The pro drifting world just got smaller (again). Some eight months after Formula DRIFT (FD) – arguably the biggest name in the motorsport today – revealed a partnership with the British Drift Championship (BDC) and Irish Drift Championship (IDC), the series and Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC) announced via press release they too would be collaborating in 2018. The stated aim is to create an open dialogue between the two series to facilitate greater alignment and cooperation between FD and DMEC.
Formula D co-founders Jim Liaw and Ryan Sage plan to travel to Torun, Poland, to continue discussions with the DMEC series organizers, with a view to growing the partnership for the future. As part of the initial agreement, FD will award Pro licenses to the top eight drivers in the DMEC series who do not currently hold them. This will allow these drivers to compete at the highest level in Formula DRIFT for the following season. At the same time, all current FD Pro license holders will be eligible to compete in DMEC events for the entire championship season or selected rounds. To assist with their future entry into Formula D, FD and DMEC will award the top three drivers from the DMEC series a scholarship.
“The aim is to bring the drifting world closer together by aligning the two series and our methods of operation,” said Liaw. “We all agree that by working together, we can expand the sport globally.”
That work includes creating a coherent driver’s licensing system, as well as an understandable judging system and appropriate regulations that can be used around the world. The expectation is for drivers from each championship to compete regularly on both sides of the Atlantic. The collab lays down a defined system for driver progression in Europe, from the national to international level, with the best DMEC drivers given the opportunity to compete in FD.
FD already has a history of building bridges around the globe; it’s previously ventured to Asia and currently has series in Japan and Canada, in addition to its marquee championship in America. For its part, DMEC – while brand new – will be a home for several pros who already call FD home in the States, including 2017 champ James Deane (Ireland), Dean Kearney (Ireland), Kristaps Bluss (Latvia), Piotr Wiecek (Poland), and ’18 rookie Federico Sceriffo (Italy). Throw in the FIA’s new Intercontinental Drifting Cup and suddenly it becomes very clear big things are on the horizon for the sport.
Photography courtesy of the DMEC Facebook page