We saw him at Formula Drift Singapore in June during his FD debut, where Muhammad Rulli Armando (nicknamed Dido, the Super Drift Boy) was knocked out in the Round of 32 by Ser Ming Hui (aka Ah Fai) of Malaysia after qualifying 24th.
Pleasing the home crowd well this time, Dido qualified sixth with a best score of 76.2% – the fourth highest Indonesian drifter over the weekend – and then gave them good reason to cheer when he made it to the final and clinched his first Formula Drift Asia podium.
Only 19 years of age this year, Dido is a national drift champion (having won the GT Radial Jakdrift 2010) as well as a national karting and touring car champion. His love for wheels began at the age of 2 when his parents got him an ATV and then he started racing in karts in 2002 – his first race was in the Asian Karting Open Championship.
Dido’s route to the Final 2 began with Akbar Rais in the Round of 32, then he met FD USA regular Robbie Nishida in the Sweet 16. Nishida’s transmission broke and the battle was abandoned, giving Dido the win.
Next, Dido met Regi Fiandisa Anggoro (nicknamed Rendiza) in the Great 8. Rendiza came to a heartbreaking stop when he was chasing, throwing the advantage into Dido’s lap.
Dido saw what happened in the mirrow and capitalised on it, bravely launching a super aggressive chase on Rendiza – which wasn’t really necessary as he already had the upper hand and could have just done a safe chase home.
In the semi-final, Dido met the third and last fellow Indonesian of his journey to the final – Rio Saputro Budihardjo (nicknamed Rio SB).
Bad luck seem to descend upon Dido’s rivals during their chase – first with Nishida, then Rendiza and now Rio whose driveshaft broke halfway through the chase drift. Poor Rio had to end his journey there and was not able to make it to the start line for the 3rd/4th placing battle, hence placing him officially in 4th place.
Nothing went wrong with Daigo’s car in the final unlike the previous 3 contenders that went against Dido and Daigo easily clinched first place with a straightforward battle.
Here’s a video of Daigo chasing Dido in the final, hot on the ass of Dido:
Mobbed by Indonesian media at the press conference after the prize-giving ceremony, I managed to get to him and ask him about his thoughts and feelings. He said: “This is Indonesia my home country and I’m very happy to be standing here representing Indonesia. What I learnt today is that everything is truly unpredictable.”
I also asked him: “Along the way to the final, at which point did you think ‘Hey I think I got a shot at the final man!’” He replied: “I got very confident during the Great 8 battle against Rendiza when I saw in the mirror that he had spun out. Hence I just went for it during the chase! When I went against Daigo I had nothing to lose – I have watched videos of him on YouTube before and he is a good driver.”
Dido will be heading to Formula Drift Malaysia next.
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