Formula Drift M’sia 2011: Quick word with Daigo Saito

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

A few days before Daigo Saito left for Malaysia, the news hit the World Wide Web that Daigo will be competing in the 2012 Formula Drift USA Series with Bridges Racing. I think that’s fantastic news and I hope to get a chance to go to the States and see how this Japanese champion stacks up against the strong American drifters! [see official press release from Bridges Racing here]

 

The 2008 D1GP champion has taken Formula Drift Asia by storm – winning every Formula Drift Asia round that he has been to, from Malaysia 2010 to Singapore 2011 and Indonesia 2011. Daigo will be using a Lexus IS-C in Asia and a Lexus SC430 in the States for next year!

388627_305886429445601_131620790205500_947274_1175526969_nAt the press conference, I got a quick word with him (with Robbie’s help to translate of course)…

 

Q: Daigo, you narrowly narrowly missed the 2011 D1GP championship title by that mere few points. How do you feel?

A: I didn’t have that in mind and wasn’t thinking about it, but you just had to bring it up! :( Well, I’m gonna try and not make the same mistakes this weekend so that I can take the 2011 Formula Drift Asia title smoothly.

 

Q: Congratulations on securing your Formula Drift USA 2012 drive! You must be over the top!

A: Yes, I’m really excited and happy about it. Robbie and I have been working to secure a deal for 2 years so that I can go to the States and compete. I’ve been flying up to the States for about 3 years now to watch and FINALLY, I get to compete. It’s been a lot of effort and time and it’s gonna be so worth it!

 

*Orido pokes his head in here, “I’m very happy for Daigo and I really want him to do well there!”

 

Q: Back to this weekend – your relationship with Orido goes back a long, long way when he first judged you in a competition to today when you are beating him! 

A: Orido is very symbolic – he has created an icon for himself as a driver, as a person, with his lifestyle. Robbie thinks going up against Orido is just different from going up against other drivers – something about Orido makes you nervous. For me, I am looking forward to meeting Orido at the top of the bracket this weekend!

 

For more photos, view this album:
Formula Drift Malaysia 2011 – Thursday

 

Related Formula Drift Malaysia stories:

> Interview with Manabu Orido

> Driver quotes from the pre-race press conference

> Confirmed driver list for Formula Drift Malaysia!

> Preview - M150 Overdrive Team and their top driver Non are going all out!

> Preview - Malaysian national drift champion Ivan Lau eyes podium

> Preview - Formula Drift co-founder Ryan Sage and his thoughts on Malaysian drifting

> Preview - Can Daigo Saito win a fourth consecutive time?

> Preview - Max Orido is competing with Team RSR!


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