Formula Drift is unique among other motorsports because it’s judged. This is something that is well established and is a part of what gives professional drifting it’s appeal.
But what if drift drivers and their cars were judged on things other than just drifting? That’s what the Formula Drift Skills Battle is all about. It’s an invitational competition between a group of Formula Drift drivers pitted against each other in several challenges.
Judged by their peers each driver is looking to excel at each challenge and take home the trophy and bragging rights at the end of the day. The trick is not every challenge in front of them is about drifting. Sure, there is plenty of sideways action involved but they may also be asked to do something against the norm like a drag race for example.
Heck, it could get even crazier than that but we won’t spoil it here. We will say that there are three challenges ahead for the competitors and the judges aren’t going easy on anyone of them.
Speaking of, the judges for this year’s Skills Battle are regular FD judge Andy Yen, Formula Drift competitor Ken Gushi, and YouTuber/Influencer/budding drifter TJ Hunt.
The competitors are: Mike Essa, Dan Burkett, Dai Yoshihara, Odi Bakchis, Trenton Beechum, Jeff Jones, Kyle Mohan, Rome Charpentier, and Dylan Hughes.
You may easily recognize some of those names and others not so much but by the end you’ll know what each driver is made of.
Check out the full 2021 Formula Drift Skills Battle below. With Formula Drift round 1 still about a week away, this competition makes a nice primer to get ready for the 2021 season.
After you’re done watching, let us know what you thought of the competition in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.