Red Bull China Drift series held in Zhuhai China,
Ultimately another one of my crazy adventures which I can barely explain to you all via pictures. Im once again the first ever Australia to venture into the RedBull Drift series held in China. This would be my second chance at the event after coming home from Round 2 of the 2014 season not long ago. This was the 3rd and final round of the series so I was very determined to make an impact to secure a chance of doing the entire series in 2015.
I fly into Hong Kong and meet with the Boss, James Tang. One of the best blokes I know and has taken me under his wing for the 2014 season in China. Cant thank this guy enough for everything he has done for me.
The first night is spent in Hong Kong at the L hotel This place is incredible and 8 times higher the anything I’ve stayed in before. I was 80 floors up this time in a penthouse suite haha, its bloody unreal.
The morning view was even better. Damn I’m one lucky dude.
We then spent the morning driving into Main land China to James workshop. This is in Zhuhai International Circuit and James caters for a lot of customers all around China and Hong Kong. I believe he has over 700 customers from all forms of motorsport, its insane and although most don’t speak english they all will give anyone the time of day.
The Workshop is called (Type R club) AKA Team TRC. Here we are having an in house lunch from James’s own Chef who makes the meals everyday. Pure home made Chinese style cooking which taste amazing. Ive no idea what I’m eating half the time but I think its best I keep it this way haha. In this picture, from left to right we have the Famous FNATZ owner and tuner Funatsu-San. He flys over to China to help build and tune all James’s cars. James Tang in middle and then myself.
After Lunch I went for a walk around the track. I enjoy exploring and after finding this massive tower I had to climb it. It wasn’t the safest thing I’ve ever climbed and not being a huge fan of heights I was a little worried haha. All in all it made for a cool pic.
ZIC – Zhuahi International Circuit.
The major Sponsor for my program for the 2014 season is AG Group. This is a Casino in Macau and is very supportive of my China program. Im really looking forward to building a future with this company. The Altezza Im driving is actually one of James’s customers cars which we are renting for the event. Its a 2JZ powered Altezza making around 600HP. Its an amazing car to drive and very easy to control.
Before I knew it, The main day was here. Drifters in China roll in pure style. This seriously blew me away, you’ll never see this in Australia EVER!
Check out the crowd just before we were about to start the Drift comp. Our main event was during the lunch time break and literally drew in thousands of people before we started. I couldn’t wait to see this crowd erupt!!
This was after the event but gives you a good look at the huge amount of people who came to this event. Unreal
I battled my way through the entire field to meet the boss. James Tang in his crazy Redbull Altezza. I was like a video game when you get to the final level and its a boss haha. It was an awesome battle and I was lucky enough to come away with the win.
I went all out and scraped the wall ripping the banners off and also my wing on the fence. The Altezza could literally be put anywhere you wanted it to. I loved driving this beast!
Here is the final 3. What an event
Pumped is a total understatement here. 1st place for the team was such an awesome feeling.
Quick, time for victory skids hahaha!!
This win meant so much to many people. After snapping a ligament and tearing one in my ankle 2 weeks prior to this event. I was looking at not even making the trip over. But after many visits to my awesome Physio Jess Trengrove I was able to make this happen. Thanks everyone, you’re the best!
Special thanks to every single one of these dudes. They bust their arses to make sure every one of us drifters has a car dialled. Wouldn’t have been able to bring home 1ST place without them. Thanks dudes 🙂
This wasn’t the end of it either. We went to an awards night and I ended up coming 2nd in the championship!!! Holy crap haha, I couldn’t believe it a huge thanks goes to James for taking me under his wing. Im really looking forward to trying to come back in 2015. Finger crossed for that 😉
Thank you to all the sponsors, friends and everyone involved in making this a reality for me. Truly am so grateful and ill be seeing you all in 2015 for an even bigger year.
p.s. 2015 is happening woooooyeah!!!