Saturday, April 14, 2018

King of Nations Drift Series Heads to Manila in May


The Federal Tires King of Nations ProSeries, the biggest and most highly anticipated international drifting championship event in the world is coming to Manila. Dubbed KONPH2018 (King of Nations PH 2018), the event is slated at the Clark International Speedway from May 25-27, 2018.

Sanctioned by the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) and organized by BackStage Events, KONPH2018 is the last round of the King of Nations Asia ProSeries 2018 and the 12th of 24 events on this year’s international drifting calendar.

“The Automobile Association of the Philippines looks forward to the staging of the King of Nations drifting event on May 25 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.

The line-up of drivers at KONPH2018 include: Daigo Saito of Japan, Davide Daevil Dorigo of Thailand, Hirohide Tanaka of Japan, Nasser Almutairi of Kuwait, Zai “BullZai” Hamdan of Malaysia, Keiichiro Kadekaru of Japan, and Toni “HalfBreeds” Arakaki of Japan who will compete against some of the finest professional Filipino talents including Luis Gono, 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.

“Created in 2012, our association now has 25 members representing their countries from all over the world. We also participate in the FIA Drifting Workgroup and act as relay between FIA and World Drift Association. Drifting is growing across the world and we want to continue to grow the right way and this is why King of Europe is the founder of the World Drifting Association. Networking is the key to our worldwide evolution,” said Michael Procureur, King of Nations ProSeries Founder and CEO.

“The Federal Tires King of Asia ProSeries was our first series outside of Europe, which was established in 2015,” said Stephen “Stiggy” Evans, King of Nations Philippine Round Technical Consultant. “This year, in its fourth season, we will return for an intense three-round competition as some of the world’s best will go head-to-head on some of the most well-known circuits. This is undoubtedly the hottest region when it comes to drifting—talent and also temperature,” he shared.
Evans also stated, “Federal Tires King of Nations promises to deliver an exclusive experience, combined with noise, smell of smoke and an action full of thrilling entertainment.”

KONPH2018 is sponsored by Federal Tires, ST Suspensions, Remus, Autophile, Autoplus, Motul, and Fontana Leisure Park. It’s also supported by Rota, Brembo, Kiss Juice, Clark International Speedway, Voda Pure, 10inch Lights and Sounds, NPPA Images, MAD Films, and Dole.

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