Formula Drift has aligned with the Irish Drift Championship (IDC) and British Drift Championship (BDC) to form a strategic alliance to develop the future rules and regulations for drifting. This announcement comes shortly after the FIA announced they would hold the first international competition – the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup – on September 30 – October 1, to be held in Daiba, Tokyo, Japan.
“Drifting, by it’s very nature, has always been geographically segregated and this, in my opinion, naturally restricts global progression,” stated David Egan, CEO, Zigen Promotions – Irish & British Drift Championship.
“Those in a position of influence generally work independently, without the additional knowledge gained by fellow organizations,” Egan said, adding “I believe this strategic partnership with Formula Drift opens a positive channel to which we can combine resources and experience, with the betterment of the sport being the prime objective. ”
As part of the new relationship, IDC and BDC champions will receive Black Magic Formula Drift Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras Pro licenses, while the #2 to #8 ranked drivers from IDC and BDC will receive a Formula Drift Pro2 Championship license beginning in the 2018.
“We have had long time ties to Europe via various European drivers that have come into the Series,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula Drift. “There is no better time to deepen these ties to ensure the future of our sport.”
“Professional drifting has witnessed a dramatic increase in global popularity and professionalism within recent years and I feel that much of this success can be credited to the ambitious and methodical approach of the Formula Drift championship,” stated David Egan, CEO, Zigen Promotions – Irish & British Drift Championship.
“While we at the Irish and British Drift Championships have certainly forged our own paths and enjoyed numerous successes, we have looked to Formula Drift (as a world leader) for inspiration from afar.”