Drift Weekend Delivers on Adrenaline
By: Talk Bangkok
This fuel-injected weekend was highlighted by the D1 Thailand Grand Prix, Thailand's premiere drift racing competition. Over eighty drivers from Thailand, Malaysia, Kuwait, Singapore and Japan competed in rounds one and two of the D1 Grand Prix for a chance to compete in September in the next rounds. The weekend was full of screeching tires, burning rubber and revved engines and the sport's drivers are littered with local stars such at actor Pete Thongjure and radio personality DJ Dre. However, the day belonged to Chanatpon Kerdpiam of Westlake Tyres race team who won the Tsuiso round, or Tandem Race round, followed by Masao Sueanaka of Team Overdrive and Rapee Puangsapong, also of Overdrive.

The Tanso round, in which single drivers race, was won by Auttapon Prakopkong of PTT Performa Drift Team. Masao Suenaka again took second place in this round and Chanatpon Kerdpiam took third.

During Tanso Round, which precedes the Tsuiso round, drivers go through the course alone and are scored based on how closely they stay on the predetermined line, the angle of the car and tires during the drift, the speed in which they enter and exit the turn and the show factor. The show factor includes how much smoke the tires create, how close the car is to the wall or clipping point and the fans reactions. The Tanso round determines how drivers are paired for the Tsuiso round.

The Tsuiso round is a tandem race in which two drivers drive the course at the same time with one leading and one following. They will each get a chance at both positions. The round is judged similarly to the Tanso round except drivers only need to compete against the person they are paired with to advance to the next round. Drivers can earn points for passing the lead car if they are the chaser or if the leader is able to get more separation from the car behind.
 


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