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Car and Driver Feature: Alex Perez

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For our first car and driver feature, we decided to go with none other than DMF Drifter, 6 time Lateral D Champion and professional drifter, Alex Perez and his Nissan 240SX.

Name: Alex Perez

Occupation: Drifter/Self-employed businessman

Hometown: Paranaque

Current Residence: Paranaque

Car No: 1

Team: Yellow Cab

Car: Nissan 240SX

Tires: Saffiro Tires

Engine: 1J

Horsepower: 298hp

Suspension: Buddy Club D1 spec

Brakes: Stock R34 calipers and disc (front and rear)

Wheels: Concept One

Interior: OMP

2013 reigning LD Champion

Sponsors: Yellow Cab, Anzahl, Concept One, Motul, OMP, BRE, DMF Drift and Autoplus

Facebook - facebook.com/pages/Alex-Perez-fan-club

 

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.