I have been to a few drifting events in my time, covering local club events with VicDrift, right through to the national series, The Australian Drift Grand Prix and Formula Drift Asia round, but nothing could prepare me for the size and scale of the Formula Drift Round 7 at Irwindale Raceway on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
Sharing my experience has got me very excites! The familiar smell of vaporised tires might be the same no matter where you go, but the size of the crowds in the grandstands and paddock area are something new for me at a drift event.
Held at the base of the mountains that separate LA from the desert, Irwindale is where Formula Drift started 10 years ago. It is known as the home of Drifting in America as its where local drifting kicked off and grew into the International success that streams its events all over the world today.
The late afternoon kick off for the final round of the Championship was a photographers dream. Late afternoon sun, big shadows and the golden glow of the SoCal sunset. (Helped out by a little smog of course) These conditions don’t come about too often at the tracks back home as most events start mid morning and finish late afternoon.
The way the entire championship worked out couldn’t have been any better for the organisers. 3 drivers where all in the points race right to the last event of the season…………