2018 Federal Tyres King of Nations ProSeries set to heat up the Philippine drifting scene

April 14, 2018

Motorsports fans, heads up! On May 26 to 27, 2018, all roads will lead to the Clark International Speedway (CIS) in Pampanga for the first ever Philippine leg of the Federal Tyres King of Nations ProSeries, dubbed as KONPH2018.

This announcement came after the event’s press launch during the recently concluded Manila International Auto Show. As proposed, it will serve as the last of 3 rounds of the series’ Asian legs called King of Nations Asia ProSeries, with the first 2 rounds taking place in Thailand.

In detail, the Federal Tyres King of Nations ProSeries is one of the biggest drifting championship events in the world today. It took flight in 2012 and has since then attracted 25 members, representing their respective countries. It also participates in the Drifting Work Group of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile’s (FIA), a global motorsports governing body. On top of that, it serves as a kind of middleman between the FIA and the World Drifting Association.

Being the most sought after international drifting event that it is, many of the sport’s big names are a common sight here. These include Japanese drifters Daigo Saito, Hirohide Tanaka, Keiichiro Kadekaru, and Toni “HalfBreeds” Arakaki. This comes as no surprise as the sport of drifting originated in Japan during the ‘80s with the Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya and the Initial D anime/manga pushing it to global popularity. Joining them are such names as Davide Daevil Dorigo (Thailand), Nasser Almutairi (Kuwait), and Zai “BullZai” Hamdan (Malaysia).

Of course, the Philippines won’t let this event happen just sitting down. Representing it will be a huge roster headed by Luis Gono who will pilot the red hot race car featured above. With him will be David Feliciano, Alex Perez, Atoy Llave, Jason Chuachoy, Audel Sison, Alvan Fowlerr, Patrick Ng, Boodie Dabasol, Luis Sayson, John Boban, Norman Wycoco, Mark Bernardo, John Lazaga, Norman Agojo and Ralph Tan.

The Philippine leg of the Federal Tyres King of Nations ProSeries 2018 is made possible by its sponsors Federal Tyres, ST Suspensions, Remus, Autophile, Autoplus, Motul and Fontana Leisure Park. It will be sanctioned under the watchful eyes of the Automobile Association Philippines (AAP).

“The Automobile Association of the Philippines looks forward to the staging of the King of Nations drifting event on May 26 to 27. This will be the first drifting event in the country to be sanctioned by AAP since the FIA accepted Drifting as an accredited motor sport event only last year,” said AAP Motorsports Chairman Mandy Eduque.

(Photo - From Left: Stephen” Stiggy” Evans, King of Nations Philippine Round Technical Consultant; Vernon Zwaneveld, Head Judge; AAP Motorsports Chairman Mandy Eduque; Luis Gono; David Feliciano)

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Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.