Meet the drift part 59:Daniel Brandner.
Austrian drifter for the last 10 years
Sarah:So,introduce yourself to Drivetribe.
Daniel:Hi,my name is Daniel "Brandy" Brandner, I'm 28 years old and from Vienna (Austria). I have been drifting for the last 10 years and finally in 2017 I got European drift champion license and from 2018 I'm Drift Masters driver.
Sarah:What age were you when you first got behind the wheel?
Daniel:I wanted to get behind the wheel when I was 8 years old but my parents won't let me.So I was finally allowed when I was 14.
Sarah: What was the next step for you after that?
Daniel: Getting the drivers license asap and a car as well!
Sarah: What was your first 'legal' set of wheels?
Daniel:2 wheels Aprilia MX50 motorbike and 4 wheels Honda CRX.
Sarah: What first caught your attention about drifting?
Daniel:Many people ask me that and I want to answer soon with a video on my social media!
Sarah: What age were you then?
Daniel: I was 17-18 years.
Sarah: What made you think, I could actually do that?
Daniel: I knew that I have a feeling for it cause I tried it already somewhere out of nothing.
Sarah: What was your first proper competition car?
Daniel: It was a stock E36 M3. But I started to drift with cars like stock 200SX S13, BMW 318i, 320i, 325i.
Sarah: Why did you pick the car that you have now?
Daniel: Because of it's geometry and I absolutely love my custom pandem BMW E46!
Sarah: So you've been a spectator and a competitor. Has it good side bad sides etc?
Daniel: Yes. As spectator I enjoy it. But the bad side is, I want to drive as well at this moment! As competitor I see no bad sides.
Sarah: Best aspect of drifting for you personally?
Daniel: All of it.
Sarah: One thing you could change about drifting what would it be?
Daniel: I would like to see it on TV like Formula 1. Its a spectacular Motorsport and it deserves way more attention than it gets now!But I'm sure, step by step it will.Its the fastest growing Motorsport in the world.
Sarah: Whose you best friend(s) you've made through drifting? Why?
Daniel: Oh that's a hard one.I got a lot of friends over the years in drifting. Its really like my second family!
Sarah: Have you got any advise for anyone wanting to get into drifting?
Daniel: Yes!Start with a low powered car and learn how to use it! You miss a lot if you start with a strong one. If you do that you will never learn very important things as you do with a less horse powered one!
Sarah: Are you glad/happy you got into drifting? Why?
Daniel: Absolutely! Its my passion.Its my life!
Sarah: One thing you hate about drifting from any aspect of it?
Daniel:The money. I really fight from year to year. But I never give up! I will fight till the end and lets see if the financial side will be better within the next time.
Sarah: Tell us a random fact about your drifting career to date?
Daniel: As I thought it will be over soon, we drove the best season ever. This was 2019! We keep going!
Sarah: You have drifted and battled with some world famous drifters, who was the best and why?
Daniel: There are James like: James Deane, Piotr Wiecek, Pawel Borkowski, Martin Richards, Conor Shanahan, Jack Shanahan, Daigo Saito and so on. The best of them was Piotr Wiecek with his Formula D S15 in Plock 2019. I had a lot of fun over there.
Sarah: If you could meet or battle against one other famous world known drifter who would it be and why?
Daniel: I already met Fredric Aasbo but I would like to battle with him at Gatebil. We also talked about that but unfortunately I cant come in 2019... But maybe with him and Mad Mike Whidett and his 4 rotor RX7 2020? Would be great fun I think!
Sarah: Endless amount of money for a new car and build what would it be and why?
Daniel: We got now a new project for 2020.This will be absolutely insane! But if I would have endless amount of money.I wouldn't build only 1 car.
Sarah: When it's time for retirement what do you want to be remembered for in the drifting world?
Daniel:As that man what I am.The good vibes only Austrian mad man "GO HARD OR GO HOME"
Would you like to follow Daniel on social media for the 2020 drift season? I've linked his social media below. Big thanks to Daniel for doing this interview!