Formula Drift M’sia 2010: Last four standing

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The semi-finals saw Ryuji Miki and Daigo Saito meet in an all-Japanese battle for a spot in the finals. What a pity as an all-Japanese final would have been exciting! Miki made a correction in the first run when he was chasing Saito and the second run was a bit controversial but not enough to warrant One More Time.


After watching the replays several times, the judges decided it was Saito’s win.


In the other semi-final, Kokae took on Rifat and Rifat killed his own show with errors in his runs.


The final was ultimately between Saito and Kokae, but before that Miki and Rifat competed for third place first. Rifat again made mistakes, giving the win to Miki.


During the final, Saito led first and Kokae followed well but in the second run, Kokae committed a huge error in the last five metres. Rounding up his run with a donut after spinning, the results were only announced at the prize giving ceremony.



It’s Saito’s first ever Formula Drift event and he had a few close shaves here and there, barely making it to the end. All’s well that ends well though and Saito lives up to his name.

Although Djan failed to make it to the top 16, he still clinched the overall Formula Drift Asia title, having scored the most championship points over the three rounds in Singapore, Thailand and this weekend in Malaysia.

In addition, fourth-placed Rifat was given a subsidiary award for being the Most Competitive Driver. Here are some photos of the prize giving ceremony:

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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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