March 5, 2011 marked the inaugural MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship (PTCC), sanctioned by Redline Track Events. The event was held at the famous Willow Springs Raceway where several teams were in attendance for this first of its kind racing series. Also a first was Dai Yoshihara who came in 1st place in his designated class. For the 2011 season, in addition to Formula DRIFT, Dai will be competing in select time attack and road race events, which includes the MotoIQ PTCC series. Due to an unfortunate problem that had occurred in a previous event, Dai's GT Channel/GTI Nissan 350Z convertible was not able to be driven so Dai looked to Spoon for help at the last minute, a well-known and popular tuning company from Japan. With no prior seat time, Dai piloted the Spoon Honda Civic Type-R with grace as he qualified 1st in his class and 3rd overall, and even finished the race in qualifying order.
"This car was amazingly fast and fun to drive," explains Dai. "I was really looking forward to drive the 350Z since we made a lot of modifications but the Spoon Civic was a great back up." The Spoon Civic was developed and tuned for endurance type races in Japan and in the states. The build on the car was solid but set up was a little mild to withstand long hours of racing. The MotoIQ PTCC was developed specifically for the tuner market. The series is set to "reinvigorate road racing," stated on Redline's website. "With a relatively open set of rules for the two classes of competition, fan friendly aspects of the popular sport of Time Attack will finally be applied to traditional road racing."
Dai is set to compete in more MotoIQ PTCC events this coming year in the GT Channel/GTI 350Z convertible along with other time attack events. To catch a Dai in action, be sure to check MotoIQ's (www.motoiq.com) and GT Channel's www.gtchannel.com websites. Be sure to stay connect with Dai! Become a fan at www.facebook.com/daiyoshihara and follow him on Twitter @daiyoshihara. For more information on Dai, please visit his website at www.daiyoshihara.com