D1 Grand Prix Series in China is launched at a press conference in Beijing, April 18, 2017. [Photo/ China.org.cn]
2017 D1 Grand Prix series in China, which will be launched in May, will usher in an era for Chinese car racers of car drifting.
The D1 Grand Prix is a production car drifting series from Japan with a 17-year history. Before D1 Grand Prix was introduced to China, there were several small unofficial drifting race competitions in China. The series entered the Chinese market last September in Shanghai.
This year's D1 series in China will be held in five cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Hefei, Wuhan and Shenzhen and professional car racers from 10 countries will join the fest. The winner of the China leg will be able to join the race with other racers all across the globe vying to be world champion.
Drifting is a drive to sideslip rear wheels, or all tires. While maintaining control with high balance, wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn. At the race, a driver starts drifting from much long before the turning, and passes the corner by revving up the engine to speed - producing a big white smoke.
This is what makes it cool, whereby dynamic and acrobatic actions are appealing and the battle very much depends on a driver's skill rather than the power of the machine’s performance.
The D1 China series is expected to get more publicity in China and hopefully the year 2017 will usher in China's drifting race era, organizers said at a press conference held on Tuesday in Beijing. This will help improve Chinese racers by having more exchanges between Chinese racers and others from all around the world.
The Beijing stop of the D1 China series will be held on May 20, 2017.