Proximity, Racing line, Clipping points, Chase, Lead. These are some of the important factors that make a Tandem drift competition, and that’s what went down in Madaba, Jordan last weekend at the first round of the Ultimate Drift Championship.
Drifting is a huge thing in Jordan, but the only kind that was introduced was done in a gymkhana style drift, where Red Bull’s Car Park Drift being the biggest influence, with judging going to crowd, looks, clipping points, and challenges around the track which was built for one car only. So picture it as a qualification run, and the person who wins is either the one who doesn’t mess up, or really puts on an amazing show.
As soon as I arrived to the track, the first thing I noticed was the drivers’ excitement for finally being able to advance to the next level in the world of drifting, one step closer to what they see on YouTube and such. Seeing competitor drivers having friendly in depth discussions on techniques, and giving each other their inputs and advices on how to beat each other was just great. They just wanted to do this right.
It was a total of 18 cars competing, with drivers coming from Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. It’s a very small number, and unfortunately some of the big names couldn’t be there, but the race still kept its word in delivering the most challenging drift event in the levant region.
So the drifters has made it clear to each other that they’re not only here to have fun, but also to compete and find out who can grab the first ever win for a tandem drift championship in the levant region. Now, it’s serious business.