Nob Taniguchi drove a HKS 86. He’s got the 5th position. The several years’ absence had no effect on his drift..
His drift line was very beautiful, but he wanted more power.
His car has 530hp. In the Drift competition nowadays we can say 530hp is powerful, but not so much… His car has a FA20 Super charger, and its powersteering is normal. M. Orido and T. Hibino who drive GT86 have already changed their engines and powersteerings. It seemed that HKS had worked a lot on the car, during pre-season but the car still needs the change. We’ll see how this car is going to be developed in next months.
Since 2006 D1GP has been celebrated at Suzuka Circuit. (except 2009 & 2010)
2012 D1 GRAN TURISMO ROUND 2 SUZUKA
Until now the drivers started from the home straight and ran in the reverse direction and competed in the S-shaped curve, but this year for the first time they run toward the first curve and the secound curve.
The home straight is very long, so the drivers enter the first curve at more than 200km/h and the first courner is quite narrow, so the control of the speed must be very important
There are 16 drivers as Seed drivers. They compete only in the final match.
There are 25 participants for the qualifying match and among them 8 drivers can run in the final match.
The seed 16 drivers are following:
1. D. Saito
2. Y. Koguchi
3. M. Suenaga
4. K. Matsukawa
5. T. Sakuma
6. N. Kumakubo
7. T. Ueno
8. S. Tanaka
9. Y. Matsui
10. K. Takahashi
11. Y. Imamura
12. T. Tezuka
13. N. Taniguchi
14. T. Iwai
15. K. Nomura
16. K. Takayama
The result of the Qualifying match:
1. K. Bai
2. T. Hibino
3. Y. Tadokoro
4. T. Kataoka
5. M. Fujinaka
6. D. Hasegawa
7. T. Murayama
8. M. Orido
Tomorrow first of all there is solo run among the 24 drivers. The 16 drivers can go to the twin run. Among the lower 8 drivers they compete the twin run, which is called Miner twin run. And afterwords among the 16 drivers they compete for the champion.
I know if we were there, we’ll be able to enjoy seeing the severe and exciting drift there all day long. As we’re not there unfortunately, we’ll see how it is by the video and the pictures later on.. ^^
I just discovered this yesterday while surfing the internet. I use to spend time at google maps because in some way is like traveling without spending a penny. And then I realized how will it be driving at Suzuka with any NISSAN available for rent (hahaha). What was my surprised I when I noticed the Street View was available for the whole circuit, just amazing! Go for a walk!!
Three times a year many drift mates abroad come to Ebisu Circuit in Japan to drift toghether.
These periods are called “Drift Heaven”. And during these periods Team Orange and Powervehicles hold “Drift Matsuri (festival)” which contains a drift race called “Gaikokujin Grand Prix (G1GP)”, and a 36 hour drift festival and a BBQs party.
This video is from last year. You’ll find several good videos in the ”Team Orange News Letter” page on facebook.
The schedule of this year is following.. (I’ll show you the schedule of D1GP as well.)