Motorsports is often referred to as a family, and just like any family, you have a varying level of success. Drifting has always been the black sheep of the group, being looked down upon by the bigger more successful classes like Formula One. But that has not kept the drifting scene from thriving, and now with the news of the sport getting its first Intercontinental Drifting Cup, it has officially become a success.
Returning to where it all began, Japan will host the first ever FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup at the end of September. This is a massive step for Drifting to become a mainstream sport. Not only does this solidify Drifting’s place in the Motorsports world, it will likely help the sport continue to grow. In July of 2016 the FIA set out to find a promoter that was capable of properly showcasing the events while also handling competition management, and of course further growing the sport. Hosting the D1 Grand Prix since 2001 SUNPROS has already established their commitment to the sport, making them an obvious choice as the promoter.
SUNPROS President, Mr. Saita, was happy to say, “We are proud to be able to hold a world competition in Japan with a form of motor sport that originated here. At the same time, I want to contribute to the expansion of drifting competition all over the world – this is an exciting time for this discipline” – An exciting time indeed.
The FIA’s own president, Jean Todt, also had great things to say about the merger, “This is the beginning of a very important category for the FIA. As we continue to develop motor sport around the world, drifting has a great appeal to young people and has a passionate core following which is only going to get bigger.” He then went on to say, “With the creation of the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup, we are building the framework for a standard format which will help the sport continue to grow from grass roots level to more professional competitions globally. We are setting the standard for what I’m sure will be a hugely successful form of motor sport.”
This will mark the first series under the FIA banner that will be judged on form and style, which is typically contrary to that of other motorsports. Even with that the FIA is obviously aware enough to realize the series is only getting bigger, a sign to jump in now or not at all. With D1 and Formula Drift being the top players in the game right now it will be interesting to see how this new Intercontinental Drift Cup will play out, likely to a unified series. The event will take place September 30th through October 1st this year in Daiba, Tokyo. No news yet of if and how it will be broadcast. It’s now safe to say, the red headed step child of Motorsports has officially found its place within the family.