Ichiban Man. Aasbø Thai’s It Up
Dream big

As soon as I discovered drifting about 15 years ago, I started dreaming, secretly, of becoming a professional drift driver. A special feeling developed deep within that gave me a slight belief that maybe there was a chance that my dream could come true.


But did I ever imagine that some day, I’d drive for one of the most iconic Japanese drift teams?


Did I truly believe that I could garner enough support to compete all across the world in three purpose-built drift machines?


And did I ever think I could actually win events on drifting’s world stage?


Hell no. Back then, I never dared to dream that big. But through all these years, I’ve become more confident in what I can help to achieve.


I say ‘help to achieve’, as a major breakthrough for me was when I realized that if I design my goals around helping other people reach theirs as well, we can accomplish big things together.


This line of thought is especially true in motor racing, where you rely on sponsors and mechanics just to get out on track, let alone get results.


Motor racing is a team sport.


So when Terai-san, or Kengo among friends, said he wanted me to represent the RS-R brand and drive their new flagship GT86, I saw myself look back to my teen years. I grew up watching Orido and Taniguchi rip up the Ebisu Touge Course, and here I was, thrown right into that same mix.

It was a big deal.

It’s what you do with it that counts

Now, the whole point of a big deal is to lead to something. Something bigger and better than your starting point… An elevated state. A finish line. The work began almost exactly one year ago, testing the initial build at Suzuka.


We ended up reworking the steering three times and the cooling system a couple of times. In between Japanese to English translations and cultural differences, the entire team pulled from all their experience, and I was in the middle throwing in everything I had seen, felt and knew into the mix.


We were struggling.


The car itself was a major hit, and we got lucky in Australia. But underneath the surface we learned that it was a very ambitious build, and we had numerous issues. We ended up with a DNF in Malaysia in September.

That’s when we started digging deep. When January came around, we had been through all of our 2013 issues.


And boom! We won qualifying.


We then won Team Drift with my buddy Robbie Nishida!


And in the end, we won Formula Drift Asia’s 2013 final and 2014 season opener in Bangkok, Thailand this past weekend.


It was a perfect weekend and a full sweep!

You can watch all of my highlights right here.

When it was clear that we had won, Terai-san came walking over to me with a Rambo-style head band that he had saved for this very special occasion.


It said Ichiban (this means first in Japanese).

Promise me to keep pushing for what you believe in – it might just ring true.

Till next time!

Fredric Aasbø



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Fredric Aasbo is a dynamic driver when it comes to drifting, he can adapt to a new chassis and layout quickly. He can produce something for you as a Sponsor, Mechanic, & etc. He will either produce a podium or just feedback/data on the car. Congratulations Fredric Aasbo, hope to see you take home the championship in FD USA this year.


Wear the headband under your helmet this year. It has been charged with positive energy. I wish all wins. Believe.


Way to go Fredric! Woo!


Congratulations on the win and the success of the team, Fredric. Your positive attitude is infectious and I wish you many years of success in your travels, sharing such a great outlook with others.


Hope Aasbo takes an event(or the season) in the US series for the 2014 season. It's time.

Gianluca FairladyZ

Hey Fredric! Thanks for this message. Everyone is in some way on their own pursuit of happiness and goals… There are also some times when a man is struggling and doubts come.. I feel this situation a bit right now.. But it's promised man.. I keep pushing! Thanks!


Don't just try for your goals. 
Try over and over and over again until you succeed. 
Persistence is the difference between a dream and its realization.



Congratulations Mr Aasbo. Seems to me like you (and your team) really earned it.

Oh, and more Thai / tie puns please. I never get thaired of 'em.