It was a truly perfect weekend for Malaysia’s very own Prince of Drift, Tengku Djan Ley when he won the Malaysian leg of the King of Nations (KON) drift competition held at the PLUS Elite Speedway, Subang Jaya. This is Djan’s second trophy this year following his victory in Thailand less than two months ago.
The event marks the return of international competitive drifting to our shores. Malaysia hosted two events – King of Asia and the main King of Nations Pro Series. The fourth and final round of the Asia series took place in Malaysia, with Japan and Thailand ran the earlier rounds.
The drifting event attracted talents from all over the globe, including some of our homegrown talents showcasing their skills in the country’s biggest drifting competition to date. Last weekend saw drifters like Australian Luke Fink and Hirohide Tanaka of Japan duke it out with the region’s finest.
During qualifying, Tengku Djan mesmerised the crowd and judges with a near perfect score of 96 out of 100, cementing him at the top of the standings. Djan’s teammate and former Formula Drift competitor, Charles Ng, settled for second place with 90 points.
In the knockout stages, Djan’s 700SX cruised to the finals while his teammate was unfortunately knocked out by Rysandhy Akbar Rais. The Indonesian in his BMW caused the biggest upset when he defeated fan favourite, Tanaka in the semi-finals.
The final between Djan and Akbar turned into a huge smokey affair, but the latter’s heroic run was robbed by a mechanical fault. The misfortune played in Djan’s favour who then went on to win the whole thing.
Meanwhile, Tanaka’s who came in third made him the champion of the Asia series, while Djan’s double victory cemented his spot as the first runner-up. It’s still an amazing feat considering that he missed the first two rounds in Japan!
Lastly, we would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Prince of Drift himself for his tremendous performance in front of the home crowd. Bring the trophy home, bro!