Driver: Dan Pina
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Team Drift Performance, consisting of Dan Pina, Calvin Wan, and Tony Brakohiapa Take First Place in Portland, Oregon!
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Drift Patrol goes top 8 at Nitro-2-Go Pro Invitational!!!
Drift Patrols last event was the Rim of the World Rally Pro Invitational put on by Nitro-2-Go.
Competition began after Saturdays special stage of the Pro Rally. About 30 drivers tried out for the top 16 spots to compete in the tandem competition. Still getting used to the setup, I was able to qualify in the 16th and final spot.
My first round of tandem competition would be against Falken Tires' Hiro Sumida in his new Silvia S15. Hiro lead first, but went wide on the first turn. I understeered, then trying to avoid Hiro tightening his line, under steered again. It was an ugly run for both of us, but I believe Hiro had the advantage.
Next I lead, and with no rearview mirror, I was going for it. After watching the replay, I almost pulled two car lengths on Hiro before initiating. Hiro spun behind me on the first turn, and I continued to drift without incident (I had no idea he spun). This advanced me to the top 8!
The next round I was paired against my good friend Calvin Wan, driver of Falken Tires G35. He was piloting his personal RX-7. Calvin leading first, went in fast to the first corner. I was a decent distance behind, but sensing an understeer, pulled my hydraulic handbrake to save the drift. Unfortunately, the brake continued to drag and I could not make up the distance. Advantage was Calvins. I lead next, Calvin stayed very close behind. I stood on the gas the entire first turn, and closed the door on Calvin. On the transition, I braked to slow my momentum and try and stay tight to the next apex. Calvin had to hit the brakes hard, and in order to prevent understeer he had to initiate early,... too early. He ran over the apex cones, missing the turn. Advantage was mine. Since Calvin had a bigger advantage on his run, he moved on to The top 4, and eventually the Win. Congrats Calvin!
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