drift judge

Here, at WTAC we have a reputation of getting the fastest of the fast, the best of the best and bringing them all together over two days in a festival of automotive insanity that attracts thousands from all corners of the globe. We are always striving to go bigger and better than the previous year and 2016 is no different.

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Earlier this year we announced we will be bringing the night drift back and moving it its original circuit – the North part of the track coming  onto the main straight. We have already confirmed some of the best drifters from around the world coming to compete at the Just Car Insurance Intl Drift Challenge. With the likes of Daigo Saito, Chris Forsberg, Luke Fink and Nico Reid competing we knew we needed the absolute best judges possible. We are confident we’ve got just that.

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Robbie “Bushido Blade” Nishida

Current Formula Drift USA competitor and all round nice guy Robbie Nishida will be the head judge at the 2016 Just Car Insurance Intl Drift Challenge. With his extensive drifting experience as a driver as well as a judge at Formula Drift Japan, Robbie brings a wealth of knowledge to the judging panel. Being fluent in both English and Japanese, Robbie will also be providing insights over the live stream explaining the judges’ decisions.

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Keiichi “Drift King” Tsuchiya

The name says it all really. There are not many people on the planet that can honestly say they have been drifting since 1977. One of the originators of Japanese D1GP and without question one of the most qualified judges on the planet today Tsuchiya-san will be an important part of this stellar panel. As well as judging the Drift King may just take time out to perform a little of his magic on the track.

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Eiji “Tarzan” Yamada

What can we say about Tarzan that hasn’t already been said. The double WTAC champion will be driving throughout the day but once the sun goes down he will be making his way up to the judges’ stand. An extremely qualified judge, Tarzan has judged Japanese D1GP, Formula Drift USA and many more. He always has time for the fans so make sure you stop by and say G’day.

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So there you have it, an all-star, all Japanese Drift Judging Panel. Since drifting started in Japan and is still considered a Japanese style of motorsport we figured an all-Japanese judging panel was the way to go. And we could think of no other people that would be more qualified than the three on the list above.

Stay tuned for some more mind blowing announcements over the coming weeks and make sure to book tickets to the biggest drift event this country has ever seen!


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