I recently met up with a few friends right after the Goodyear Formula Drift Malaysia. Some Malaysian bloke named Tengku Djan won the event in an 180sx with a S15 front end. It was during this conversation that one of us actually asked ‘what goes on during a drift competition’. Answers were given and I later went home and did some googling. I found out that some of our ideas on what a drift competition were correct and we did agree on one thing. A drift competition consists of 2 blokes in rear wheel drive cars trying to go round at least two corners, one left and one right, the fastest and in the most stylish way. It also came to our conclusion that it is the shortest form of car racing there is and it isn’t a real race anyway as you don’t even need to overtake your opponent. One has to lead in the first heat and the other in the second.
In Formula Drift, the drivers are judged on speed (the faster the better), line (the car must come as close as possible to the designated front and rear clip points; the car must change direction at pre-determined transition point), the angle of rear slip (bigger is better) and overall impression (or showboating) , which is a subjective criteria that includes drama and excitement. The competitors are then judged by some judges and a winner is the one that wins the round and then the event.
Now after reading the above, I surmised that drifting is like ballet or gymnastics, or even diving. Other people judge your performance instead of an actual victory by coming number one or something like that. Car control would be paramount as you’ve only two corners to prove your worth although some would then say “Only two corners? So few? How hard could it be?”. And that’s the million dollar question.
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