Formula Drift Singapore 2012 speeds into town

By Zaki JufriEvents - 20 June 2012 3:03 PM | Updated 1:36 PM

Formula Drift Singapore 2012 speeds into town

Japanese drifter Daigo Saito will be defending his title here in Singapore. Photo / FaceBook

As most of you know, Formula One is still three months away.

But if you find you can't wait for the fast cars, growling engines and stunning grid girls, then rev up to Changi Exhibition Centre from 30 June to 1 July for a quick fix at the Achilles Formula Drift Singapore 2012.

Formula Drift may not be as famous as F1, but it sounds just as exciting.

Since its inception in 2008, Formula Drift Singapore has grown exponentially and is now part of a four-round South-east Asian drifting championship called Formula Drift Asia, which also takes place in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

If you’re clueless about what drifting is; it’s a form of motorsport which sees drivers dramatically slide their cars at high speed through a marked course. It has gained a huge following in Southeast Asia since the introduction of the race in Singapore and, this time around, the almost six hours of formula drift action will be broadcast to no less than 310 million viewers in 24 countries across Asia.

You will be able to catch a glimpse of the “Prince of Drifting”, Tengku Djan Ley from Malaysia alongside the current Formula Drift Grand Champion, Daigo Saito from Japan, who will be defending his title. As well as New Zealand’s Daynorm Templeman,

Highlights from Formula Drift Singapore 2011. Video / 8 Pixels Productions

Singapore will also field its own team of drifters like Jansen Tan, Ivan Lim, Felix Lim, Vincent Ng, Jason Tan, and Geoveen Hi.

The two-day event also features a display of the latest supercars, not to mention gorgeous race queens.

Motorheads can also expect to see something new at this year’s competition: Canon Nations Cup, which is an exact opposite of the traditional Formula Drift tandem battles. The competition will see a pair of drivers from the same country put together two tandem runs where unison and teamwork is the key to securing the much coveted title.

Achilles Formula Drift Singapore is on from 30 June -1 July at Changi Exhibition Centre. Tickets $30-65 available from Sistic.