Driftin’ & Skiddin’ in historical Melaka for Round 2

Published on August 4th, 2010

This is for those who prefers to go sideways, instead of the usual plunge into the corners, braking like mad, and give a futile attempt on following the correct racing line’ kinda attitude. I’m talking about drifting, of course, unless you have a different idea of ‘going sideways’, in which case, an idea best kept to yourself, thank you.

Anyways, Round 2 of Goodyear International Drift Series was held in Melaka last weekend, at the Melaka International Motorsport Circuit (MIMC).

There were 40 drifters participating in Round 2 consisting of both local and international participants. All of them were looking for podium finishes and the coveted Formula Drift Asia Pro license for the 2011 season, which will enable them to compete in all Formula Drift Asia competitions next year.

The Goodyear International Drift Series is also the only official professional and amateur drift series in Malaysia that is affiliated to Formula Drift Asia. Besides Malaysia, the Goodyear International Drift Series is also held in Thailand.

The somewhat usual bunch of drifters took their bakemono drift-machines and gave serious whackings on the narrow track, which include Ivan Lau, Tan Tat Wei and Ariff Johanis, who won first, second and third respectively.

Another drift legend, Tengku Djan Ley, had a bad sideways session during the event and instead of assassinating Ariff during the tsuiso battle, he had a kiss-the-barrier session instead. It didn’t damaged his 180SX much though, but he didn’t make it to the winners’ circle.

There were quite a few spectators as well, and truth be told it was nice to see so many people watching a local race.

“The Goodyear International Drift Series is testament to the success and overwhelming response to our involvement in drift. It’s a great opportunity for us to help local drivers showcase their talent and obtain the coveted Formula Drift Asia Pro License, which will enable them to compete on a professional level,” said Nasution Abdul Rahman, Managing Director of Goodyear Malaysia.

Marcus Lim, General Manager of Drift Pac and technical consultant of Formula Drift Asia who is in charge of the track layout, safety regulations and judging, echoed Nasution’s sentiments, adding that the entry of Goodyear into the sport had helped elevate it to a new level and was a boon to new talent in the region.

“Our affiliation with Goodyear has been fantastic as we are both working on the same objective to raise the standards of drifting in the region and the Goodyear International Drift Series provides the local talents with exactly the kind of professional and safe environment which they need to begin competing in both the local and regional arenas,” said Lim.

The top three winners received RM10,000 followed by RM6,000 and RM3,000 respectively, together with a set of Goodyear Asymmetric tires each.

More pictures below.

words: Al-mu Syahrisyawal Ahmad  pix: Al-mu Syahrisyawal Ahmad & Syafril Ismail

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