Enjuku team making us proud this weekend! Our boy Nate Hamilton making it to top 16 in Formula Drifts Orlando speedway round 2! In this guest blog by Nate, he breaks down the 2 day event from top to bottom! Enjoy…
FORMULA DRIFT ORLANDO – PRO 1 Round 2 | April 28th & 29th
Photos by: @jessieabi_k
– Team Update
Our full team assembled (#TeamEnjuku) consists of 7 dedicated hands. During a normal track day, we have two cars our guy’s service, between Kevin and myself…who knows what can happen. lol Also along for the ride, our media guys Corey and Max.
Arriving at 8:30 am isn’t that bad when you get to go drifting!! Our mornings start with unloading the rig, setting up our tents and tools. After that, we check bolts/alignments making sure everything is ready for the track.
Lastly, we make sure to add some fresh tires. In my case, Blade just mounted two Hankook RS-4’s. Shoutout, BLADE!
This track feels like my backyard. I’ve had my share of laps here, this makes Thursday’s practice pure fun!
Chasing everyone was my goal.
Qual run 1 – 77
Qual run 2 – 84
After qualifying…Formula Drift provides our scores and the Top 32 bracket.
My results = 17th position, I would battle Rad Dan in the TOP 32.
I took the WIN and advanced into Top16, next I would battle Dai Yoshihara!!!
This was my first appearance in Formula Drift Pro1 Top16!
The easiest way to describe my battle with Dai.. FULL THROTTLE! I actually was so focused on putting the pressure on I ended up hurting my own line.
Almost making contact coming out of the bank was my only error.
Respectively, Dai took the win and my weekend was coming to an end.
At this point…my tires are burnt, I have a smile on my face. The cars in great shape, our team felt solid about my showing. We are moving forwards, gaining two valuable positions in the overall standings. I will leave Orlando in 20th position overall in the championship.
Huge thanks to my Team: Ant & BUB, I couldn’t do it without you guys. No matter what the situation they have a solution and pull off the impossible to keep me behind the wheel and ready for battle.
All the family, fans, and sponsors that make this possible. I feel so humbled at everyone’s efforts, I will drive like a maniac in Atlanta for you guys! You have my word!
Thanks, everyone! KONIG WHEELS, HANKOOK TIRES, BC RACING, ENJUKU RACING, COMPETITION CLUTCH, VIBRANT PERFORMANCE, GARRETT TURBOS, GRAPHICS DIRECT, WISECO, ALPINESTARS, MOLLY WATER and HJC HELMETS.
See you guys next week in Atlanta, Thanks again KONIG!