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Here We Go Again!!

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DRIFT SEASON IS BACK.  It’s palpable in the air and it cannot be more noticeable than in our shop, where everyone is bustling, walking quicker and doing everything a wee bit faster. Drifters come and hang around much longer, some even staying well into the night just to check out their cars as mechanics hustle back and forth, prepping the machines for competition.

The 2014 Hyundai Lateral Drift season which started the 1st of its 6 rounds last May 31 at Megatent, Libis, was pegged to be a night drift event so practice sessions started at 11 am and wrap up was supposed to happen  by 10 pm. But, because of the outstanding skills displayed in the tandem battles of both Amateur and Pro Divisions, it became tough for the judges to gauge the winners, and they ultimately ended up making a lot of “one more time” calls on differing occasions.

That, and a mistake in tallying the scores of the Amateur qualifiers, pushed back the schedule so much, that the event ended at 2 am. (Note: It would help immensely if the organizers would be reminded of this and try and start their future “night drift” rounds much earlier, in order to compensate for any unforeseen delays since finishing up early will also encourage more people to watch also).

Judges for the event are the Japanese husband and wife team of professional drifters Kimihiro Obata-san (a licensed D1 Grand Prix driver), and his lovely wife Hiromi Kajikuma-san (also a licensed drifter who competes in Formula D events), joining them as 3rd judge is Jason Choachuy, a local drifter who used to compete in the event before, but has now chosen to judge instead to improve the sport locally, along with the help of the Japanese drift couple.

The turn-out was satisfactory despite the threat of rains which made good with its promise, pouring down sometime mid afternoon. This dampened some of the runs of the pro drivers due to the wet track that made them go slower, being mindful of the slippery course.

It all changed however, once everything dried up and Boodie Dabasol of GMW Team led the pack with a blistering run, earning him top position in qualifying. The rest of the Top 16 included the “usual suspects” with only a couple of drivers not making it due to car trouble; these included promising young drift ace Luis Gono of Saffiro/Motul Team who has now joined the pro ranks this year, and Norman Agojo of Goodyear/Autocraft Team.

They weren’t the only ones who suffered mechanical problems though, as there were several pro drivers that also didn’t use their own cars because of it; among these were Audel Sison of Goodyear/Autocraft, lone lady driver Tintin David of MFest and Rota Wheels driver David M. Feliciano as well as HKS Super Oil driver Jet Mathay, both from DMF Drift Team.  All of them used other cars for this round and it proved costly points-wise, as they all bowed out right after the Top 16 tandems.

It was exhilarating to watch the Drive Hard Crew/DMF Drift Team in the Amateur Division which showed outstanding skills previously unseen in this level.  The team virtually swept the competition away and occupied the top 3 podium spots in the end.

New faces Peter Schroth (1st Place) and Stephen Ng (3rd Place) along with Kar Montaner (2nd Place) dominated everyone in the Amateurs, and it will be interesting to see what the other teams will come up with in order to get back in the running in the next round.

Meanwhile, in the Pro Division, another driver that surprised the crowd was last year’s Amateur Champion, Mark Bernardo of Saffiro/GMW Team. He displayed wicked consistency in all his tandem runs despite going up against the big boys this year; but eventually lost to 2013 LD and Drift Muscle Champ, Gio Rodriguez of Falken/Driftoy Team in the fight for 3rd.

Round 2 of the Hyundai Lateral Drift Series will be once again held at Megatent, Libis in Quezon City on July 13 and with the current standing now, the next one promises to be another action packed, thrill a minute event that will surely get your adrenals going as drifters showcase their best battling hard for points.

We’d like to thank our partners and sponsors for their support in this event:

Tonnka, ROTA Wheels, Brembo, Sabelt, Cromax, SPY Optics, Motul, Aguila Auto Glass, RACKS, Haltech, Ultra Racing and Eight Decals.

DMF bags 2nd top spot in Proline Drift Series in Guam

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Feliciano inside the Gen Coupe

Guam’s Pacific Daily News’ report on the win (photo by Tom Akigami)

Our very own driver David M. Feliciano bested everyone except D1GP Japanese Pro driver Isao Ota at the recent Proline Drift Series (Round 1) held at the Smokin’ Wheels event at the Guam International Raceway in Guam, USA last April 13, 2014. Feliciano who was a licensed Formula D Asia driver, was invited by Upshift’s organizer Tom Akigami to join.

DMF’s helmet resting atop his car for the comp.

He arrived from the Philippines on the same day of the comp. at Guam and had barely had time to practice, and also because he didn’t bring his own car, a Hyundai Genesis Coupe by Cars Plus Guam was provided for him to compete in.

Poster of the Proline Drift Series Rd. 1 on top of Cars Plus Guam Genesis

He was doing pretty well during the few practice rounds he was able to squeeze in before the competition proper that was held at night, but the car unfortunately suffered overheating problems by the time it was his turn to qualify.

DMF with Upshift boss and Smokin’ Wheels organizer Tom Akigami

Feliciano, who just managed to qualify because of the problems which slowed the car down, had to rely heavily on his skills to catch up in the subsequent drift battles and eventually brought the car and him against Ota for the final battle.

Face off!

Isao Ota who was using a right hand drive 180SX which was his D1GP spare car that was brought in all the way from Japan for the competition, used the power of his car to lead away from the Hyundai Gen that Feliciano was piloting, bringing Ota him the win.

DMF and the Gen looking good and on the right track. (photo by John Balbin)

David M. Feliciano is sponsored by: DMF DriftTonnka, Rota, Brembo, Sabelt, Cromax, SPY Optics, Motul, Racks and Aguila Auto Glass.

Top 3 Podium Pro Division winners from left: Filipino Pro driver David M. Feliciano (2nd), D1GP Pro Japanese driver Isao Ota (1st) Japanese D1GP Pro driver Kenji Yamanaka (as one of the 3 judges) and D1GP Pro Japanese driver Manabu Fujinaka (3rd).

 

 

2 in 1 Weekend!

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It seems our driver, David M. Feliciano will be extra busy this coming weekend with not one, but 2 drift events he will be joining one after the other! That’s actually not out of the ordinary and it has already happened before. The difference lies in the actual locations of these 2 back to back events.

MFest Philippines Drift Series, comprising of three (3) competitions with accumulated series points, will kick off at Clark International Speedway this coming Saturday,  April 12, 2014. Clazrk, Pampanga is a good 1 hr -1.5 hrs drive away from Manila.

                                                                             MFest Philippines Poster

Then on April 13, Sunday, David will be joining the 1st Round of the 2014 Proline Drift Series presented by Upshift which will be held in *wait for it* Guam International Raceway. Yep, Guam is way across the Pacific, east of our country. It’s a good 1,623 miles from each other!

Looks like the only recourse for him to be able to join both events is to drive as fast as he can back to Manila first (soon as MFest is done), then from there, traverse through the perennial gridlock going to NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) in order for him to try and catch his flight straight to Guam. The word “hectic” would be an understatement.

                                            2014 Proline Drift Series poster

Were all hoping and praying that he will be able to do this without a hitch, to arrive at Guam safely and be able to get enough rest before the start of the comp where he will be piloting the “Cars Plus Guam” Hyundai Genesis Drift car.

Our very own David M. Feliciano and the “Great White” Silvia S13 featured here at the Pacific Daily News of Guam yesterday (April 8, 2014).                                                                        

DMF will be the lone Filipino competing along with other PRO drifters from Japan (D1GP and Formula D US) at the 1st Round of the 2014 Proline Drift Series that will also feature local drivers from Guam. He has been invited to join this event by Mr. Tom Akigami of Upshift Guam.

The 1st Round of the drift series will run alongside other motorsport competitions at the Smokin’ Wheels event happening this April 13, 2014.

David M. Feliciano who has already represented the Philippines before at Formula Drift Asia, is also sponsored by Tonnka, ROTA, Brembo, Sabelt, DuPont, Motul, SPY, Racks and Aguila Auto Glass.

DRIFT HARD DMF!! HUZZAH!!