Greetings from Singapore, where we’re covering the Formula Drift Singapore 2010 at the republic’s F1 Pit Building. 42 drivers from all over Asia Pacific went through a brief practice run and qualifying today; the latter’s aim is to find the top-32 drifters for tommorow’s showdown. Come down to the venue (next to the Singapore Flyer) if you’re in the area tommorow for some hot action, hot cars and hot ladies.
Qualifying has just ended (official results not out yet), and it was a mixed bag of results for the Malaysians involved. The course layout involves a long straight where one accelerates hard before initiating a drift for a sharp left. This corner is the first (front) clipping point of the course where drivers need to aim their car’s nose as near to the point as possible, and this was the corner that caught many out.
Top seeded Tengku Djan from Team FX Formula Bridgestone scored a zero in his first run, but managed to complete a clean second run in his Silvia (new livery replaces the iconic white/red/black scheme, we don’t like!) to qualify. Teammates Ivan Lau and Tan Tat Wei (both driving AE86, Tan’s is rotary powered!) should feature tomorrow too. Mervyn Nakamura, the Team Federal driver who impressed in FD Malaysia scored zeros in two of his runs and is out, but the studious looking Ee Yoong Chern from Team Tyrepac Kumho should be in.
Team Goodyear Malaysia had mixed results. Ariff Johanis and his wife Jane didn’t manage to come up with clean runs – Ariff smacked his car in the barrier on his first run, and couldn’t do much with a damaged car thereafter. Michael Gan managed one points scoring run; although not high, it could still see him through with many faring worse.
The team’s new boy Hanizam Bin Hamzah (pic below) should be featuring tomorrow, but after some high drama. His flying bonnet broke his A31’s windscreen in practice, and the replacement was secured litreally seconds before his qualifying run. Although he had zero practice and knowledge of the track due to the incident, he scored 55.3 and 55.8 points in both runs. Very impressive!
Other drivers who caught my eye were Japanese driver Atsushi Murata in his RedBull 180SX and Thailand’s 17-year old Chanapol Kerdpiam, more popularly known as SS Flora. The latter was superb in FD Thailand, and is now drifting under Team Goodyear alongside Pat. Both of them outdrifted flamboyant compatriot Kiki Nana. Malaysia’s Lim Kim Wan (Team ISC) in his baby blue FD RX-7 also did very well.
More reports coming your way tomorrow. For now, take a look at the hot stuff from FD Singapore after the jump. I’ve lost a lot of fluids and got a shade darker to capture these, so I hope you like what you see :)
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