Catch my drift

Catch my drift

SINGAPORE - The noise hits me.

The aggressive roar of engines. Tyres squealing as though they're being tortured.

I'm about to experience the motor sport of drifting and here, tyres are punished.

I've watched Initial D and Tokyo Drift, but to glide a car around a bend myself? Well, there's a first time for everything.

My chance comes, thanks to the inaugural L2Drift, a workshop organised by DDF Race School, at Marina Country Club in Punggol.

Mr Nicholas Cho, 35, one of the founders, has a clear objective. "Our aim is to make motor sports accessible to everyone, and having in-house race cars makes it easier for anyone to pick up the sport".

Mr Cho has gathered two local instructors, Mr Ivan Lim, 32 and Mr Benjamin Chiam, 21, to help turn drivers into drifters.

Armed with a helmet and my cameras, I'm pumped up, especially after seeing two cars drifting in tandem so skilfully.

A spectacular sight, but it's not spectacular weather today. The clouds are darkening to a filthy grey, and the wind smells of scorched rubber.

The tarmac lot - littered with coils of shredded tyre - is smaller than expected.

At one end are the advanced drifters and their line-up of flashy rides. I head for a metallic blue 2001 Nissan S15 owned by Mr Smith Foo, one of the tandem drifters.

The 34-year-old insurance manager bought the car a year ago for $70,000.

He has another S15 tucked away in Kuala Lumpur and it is used only for races.

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