Meet the drifter part 81: Vlad Stanescu.
Motorsport loving drifter.
Sarah: So, introduce yourself to Drivetribe.
Vlad: Hi all my name is Vlad Stanescu aka stan55. I am a PRO drifter since 2014.
Sarah: What age were you when you first got behind the wheel?
Vlad: First time behind the wheel is at age of 10, my father was my mentor. At age of 18 I got my license and started to practice in drag racing and rally amateur competitions.
Sarah: What was the next step for you after that?
Vlad: In 2010 I made a 2 years time attack competition, and in 2012 It was like love at first site with drifting. From that moment I start to learn drifting because I was always try to make the audience happy on my rally competition and more sliding with the hand break.
People love to see that on rally competition. I was a fan now i am behind the wheel and i make all possible to make them smile.
Photo credit: Rafel Kurek.
Sarah: What was your first 'legal' set of wheels?
Vlad: I don’t remember, but I remember a friend of mine sponsored me a brand new set of wheels in 2015.
Sarah: What first caught your attention about drifting?
Vlad: Drifting is exactly what I was missing competing in rally competition, sliding everywhere, every corner, creating smoke, and making people happy. In drifting we start like in a drag race full power and sliding from first corner to the finish line. Is insane I love it.
Sarah: What age were you then?
Vlad: I was 26 years old when I had contact with the drift world as a fan, stayin g on the fans side watching the real drifters on that time. It wasn’t to hard ti start soon to build a car and making a drift school with Sorin Ene.
Sarah: What made you think, I could actually do that?
Vlad: First I was sure my father will full support me in this sport, and we made a plan some new friends and we start our first drift project in 2013.
Sarah: What was your first proper competition car?
Vlad: My first drift car was a BMW e30 2.5 engine. My first rally car was n/a Audi A3 1.8
Sarah: Why did you pick the car that you have now?
Vlad: After 7 years drifting a BMW e30 I decided with my girlfriend to build a new project, a BMW 1M Coupe E82. This was a team decision to have a new car in 2019 season.
So, now I drive this insane project.
Sarah: So you've been a spectator and a competitor. Has it good side bad sides etc?
Vlad: Yes I was in both sides. This sport is extremely lovable it is very easy to learn the rules and watch all the show from one spot, as a fan of drift is hard because you see all this drivers, teams and competitions and you want to take part of it so for the drift fans I made some events as soon as I started as a driver, I try to take all of them in the car with me everywhere I was driving, I did it for them, I know the filling after the safety area and dreaming to take part of this show. I am a pro drifter, but now in my team a part of my fans become my team staff or friends. I do it for the people and for me and my close family and friends to be happy.
Sarah: Best aspect of drifting for you personally?
Vlad: Best aspect of drifting,drifting connecting people.
Photo credit: RPG drift challenge los deliuquente.
Sarah: One thing you could change about drifting what would it be?
Vlad: Drifting is going well every year increasing the drifters number and also fans all over the world in my opinion as a pro driver and also a drift events organised nothing major to change.
Sarah: Whose you best friend(s) you've made through drifting? Why?
Vlad: I have a lot of friends close to me, I meet them at drift events, I have my family, but the most important person I meet is my girlfriend Raluca. She like the rest of my family and friends are supporting this 100% .
Sarah: Have you got any advise for anyone wanting to get into drifting?
Vlad: Yes. learn from our mistakes.... do not waste you money on trying what you hear, you can contact your drift icon and ask him what you must to do... I do this every time, now i have a young gun 16 years old Adam Claudiu who is driving my old drift project, under my support he became the youngest pro 2 champion in our country. I am open to collaborate and help all the new future drifters .
Sarah: Are you glad/happy you got into drifting? Why?
Vlad: Yes I am despite what I say in previous questions.
Sarah: One thing you hate about drifting from any aspect of it?
Vlad: I just love it... there is nothing to hate.
Sarah: Tell us a random fact about your drifting career to date?
Vlad: Drifting changed my life... I meet my lovely girlfriend.
Sarah: You have drifted and battled with some world famous drifters, who was the best and why?
Vlad: Yes, I drifted side by side with the Polish Legend Pawel Trella .
Sarah: If you could meet or battle against one other famous world known drifter who would it be and why?
Vlad: I want to drift side by side with all drifters... everyone is special in their own way. But my favorite is Chris Forsberg FD driver.
Sarah: Endless amount of money for a new car and build what would it be and why?
Vlad: I love my car. I probably peak a new one like Eurofighter or RTR Mustang .
Sarah: When it's time for retirement what do you want to be remembered for in the drifting world?
Vlad: Strange question, I am not thinking at retirement, but i am also a drift competition organizer, so I guess my drift career will never stop soon.
As long I am healthy I will do drift, drift events and be a mentor for the new young.
Photo credit: PY
Thanks to Vlad for doing this interview if you would like to fllow him on social media below I have listed the links to his profiles below: