Event Reports

2008 Red Bull Drifting World Championship Report

November 15-16, 2008
Long Beach, CA

Report by John Chennavasin

There was plenty of smoke at the Red Bull Drifting World Championship. In addition to the tire smoke, there were several brush fires in Southern California to deal with.

Mike Whiddet's four-rotor RX-7 was the best sounding car at the Red Bull Drifting World Championship. It announced its presence with a distinctive banshee-like wail.What Would NOPI Think of this?

There was only one hachiroku at the Red Bull Drifting World Championship, and it had a Honda S2000 engine.

Now, it's common for drivers to lose their bumpers, but Marco Santos was the first driver to make his run without a front fender.

Most drivers who use K&N cone filters will remove a headlight or fog light and place the air intake behind the opening. This can be seen in Rhys Millen's Pontiac Solstice and Paul Vlasblom's BMW E36 Touring. Instead, James Deane chose to route the air intake through a hole in the hood of his Nissan S14.

Katsuhiro Ueo and Daijiro Yoshihara face off in the Great 8. A "One More Time" run was called since the first runs appeared too close to call from where the audience and judge were sitting. Now, there were numerous video crew from Red Bull, so we may get another chance to view these runs on the SPEED Channel or on DVD.

The final battle was between teammates Daijiro Yoshihara and Rhys Millen. On the second run, Dai spun, Rhys won. Tanner Foust held off Samuel Hubinette in the consolation round and finished third.


Rank Driver Team Car
1 Rhys Millen Red Bull Racing Pontiac Solstice GXP
2 Daijiro Yoshihara Bridgestone/RMR Pontiac GTO
3 Tanner Foust Rockstar/AEM Nissan 350Z