The Friday morning saw us up early to get up to North Course for G1 sign in. Chris, Billie and Fish were all pretty excited to have their chance to be judged by two of the best D1 drivers out there, Suenaga and Kumakubo!
more after the jump!
Chris borrowed an equestrian helmet for the qualifying so he could actually see properly
Each driver is given three qualifying runs, Chris managed to nail one of them, with one average run and one spin in the other.
Tight close up of Chris on entry to the first corner, sunroof popped, living the 33 dream.
Eiji managed to nail his qualifying runs with a stuffed clutch, and qualified second.
This American kid was driving crazy hard all day, up from Okinawa for the weekend with his brother and his Dad for the Matsuri.
Loved this car, Jap’s style their comp level cars so much nicer than anything we see in Aus, this one is now piloted by an Aussie as his G1 comp car.
Locky was fighting big steering bind issues all weekend, but still managed to impress the judges with his entry speed, angle and overall smooth driving.
Here’s Andy from PowerVehicles chasing Nic Wilson in the practice sessions
it was pretty cool to see Andy in action, big speed and big angle
Billie and Fish were sharing the one car all weekend so they had to go in separate qualifying sessions. This was the first time either of them had ever driven in a comp as well.
Another look at this 180, blazing throughout the whole day and impressing the judges with his entry speeds as well.
During G1 qualifying we heard that there were some D1 drivers down on Minami getting some practice in before the D1GP event the following weekend
So naturally, as I wasn’t going to have the chance to see them in action the following weekend, I jumped in a car and drove down there to check it out
Safe to say I was pretty blown away. Besides the fact that I’ve always wanted to see D1 cars in action, the noise, speed, driving level and aggression was intense.