ESPN Formula Drift Pro Am, Singapore 2009

ESPN Formula Drift Pro Am, Singapore 2009

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Tyrepac was one of the proud sponsors of the ESPN Formula Drift Pro Am held in Singapore from 4th to 5th of July at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

Formula Drift Singapore Pro Am

This year’s event saw a gathering of 37 amateur and professional drifters from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Thailand compete in front of a sold out crowd of more than 4000.

Singaporeans and tourists catching all the sideways action.

Singapore was represented by the likes of Ivan Lim, and Jansen Tan, who claimed a top 8 spot. Eventually, the large contingent from our friendly neighbours, Malaysia took the top 3 spots. Tengku Djan, last year’s runner-up and a strong contender right from the start, won the championship with a string of consistent runs.

Johan Norman Azam and Ariff Johanis, both Team Goodyear drivers, took second and third spot respectively. Amidst the field of drifters was also notably Jane Cheah, the only female drifter. Jane is also from Team Goodyear.

Team Goodyear took second and third spots

Goodyear’s support for drifting events in Asia is evident, from the inaugural Formula Drift in 2008, to this year’s event. Formula Drift Thailand in November 2009, and Formula Drift Malaysia in December 2009 have also been announced. We may just be seeing the beginning of Formula Drift Asia.

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The day was packed with rubber-shredding sideways action.

“Come on! We want more! Okay?”

Special guest judges were invited from Formula Drift USA, comprising of Andy Yen and Tony Angelo. The field of 37 drifters was scaled down to 16, and 8 before the final 4 competed for the top 3 spots.

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Girls, a staple in every motorsport event

Mattie Griffin entertained the crowd with his excellent bike control on both days. There were plenty of crowd pullers around, with drummers, game booths, merchandising, and of course not forgetting some eye candy.

Mattie on a wheel

Throughout all the whirlwind entertainment, Tyrepac was trusted to diligently ensure that the drivers never had to worry about their tyre changing.

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Tyrepac took care of all tyre changes.

The ESPN Formula Drift Pro Am was a great success and I am sure when it comes around next year, it will be a bigger and better event. And Tyrepac too, will be there again to ensure that no tyre is left unchanged.


Words by: Ler Hwee Tiong
Captions by: KON


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