Tsuchiya and Inada talk about the ‘new D1’

Alexi from NoriYaro posted up a bit of a scoop regarding the Tsuchiya and Inada’s move away from D1 and their new series – and it sounds like it’s going to be very MSC like in it’s approach, with no option to see 1000bhp works cars with huge sponsorship. This is an interesting move – because D1GP – whilst inaccessible to normal drivers – was the Halo of the sport in terms of chassis and power. This means D1 will remain the ‘Group B’ of the Drift world, whilst Tsuchiya and Inada focus on more affordable drifting allowing the wealth of talent that Mitto continuously talks about to actually get a chance to drive and show what they can really do in a legal environment. We are however too far now through the year for this series to start in 2011 – so we all expect to see 2012 as the main launch, and hopefully some exhibition matches late this year.

Keichi Tsuchiya and Daijaro Inada

Also present was Team Burst street legend Naoki Nakamura who formally apologised for his arrest earlier this year after being caught street drifting. Tsuchiya accepted his apology and said that he should be ‘given a second chance’, which bodes well for Nakamuras presence in the new series.

Read the full report on NoriYaro here!

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11 years ago

Yay Nakamura Back !! 😀

11 years ago

should be awesome in 2012 😀

11 years ago

they are falling back on the best quote ive ever seen in drifting: KEEP DRIFTING FUN!!!

2012 is gonna be awesome 😀

11 years ago

Some exciting prospects here for a lot of people! Roll on the season 🙂

11 years ago

update on this from Alexi…
“It turns out that Dorikin and GoGo Daijiro’s new breakaway drifting series will be held in 2011, with the first round just over two months away! Perhaps my Japanese isn’t as good as I pretend it is? Thanks to site reader Sergiogon from Portugal for pointing out that Dorikin has released some new limited information on his website. The name of the new drift series is:

Well, that part I did actually know, but I thought I’d hold off just in case they wanted to change the name. Here’s the current logo: http://noriyaro.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/tdmlogo.jpg

Drift Muscle? Anyway, the two main classes are going to be “Muscle” for middle and “Super Muscle” for expert.

Probably of a bit more interest is the schedule!

Round 1: 8th May, Nihonkai Maze Circuit
Round 2: 6th June, Bihoku Highland CIrcuit
Round 3: 17th July, Nikko Circuit
Round 4: 10th October, Suzuka Twin Circuit
Round 5: 3rd November, Sportsland Sugo West Course

West Course at Sugo is the “extreme dirt drop” kart course that they used to use in the earlier seasons of D1. The first corner has been widened a bit since then though.

Dorikin wrote on his K1 Planning site that information about regulations and entry will be up on the website in “one or two days”, and finished by saying “It’s begun for the sake of all lovers of drifting”.

Also, Daijiro is here to remind you that even if you survive crashing and rolling the Stream-Z in the desert at over 240km/h, drinking too much and trying to walk down narrow-ass Japanese stairs can be just as dangerous!”

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