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FAQ SHEET, Last Updated on (JULY 15th)

FEQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

D1 Grand Prix U.S.A Information
By D1 Productions (Updated May 20th 2004)

http://drifting.com/d1_grand_prix.php

How do I get started in Drifting?
There is no simple way to learn drifting. Drifting is a form of driving that incorporates many aspects of driving such as autocross, Rally and Road racing. Typically a good drifter will have a solid background various types of motor sports. The concept behind drifting is to understand what the vehicle is doing and making it do exactly what you intended to do.

Where can I start?
Attending Drift Day by Drift Association or attending similar drift events is a good way to start. Do not attend any other forms of driving events to learn how to drift such as Autocross and Road racing events. You may potentially upset the organizer and the property manager by doing something you were not permitted to do. It is not smart to try and drift in canyon roads or at unsupervised areas like parking lots or empty roads.

When will I be ready for competition?

There is no sign or certificate that will let you know if you are ready. This is a personal decision everyone must make on their own terms. Every driver should know that there are risks involved with competition. At one point or another, there is a possibility of an accident, but this is part of competition.

How do I become a U.S D1 driver?
First, a driver must meet requirements for the vehicle and qualification rounds. Then they must register to compete in the D1 Grand Prix USA Drivers Search Point Series. Drivers who successfully place in the top ten of the driver search events will be eligible to compete in D1 Grand Prix USA Drivers Search Point Series Championship Round. Drivers who have placed in the top 10 at previous events will be allowed to qualify for the championship round. Depending on qualification and driver turn out to championship round the best 30-32 drivers who qualify will be invited to compete. The D1 Grand Prix USA Drivers Search Point Series Championship Round is a standard tournament round beginning with a solo run for each driver to demonstrate skills. From that pool ? will be cut and 16 will continue on to the next phases of the tournament. The rest of the tournament will be standard D1 "Tsuiso" style (Twin Drift.) The Tsuiso style randomly pits one driver against another in a 2-stage run. In each stage the drivers will switch off for the lead position while the other follows. The drivers will be awarded up to 100 points by each judge after each stage. The driver who has the highest number of points after the two stages will advance to the next round. This continues on until the champion has been crowned. The Best 16 Drivers from the D1 Grand Prix USA Drivers Search Point Series Championship Round will be issued D1 licenses and invited to compete in the D1 Grand Prix USA Points Series. These drivers have made it to the "Major League" they are invited to the Professional drift league.

How long is a D1 license valid?
All D1 Licenses are issued for 12 months. After 12 months drivers who did not place in the best 16 spot in any D1 Grand Prix Points Series round must go through the driver search again. Driver who did place in the top 16 will automatically be reissued another license for the next year.

How do I qualify to be in US vs Japan Event in December 2004?
First, a driver must compete in the D1 Grand Prix USA Drivers Search Point Series. Four official driver search events are scheduled in 2004 and one championship. Points are not accrued at this level. A driver will only hold the points they where awarded at their best finish event. The First place driver at any DS event will be issued 10 points the 2nd place driver will be issued 9 points the 3rd place driver will be issued 8 points, and so on and so on until the 10th place driver receives 1 point. All competitors that do not place within the ten cannot go on to the drivers search championship rounds. Drivers with points are invited to Qualify for the championship rounds. Depending on drivers turn out to the event not all drivers who gained points will be able to compete in the championship. Driver who finish in the top 10 at a DS event but lack the necessary skills for competitive drift will not necessarily be awarded points or invited to the Championship round. This measure is to protect the integrity of D1 championship level competition. Driver will still be awarded place prizes and they will still be considered to have achieved their position at a DS event.

Judging

What are the judges looking for?
Drifting is a sport that is judged similar to ice skating or Snowboarding. Just like any sport, there are criteria to look for. There are minimum requirements to a good drift that everyone must understand such as:

Entry speed-This is part of the criteria that will be met very easily with the use of a radar gun with speed display. Entry speed is one of the most visible aspects that judges will look for because it will determine the other parts of a driver?s drift.

Line clipping-This is another part of drift that the judges will be looking into. The "Clipping" line is often judged by how well the driver take a drive line. The line itself should always involve the vehicle hitting the right apex of a corner. Judges prefer to see a driver take a tight line around a corner, putting the nose of the car as close as possible to the apex of the turn. Getting the back end of the car close to the outside of a turn also demonstrates car control and can score the driver additional points.

Angle and counter steer-Driving angle of the vehicle is the angle of rotation of the vehicle relative to the direction of its travel. Basically this means that the farther the back end of the car comes around (without losing control), the more points a driver would score in this category. Angle also refers to the length of time a drift is maintained as well as the average angle of the vehicle during the turn. This means that getting the back end to come around for a short period of time won?t score the driver many points, even if the angle of rotation was significant. A vehicle that exhibits extreme angles without spinning out will be awarded high points.

Presentation-How a driver puts speed, line and angle the best will score very well with the judges. There is also another factor and that is how the driver presents his or her drift technique. Just like any other form of competition, there will be an individual with a certain spark or energy that makes them stand out during competition. When a competitor puts that extra flare or energy into their run, the judges may pay more attention to the individual. The most universal component of this category is smoke. The more tire smoke generated by a vehicle while drifting the more points a driver will score. This category previously included the driver sticking hands/legs out the window or opening the door in a turn, but D1 now requires windows to be rolled up and prohibits door opening, demonstrating a shift in emphasis to more technical aspects of driving.

How is "Tsuiso" Battle Judged?
"Tsuiso" is the Japanese term for "Twin Battle Drift". This head to head style of drifting is judged by the same principles as a solo round. However, there is a high level of strategy behind it that provides for a competitive level and an awesome show for the spectators. The exact judging of this event is difficult to explain because the judges rely on their many years of track experience and knowledge of the vehicle dynamics when issuing the exact points.

Offensive: Generally the chasing driver has the offensive when in the Twin Battle. An easy analogy is Cowboys at a rodeo competing in the round up or two jet pilots engaged in a dog fight. They chase their prey and do what ever they can to get their target into a dead zone where the prey cannot maneuver from. This same principle is used in the Tsuiso style. Driver use their vehicle and its drift to position into a space that minimizes the running drivers ability to keep a good line while staying in a high speed drift. The chasing driver MUST at all times demonstrate a superior drift in order to A) Keep the pressure on the lead driver B) Steal and block a line that may allow the lead driver a good opportunity for a drift. C) Be awarded a superior number of points If a chasing driver is unable to keep up and maintain pressure on the lead driver this will not be good when the time comes for points to be awarded.

Defensive: When a drive takes the lead in the Tsuiso battle the ideal strategy is to perform a drift a a much higher speed, good line, and a greater angle than the chasing driver. If a lead driver can shake off or intimidate a chasing driver many times the chasing driver will make a mistake when trying to compensate for what seems like erratic actions of the lead car. When a lead driver can pull away with a good angle, following the ideal line while maintaining a controlled drift, the chasing driver has all the pressure to increase performance. The lead driver at this point is winning. Lead drivers many times demonstrate superior skill by suddenly entering a drift at a great angle and going directly to the inside of the corner. TO the following driver it appears as though they will T-bone the lead car so they back down and take measures to avoid the lead car. Many times that will cause the chasing car to loose a great amount of speed and not be able to properly execute the corner in a full drift… or even worst they may spin out or hit the barriers. This is a ideal outcome for the lead driver in Tsuiso battles.

Can anyone be a judge?
No, D1 productions takes pride when it comes to judging an event for two reasons.

1. The judge must have a solid driving background in many forms of motor sports. This is because the judge needs to understand various techniques and skills a driver might bring to the competition. Credibility is everything in sport of drifting especially when the judging can be so subjective.

2. The judge must also keep the energy alive during a competition. Remember, this is a high energy sport and the judges must know how to entertain the spectators as well.

Individuals who are allowed to Judge any D1 event must be approved by D1 Productions. Judges must have a extended background in professional motorsports both on the track and in the garage. As to say their mechanical knowledge must be as sharp as their ability to understand driving techniques and theory. Our judges must be able to listen to a car competing as well as look at it and understand the condition, the performance as well as a multitude of other dynamics involved.

[May 20th, 2004 BEGINNING]

D1 Grand Prix USA Series – Automobile Regulations
Event sanctioned by D1 Grand Prix USA Safety Modifications and Guidelines:
Updated May 20th, 2004


For all D1 Grand Prix USA and Driver Search Events:

1. The removal of any safety equipment that may compromise the safety of the vehicle in a collision will not be permitted. The only exceptions are:
a. collision reinforcement bars
b. air bags
c. anti lock brakes
d. traction control
e. active stability management systems

2. Drivers seat must be equipped with three mounting point or better racing type safety harness of nylon web, at least 3 inches in diameter, with a metal buckle. Shoulder harness must be an H type not Y type harness. Safety Harness must be securely bolted to the frame.

3. Drivers must be fitted with Snell Foundation (SA) approved safety helmets with 1995 Snell Foundation (95SA) or later safety sticker of approval displayed inside; head and neck restraints systems are optional and must also be Snell Foundation (SA) approved. Face shields are strongly recommended.

4. Catch tanks must be installed and securely fastened. Radiator catch tanks must have a minimum capacity of 1 qt. each. Oil catch tanks may also be installed on engine oil breathers where practical. NO FLUID LEAKS OF ANY KIND WILL BE TOLERATED.

5. It is highly recommended that all cars be equipped with at least a 2 lb. 10 BC fire extinguisher securely mounted in the cockpit.

6. Master electrical cut-off switches are highly recommended and should clearly be marked if fitted outside the vehicle.

7. Competition use approved fuel cells are strongly recommended. (Not required)

8. Fuel filler caps must be securely fastened so as not to open on impact.

9. All hoods and deck lids must be adequately and securely fastened.

10. All drain plugs must be securely fastened.

11. Batteries must be securely fastened down, positive terminals well insulated and if located in the cockpit must be covered or have leak proof caps.

12. All cars must have working rear brake light and turn signals.

13. Brake systems including brakes, lines, fluid and pedals must be in good shape and working condition.

Authorized Modifications:

1. Each car must maintain the OEM uni-body structure, pipe frame extensions and replacements are not allowed.

2. Must maintain DOT glass front windshield.

3. Every car must maintain a complete exhaust system with a factory or aftermarket catalytic converter. High flow catalytic converters are acceptable. Some venues may require maximum allowable sound level restrictions. In such case, all cars must meet the venue specific noise regulations.

4. ALL Tires must be DOT approved with a minimum tread wear rating of 120. No DOT-R Allowed

5. Aftermarket body panels, bumper covers and wings are permitted

6. Seam welding the uni-body is permitted.

7. Suspension upgrades are allowed.

8. Factory wheels may be replaced with aftermarket wheels.

9. Any grade of automotive gasoline may be used for fuel.

10. Brake bias modifications and controllers.

11. Engines are open for modification or replacement.

12. Other than what is listed above cars are open for modification.

For all D1 Grand Prix USA - Points Round and Exhibition Match Events
The following additional requirements must be met.


1. Each car must be equipped with a six-point or better roll cage. Full front A pillar beams are required as well as door impact protection beams.

2. Functional tow hooks must be installed on both front and rear of vehicle

3. Roll cage must be welded or securely bolted and anchored. If roll cage is bolted then its must be securely reinforced with an anchor plate and backing plate sandwich on each side of the floor pan.

4. Roll cage may be placed in front or through the dashboard.

5. Roll cage tubing must be at a minimum of 1.5 inches OD tubing and no thinner than 0.098 wall mild steel or 1 .25x .083 Chromoly tubing.

6. Drivers must wear driving suits made of approved fire resistance material (Nomex, Kynol, etc.) in single or double layers.

7. Socks and full length underwear must also be fire resistance.

8. Drivers must wear fire resistance gloves with no holes composed of Nomex or leather. Shoes must be of fire resistant materials or leather on top. Racing shoes are strongly recommended. [May 20th, 2004 END]


D1 Rules and Regulations
Event sanctioned by D1 Grand Prix USA Safety Modifications and Guidelines:
Updated May 4th 2004


Anything that compromises the safety of the vehicle in a collision may not be removed with the exception of air bags and or factory collision reinforcement bars. Exept for anti lock brakes, traction control, and active stability managment systems.

Each car must be equipped with a six-point or better roll cage.

Functional tow hooks must be installed on both front and rear of vehicle

Roll cage must be welded or securely bolted and anchored. If roll cage is bolted then its must be securely reinforced with an anchor plate and backing plate sandwich on each side of the floor pan.

Roll cage may be placed in front or through the dashboard.

Roll cage tubing must be at a minimum of 1.75 inches OD tubing and no thinner than 0.118 wall mild steel or 1 .75x .083 Chrom moly tubing.

Drivers seat must be equipped with three mounting point or better racing type safety harness of nylon web, at least 3 inches in diameter, with a metal buckle. Shoulder harness must be an H type not Y type harness. Safety Harness must be securely bolted to the frame.

Drivers must be fitted with Snell Foundation (SA) approved safety helmets with 1995 Snell Foundation (95SA) or later safety sticker of approval displayed inside; head and neck restraints systems are optional and must also be Snell Foundation (SA) approved. Face shields are strongly recommended.

Drivers must wear driving suits made of approved fire resistance material (Nomex, Kynol, etc.) in single or double layers. Socks and full length underwear must also be fire resistance. (Does not apply to driver search events but highly recommended for the safety of all D1 participants)

Drivers must wear fire resistance gloves with no holes composed of Nomex or leather. Shoes must be of fire resistant materials or leather on top. Racing shoes are strongly recommended.

Catch tanks must be securely fastened. Radiator catch tanks must have a minimum capacity of 1 qt. each. Oil catch tanks may also be installed on engine oil breathers where practical. NO FLUID LEAKS OF ANY KIND WILL BE TOLERATED.

It is highly recommended that all cars be equipped with at least a 2 lb. 10 BC fire extinguisher securely mounted in the cockpit. An onboard halon type fire system is strongly recommended.

Master electrical cut-off switches are highly recommended and should clearly be marked if fitted outside the vehicle.

Fuel cells are strongly recommended. (Not required)

Fuel filler caps must be securely fastened so as not to open on impact.

All hoods and deck lids must be adequately and securely fastened.

All drain plugs must be securely fastened.

Batteries must be securely fastened down, positive terminals well insulated and if located in the cockpit must be covered or have leak proof caps.

All cars must have working rear brake light.

Brake systems including brakes, lines, fluid and pedals must be in good shape and working condition. Dual master cylinders are recommended.
Authorized Modifications:

Each car must maintain the OEM unibody.

Must maintain tempered front windshield.

Every car must maintain a complete exhaust system with a factory or aftermarket catalytic converter. High flow catalytic converters are acceptable.

ALL Tires must be DOT approved with a minimum tread wear rating of 160. No DOT-R Allowed

Aftermarket body panels, bumper covers and wings are permitted

Seam welding the unibody is permitted.

Suspension upgrades are open.

Factory wheels may be replaced with aftermarket wheels.

Any grade of automotive gasoline may be used for fuel.

Engines are open for modification.

Other than what is listed above cars are open for modification.
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2003 Japanese D1 Grand Prix Driver Profiles
These profiles can be used as a car selection reference.

http://www.drifting.com/D1_Grand_Prix_Drivers.php

Driver 001 - Katsuhiro Ueo
Birth Date: May 26, 1972
Birth Place: Kumamoto
Best Position: Winner
Rank: Priority A (Seed Competitor)

"Quite Possibly the Best AE86 (Toyota Corolla GTS) Drifter on the Planet"

Katsuhiro stepped up and surpassed everybody to become the overall champion for the 2002 D1 Grand Prix Professional Drift Series. When he first approaches a corner, his positioning and movements are quick and his drifting angle and positioning are quite possibly one of the most beautiful and amazing styles to date.


Car: 4-Cylinder Custom Version Throttle
Top qualifier in: Rounds 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Sponsors Revolver / J-blood / Nishioka Automobile / Rays / Largus / Carb Tech Club / Help / Sergeant / Lover Soul / Aggressive / Kyushu Suisan Inc.
Power 200 ps
Torque 17.5 kg-m
Tires F / Neova (185/60-14) R / Neova (185/60-14)
Wheels F / Rays TE37 (7J-14) R / Rays TE37 (7J-14)
Suspension F / Revolver (10kg/mm) R / Revolver SPL (8kg/mm)
Exterior F/B: J-blood - S/S: J-blood - R/B: J-blood - Wing: J-blood
Transmission Revolver-Cross
Clutch Cusco
LSD Cusco

DRIVER 002 - Nobuteru Taniguchi
Birth Date: May 18th, 1971
Birth Place: Hiroshima
Best Position: Winner
Rank: Priority A (seed competitor)

"One of The Smoothest and Quickest Drifters "

He was the 1st place winner in Round 2 this year and continued to be a strong drifter in the following competitions. Many thought he'd be the overall winner. Unfortunately, he began losing during the middle of the season, but came back strong once again in the final rounds.

Car: GT30ProS Version
Top qualifier in: Rounds 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Sponsors Nismo / Yokohama Tire / Car Make T&E / Yashio Factory / Esprit / Craft Square/ HPI / Defend Racing
Power 440 ps
Torque n/a
Tires F / Neova (235/40-18) R / Neova (255/35-18)
Wheels F / Super Advan Ver.2 (10J-18) R / Super Advan Ver. 2 (10J-18)
Suspension F / Hipermax D R / Hipermax D
Exterior F/B: Vertex Ridge - S/S: Vertex Ridge - R/B: Vertex Ridge - Wing: Vertex Ridge
Transmission HKS 6-Speed
Clutch HKS
LSD Nismo

Driver 003 - Ken Nomura
Birth Date: May 9th, 1965
Birth Place: Fukuoka
Best Position: 2nd Place
Rank: Priority A (Seed Competitor)

"The Ultimate Drifter...and Loud Mouth Talker!"
In the 2001 D1 Series, he experienced technical difficulties and ran into quite a few problems. In 2002, he accumulated a lot of points placing him 3rd in the final standings. The sedan doesn't have as much potential as the coupe, but this doesn't seem to be a problem for someone with his driving skills. He's really into smoking his tires and he's been dubbed the "Smokin' Drifter" by many. Ken Nomura is a true crowd pleaser and entertainer.

Car: K5-660R Version
Top qualifier in: Rounds 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Sponsors Blitz / Cusco / Bride / Speed Master / Largus / Kei Office / RS Watanabe / Yashio Factory / NEKO Publishing / Do-Luck
Power 468 ps
Torque 52 kg-m
Tires F / FM901 (235/40-18) R / FM901 (265/35-14)
Wheels F / Blitz Z2 (9J-18) R / Blitz Z2 (9.5J-18)
Suspension F / Sachs SP7 (10kg/mm) R / Sachs SP7 (11kg/mm)
Exterior F/B: Original - S/S: Uras D1 Spec - R/B: Uras D1 Spec - Wing: None
Transmission OS Cross
Clutch Active Clutch
LSD Nismo

DRIVER 004 - Nobushige Kumakubo
Birth Date: February 10th, 1970
Birth Place: Fukushima
Best Position: 4th Place
Rank: Priority A (Seed Competitor)

"The Consistent, Agile Drifter"

In the 2002 championships, he didn't quite stand out as much as many thought he would. Although he didn't rank in the top 3, this year he is expected to get on the podium. He's invested as much money into this vehicle as most of the other D1 Works Machines. This vehicle had very few problems and mechanical difficulties throughout the season. This is probably one of the reasons why he's ranked so high.

Car: T67-25G Version
Top qualifier in: Rounds 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Sponsors Advan / C-West / Enkei / Bride / Blitz / Nismo / Kazteck / K-Style / Ebisu Circuit / PCR /J-ing / Alpine
Power 500 ps
Torque n/a
Tires F / Neova (225/40-18) R / Neova (255/25-18)
Wheels F / Enkei NT03RR (9.5J-18) R / Enkei NT03RR (9.5J-18)
Suspension F / PCRspecD (12kg/mm) R / PCRspecD (10kg/mm)
Exterior F/B: K-Style - S/S: K-Style - R/B: K-Style - Wing: C-West GT Wing
Transmission Hollinger Sequential-6
Clutch Kelly Twin 600
LSD Nismo

Driver 005 -- Yoichi Imamura
Birth Date: May 11th, 1976
Birth Place: Yamanashi
Best Position: Winner
Rank: Priority A (Seed Competitor)

"2002 2-Time D1Grand Prix Winner "

He entered the first stage as an Apex'I Works Machine, but with some vehicle trouble and technical difficulties, he dropped to a qualifying round. But, after switching to an FD3S from the previous Altezza, he took first place in the 4th stage at Tsukuba Circuit. He also took first place in the final stage and became the 5th place overall series winner.

Car: AX75F82 Version
Top qualifier in: Rounds 4, 5, 6, 7
Sponsors Auto Trendy / Good Line / Techno Pro Spirits / Kei Office / Image / Yokohama / Car Make T&E / Bride / Bridgestone / R-Magic / Rays / ORC / Zero Stage / D Shop M's /Auto EXE / Augment / Max Craft
Power 440 ps
Torque 50 kg-m
Tires F / RE-01 (235/40-18) R / RE-01 (265/35-18)
Wheels F / Rays Gram Lights (10J-18) R / Rays Gram Lights (10J-18)
Suspension F / A'pex N1 Damper Pro (16kg/mm) R / A'pex N1 Damper Pro (16kg/mm)
Exterior F/B: Vertex - S/S: Vertex - R/B: Vertex - Wing: R-Magic
Transmission Normal
Clutch ORC
LSD Mazda Speed

DRIVER 006 -Yuuki Izumida
Birth Date: August 6th, 1969
Birth Place: Gifu
Best Position: 2nd Place
Rank: Priority A (Seed Competitor)

"Crash King Drifter"

From the middle of the season to the final rounds, he began winning quite a bit and acquired Priority A ranking as a seed competitor. His overall standings were even better than he would have imagined. Although he's known as the Crash King, his drifting experience has actually been very consistent and quick. He's known to be a bit intimidating and acts tough, but on the inside he's all candy, flowers and teddy bears. This is probably why he has continuously gained a lot of support from his fans

Car: 1JZGTE+K1-450V Version
Top qualifier in: Rounds 4, 5, 6
Sponsors ORC / Kei Office / Omega / Blitz / Bride / Good Year Japan / Car Make T&E / M Sports / Global / Naughty Bear / GP Sports / K-Style / Trust / JIC
Power 470ps
Torque n/a
Tires F / RevSpec (255/40-17) R / RevSpec (255/40-17)
Wheels F / Kei Office DD-6 (10J-17) R / Kei Office DD-6 (10J-17)
Suspension F / Kei Office Kei XR (10kg/mm) R / Kei Office Kei XR (12kg/mm)
Exterior F/B: Dart Izumi Jr. - S/S: Dart Izumi Jr. - R/B: Dart Izumi Jr. - Wing: GP Sports
Transmission JZX90
Clutch ORC
LSD Nismo

DRIVER 007 - Masatoshi Asamoto
Birth Date: November 21st, 1973
Birth Place: Saitama
Best Position: Winner
Rank: Priority A (Seed Competitor)

The "Rear Chase Style" Drifter

He's like an ugly dog without a leash. There are no rules in his book, he's just an aggressive drifter…period. He comes very close to other vehicles. Some say perhaps too close. When he shows in Option Video, he's always dressed in strange camouflage costumes. To say that he is a unique character is an understatement.

Car: K5-700R Version
Top qualifier in: Rounds 2, 3, 4
Sponsors Pan Speed / Blitz / Advan / C-West / Speed Master / Ohlins / Catamaran / Do-Luck / JIC
Power 450 ps
Torque 48 kg-m
Tires F / Neova (225/40-18) R / Neova (265/35-18)
Wheels F / Enkei NT03RR (9.5J-18) R / Enkei NT03RR (9.5J-18)
Suspension F / Ohlins (18kg/mm) R / Ohlins (18kg/mm)
Exterior F/B: C-West - S/S: C-West - R/B: C-West - Wing: Wonder
Transmission Normal
Clutch Cusco
LSD Kaaz

Driver 015 - Koichi Yamashita
Birth Date: September 1st, 1968
Birth Place: Kanagawa
Best Position: Winner
Rank: Priority B

"The Champion's Revenge"

He always qualifies, but within the best 16 competitors, he loses. At Round 5 Ebisu Circuit, he once again put on an amazing show and shocked the crowd us with a 1st place win. With a well-prepared vehicle, this champion is a sure shot winner.

Car: ARMS B8446 Version
Top qualifier in: Round 5
Sponsors Tomei Powered / Weds / Nismo / Do-Luck / Project Mu / Good Year / ST Garage / Car Make T&E / AMC / ARC
Power 380 ps
Torque 51 kg-m
Tires F / RevSpec (225/40-18) R / RevSpec (265/35-18)
Wheels F / Weds TC-005 (9J-18) R / Weds TC-005 (10J-18)
Suspension F / JIC FLT-A2 (10kg/mm) R / JIC FLT-A2 (9kg/mm)
Exterior F/B: AMC - S/S: AMC - R/B: Vertex Ridge - Wing: ST Garage
Transmission Nismo-6
Clutch Nismo
LSD Nismo

Driver 017 -- Yasuyuki Kazama
Birth Date: February 1st, 1970
Birth Place: Nagano
Best Position: 2nd Place
Rank: Priority B

"The Drift Recovery Technique Master"

At Round 2, Ebisu Circuit, with Taniguchi in the final, the drift battle was intense! He lost though. He says that drifting isn't about power. It's about technique. When missing a drift and recovering, his technical variations are out the wazoo!

Car: GT2835 Version
Top qualifier in: Round 2
Sponsors Bridgestone / Nismo / GP Sports / Dart Izumi Jr. / ORC / Bride / HKS / Sard / M Sports / Do-Luck / Yashio Factory / Freedom / Image / Yras / Masa Motorsports / Tomei Powered / Garage S / Kazama / Good Line / Power Enterprises / K-Style / Garage Glory / Garage East
Power 380 ps
Torque n/a
Tires F / RE-01 (235/40-17) R / RE-01 (265/40-17)
Wheels F / Kei Office DD6 (9J-17) R / Kei Office DD6 (10J-17)
Suspension F / Kei Type XR (9kg/mm) R / Kei Type XR (9kg/mm)
Exterior F/B: GP Sports - S/S: GP Sports - R/B: GP Sports - Wing: Masa Motorsports
Transmission Nismo-6
Clutch ORC
LSD Nismo

Driver 018 -- Kazuhiro Tanaka
Birth Date: July 4th, 1970
Birth Place: Ibaragi
Best Position: 2nd Place
Rank: Priority B

"The Stable High-Speed Corner Drifter"

2002 was the first year he's driven the S15, but it wasn't very controllable. In round 4, Tsukuba Circuit, nonetheless, he attained 2nd position. His speedy, stable drifting style is very exciting to the audience. His thoughts are that drifting behind someone and with someone is much more fun than drifting by yourself. Even during practices, he performs Twin Drift Style with Kumakubo.

Car: TD06-20G Version
Top qualifier in: Round 4
Sponsors M Sports / Kei Office / SSR / Yokohama / Yanack / Tex Modify / K Style / Dart Izumi Jr.
Power 350 ps
Torque n/a
Tires F / Neova (235/40-17) R / Neova (255/35-18)
Wheels F / SSR Agle Minerva (9J-17) R / SSR Agle Minerva (9.5J-18)
Suspension F / Kei Office (9kg/mm) R / Kei Office (9kg/mm)
Exterior F/B: M Sports - S/S: M Sports - R/B: M Sports - Wing: M Sports
Transmission Normal
Clutch ORC
LSD Kaaz

Driver 019 - Yoshinori Koguchi
Birth Date: February 2nd, 1969
Birth Place: Tochigi
Best Position: 5th Place
Rank: Priority B

"Drift Artist"

Probably one of the most famous, charismatic drivers of the 180sx. He doesn't care too much about ranking. It's totally an art for him. From the middle rounds to the ending final rounds, his drifting style was unsurpassable! He'll probably be one of the top qualifiers in 2003. His nickname is Tochigi Yoshinori named after his hometown. He has a crazy Tochigi country accent that you gotta hear on Option Video!

Car: K5-660R Version
Top qualifier in: Rounds 5, 7
Sponsors Falken / Omega / Largus / Nismo / Blitz / Bride
Power 500 ps
Torque n/a
Tires F / Azenis ST115 (235/40-17) R / Azenis ST115 (265/35-18)
Wheels F / Nismo LM GT4 (9.5J-17) R / Nismo LM GT4 (10.5J-18)
Suspension F / Ikeya Formula stc (10kg/mm) R / Ikeya Formula stc (10kg/mm)
Exterior F/B: Ikeya Formula - S/S: Ikeya Formula - R/B: Ikeya Formula - Wing: Koguchi Power
Transmission Hollinger-6
Clutch ORC
LSD Nismo

Driver 024 --Takahiro Ueno
Birth Date: November 5th, 1971
Birth Place: Kanagawa
Best Position: 5th Place
Rank: Priority B

"Vertex Employee (High Percentage of making the Best 3)"

From the stock base, he shaved off 250 kg of weight from his car. Dry carbon panel was created for his interior originally. Even on his doors, he has dry carbon panels. How much is this guy willing to spend? Right now, he's a development driver for parts manufacturers. But, in reality, he's a tint shop owner. Nonetheless, he's also a drifter in the D1.

Car: GT30PROSVersion
Top qualifier in: Round 2
Sponsors Advan / HKS / ORC / Rays / Oberon / ATS / Car Make T&E / Kouei / Yanack
Power 450 ps
Torque 55 kg-m
Tires F / Neova (255/35-18) R / Neova (265/35-18)
Wheels F / Rays GT-C (10J-18) R / Rays GT-C (10J-18)
Suspension F / HKS Hipermax D (16kg/mm) R / HKS Hipermax (14kg/mm)
Exterior F/B: Vertex - S/S: Vertex - R/B: Vertex - Wing: Sard
Transmission JZA80
Clutch ORC
LSD ATS

Driver 026 - Akinori Utsumi
Birth Date: April 11th, 1975
Birth Place: Hyogo
Best Positon: 9th Place
Rank: Priority B

The "One Drift" Wonder

The judges give good points during qualifying rounds. But during crucial moments, he "misses" or spins out and therefore can't really get to where he wants to be. But, at the same time, this shows how aggressive he is. Without any mistakes, he can become a true winner soon.

Car: TD06-25G Version
Top qualifier in: Rounds 1, 6, 7
Sponsors C-West / Avant Garde / Freedom / Kei Office / Omega / B Craft / Advan / Rams / T-Weldine / Exedy / Largus / Garage Thrash Racing
Power 560 ps
Torque n/a
Tires F / Neova (235/40-17) R / Neova (275/35-18)
Wheels F / Model 5 (9.5J-17) R / Model 5 (10.5J-18)
Suspension F / Kei Office (10kg/mm) R / Kei Office (10kg/mm)
Exterior F/B: C-West - S/S: C-West - R/B: C-West - Wing: DRFT
Transmission OS-3-Cross
Clutch ORC
LSD Nismo

Driver 032: - Seigou Yamamoto
Birth Date: April 16th, 1971
Birth Place: Hyogou
Best Position: 10th Place
Rank: Priority B

"High-Powered Machine"

After putting in a 2JZ engine, he is powered up crazy with over 600hp. In 4th gear, the wheels won't stop spinning. This sedan is heavy weight, but he recovers with so much power. Watching this vehicle is quite dynamic.

Car: 2JZ-GTE+GT3040 Version
Top qualifier in: Round 3
Sponsors Falken / HKS / RG / Tom's / Nagisa / Nagisa Auto / Largus / Cusco / Missile / Rays / Exedy / T-Up / Takumi / Diversion / Super Made / Banking / Riverside / Mazora / Auto Staff
Power 600 ps
Torque 70 kg-m
Tires F / Azenis ST115 (245/40-18) R / Azenis ST115 (265/35-18)
Wheels F / Rays Gram Lights (9.5J-18) R / Rays Gram Lights (10.5J-18)
Suspension F / RG (10kg/mm) R / RG (8kg/mm)
Exterior F/B: Missile - S/S: Missile - R/B: Missile - Wing: T-Up
Transmission JZA80
Clutch HKS
LSD ATS
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Drifting 101 (Part 1 - The Car)
http://www.drifting.com/forums/showt...?threadid=3352

Drifting 101 (Part 2 - The Tail Comes Out)
http://www.drifting.com/forums/showt...?threadid=3356

Drifting 101 (Part 3 - My First Corner!)
http://www.drifting.com/forums/showt...?threadid=3357
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Judging a Drift Event - Presented by Go Drift

http://www.drifting.com/article.php?...st&show_Title=

Here at Go Drift, we get asked about judging at drift events all the time. Drifting is a subjective sport, true, but there has been a push lately to justify judging decisions with specific numerical judging guidelines for fans and competitors to understand what makes a winning drift.

The finer points of drifting detailed below represent the american approach to judging, which is very similar to what the Japanese judges look for in their competitions. However, the point systems for each of these areas can differ and should not be seen as hard rules for scoring drifting competitions.

Speed/Driving Line
The faster a driver goes through a corner the better. This applies to entry and exit speeds as well as speed maintained through the drift. Although speed guns are not used at drifting competitions, the use of tandem runs makes an advantage in speed more obvious.

Driving line refers to the path the car travels through the corner. Judges prefer to see a driver take a tight line around a corner, putting the nose of the car as close as possible to the apex of the turn. Getting the back end of the car close to the outside of a turn also demonstrates car control and can score the driver addtional points.

Angle
Driving angle of the vehicle is the angle of rotation of the vehicle relative to the direction of its travel. Basically this means that the farther the back end of the car comes around (without losing control), the more points a driver would score in this category. Angle also refers to the length of time a drift is maintained as well as the average angle of the vehicle during the turn. This means that getting the back end to come around for a short period of time won't score the driver many points, even if the angle of rotation was significant.

Showmanship
This is the most subjective area of scoring in drifting events, and it's value relative to the other aspects of drifting varies from judge to judge and competition to competition.

Basically, this category refers to the driving style of each driver but can also include considerations for the vehicle. The judges in D1 are accomplished drivers in their own right and are familiar with all of the vehicles used on the circuit. They are able to use this knowledge to isolate driver skill from handling characteristics of the vehicle when judging events.

The most universal component of this category is smoke. The more tire smoke generated by a vehicle while drifting the more points a driver will score.

This category previously included the driver sticking hands/legs out the window or opening the door in a turn, but D1 now requires windows to be rolled up and prohibits door opening, demonstrating a shift in emphasis to more technical aspects of driving.

Tandem Runs
It is important to discuss tandem runs because the judging changes and tandem runs are used in later rounds to ultimately decide who wins an event.
In tandem runs, each driver of the pair is given a turn at being the lead vehicle. The chase driver must then prove to the judges that he or she is better able to drift by getting as close to the lead driver or better yet passing the lead car in a turn. Conversely, if the lead driver can pull away from the chase driver, he or she can score additional points.

Tandem runs also demonstrate which of the two drivers can perform better under pressure. Drivers often use intimidation to throw off the other driver causing them to lose a drift.

When a driver spins out on a tandem run, he or she loses that run. In case of contact, the driver causing the contact is ruled to have lost the run (usually the chase driver).

By running close together, judges can easily compare the aspects of scoring for solo runs discussed above. Numerical scores aren't as important as judges can simply award a winner based on comparative judgments.

Its important to understand that the concepts discussed in this article are general guidelines for scoring drift events meant to educate the general audience. They do not provide a guarantee of results and should not be used to compare to results from drift competitions. Drifting is still a subjective competition and the judges at an event are the final authority.

This article is currently in the latest issue of the Go Drift newsletter. For more information about Go Drift, please visit Godrift.org
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