Goodyear is one of the main supporters of drifting in our region, and by having the Goodyear International Drift Series in countries such as Malaysia and Thailand, the tyremaker is taking its involvement a step further from sponsoring the Formula Drift Asia series, which this blog covers. Round 1 of Goodyear IDS took place in Putrajaya last month, where Kiwi drifter Daniel Woolhouse a.k.a Fanga Dan prevailed in the final duel with Malaysia’s Ivan Lau.
Round 2 will be held this weekend (31 July – 1 August) at the Melaka International Motorsport Circuit (MIMC), which is adjacent to the Ayer Keroh highway exit. Tickets can be purchased on-site and are priced at RM20 for grandstand and RM5 for walkabout passes.
Fanga Dan, who was on the podium in Formula Drift Singapore, drifts a Holden Commodore propelled by a Nissan RB26 engine which dwarfs over popular drift machines used here such as the Toyota AE86 and Nissan 180SX. Also in Melaka will be Team Goodyear Malaysia consisting of Michael Gan, Hanizam bin Hamzah and husband and wife team Ariff Johanis and Azrina Jane Abdullah (pictured). There should be 40 drifters vying for 16 spots in the tandem knock out battles.
Sanctioned by Formula Drift Pro Am, Goodyear IDS is a 3-round Malaysian series that’s organised according to Formula Drift standards. By standards, we mean the track layout, rules, judging (Formula Drift USA judge Andy Yen was here to oversee Rd.1) and safety levels – cars that did not meet the strict technical inspection were turned away.