The History of Car Drifting
Car drifting is one of the many types of motor sports that can also be referred as one type of driving technique which has become very popular among car racers and extreme sports enthusiasts. Ever since it was launched in the All Japan Touring Car Championship three to four decades ago, it has earned its reputation as one of Japan's most exciting motor sports. In this sport, the driver deliberately over steers in order to minimize the traction of the rear wheels of the vehicle while maintaining control despite the extreme speed. The first professional car drifter who also invented some of the most popular drifting techniques was Kunimitsu Takahashi, the creator of car drifting. The first car drifting competition held outside Japan was at the Raceway of California's Willow Springs.
Drifting at Present
At present, sport drifting has become a very competitive motor sport. It is the only car competition in the world wherein rear wheels of the cars are used to produce different techniques to gain points from the judges. Some of the most popular drifting competitions are the D1 Grand Prix of Japan, the BDC of the United Kingdom, Bangladesh's United Racers Club, the Formula-D of the United States and the Superdrift of Italy. The Formula-D of US is now considered as the most prestigious and largest car drifting championship of the whole North America because the participants are mostly professional car drifter drivers known in the world of car drifting.
The Ways of Drifting Competitions
Car drifting can be considered as a formal kind of motor sports because the competition is judged based on the performance, speed, angle and line of the cars as they ride through the special tracks or heat circuit. When it comes to the criteria of performance judges look at several things like the proximity of the car to the wall, the amount of smoke produced and the impact of the performance to the audience. When it comes to speed, if the momentum when entering, traveling or exiting a turn is faster and smoother the better it gets the score. Angle refers to the angle of the car while making the drift while the line is all about the drivers following the correct line of path and this is determined by the judges even before the start of the competition. The judges are situated on a small part of the racing circuit where they can be able to have a good view of the cars and their routines.
There are basically two sessions in every drifting competition and these are the qualifying or the practice session and the final round. The practice session which is also called the Tansou involves all participating drifters in showing their routines to be able to enter among the sixteen finalists. The 16 qualified finalists will move on to the final round in which they will be required to do tandem passes or called the Tsuiso. In this part of motor sports, the drivers are divided into pairs and each pair must make two heat passes on the tracks. For the two pairs who will be performing their best on the eight heats will move on to the four heats and then the pair who will win this competition will be competing as the final two.
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