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HEAVY WET, FAST SLIDING: Ebisu Higashi in the rain

By in 22-08-2014 6:42 pm

Here’s a short video from the 2014 Summer Drift Matsuri at Ebisu Circuit on Higashi Course. One of the biggest reasons I go to Matsuri these days is because Higashi is usually only open for drifting during those events, apart from the occasional High Speed Drift Club.

Rain on Higashi can be a lot of fun, since tyres don’t wear down and cars don’t overheat quite as much. A wet surface even means I can easily click fourth coming down turn four. It does make it a bit sketchy to drive though!

これは私のエビスサーキット東コースの雨ドリ。

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SWEDEN SLIDES: Gatebil Mantorp with Tezuka

By in 25-07-2014 10:06 pm

Check out this edit of the Gatebil event at Mantorp Park in Sweden last month! This was the one I took Tsuyoshi Tezuka to, so he could drift the new Team Driftmonkey guest driver car.

私がD1GP手塚強選手をスウェーデンの改造車イベントに連れて行ってきました!手塚さんはチームドリフトモンキーのゲストドライバーでした。

I love the epic slide starting at 1:13 with all three Driftmonkey cars. That’s me on the interior GoPro with Tezuka.

I didn’t actually drive at the Mantorp event and only rode passenger with Tezuka to get used to the car so I could drive at the next Gatebil in Rudskogen. Since I couldn’t drift myself at Mantorp though, I ended up getting pretty good at the Crazy Cart we had at the booth, which you can see at the 3:24 mark.

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BREISLADD: Powersliding, Norwegian-style

By in 19-07-2014 8:47 pm

It was my birthday last week, and on that day, I was given the chance to guest-drive 750hp Driftmonkey Supra at Gatebil Rudskogen, the world’s most insane modified car event. Not bad eh?

先週、私がノルウェーに行って、「ガテビル」と言うイベントにゲストドライバーをしました!これはパワースライド大会の予選。一本だけ、ウオームアップなし、クリッピングポイントのパイロンも知らなくて、6番気筒をミスファイヤーでも、ガンガンでがんばった!ルーヅコーゲンモーターセンターと言うサーキットです。お客さんもすごかった!D1GPより多いけど、ビビッてない!ご覧ください。

There’s lots more video to come, but for now, here’s my solo run in the “breisladd” (powerslide) competition.

Even with one cylinder not firing, and some pretty wonky angle, I managed to place 20th overall. There were 84 cars invited to the qualifying, including the two other Driftmonkey drivers, team regular Anders Klerud who ended up ranking 5th, and the other guest driver Ken Gushi, who came 24th after mistaking the final outer clipping point as an inner clipping point.

The placement of the clipping points also surprised me a bit, as I wasn’t expecting them to be a good two metres out from the ripple strip! I was just happy to make it fairly cleanly around the course (apparently my clips were all spot-on), but I probably didn’t make as much smoke as the car should have been able to. More pics and vids from Gatebil Rudskogen coming soon!

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