Published on July 6th, 2014 | by Jos Roder0
G1GP: Ebisu – Spring 2014
Since 2009 G1GP has been a Japan based foreigner only drift competition, held at Ebisu on the Friday before the famous Drift Matsuri kicks off. Since its inception, drivers from over a dozen countries have tested their skills against other foreigners from around the world.
For the 2014 Spring G1 GP nearly 40 drivers represented Australia, NZ, Brazil, Finland, Ireland, USA, Switzerland, Italy and the UK.
As per a normal drift competition, sign on takes place and you get your stickers and goodies.
There is no scrutineering for G1, however they asked that everyone keep their driver window closed in case we rolled. Encouraging!
Kumakubo then asked is there anyone that does not have a driver window. Chris DeJager sheepishly put up his hand. They then asked him to cover up the window area as best as he could.
Starting here, there is a slight downhill run and cars are well into 3rd gear before initiating into the tightening right hander.
The white bus in the distance was the judges location for the day. Drivers needed to stay wide (to the outer ripple strip) entering into the right hander, hit the apex at the slowest point then exit to the outer ripple strip before transitioning into the last left hander just out of shot.
After practice, our qualifying was a roulette style, where one of our runs would be judged and we wouldn’t know which one.
Post qualifying, everyone gathered round to hear who would achieve a top 16 spot.
I knew I had not gone wide enough in my qualifying runs and my feelings were confirmed when they announced the Top 16.
The only benefit of not being in the top 16 was I could take some shots as the battles unfolded!
The back straight was used as a parking/pit area for the Top 16 cars as it was right beside the front straight.
Some of the Top 16 drivers swapping stories and watching the other battles unfold,
After the presentation, G1 has a new tradition of a special game of rock, paper, scissors to win prizes and even tyres.
Although I didn’t qualify, I was really quite content to just be a part of the experience and enjoyed every moment of my first G1GP.
Thanks to the Ebisu team for putting the event on.