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DMF Goes from Drift to Dirt

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If you’ve read our previous post, you would know that we’ve mentioned in the recent National Drift Championship that was held in Clark Global City, that it was simultaneous with other ongoing motorsport events, and one of those was Round 5  of the Philippine Rally Cross Series.

_MG_0137                                Feliciano’s latest rally car with it’s slick design and wrap done by Micrografx 

Upon learning this, David saw the opportunity to use the event to test and shakedown our newly built rally car which was a Mitsubishi Lancer. Sporting the latest KYB suspension, Brembo brakes, and equipped with Wanli tires, it did really well  inspite of the ‘baptism by fire’ type of grueling race we subjected it to. The dry and dusty rough road that was full of deep ruts and jumps coupled with the punishing summer heat was outright draining, not only to car but also to its driver.


Especially, since David Feliciano actually joined both events (NDC Rd 3 and Philippine Rally X Rd 5) at the same time. Jumping from one type of race and car to another is exhausting, since it is not only mentally straining, it is also physically taxing as the focus is continually shifting from a different set-up of car and style of driving to another.

_MG_0128‘No rest for the wicked.’ Feliciano seen here returning from NDC comp on the other side of the venue just in the nick of time to do his run in the Open Class 




IMG_1186                                          Welcome respite in between runs

                                     Snippet of Feliciano’s night run


It is therefore a testament to the car and driver that despite it being its maiden run in the world of motorsports (Rally X no less!) and was just being tested and shaken down, the car not only delivered and passed with flying colors —David actually won 1st Runner-up in the Open Class with it! Kudos to the whole team and our sponsors for making this happen.

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Round 3 National Drift Championship 2019

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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. IMG_1182 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. PHOTO-2019-04-21-13-31-22 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. _MG_0064                            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. PHOTO-2019-04-21-13-31-22 3

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. _MG_0057

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.

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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.



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