Formula Drift Asia welcomes new judge to the panel

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay News | Latest Industry News

• Formula Drift technical manager Kevin Wells mounts judging panel for Formula Drift Asia

• Formula Drift Singapore returns to Changi Exhibition Centre where it all started
• Formula Drift Asia does its part for charity with the limited edition graphic novel


Constantly in pursuit of taking the Formula Drift Asia series to higher levels, Driftpac Pte Ltd, the technical consultant and franchise rights holder of Formula Drift Asia, is revising the judging panel with effect from this weekend’s Singapore leg. Taking over judging duties from Benjamin Khoo, Formula Drift technical manager Kevin Wells will join seasoned judge Andy Yen and Formula Drift USA 2011 champion Daijiro Yoshihara in the judges’ tower. Forming a very balanced panel, each judge lends his own expertise and brings different perspective to provide a highly professional objective scoring platform.


Kevin Wells will be replacing Benjamin Khoo on the judging panel for Formula Drift Asia.


After judging for the past season, Benjamin will be moving on to a more strategic role in Driftpac, applying his strengths and skill sets to fulfill business development roles due to the growing requirements of the Formula Drift Asia series as Driftpac moves forward with larger scale events and sponsors.


Seasoned judge Andy Yen has been in this role with Formula Drift for seven years and known for his astute ability to scrutinise competitors under a microscope. Having been judging the Formula Drift Asia series since it started in 2008, Andy plays a significant role in developing the series and its drivers.


Andy Yen (right) has been a Formula Drift judge for seven years now.


Defending Formula Drift USA champion Daijiro enjoys judging as it offers him a different perspective of the sport, judging from a drivers point of view; putting him in a better position to understand what the judges are looking for during his times of competition. At the same time, Daijiro is passionate about sharing and is always ready to give advice to help fellow drifters.

IMG_5188In Asia, Dai Yoshihara takes on a judging role to give him a holistic drifting development.


“We would like to thank Benjamin for all his judging efforts in the past. He is an integral member of the Formula Drift Asia team since Day 1 and I feel that the timing is now right for him to progress towards a more corporate role in our set-up as we look towards bigger things in the future,” says Marcus Lim, director of Driftpac and co-founder of Formula Drift Asia.


He added, “The introduction of Kevin as our third judge is of good timing. Kevin has been immersed in the Formula Drift scene for the past decade and is familiar with the series and the brand. Currently, Formula Drift USA’s technical manager, Kevin is responsible for implementing the leading edge regulations that places Formula Drift at the top of professional scene. Before joining the Formula Drift team, Kevin was the chief mechanic for Formula Drift USA 2009 champion Chris Forsberg. We warmly welcome Kevin to the Asia crew.”


Driftpac believes in giving back to the society and one of their charitable efforts will be the sale of the limited edition Formula Drift Asia graphic novel at the entrance of this weekend’s Formula Drift Singapore. All gross proceeds from the sale of the graphic novels will go to The Lions Club Singapore East.


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Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

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