Formula Drift Long Beach 2012: Day 2

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

Welcoming a sold-out crowd for the first time at downtown Long Beach, the Formula Drift Pro Series 2012 took off in great fashion, with one of the tightest qualifying ever as drivers qualified within a point of each other. A repeat of history was witnessed when the final battle saw Justin Pawlak go up against Daijiro Yoshihara again.


Like last year, Dai’s America’s Tire/Falken Tire S13 lost to the Falken Tire Ford Mustang of JTP and Dai was a little frustrated. He said, “I met JTP twice last season and I lost to him both times. This time I really wanted to beat him but I didn’t, so I’m kinda frustrated. Still, a second place is a good start to the year..”

524324_384329734934603_131620790205500_1158301_2114467600_nA most interesting highlight of the day had to be the battle of Dai vs. Daigo! The 2011 Formula Drift USA and Formula Drift Asia champions met in the semi-finals and it was the first time they ever competed against each other. 

547553_384329131601330_131620790205500_1158279_987355241_nDaigo lost to Dai this time, but you can be sure he will not let Dai off so easy. He said, “My aim is to finish first in everything I compete in and I’m a little disappointed that I only came in third, but I will keep trying my best and the top is always my goal. Was it tough against Dai? Well if it was easy I would have won! Ha ha ha!”


Daigo has proven to be a strong force to be reckoned with, clinching a podum finish on his Formula Drift USA debut in third after beating Matt Powers in the battle for third.




Don’t forget – It’s Daigo’s first time competing in the States and although he feels a little uncomfortable largely because of the language barrier (he cannot speak English at all except for “Thank you” and “Bye”), he adapts to the track quickly and just wants to win.


Here are the results of the rest of the battles:

536086_332218510173453_329277243800913_901587_1391054652_nCongratulations JTP, Dai and Daigo!


Here are more shots from Day 2:


During the drivers’ meeting I stole a quick shot with the boys from (Rod Chong and Larry Chen):



For a moment this may seem like circuit racing, but on closer look you realise it’s the Top 16 driver parade:



I wouldn’t mind having such a pretty bonnet damper! 



During the champagne spray-out, Dai and JTP popped their bottles first and poor Daigo literally got sprayed off his block.



He took his time to open his bottle and got JTP back IN THE FACE!



For more photos, view:

> Formula Drift 2012 Long Beach: Battles

> Formula Drift 2012 Long Beach: Qualifying

> Formula Drift 2012 Long Beach: Setup + Street Parade


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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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