The World Drift Series was held in China's Henan province this weekend. And it was the American driver Vaughn Gittin Junior who got his second triumph this year in China.
This is not pictures from the famous movie Initial D or Fast and Furious. It is on the court of the World Drift Series, one of the major car drifting races in the world.
Drifting is a driving style in which the driver uses throttle, brakes, clutch, gear shifting and steering input to keep the car in a condition of oversteer while manoeuvring from turn to turn. Drivers who love the drift enjoy the thrill involved in the sideways momentum of a high-speed tire shredding drift.
Now drifting has evolved into a competitive sport in recent years. Drivers compete mostly in rear-wheel-drive cars, to earn points from judges based on various factors.
Round 2 of the WDS this year was kicked off in Luoyang, city of central China’s Henan province on Friday. According to the race schedule, Chinese drifters and drifters from across the world including the US, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Thailand competed at the event.
Drifter Ren Longyu said, "It’s my first time to attend WDS and compete with these top drifters from around the world. I feel a bit nervous now. But I’ll try my best."
It was an awesome weekend of drifting for the Chinese motorsport fanatics. The China series has brought in more drifters year over year. And many Chinese drifters have gained fame in recent years. On Friday’s qualifying round, they presented thrilling performance of two-wheel driving.
And the fans just went wild for a chance to see the world’s best drifters compete against locals and themselves in China.
Drifter Zhang Shaohua said, "Good techniques like throttle, brakes, clutch, gear shifts and steering are very important to win the game. But it’s also very important to have a good care and exceptional skill to refit it. So it’s hard to say who will wear the crown tonight!"
The main event was kicked off on Saturday night. The three-hour action-packed event did not disappoint, with acts such as light show, professional dancers, and more to fill downtime between the drifting excitement.
American driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. was a favorite to win before the finals. Vaughn didn’t disappoint everyone. He moved into the final. His competitor, Zhang Shengjun, a Chinese drifter from Taiwan, won the championship in 2011 China Drift Series and the fourth place in WDS in Tianjin last year.
They had a battle that was too close to call, but Vaughn finally defeated his competitor.
The WDS, D1 Grand Prix in Japan and Formula Drift in the USA are considered the three major car drifting races in the world. China has held 12 WDS competitions since 2006. The next stop of this year will soon be held in Yinchuan.