This weekend marks the first round of Asia’s premier drift competition series, Formula Drift Asia 2012. For the first time ever, Malaysia will be the host for the opening round for Formula Drift Asia series in Malaysia’s newest drifting circuit, Speed City KL. If you’re a petrol head and you have no plans this weekend, why not head down to Seri Kembangan to watch some top notch drifting competition with some of the best drifting talents in the world? Come and experience as top-class drivers burn up the course two-at-a-time, often only inches apart, featuring aggressive side-by-side action, nail-biting power slides and spectacular drifting along a series of tight corners as powerful engines roar and tires bellow smoke.
Here are five good reasons why you should be catching Formula Drift Asia in Speed City KL, this weekend!
1. Reigning Champion, Daigo Saito returns.
Perhaps Japan’s best drifting talent for the time being, Daigo Saito is no stranger as he won 2 Malaysian rounds in FD Asia, and also 2011’s overall champion as well. Apart from catching top class sideways talent from this chap, the best part is he will be debuting his new car, which is yet another unconventional pick on this sports, the Lexus SC430. Yup, the same car which Lexus races in the Super GT series. Saito also drifts with the SC430 in Formula Drift USA series this year, where currently he is in second place in overall standings after two rounds.
Another smoke machine unleashed!
2. Max Orido is here!
Another Japanese favourite drifter, Max Orido, will be here to take revenge on his defeat to Saito. In last year FD Asia round in Malaysia, the mouth watering final between Orido and Saito took place but Orido’s rare mistake prompted Saito to take victory with ease. More interestingly, Orido is also preparing his new ride which is the Toyota GT86 with HKS emblem, which sadly he will not bring this car to Malaysia but he will drive the iconic RSR Supra back to fae Saito in Speed City KL!
The RSR Supra wants revenge!
3. The new 36BOL Nations Cup looks interesting.
The 36BOL Nations cup, set to debut this weekend, is a new series where two drifters from the same country will be running together in tandem in unison. The team and country with the best run wins. Think like Olympics in wheels, but instead of two cars tandem battling each other to win, this time the two cars from drivers from the same nation will need to work together in tandem to bring the best result from the both of them.
Just imagine Saito and Orido running tandem for Team Japan, competing against drivers from team Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. For pride and country, this should be a joyful to watch!
4. Speed City KL is promising
There was a complain previously where Malaysia has a permanent world class track that hosts the Formula One races and MotoGP, but there is no proper track for drifters to compete and hone their sideways skills. So what happens now is a former car park area of the Selangor Turf Club has been converted into a proper drifting circuit where drifters can have a proper venue to go sideways with their machines and spectators are able to enjoy the action. Debut in 2011, Speed City KL is the only venue for drifters to practice and hone their sideways skills in a proper and safer way. Formerly a car park, this short circuit can be configured in many ways so there will be variety of challenges for drifters.
The place will host their biggest drifting competition ever and this should bring the drifting scene in Malaysia into a higher level. Honestly, I’m not a fan of the Dataran Merdeka venue they used two years back, so it’s great to see a suitable venue is used here.
5. Malaysia’s top drifting hero, Tengku Djan, is back!
I save the best for last. Formula Drift Asia’s champion of 2009 and 2010, Tengku Djan took a sabbatical in 2011 to focus on his newly opened Speed City KL (yes, it is owned by him) while building his new car and honing his skills into the next level. A big fan favorite and recognized as one of the world’s best drifting talents as recognized by Drift Alliance, he is also debuting his new Nissan Silvia with M7 colors this weekend.
Tengku Djan in his Nissan Silvia with team M7
Faced with massive talents from Japan, Thailand, Indonesia and not mentioning his local rivals like Ser Ming Hui, it will be very interesting to see if Tengku Djan can display his mantle as the true “Prince of Drift” title many people fondly associated him as.
So what are you waiting for? Tickets can be bought at the venue or any TicketPro outlets. Finally, we will bring in our two resident photographers, Eric and Woay Chee to catch the action so stay tuned for our report and pictures of round one of Formula Drift Asia in Malaysia!
Check out this cheeky poster too!