Event>> D1-gp Round 6 – Ebisu – Pt.2

It's been almost a week since I was up in Ebisu for Round 5 and 6 of the D1 Grand Prix, and I'm already getting ready to go up there again in a few days for what has to be one of the most enjoyable events of there year, the Drift Matsuri. But before all hell brakes loose with crazy missiles aiming for pit walls and a new wave of gaijins from across the globe coming over for the G1GP, let's finish up looking at the epic battles and atmosphere from last Sunday's Round 6. 

How about this for brotherly love! No mercy as the Suenaga brothers head into their Best 8 battle. Naoto, on home turf, gave his younger brother Masao a lesson in precision and consistency, fighting hard for the win. The Team Orange guys were very happy with his performance!

Hirota in the Team Mori Lexus GS.

Fukuda's S15 looking hot as ever in the pits.

Despite rumors that the RE-Amemiya RX-8 might make an appearance at the last round at Fuji in October, I think the team will try their hardest to be as competitive as possible to keep Suenaga in second position. Hibino is only 6-points behind him in third and seeing his kamikaze style at Ebisu he will be going full out to finish the season behind Imamura.  The FD will be the safer car to go with!

With the amount of "flights" this car had over the weekend most people were surprised it was still going by Sunday afternoon. At every landing Saito's big JZX100 would compress hard on its suspension, with all of the bodywork as well as the underside of the car, scraping hard on the ground. Might be needing some TLC before Round 7 in Fuji!

Nakamura makes me laugh. The guy drives so hard and so close to his competitors that he always manages to knock his bumpers off. His mechanics were trying their hardest to rivet the rear bumper together and fit it before the Best 16.

A look at the 2JZ in Team Mori's Lexus. This engine will soon be replaced with a twin turbo modified version of the GS350's stock V6.

You have got to love some of these outfits!

During the lunch break Kumakubo was supposed to help keep people cool off by gently vaporizing water with his high pressure lance, but it all soon turned into a big water fight with some of the Ebisu staff!

Abe-san of Blitz signing autographs for fans. He is the man behind Nomuken's ER34 and the guy that has single handedly built the Blitz RWD R35 GT-R. Now that Nomuken's Skyline is nothing more than a pile of bent metal, will we be seeing an early debut of the GT-R at Fuji? I certainly hope so!

Iwai in the RYO KP61 Starlet wasn't getting the same kind of speed as the seeded drivers at Ebisu, but the little Toyota did well in all it's runs pouring out crazy amounts of tire smoke from its rear arches!

The second member of Team T&E, Hasegawa, was not having a good weekend spinning out during his qualifying run, ending any chance to make it into the Best 16.

Matsui, after his massive crash against the wall on Saturday, was back…

…as was his RPS13. I have no idea how his mechanics managed to get the car fixed in time for Sunday, but I'm sure they didn't get much sleep! The chassis took a very big hit so the car will no doubt be getting replaced.

So we've seen a lot of jumps from Ebisu, but I found the cars compressing hard on landing just as cool as when they are in the air. This is Robbie Nishida during his Best 16 battle against Hibino. Check out the puff of smoke coming from the front tires as they hit the fenders. Now that, is very cool!

And Saito doing the exact same thing!

The smoke machine as seen from the rear!

Imamura now heads into the final at Fuji as the 2010 D1 Champion. Last year he was the first man to ever win two D1 championships, this year he will be the first man to do it three times, and twice in a row! 

His consistency as a driver and the bulletproof performance of his car have come together once again, but now all eyes will be on Suenaga, Hibino and Kawabata as they will fight to grab second and third position. October is a long way off, but until then there will be a series of grassroots drift events to entertain us starting with the G1GP next Friday and the Summer Drift Matsuri on Saturday and Sunday! I can't wait!

Here is a look at the current standings:

1. Imamura         118 pt

2. Suenaga           87 pt

3. Hinino               81 pt

4. Kawabata         79 pt

5. Nomura            78 pt

6. Saito                 69 pt

7. Takayama        57 pt

8. Tokita               51 pt

9. Orido                50 pt

10. Koguchi          46 pt

D1 Round 6 – Ebisu – PT.1

D1 Grand Prix

-Dino Dalle Carbonare 



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wallpaper of pic 1!!!


PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE wallpaper that pic of saito at full compression after landing a jump; that is so badass. Rad coverage!


I'm With KevinCat! We NEED a desktop of the first shot! The Imamura's Silvia to the left is getting some serious air on that shot!


yes pic 1 one PLEASE speedhunters PLEASE


That first photo is photographic genius


Desktop of the soarer under full compression with the 86 looking menacing in the background is needed!


shit.. im fitting my 86 with big ass wing.. i want to fly too..


No Kawabata news or photos?


Congrats Imamura! D1GP needs to bring back the big dogs (Taniguchi, Ueo, Miki, Kazama) to take out Youichi...........


nah wallpaper of pic 2. epic battle between brothers would be cool as a desktop. and the Evo IX is one of the top five sickest drift cars ever built.



So Imamura is the new championship?

Well is so cool even more than Kazama I think, and the other drivers are better than other years and Imamura still winning is awesome.

We will see you in Fuji.


I like the "Garage BOSO" sticker in the back window of Nakamura's ride. BOSONATION LIVES!


Please wallpaper saito!!!


Please make a wallpaper of pic number 1 in widescreen!


I'm not really a fan of drifting, but this event could almost convert me. And Drift Matsuri, that sounds like waaay too much fun.


1st pic wallpaper with color pls....


you gotta love D1GP drivers!


I agree with JordanP!


Nice atmosphere!

Wallapaper the first pic please! ^^


Great cliché

WALLPAPER = Robbie Nishida soarer with Hibino's Ae86

WALLPAPER = Saito JZX100 with the puff smoke



Great cliché

WALLPAPER = Robbie Nishida soarer with Hibino's ae86

WALLPAPER = Saito's puff of smoke JZX



Power wash on kid !!!


@ DRFTmonkeh

Isn't that a S13 with the famous V35 back-end?


Wallpaper of Saito Landing, please!!!!


Pic 1 is a pice of art, the entire post is worth for desktop. Thanks Dino

That looks like a very fun event, such a good atmosphere!


Any updates on Kumakubo's new D1 car? Wasn't it supposed to have debuted by now?


Cool shots man! Any more pics of the 350GT in pic 10?


Wallpaper of Imamura, Pic 19 please! because its something different.


Can we have a feature on Fukuda's S15? That car is beautiful!


pic 1 wallpaper


Always wondered why Saito has a Spitfire sticker on his car?


Why are there no wallpapers yet???


Desk top of the first picture needed!!!


I love how daigo Saito takes his jzx100 to the side with wide angles at time..pure skills!!


please please please desktop of pic 1 !!


First Pic desktop PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!