Formula Drift Japan: How To Livestream And Schedule Guide

Here’s your 2016 guide to Livestream each round and what the schedule will be. 

Due to the overwhelming popularity of Formula Drift in the United States and a sister series sprouting up Singapore and Thailand, Japan decided to join in on the fun and start a branch of Formula Drift of their own aptly dubbed Formula Drift Japan. Not to be confused with the O.G. event, D1GP, this is an off-shoot of the American Formula Drift Scene. There’s four rounds throughout the year. Here’s the schedule for Round 1 (to be updated each round) and how to live stream the event. We’ve also linked qualifying from Friday to tide you over until competition starts later.

Round 1 Schedule is as follows.

We’ve listed the event time in Japan and the translated U.S. time. That means for each Round, you’re going to want to tune in at the Pacific Standard time and translate that to your time zone.

That means for each Round, you’re going to want to tune in at the Pacific Standard time and translate that to your time zone.

Saturday, March 12

1:00 PM (JAPAN) – Qualifying
8:00 PM (Friday March 11th PST) – Qualifying

Sunday, March 13
9:30 AM (JAPAN STANDARD TIME) – TOP 32
4:30 PM (Saturday March 12 PST) – Top 32
1:00 PM (JAPAN STANDARD TIME) – TOP 16
8:00 PM (Saturday March 12th PST) – Qualifying

For you FD Fans here in the United States, you’ll be keen to hear that Alex Heilbrunn will be running with Daigo Saito’s old Lexus SC430. Keep in mind that this is the Lexus SC430 that won Daigo his Formula Drift championship here in the United States back in 2012 so it’s no slouch by any means.

It’s amazing to ponder how this drift series even happened in the first place. Grassroots drifting took off in the United States arguably around 2005 inspired by D1GP drifters. Now, FD Japan was inspired by the drift series that took inspiration from D1Gp. However you look at it, there’s more drifting happening around the world than in anytime in history, and that’s always a good thing.