National drifting champion Ivan Lau was so close to the podium at Formula Drift Singapore this year – finishing in 4th place after losing to Ken Gushi.
The 33-year-old Malaysian of Team Bridgestone LTM Malaysia is proud to have Malaysia’s Prince of Drift Tengku Djan (also 2010 Formula Drift Asia champion) as his mentor and is eager to score that podium place which eluded him in Singapore.
He was present at Formula Drift Indonesia, but not at the wheel of the car.
Instead, he was there to give Singaporean drifter Ivan Lim crew support as well as be his spotter and advisor.
Ivan Lau will definitely be there at Formula Drift Malaysia later this month. Is there a home advantage for the Malaysian drifters? How confident is Ivan in acquiring that podium place?
Here are Ivan’s comments:
Q: You were nearly there on the Formula Drift podium a couple of times. I’m sure you want it so bad.
A: After coming so close to the podium a few times, this time I really hope to finish on the podium. However, it won’t be easy as a lot of the drivers are picking up and improving their skills. I will still be using my AE86 which is not competitive enough to match the big boys yet, so I guess I’ll need better luck and more consistent driving!
Q: Do you think the Malaysians have a home ground advantage for Formula Drift Malaysia?
A: It may be my home country but the home ground advantage is limited to the mechanical aspect only – that is, easier access to getting parts to fix the car. The course is a makeshift track and not a permanent purpose-built place that we can practise on prior to the competition; hence there is no real advantage.
Q: Last season you were on the same team as Djan. Then?
A: Although Djan and I represent different teams now, he is still my leader and my ultimate competitor. Djan was my mentor and he was helping Tat Wei and me as our spotter during Formula Drift Singapore earlier this year (Djan did not compete in Formula Drift this year) helping us to find the correct line for the course and guiding us to match the judges’ requirements.
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