Published on September 4th, 2015 | by Jos Roder0
Australian Drifting Grand Prix Levels Up
There is something in the air. It feels as though the Just Car Insurance Australian Drifting Grand Prix has stepped up to a new level in terms of organisation, sponsorship and marketing for season 2015/16 and Drift Life is excited!
The drivers and teams have responded to this noticeable step, with a larger group of competitors committing to the season, bringing an amazing mix of highly prepared drift machines and top drivers to Melbourne for Round 1 at Calder Park Raceway, the birthplace of the ADGP for some tyre burning, door to door drift action.
Round 1 kicks off 5 -6 September (this weekend!) and with weekend passes from $35 or only $15 Saturday and $25 Sunday, there is really no excuse not to head out to Calder Park and watch the best drift action you will be able to see in Australia. The layout promotes great driving and anyone with a passing interest in the sport would not be disappointed in the action they would see.
For those that have been in the Australian drift scene for a while and seen a few national drifting championships collapse over the years, it’s reassuring to see ADGP hitting its strides this season and really taking the series to a new level. The flow on effect is that it ensures Australian drifting has a clear path with a top tier national series everyone in the scene can be proud of and if you are a budding or upcoming drifter, something to aspire to. This is something that ADGP Championship Manager Brett Wilkinson and his team have been working hard on since day one.
“Moving into our fifth season we continue to develop and evolve the sport of drifting within this country,” Wilkinson said.
Announcements for the upcoming season by the ADGP team have been coming thick and fast over the last few months as the countdown builds to the start of the season. Combined with the influx of social media activity around new and rebuilt cars, new team sponsorship announcements and dyno graph figures from the last minute tunes and wraps (drifters always leave things to the last minute, it’s just a fact!) we think you will agree that this series has a real buzz around it, something Drift Life feels has been missing from the build up to the previous few series.
“ADGP really set the benchmark for drifting in Australia and we can’t wait to get this season underway with a huge field of the best drivers and cars in the country, all putting on an awesome display of driving, smoke and noise for the crowds at Calder Park,” said Wilkinson.
The ADGP team have decided to bring the championship under the banner of the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) who are Australia’s motorsports governing body. As part of the agreement with CAMS, a new set of Sporting and Technical regulations have been put together and approved that will govern how the championship will run and what is required from a technical viewpoint also.
“Our core aim is to introduce a new demographic to the sport we love so much in a safe, exciting environment and feel that CAMS can help us achieve that”
Although Drift Life is a little disappointed a live streaming solution has not been able to be sourced for this season, a proper streaming solution is still quite a cost prohibitive exercise so we will just remain hopeful for next year. Not to despair, fans will still be able to catch significant highlight packages that will be put together by Jet Multimedia who are teaming up with internationally renowned drift film crew Norbe. A total of nine shows will be put together during the season and you can catch all the action on 7 Mate, so check your local guides for more information.
To show that Brett and the ADGP team are serious about what they are doing and are not sitting on their feet, in addition to ADGP’s National Drift and State-based Driftkhana series’ within Australia, ADGP will be running several events in Asia, with events scheduled in Indonesia and Thailand and the intention to expand into the Philippines, Malaysia and China in 2016 and beyond.
As far as drivers lining up for Round 1, let’s start at the top!
Last year’s Australian Drifting Grand Prix champion was Michael Rosenblatt and he will return to defend his title in the Nulon Nissan Skyline R32.
Levi Clarke in the Exedy Drift Team V8 Silvia has one of the most spectacular and professional cars in the championship and will again make a run at the title in 15/16 after finishing runner up in the 14/15 series.
Jake ‘Driftsquid’ Jones has recently announced that not only does he have a new naming rights sponsor in Just Car Insurance, but he will also be competing in the ADGP for the first time ever, in his wild Nissan Sonvia.
This is only just a taste of the quality of the field but the driver’s list is really a who’s who in the Australian drifting scene, For a full entrant list and more information on the full season schedule, head to the official website at www.australiandriftinggp.com.au and stay tuned to updates via their Facebook page.
Bring it on!!