Welcome to the adrenaline-fuelled world of professional drifting.
WHAT IS DRIFTING?
Drifting is a driving style in which the driver uses the throttle, brakes, clutch, gear shifting and steering input to keep the car in a state of oversteer while maneuvering from turn to turn.
Drifters emphasize car control by coordinating the amount of counter-steer (or opposite lock) with the simultaneous modulation of the throttle and brakes to shift the weight balance of the car back and forth through the turns. Furthermore, they strive to achieve this while adhering to the standard racing lines (or designated “clipping points” if drifting in competition) and maintaining extreme slip angles. It is the most difficult, demanding and exciting way to drive a car on a track.
WHAT ARE PROFESSIONAL DRIFT COMPETITIONS?
As with any sport, casual drifters quickly reached a level where they wanted to test their skills against other drivers in a competition format. Professional level drifting competitions are hugely exhilarating and will often feature some of the most exciting driving you’re ever likely to see.
The competitors aim to complete a pre-defined course (as laid out by the nominated judges) while sticking as closely to the judged criteria as possible, earning points for their proximity to the clipping points, their speed throughout the course and, most importantly, the amount of style with which they do so. Slow drifting with a lack of commitment will get marked down, while fast, intense drifting will rack up the points!
After their individual qualification runs, drivers are paired up against each other for ‘twin battles’ as they are commonly known. Run to a knockout format, the aim is for the chase driver to follow the lead driver as closely as possible, sitting door-to-door at massive speeds, all while sideways and with smoke billowing off the rear tires.
These battles are the real highlight of competitive drifting and provide some of the biggest entertainment available in competitive motorsport.
THE DRIFT MASTERS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Drift Masters GP started out with humble beginnings in 2014, with just 3 events held at one small custom built track. Even from the very beginning, however, the series was truly adored by both drivers and fans alike, really making us want to push the boundaries of what we could achieve.
Moving into 2015, we expanded to a 5-round championship, then moving on to a constant 6 events in both 2016 and 2017. Never ones to rest on our laurels, last season saw the Drift Masters GP reach its most prestigious venue to date in that of the famous Formula 1 circuit, the Hockenheimring.
As we move towards the beginning of the 2018 season, it’s safe to say that the Drift Masters European Championship aims to become the definitive professional drift organisation in Europe. With a calendar containing Europe’s highest-profile events and a grid of Europe’s most talented drivers, this is the championship drift fans have longingly anticipated for over 10 years. The very best venues, drivers, teams, organisers, promoters, judges, photographers, videographers, track team and livestream producers will work as one united entity to achieve a true world-standard European Championship.
Time to get excited? You bet it is! The fight to become the TRUE European Champion has begun … Check out all of our 2018 events here.