On September 17, the fourth international Asia Pacific D1 PrimRing GP 2017 drift competition ended in Vladivostok. Over 40 riders from Russia, Japan, China and Thailand participated in the races. The first and third places in the race were Hideyuki Fujino and Masato Kawabata from Japan, and the silver medal was taken by Krasnoyarsk Damir Idiyatulin.
"Life around Vladivostok" talked with five Russian pilots about the level of riders from different countries, winter drift and domestic cars.
On D1, I'm the first time. This season, RDS-Vostok has completely departed, and before that - street competitions, DSL. The budget has already exceeded 150 thousand rubles for preparation.
Foreign athletes have more experience, they are strong enough guys. You can compete, because our route, we have spent here more than one day. A Russian athlete may well become a drift champion. You just need to drive, control the car and win.
The Japanese are the ancestors of drift. There are top pilots who have been doing this for more than ten years - Daigo Saito, Masato Kawabata. Complete calm and control, both emotional and technical, is the key to their success.
To be honest, I did not expect to get that far. Now I'm going with Masato Kawabata in the TOP-8. The main thing is not to fall behind on acceleration, and then try to adjust to the lead. I looked at him in training: there are a number of points that can be predicted.
Alexey Perederi(34 years old, Vladivostok)
A machine: Toyota Mark II
The support of the fans is very important, but during the race you need to be able to concentrate and not think about them at all. It is only necessary to look forward, to fall along the trajectory. If you get distracted, you lose.
This year, I am once again convinced that for the sake of a good hype you can also drive on the Zhiguli. The domestic car with Russian spare parts and an engine is unlikely to win. If it is completely rebuilt, then maybe it will come somewhere. Here, in the west there is Fedya Vorobyov, who really drives a Zhiguli and reaches TOP-8 and TOP-4.
Vladivostok is the Russian capital of drift. He was born here. In our “Zmeinka” back in 2006 and 2008, Dima Semenyuk organized drift rides even on front-wheel drive, from there it went.
Following the results of the D1 competitions in Vladivostok, Alex Perederi entered the TOP-8.
I participated in competitions in the Urals, in the local championship “Ural Drift League”, went to Krasnoyarsk. I have never participated in RDS, in Vladivostok for the first time.
For the most part, Russian athletes are slightly weaker than foreign ones, but there are several pilots who definitely ride no worse. If the Japanese have a "ten" on a ten-point scale, then ours take "seven." Thanks to Gocha (Georgy Chivchyan from Krasnoyarsk - approx. ed.), Tsaregradtsev and other boys, we have a normal level. To become a champion, you need a well-tuned car, more training and a fighting spirit. The main thing is not to be afraid.
In the races, I like the fair fight on both sides. I don’t admit poddyanks myself and really do not like it when others do this. You just need to drive close, aggressively and clearly. In Chelyabinsk there is no track and training ground. We practice only in competitions or go to abandoned places.
In Vladivostok, I would love to stay. This is exactly the cradle of the Russian drift. To visit the “Snake” is one of my goals. If I hadn’t driven there, I wouldn’t have done half the work.
The Japanese have an innate calm and scrupulous approach to all the little things. The boys told us how they set up cars: they twisted it half a degree, here half a degree. Scrupulous approach. This really needs to be learned.
Denis Domnin(34 years old, Chelyabinsk)
A machine: VAZ-2106
As for domestic cars, I always reasoned like this: nobody has tried to put the Gocha budget in Zhigul. I haven’t even put his percentage in mine yet, I just spent 250 thousand rubles on the car. That's how we dofig people, and here came four people and a manager from Moscow.
In general, you need to start preparing at the beginning of the season. By the end, you will already configure the car so that everything is “chiki-bunches”, you will train yourself. And a month ago we had a naked body without a motor and gearbox, then a sponsor appeared. In foreign cars, too, there is nothing standard, everything writhes, is redone. In a Russian car, if you do not win, then it is quite possible to get into the top three winners.
It is insanely pleasant when everyone in the stands all wave their hands. It invigorates and motivates, I do not want to disappoint people. When we arrived in Vladivostok, they began to write to us: "If there are problems with spare parts, write. I have my own" Zhiga ", we will sort it out." At the motor show is still a promo machine. Its representatives immediately approached and said that if something breaks in us, they will take it apart and assemble ours. It is very nice. I think that they help us, because we are ordinary guys who came to fulfill their dream. Famous pilots, big budgets are one thing. And here - “Lada”, extremely unusual.
In Vladivostok, Denis Domnin dropped out of the TANSO single-player race, the car broke down.
I am a three-time champion of “RDS-Siberia”, took part in the D1 GP in Japan in 2015, took bronze in the “RDS-West” this year. I come to D1 in Vladivostok every year and am very pleased with these trips.
Foreign athletes have a better tuned technique, this can be seen. Motors and we have powerful ones, but their chassis is more balanced. We strive for this, we need more tests, and then we will race with them on an equal footing.
The Japanese are better only because they travel longer, they have more experience. We do not want to learn this for 20 years, we need to understand everything in a year or two. A Russian athlete can become a drift champion: there is enough skill, you just need to tune up the car, and everything will be in order.
In winter, I am fine with Russian cars. It’s difficult to ride them in the summer, low-quality cars. To build a competitive car from them, I think, is impossible. But in winter, Gigi are ideal for training and during competitions.
Arkady Tsaregradtsev(34 years old, Krasnoyarsk)
A machine: Nissan Skyline R34
I had a strategy, but for some reason I did not adhere to it. The goal was to win. It didn’t work, because the races are different. They last only 15 seconds, and every time something incredible happens on the track. It’s not always possible to cope.
My car costs six million, built from scratch. To go one stage costs three hundred thousand - according to the framework of motorsport, very inexpensive. True, this is if you do not break. And if it breaks, it will take a lot more money.
Fan support helps a lot. During the race I, of course, do not hear them. Focused only on the track, but I know that somewhere they root for me. My family is constantly looking at me - I am very glad that they are with me.
Recently, I have not been able to train at all. All workouts have very complicated logistics. The machine is constantly in work, I myself have a lot of work and family matters. Unfortunately, I train only before the competitions themselves. I work in Krasnoyarsk on the “Red Ring”, the track is always at hand, but even this does not help me allocate time.
Following the results of the D1 competitions in Vladivostok, Arkady Tsaregradtsev entered the TOP-8.
This is my first season, in the race I began to leave in May 2017. And for the first time I arrived at D1 Primring. In the spring he performed at the RDS-West, there was a race in Riga, two races in Belarus, a race was planned in Hungary, but we did not have time.
In the world, the Japanese school is "number one", they have the whole country drifting. They came up with a drift bible - an alphabet to learn. All the top pilots went there to study, me too, a little. I realized that I needed more, now I have huge plans for Japan.
I can single out the five pilots who have been drifting in Russia for about ten years, and they compete with the Japanese at almost the same level. There are small details in which people are lacking only the pull and experience. On the example of a simple classic track in Vladivostok, we see that today ours carried out half of the Japanese, and not simple ones.
Japanese driving style is specific in itself. But we can compete with them, the whole thing with the pilots in their heads. Beat yourself and be invincible. If you don’t think that you are traveling with the world champion, then everything is possible.
The problem with this phase is the lack of training. You have two warm-up races, and you immediately go to the race. In all championships it is always different. True, in Japan there are no tests at all: you sit down and go.
I am not very familiar with the Far East. I know the guys from the Red Ring in Krasnoyarsk, from Irkutsk, Siberia, but no one from Vladivostok. For me, the capital of the drift is still Krasnoyarsk, because top Russian pilots grew out of there, but at a Japanese school.
Russia has a tremendous advantage - we have winter for nine months. Many pilots train at this time of the year and work out those things that would be expensive in dry weather. Training in the winter is cheap, no matter what car. Russians take it because they cost less than others. But with all this, we have a terrific example: the man who enters the “three” in the Russian championship in the west is my friend Fedya Vorobyov. He has a combat "Lada", the car is absolutely modified: it has 800 horsepower, it is 15 centimeters longer and 20 centimeters wider than a regular Lada.
In fact, from the point of view of a professional approach to this sport, it does not matter which car. This is a racing prototype - a cage on which a motor, gearbox is mounted, and plastic on top. And now you can take it whatever you want: even with Lada Vesta, even Ford Mondeo, even a bus.
I know absolutely crazy oligarchs who make interesting projects of Russian cars and then win the world series. That is, such banter is also there, but this is due to the nature.
Alexander Dmitrenko(25 years old, Moscow)
A machine: BMW M3
My goal is to become number one in the world. First, I will go to the Russian championship, next year - to Japan, at several stages in rented cars for racing experience and mantle. Then - a few championships in Europe, there is a high level, and people “knock down” a little with a different approach, not like the Japanese. In Europe and in the west, the tracks are ten times longer, other tasks.
The budgets of our Alex D Pro Drift team are huge, because we have a very professional approach. We went to Primring to Vladivostok with a minimal roster. There was a race in Sochi, we wouldn’t have time in time. Now the team has 35 people and one pilot. We are largely the best of its kind, in terms of content and other areas. Someone can drive the season conditionally for five "rubles", someone for a hundred. It is a question of attitude, ambition and the result that you want to achieve. Our approach: either to do or not to do. And if you do, then quality.
The support of the fans is not important to me at all. I do not feel like a media personality and do not set a goal to be her. It's nice when people cheer for you, but inner peace and mood are more important to me. You need to conquer yourself, to be completely relaxed - the calmer you are, the faster.
Following the results of the D1 competitions in Vladivostok, Alexander Dmitrenko entered the TOP-32.
I have been participating in D1 at Primring since 2014, from the very beginning. And still I can’t win, even get into the TOP-4. The first two years took fifth place. The third year was the most unproductive, dropped off very early. After these years, of course, I’m driving more confidently. We have prepared the equipment well, but experience is still not enough to make a worthy competition.
There is a difference between Russian and foreign athletes, but we are getting better every year. We understand more clearly how to cook a car - in terms of reduction, we increase power. Now I feel that my car is competitive, you can ride on it. The most important point is the rubber. Foreigners go to a more suitable one, and we have constant problems with it, we are lagging behind. Now we use, roughly speaking, the same rubber. It is impossible to win only because of trifles, plus driving quality and experience decide a lot.
The strength of the Japanese in experience, they travel for almost 20 years and do everything cool. We may miss some points, and then it affects the race. The more we roll, the better the understanding of how to tune the car, which driving technique to use. Everything comes, it just takes time.
Usually we do not have training. We arrive at the stage, where they are allocated a day or two hours, already in the process of competition. There are pilots who train outside the stages, but this is rare.
The rules in the drift are so strict that it is difficult to build a strategy. You do everything to the maximum and according to the regulations. You are trying to take out only with experience and technology. The budget depends on the competition. Specifically, these took me about half a million rubles.
Damir Idiyatulin(26 years old, Krasnoyarsk)
A machine: Toyota Altezza
A Russian athlete may become a drift champion, but much work needs to be done on this. It is really difficult: to prepare a car, organize trips and trainings. Emotionally and tough to take it out. You sleep badly, in the morning already immersed in everything, in the evening the head begins to hurt.
I relate to domestic cars quite well, because I myself started with a Russian car - drifted on ice on a VAZ-2102. I learned to ride it and immediately began to win everywhere, and then I went in the summer. It gave me a lot of experience. Until now, I ride every winter, participating in competitions. I need this to constantly be in the drift year-round, to get new skills. In winter I drive a Russian car, and it is better than all foreign cars at this time of year.
On arrival, a lot depends on the mood of the pilot. If he is busy and worried about something, this is not good. It often happens that the nervousness begins to make mistakes. But if the audience supports you, and everything goes well, it helps a lot. When you see the audience cheering and believing for you, you are invigorated. In drifting on emotions, you can jump above your head, so support helps a lot.
The Russian drift went from Vladivostok, because everything stretches here from Japan. The first competitions began to be held here, but Siberia is still ahead in terms of pilot strength. Siberian pilots win both in the west and in the east. Now the strongest are Gocha, Arkady Tsaregradtsev, Dima Ermokhin and I, roughly speaking. It is difficult for us to compete, usually we go further than other Russian pilots.
Following the results of competitions in Vladivostok, Damir Idiyatulin won the silver medal and became the first Russian racer in four years to climb the Asia Pacific D1 PrimRing GP podium.