Norireal Gymkhana

AARON HITS TSUKUBA TO HANG WITH SOME LO­CALS AND KILL SOME TYRES FOR THE FUN OF IT

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n the last decade, the sport of drift­ing has ex­ploded in pop­u­lar­ity — it’s been for­ever changed, and now, through the glitzy ticker tape and flash­ing lights, it can seem highly strung and stress­ful. Some­times, it is nice to just re­lax and par­take in the sport when time is of no im­por­tance, sched­ules don’t ex­ist, and smiles and laugh­ter are a chain re­ac­tion in the pad­dock.

The true spirit of drift­ing isn’t spe­cific to one place, se­ries, or coun­try, and you can cer­tainly find it in abun­dance at any grass-roots drift day, no mat­ter where you are.

Yusuke No­jima is well known for his paint­work, which adorns the RAUH-Welt Be­griff (RWB) Porsches, yet many don’t re­al­ize that he is a pro­found ad­vo­cate for grass-roots souk­oukai (track days). You don’t need the ticker tape and big fancy lights to find fun, be­cause, when you strip drift­ing back to its core, fun is ex­actly what you should find.

Grass-roots events are surg­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, as driv­ers can share their pas­sion with friends, while chal­leng­ing them­selves to per­fect the art of drift­ing each and ev­ery ses­sion they go out on track. The only pres­sure is that which you put on your­self to run higher en­try speeds or more an­gle, to cre­ate more smoke, which gives you more of a smile when you come out the other end.

This is the ex­act scene we found at Tsukuba Cir­cuit for an af­ter­noon of ‘fun’ at the Gymkhana course. No­jima-san

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