【PLAYBACK D1GP-2001(first year)】The worlds first pro drift series!（Part 1）
Nobuteru Taniguchi won the first championship by outstanding speed and control technic.
In the first year it was just another drift competition.
Almost all the drivers brought their own drifting cars in this season. Taniguchi was already started his career as a racing driver. In the 2nd round in Nikko, Taniguchi brought S tire(semi slick tire) which people thought unsuitable for drifting at this time and won.
After that Taniguchi kept adding point in the series with high speed drift with S tire. Championship battle was fought by Nobuteru Taniguchi(winner of 2nd round), Youichi Imamura(winner of 1st round) and Ueno Takahiro(winner of 4th round) in the climax.
Last round in Nikko. Ueno didn’t make it to tandem tournament. Taniguchi and Imamura made it to final. Imamura’s car got straighten in kosoku corner(concer 8-9). Taniguchi became the first D1GP serieschampion.
There were drivers waring casual clothes in the first year.
First round. (October, 2000 Ebisu South) At this point, Option didn’t announce it was going to be a series championship. Drivers have been told just “there will be a cash prize”. People thought it was an another drift competition. Of course drivers were waring jeans and hoodies. In the early 2001, series championship schedule was announced. Then drivers started to ware racing suits from Round2. In the end of the season at Nikko, racing suits became one of the regulation and everyone needs to ware it.
Round 1 (October,6 2000) Ebisu South
※In this round it was competed by only solo run. Tandem tournament started from 2nd round nikko.
Round 2 (February,16 2001) Nikko circuit
|7th||Shunichi Tomikuda||Carina (TA63)|
Round 3 (May, 29 2001) Bihoku Highland circuit
Pick Up ROUND！
Round 3, Bihoku Highland. Most of the drivers from east side haven’t done Bihoku Highland at this point. Also, they were new to a drift style judge asked for this track. Some of the top lanker didn’t make it to tandem tournament. On the other side, drivers from west side and locals got spotlight. Mitsuru Haruguchi won a first place with “Rally quick” transition and deep angle.
Round 4 (August, 12th 2001) Ebisu South
Round 5 (November,29 2001) Nikko circuit
S tire(semi slick tire) was allowed to use in this season.
Now, all the D1GP cars has to run street radial tire, but S tire was allowed to use in 2001 season. Taniguchi used S tire from 2nd round and his showed extremely fast drift to audience. Many other driver tried to use after all, no one could pulled potential of S tire like Taniguchi did.