermediate class.

Round 2 NDS sponsors

As with the first leg of the Novice Drift Series which was a collaboration with the head honchos of major drift teams like Autocraft, Drift Mob and G Motor Worx that started last March of this year, this event will once again be held at the DMF Drift Track in Megatent, Libis, Quezon City.


Driver Registration: 8:00am

Drivers’ Briefing: 9:00am

Novice Practice: 9:30am-10:30am

Intermediate Practice: 10:30-11:30am

LUNCH: 11:30am-12:00nn

Qualifying Runs Novice: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Qualifying Runs Intermediate: 1:30pm- 3:00pm

Drivers’ Briefing: 3:00pm-3:15pm

Novice Tandem Battles: 3:15pm – 4:45pm

Intermediate Tandem Battles: 4:45pm – 6:15pm

Awarding: 6:15pm – 6:45pm

DMF Drift Team's Dan Javier drifting his Sil-80.

This time we’ve added the Intermediate Class which promises to make things more thrilling for both spectators and drivers alike. Judging this event will be champion pro drivers Alex Perez, Audel Sison and Boodie Dabasol.

Judges Alex Perez (Yellow Cab 240SX) and Audel Sison (Goodyear S13) showing the drivers what they want to see during tandems.

Privateers and drivers from different teams are represented like DMF Drift, Autocraft, Drift Mob, G Motor Worx, Car Porn Racing and more, Around 30 plus drivers are expected to show their skills in solo runs and battle head to head in tandem runs this coming Saturday.

Privateer Rob Tan inside his shiny blue S15.

Spectators can watch for only PHP 50.00/head entrance fee and all kids from ages 12 and below are free of charge. Our sponsor, RACKS will have their famous “falls-off-the-bone” flame grilled ribs available at the event at a special discounted price for those who don’t want to leave Megatent and miss anything or forfeit their parking space to go out for lunch.

DMF Drift Boss and NDS organizer David M. Feliciano checking the NDS track lay-out aboard his Goodyear A31.

The Novice Drift Series Round 2 is presented by DMF Drift and First KMT Group and it’s brought to you by Motul, Atoy Customs, Rota Wheels and Racks Flame Grilled Ribs.

DMF Night Drift

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Aerial footage by Jerry Cheng. Ground footage and editing by Jenna V. Genio. Music by Awolnation and Trifonic

Philippine Drift Scene happening every Saturday night at our drift track in Megatent, Libis, Quezon City from 6pm all the way til midnight. Drop by and check it out!