Young Pinoy to compete in FIA drift event in Japan

Luis Gono has got the right stuff
by Paulo Rafael Subido | Sep 23, 2018
PHOTO: Mike Anton

Luis Gono, Vios Cup champ, drifter, and all-around good guy, was invited to participate in the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup, happening this November. His father, Carlos, sure is proud. How did it go down? “It started out when he demonstrated the car during the FIA event which happened here a few months back,” shares Carlos. “Out of the five demo drift cars there that time, he was the one chosen to give shotgun rides to the FIA bigwigs. They were all impressed with the skill he had, considering his age. So they asked him to go online and join the upcoming FIA Intercontinental Drift event happening in Japan this November.”

Carlos says that when the time came to accept applications online, Luis registered, sent photos of his drift car, and a list of his personal achievements. Then, the FIA released the list of the 30 drivers chosen from around the world who will be eligible to join, and Luis was one of them. “Now we are rushing because we have to send our Autoplus/Motul/CleanFuel drift car to Japan on October 2,” adds Carlos. “And we still have to update and upgrade the car to comply with FIA specifications. Woo! big job

The FIA launched the inaugural FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup as the first international drifting event to be held under the FIA jurisdictions last year. According to the FIA website, the event is organized in collaboration with Sunpros, promotors of the famous D1 Grand Prix Series. “The FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup is an annual event staged in the center of Tokyo and attracts the best drifters from around the world. The inaugural event was won by two time D1GP champion Masato Kawabata of Japan, who will be back to defend his title in 2018.”

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Judging by the Facebook photos, it looks like Luis’s car is almost ready. And we are sure the young pilot is, too.

Good luck, Luis!

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