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New Web Show Called Tuerck’d Has Arrived [VIDEO]

This series featuring Formula Drift driver Ryan Tuerck comes out in one week from today on the Network A YouTube page. Ryan tells everyone what he is thankful for including e-brakes and private roads which we can only imagine will be a preview for his new web show.

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2012 Formula Drift Asia – Indonesia [RESULTS]

Indonesia turned out to be a crazy weekend finishing off the 2012 Formula D Asia series this weekend. A massive rain storm forced last minute changes to the track so the drivers could avoid flooded areas of the course. All and all it was a crazy weekend in Jakarta but Daigo Saito keeps his undefeated streak alive. He won the round keeping his undefeated streak alive with Fredric Aasbo from Norway managing to hop on the podium with a third place finish.

1. Daigo Saito
2. Tengku Djan
3. Fredric Aasbo

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2013 Formula Drift Asia is heading to Sydney, Australia

According to Cheryl Tay today on her blog post from Formula Drift Indonesia it has been announced that Achilles Tire has resigned a multi-year agreement to continue sponsoring Formula Drift Asia. In the biggest news they are expanding the 2013 season to include Sydney, Australia to the calendar. Due to the weather conditions in Australia we are assuming that the season will not close in Indonesia next year but will end in Australia for 2013. Internationally Formula Drift is also moving onto the FOX network for all you viewers in Asia. If you want a great sneak preview of everything going down in Indonesia this weekend you can visit Cheryl’s blog below.


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CraveOnline Host Nash Herrington Goes Drifting With Fredric Aasbo

Nash Herrington, host of CraveOnline’s show ‘Clocked Out,’ headed out to Round 7: Title Fight to get a first-hand experience in the passenger seat of Fredric Aasbo‘s Team Need for Speed Scion tC.

Coverage can be seen from 25:40-28:08.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. Testing Nitto Tires [RUMORMILL]

The rumors around this Vaughn Gittin Jr. program come to us in the time span of about three day. The first big announcement came when the Falken Tire Motorsport PR lacked the name of Vaughn Gittin Jr. on the first day of the 2012 SEMA Show. Coming off the SEMA show we heard several rumors that a deal had been resigned with Falken Tire but now at best that seems to be up in the air.

Recently the guys at ASD and Vaughn Gittin Jr. have been testing Nitto Tires with his 2013 Ford Mustang. We did hear this from several reliable sources but it is unclear if a deal has been struck with Nitto and Vaughn Gittin Jr. yet. It sounds like the new program has quite a few things to work out but who knows what tire company we will see Vaughn on in 2013 at this point.

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A Trip to the 2012 Autumn Matsuri [VIDEO]

Here is one of the first videos from Matsuri with some series car on car tandem action from the weekend. So close in tandem these guys are high fiving and knocking on each other’s hood while flying around the Ebisu Circuit. You cannot watch enough Matsuri coverage and here is an example from the most recent festival.



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Formula DRIFT Asia – Round 3: Indonesia

The fifth Formula Drift Asia season is set for a showdown finale this weekend at Formula Drift Indonesia, the third leg of the series to be held on November 17 and 18 at the West Parking Area of Jakarta International Expo (JI Expo) in Kemayoran, Jakarta. At the end of the competition on Sunday, we will witness the crowning of the Formula Drift Asia 2012 champion. Current championship leader Daigo Saito of the Achilles Drift Team, who has won the previous two rounds in Singapore and Malaysia, is confident of defending his title.

Daigo, the recently-crowned Formula Drift USA 2012 champion and reigning Formula Drift Asia champion said, “I am pretty confident about winning the Formula Drift Asia series. It would be a perfect ending for me and my sponsor Achilles to wrap up the season with a win at Jakarta and the overall title.”

Standing in second and third place of the championship are Tengku Djan Ley, Malaysia’s Prince of Drift, and Rio Saputro of Indonesia who will be eager to perform well on homeground. Toughening up the competition will be Formula Drift USA regulars Kenshiro Gushi and Robbie Nishida, as well as Indonesians drifting stars Emmanuel Amandio and Rulli Armando who finished second at last year’s Indonesian leg.

Making his Formula Drift Asia debut with the RS-R team is Fredric Aasbo, the Norwegian drifter who made a mark in the North American drift scene when he clinched the Rookie of the Year award at the 2010 Formula Drift USA series.

Commenting on his first time in the Southeast Asian premier drifting series, he said, “I am absolutely honoured to get to drive the RS-R Toyota Supra, which has previously been driven by my Scion Racing team mate Ken Gushi and the original drifting guru Max Orido. I have a lot of faith in the RS-R crew as they know the Formula Drift Asia scene and competition format very well. I am very excited to get to work with them for this round. This is a learning experience for me, but – as always – we will be taking on the competition to the best of our ability.”

In addition to the main event, the new competition segment introduced this year will not be missed in Jakarta. Called the 36BOL Asia Drift, selected drivers will be paired up to represent their sponsors and perform two tandem runs where points are awarded for teamwork and coordination. The team with the most stylish and best executed runs wins.

Giving more recognition to the drivers and the crew, new subsidiary awards have also been added for this year. Besides the typical overall driver and team championship awards, there will be:

Pioneer of Drift award – Recognizes the driver involved who has significantly contributed to the scene in Asia since the inaugural Formula Drift Asia event.

Spirit of Drifting award – Recognizes the efforts of the driver who believes in the sport and keeps on trying at every single round regardless

Best Drift Style award

Team Manager of the Year award

Crew of the Year award

With the fans at heart, exciting limited edition memorabilia will be launched at Formula Drift Indonesia. A second limited edition Formula Drift Casio G-Shock watch will be released with Kenshiro Gushi as the ambassador again; this time the watch will be sporting a locally inspired theme. The first Formula Drift G-Shock was launched at the Singapore leg.

A collaboration with Sparco Singapore also sees two exclusive t-shirt designs – a classic “I Love FD” tinged with gold foil and a “Drift or DAI Trying” edition endorsed by Formula Drift USA 2011 champion and Formula Drift Asia judge Daijiro Yoshihara.

Last year, Formula Drift Asia made history with its first ever ‘live’ broadcast at its Indonesian leg. Since then, there has been a ‘live’ broadcast of the Top 16 battles at every round. This weekend, Formula Drift Indonesia 2012 will be broadcasted ‘live’ on STAR Sports on Sunday, November 18, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm (Jakarta time).

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