Formula Drift is back, and the screech and smoke will take over Singapore’s F1 Pit Building this weekend (24-25 April). Those who enjoyed the action at Formula Drift Malaysia last December, and want to cheer on our fellow countrymen (and woman) might want to make their way across the Causeway – grandstand tickets are priced at SGD50 while walkabout tickets go for SGD30 at the door. Early birds save SGD10. Go to www.formuladrift.com.sg for more info.
Goodyear, which is a huge supporter of drifting in our region, will have a big contingent of drivers in Singapore. Goodyear Malaysia will once again feature three drift veterans – Ariff Johanis, Michael Gan and pint sized Azrina Jane Abdullah, the most prominent female drifter in Malaysia. Some might have noticed the omission of Johan Norman; after some uninspiring drives, he is replaced by Hanizam bin Hazmah for FD Singapore.
Hanizam, 38, who has spent three years behind the wheel of his Nissan A31, was one of the surprises of FD Malaysia. Then driving for Team GT Radial, he qualified second and was in the top 5 out of 53 drivers competing at MAEPS Serdang. Goodyear Malaysia’s new recruit is a regular podium finisher in local drift competitions, recently finishing second at the ACE Drift Challenge 2010 held in Melaka.
Team Goodyear’s big name for FD Singapore is top Formula Drift USA Pro Ryuji Miki. The mild mannered Japanese driver was runner up in FD Thailand and Las Vegas last year, but bowed out tamely in Malaysia. No Mad Mike and his loud RX-7 this time around, but Goodyear has signed up his Kiwi compatriot Daniel “Fanga Dan” Woolhouse, who has been drifting competitively since 2003 and was D1 New Zealand champ in 2006. All cars under the Goodyear banner will be using Eagle F1 Asymmetrics, the brand’s flagship high performance tyre.
Other Malaysians in action are FD Malaysia winner Tengku Djan, Tan Tat Wei and Ivan Lau, all under the Bridgestone banner. Another drifter who caught the eye at FD Malaysia, Mervyn Nakamura, will be representing Team Federal. The home crowd will be cheering on local boy Ivan Lim (Goodyear Binter), while Thailand’s flamboyant Kiki will be swapping PTT colours for RedBull livery.
We will be in Singapore this weekend to catch the action, so watch this space for reports and results!