Achilles Formula Drift Malaysia 2012 Presented by Canon


The region’s top Formula Drift Drivers descend in Kuala Lumpur to kick off new season at new venue Speed City KL. Malaysia’s top drift drivers will aim to fly the national flag high at the Achilles Formula Drift Malaysia 2012, presented by Canon, when the event kicks off the first ever 36BOL Nations Cup this weekend, led by the inaugural Formula Drift Asian champion in 2010, Tengku Djan Ley at Speed City KL.

An exciting new season of the Achilles Formula Drift 2012 Series flags off in Speed City KL


The 36BOL Nations Cup focuses on teamwork and coordination where a pair of drivers from each country puts together the two best tandem runs in unison. The team with the most stylish run wins.

Making his comeback from a one-year hiatus, Djan and his compatriots have the perfect platform to give the local fans something to cheer for that will see Malaysia’s best pair of drivers facing off against top Formula Drift teams at the 36BOL Nations Cup, from established countries such as Japan and Thailand, as well as up-and-coming sides Indonesia and Singapore.

 

Another elite ensemble of top international drivers are expected to compete at the fourth edition of the event on 19-20 May, and Malaysia will have 12 drivers donning the national colours at the first leg of the series this year, such as  Ivan Lau from Tayaria Drift Team and compatriot Tan Tat Wei from team Goodyear Malaysia.

 Fan favorites Daigo Saito (left) and Robbie Nichida form the 
Japanese contigent of the Achilles Drift Team

Formula Drift fans can also expect an intriguing battle brewing between the drivers. Fan favourites will look forward to seeing last year’s Achilles Asian Drift Series Champion and Japanese defending champion Daigo Saito from Achilles Drift Team against local hero Djan. The star-studded field will also include drift legend Manabu ‘Max’ Orido, a D1GP driver and Japanese GT Championship winner, a fan favourite for his style and individuality.  Formula Drift USA star Robbie Nishida will also be returning for the 2012 season fresh from the USA series.



“We are delighted to have such a high calibre of world-class drivers at the season’s curtain raiser in Kuala Lumpur at a brand new venue in Speed City, Kuala Lumpur. We are also thrilled to launch a new event in the 36BOL Nations Cup that will add a new dimension to the Series and get local Formula Drift fans behind their best drivers. Nothing brings our patriotism better when nations square off against one another at a competitive level,” said Harvey Davis, Vice President, Event Management Group, ESPN STAR Sports.

Said Djan, “There’s always a rivalry between drivers because we want to do our best against each other. That said, the 36BOL Nations Cup is a wonderful concept and we want to show how great teamwork and solidarity can bring Malaysian drivers and fans together.  It will also give fans an entertaining new spin to the sport, much like an Olympic sport like synchronised diving or swimming.” 

Drifter to look our for at the ACHILLES FORMULA DRIFT MALAYSIA 2012 
this weekend

Djan – MalaysiaM7 Drive

 Ah-Fai (Ser Ming Hui) – Malaysia - Achilles

 Daigo Saito – Japan – Achilles Radial

 Robbie Nishida: Japan – Achilles Radial

Orido – Japan – RSR

 Josh Boettcher: Australia’s Top Dog – GT Radial    

 Oat – Thailand – M150

The Achilles Formula Drift Malaysia, presented by Canon has become a highlight on the sporting calendar, attracting regional interest and talent, as well as world-class drivers hailing from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Australia. Fans in Malaysia can expect a thrilling experience as top-class drivers burn up the course two-at-a-time, often only inches apart, featuring aggressive side-by-side action, nail-biting power slides and spectacular drifting along a series of tight corners as powerful engines roar and tires bellow smoke.

ACHILLES FORMULA DRIFT MALAYSIA 2012 happening this weekend
Dates:         19 - 20 May 2012
Venue:         Speedcity, Selangor Turf Club, Kuala Lumpur
Time:           10.00am to 6.00pm
Tickets:       (Pre-sale) Grandstand: RM 128, Walkabout: RM 28
                   (Event Day) Grandstand: RM 150, Walkabout: RM35

Tickets for the Achilles Formula Drift Malaysia 2012, presented by Canon are available from Ticket Pro (www.ticketpro.com.my or Hotline 03 7880 7999).  For more information, log on to the official Formula DRIFT web site www.formuladriftasia.com. ESPN STAR Sports is the official broadcaster for the event, and the coverage will be aired across its networks, covering 24 countries to a cumulative reach of more than 300 million viewers in Asia.

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