hyundai lateral drift round 1Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), official distributor of Hyundai cars in the Philippines, announces its title sponsorship of the 2013 Hyundai Lateral Drift Pro-Am Championship Series. The 8th season of the series kicks off rounds 1 and 2 on August 31 and September 1 at the Megatent in Libis, Quezon City,featuring heart-stopping lateral drift action headed by six-time champion Alex Perez.

The first and only drift series in the Philippines since 2006 aims to drive motorsports awareness on a nationwide scale. This year, international drift drivers from Japan, Drift Couple Hiromi Kajikuma and Kimihiro Obata will grace the series as guest judges for all six rounds.

One of the highlights of the competition is a drift exhibition by “Pilipinas Got Talent” Season 4 finalists Gio Rodriguez and Ralph Tan aboard the 2013 Genesis Coupe, Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) 2012-2013 Car of the Year Philippines’ Best Rear-Wheel Drive Sports car.

Watch Alex, Gio, and Ralph, along with the country’s top professional and amateur drift drivers face off in sideways drifting and burning rubber action.

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Words by Gracey Maquiniana | Photos courtesy of BMW of North America, LLC
 
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The last time an American held the Guinness World Record for the longest sustained drift was way back in 2008. 2010 Formula Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. set a drift record of 1,915.7 meters in a stock Ford Mustang, which at the time, was thought to be hard to beat. But we guessed wrong as his record didn't stand for long.
 
In the past five years, at least three other drivers from England, China, and Abu Dhabi bested his feat, where the last reached a mind-boggling 11,180 meters. But no matter how hard they try, there was always one limiting factor: tires. These guys could drift all the way to the moon and back if only the tires lasted that long. So the BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina found a loophole in the rules to steal the title back for the USA.
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This is it guys. The title fight for the 2012 Lateral Drift Championship will go down to the wire at Round 6 this December 8 at the Clark Expo Grounds in Pampanga.
 
After the melee at Round 5's night drift, Alex Perez of Team Yellowcab bumps up to the championship ladder and now leads 17 points ahead of closest rival and 2011 Champion, Audel Sison from Autocraft Drift. Meanwhile, Boodie Dabasol from Team Turbo Cafe still has a shot in third place, but a 51 point deficit from Perez would be hard to claw up.
 
Last time the series visited Clark Expo was back in September for Round 2 in this year's championship. It was Dabasol who took the win then with Sison coming in a close second, while Perez's car problems pushed him out of the Top 4. So who will in the championship in 2012? Will it be a 6th title for Perez, a 2nd title for Sison, or a 1st time for Boodie.
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As the championship battle heats up, the 2012 Lateral Drift Championship takes the challenge a step further when it invades the Clark International Speedway (CIS) at night on November 24, 2012 for Round 5. They teamed up with Emperor Motorsports' 0 to 400 Challenge and Circuit Showdown's Time Attack to create a whole day of high octane action.
 
The Time Attack first takes the track from 7:00AM to 2:00PM. Then, from 2:00PM onwards, the drag race and drifting go side-by-side as they burn up some serious rubber until midnight.
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Now on its half-way-point, the 2012 Lateral Drift Championship is shaping up to be one of the most highly-contested seasons in its history. With only 72 points separating the top four pro drivers in the title race, catch the high-flying sideways action as they head to Round 4 this Saturday, September 29 at the shoe capital of the Philippines in Marikina City.
 
This is not the series' first time to visit the venue. It hosted the last two rounds of last year's championship, where Audel Sison of Team Autocraft Drift clinched the title. Situated right behind the Marikina Sports Complex in Parang, Marikina, every last inch was packed with spectators in 2011 as they all enjoyed the new adrenaline-pumping sport of drifting. So, to make the show even better, the City of Marikina offered a bigger venue in front of the City Hall this year that will not only allow for a bigger track, but also accommodate even more spectators.
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After an action-packed Round 1 saw reigning champion Audel Sison defend his title, the 2012 Lateral Drift Championship is shaping up for an even more exciting Round 2. But instead of just burning rubber, they're out to prove that drifters too have a heart, on August 18, 2012 at the Clark Expo open parking grounds
 
Dubbed as “Drift for a Cause”, Round 2 will be a fund raising event for the benefit of our countrymen in Pampanga, who were affected by the non-stop rain between August 6 to 8, 2012 that flooded most of Central Luzon. 
 
Organized by the Lateral Drift Production and Creator Studio, this leg will be held in conjunction with a Car Show and Sound Off. Entry fee for the Car Show and Sound Off is P1,500/car. And exclusive for this round, they'll be offering Drift Rides at P250/person and even Drift Lessons for those who want to get a grip on drifting. There'll also be an on-site Carwash for a fee. All the proceeds gathered from this event will be donated to flood relief operation in Pampanga.
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After nine action-packed rounds and one new champion in 2011, the Lateral Drift Championship is finally ready to get sideways this 2012, starting with the 1st Round this Saturday, July 28, at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. The tire-burning action begins promptly at 1:00 PM and last through the night until 8:00 PM. Admission is free to anyone who wants to see these monsters burn up some rubber. 
 
Get ready for the 7th year running of the Philippines' premier drifting series. This season will have a full calendar of six rounds that will begin this July and last until the month of November. Four of the rounds will be held in the heart of Manila at the Quirino Grandstand, while the remaining two will take the challenge back to the Clark International Circuit in Pampanga.
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Story by Ronnie Trinidad of Sprocketph.com
 
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Red Bull driver and 2005 Formula D Champion Rhys Millen invaded the streets of Manila last April 30, 2012 as part of the world's biggest energy drink's “Action Attack on the Philippines” event to launch the brand in the country. While thousands of spectators, a couple dozen security officers, and a handful of hired extras were able to watch the 39-year-old New Zealander burn up some rubber up close, I was one of the few lucky people who were able to personally meet the man himself.
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Drag race demons take to the strip as Emperor Motorsports and Speedlab bring you the 0 - 400 Challenge on March 17, 2012 at the Clark International Speedway (CIS) to see who's the real king of the quarter mile. The special motorsports day will also feature a Speedway Auto Show, Loudmatch, and Car Porn Racing's Drift Fest in one big event. 
 
Entry fee is P2,500/car with a P5,000, P3,000, and P2,000 cash prize for each of the class winners:
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Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
 
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Before last weekend set in, American drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. was happily holding-on to his record for World’s Longest Car Drift, which he set in a stock Ford Mustang at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in December of 2008. Two and a half years later, Mauro Calo had the pleasure of snatching the title away from him in a 2011 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG at the Mercedes-Benz World in England.
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