Japan Auto Series: The Second Installment

April 8, 2013 in Japan Auto

The second round of the Japan Auto Series for 2013 unfolded this past weekend at The Rock Raceway in Brakpan. A strong field of 25 cars entered the day’s proceedings but only a few would walk away from the thrills and spills that lay ahead.

The Japan Auto Series is known to be THE place to start competitive drifting with a Silver Cup being the norm for drivers who are less experienced to get some valuable tandem training. Many of the bigger names have cut their teeth in this series and some still compete, making it a smorgasbord of drifting variation and talent.

The tight and technical track may have been somewhat slower than what we have seen so far this year but this made for some very close, door-to-door tandems. Read the rest of this entry →

SupaDrift 02 – The Monstermob Mash

April 2, 2013 in SupaDrift

Monstermob Raceway is notorious for putting on an Easter weekend show that can rival the best. It’s a staple on the motorsport calendar every year and this year it had a little more to offer than usual.

Usually there is a drifting event held in conjunction with the spinning, show and shine and sound off that takes place during daylight hours, and DJ sets that filter through the night. This year though, for the first time ever, the SupaDrift series made Kimberley and its oversized hole in the earth their second stop on the 2013 calendar.

It was great to see that the success of the first round, with a record number of entries, carried over to the second round with a 35 car strong field – despite missing a few of the names we were hoping to see in action. Read the rest of this entry →

The Circus Comes To Town – SupaDrift 01

March 4, 2013 in Reports and Results, SupaDrift

The roadshow that is the SupaDrift Series, presented by Autotrader.co.za, descended on The Rock Raceway in Brakpan this past weekend, bringing with it the sights and sounds that have become synonymous with the National Series.

This was a hugely anticipated event, for the main reason that this would be the first time that all three drifting factions in South Africa joined forces and came together to support one event. We’re hoping that the trend continues throughout the year.

The shocker was the entry list. By the close of documentation, a grand total of 47 drivers had entered, making this one of the best attended events ever hosted on South African soil. Unfortunately many fell victim to the fast nature of the course and the high speed entry. Many failed to make qualifying because of this.

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Rise And Fall – Japan Auto Round 1

February 5, 2013 in Japan Auto

Drift fans had their fill after they indulged in the spectacular drifting there was to offer at The Rock Raceway this past Saturday. The first round of the Japan Auto Championship for 2013 held a lot of promise and a sizeable crowd flocked to the venue.

The sun was shining, the weather was sweet and a field of 25 drifters joined to rip up some rubber and make for a very entertaining event.

The Speed and Sound duo Mikey Skelton in his Speed and Sound Chev Lumina and Jim McFarlane in his Speed and Sound V8 350Z joining in action but creeping in close behind, was a newly wrapped Nissan Skyline R33 belonging to Tim Stephens, now sponsored by Max My Ride Magazine. Another member to receive the MMR sponsorship was Ernest Simpson. This sure did spice things up. Read the rest of this entry →

Japan Auto Finals – One More Time

December 3, 2012 in Japan Auto

With the recent crowning of the SupaDrift and Carnival City Champions, there was only one more championship to wrap up for the year – the Japan Auto Championship (The Shakedown Series hosts their final in 2013).

Once again, as is customary for this time of year on the Highveld, the threat of rain was a very real one. The clouds hung heavy and the sun was nowhere to be seen on the day and this chased many of the spectators away. Those that did attend were treated to fantastic drifting and exciting cars.

The Japan Auto Series requires that competitors attend five of the seven rounds in the year to qualify for the championship points, title and R40 000 purse at the end of the year. It’s for this reason that two separate elimination ladders were run – a championship elimination ladder and a ‘Silver cup’. Where the silver cup would usually be for competitors that failed to qualify in the Top 16, this one was merely for the non-championship competitors. Read the rest of this entry →

 

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