Formula Drift S’pore 2011: Slipping and sliding at qualifying

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

The sun was beating down unforgivingly at the start of the day, as Group 1 (there were 2 groups) of the drivers went out for their official practice.


Halfway through, dark clouds gathered and threatened the skies, finally opening up and pouring relentlessly as the drivers took shelter back in the pits and waited for the rain to cease.


An hour or so later, the downpour stopped and Group 2 went out for a really slippery practice. Daigo Saito seemed to be unaffected by the conditions and confidently took the track, managing to smoothly take the line.


The wet and gloomy weather persisted for the rest of the day, freeing up in time for a drivers’ autograph session during the public pit walkabout and also the Top 32 qualifying session.


Some of the drivers struggled with the damp track as they fought to stay on course and hold the drift. Slipping and sliding through, the track started to dry as the 44 drivers each took two qualifying runs.


The Malaysians emerged triumphant eventually, with Tan Tat Wei (who finished on the podium at last year’s Formula Drift Singapore), Ivan Lau and Ee Yoong Cherng topping the qualifying chart.


In case you are wondering where Malaysia’s Prince of Drift Tengku Djan is, he is not participating in Formula Drift Singapore this time but he is here in person to catch the action and wish his friends well.


Daigo Saito of Team SPARK Motorsports was doing well in practice remember? However, he spun at the last turn during his first run and had to keep it safe to make sure he qualifies, hence he kept it safe. His team-mates Ken Gushi qualified in 5th, Charles Ng in 20th and Robbie Nishida 23rd.


Unfortunately for Singapore, only one of the five local boys made it to the Top 32 – Jason Tan managed to qualify in 31st place. Local drift star Ivan Lim spun on his first run and had his axle broken while doing a burnout on the start line when getting ready for his second run.


Btw, there are only 31 qualifiers because only 31 of the drivers managed to gain points for their runs while the rest spun.


Here are the rest of the results:

Qualifying_copyAnd here are some photos of the day:


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