While families around the US gorged themselves with turkey and stuffing over the Thanksgiving weekend, drifters from around the world (literally) converged on the now-infamous “House of Drift” at Irwindale Speedway for the annual D1 AllStar competition. What began last year as a shootout with drifters from Japan, US, Malaysia, New Zealand, Britain, and Ireland exploded this year with drivers representing 13 different countries bringing their cars to the same facility which debuted professional drifting to the US just a short 5 years ago. Fans who made their way to the racetrack over the extended weekend were treated to some top-notch drifting and 2 different competitions. Saturday’s D1gp Season Finale functioned as a normal D1 event, with qualifying narrowing the field down to 32 and then 16 before tsuiso tandem battles decided the winner under the lights. Last year’s D1 champion Nobeshige Kumakubo debuted his RWD-converted Lancer to the US with a win, narrowly defeating Atoshi Kuroi’s 180sx after 4 “one-more-time” rounds. Sunday’s competition was a unique ‘All-Star’ bracket which showcased drivers from different countries facing off in a ladder competition., where Vaughn Gitten JR’s Falken Tires Mustang faced off against Kumakubo again. This time, no additional rounds were needed as JR was awarded his second career D1GP trophy after the allotted two runs. Stay tuned for more coverage in a future issue of Modified Magazine!