Earlier this year I attended Round 5 of the King of Nations drift championship at Nikko Circuit. Drivers from all over the world came to the Tochigi circuit to fight for what was also the final round of the King of Asia tournament.
International drift masters such as Japan’s Daigo Saito, France’s Nicolas Delorme and Australia’s Michael Prosenik competed with a host of Japanese talent more local to the Nikko area. It was great to see Nikko regulars with their more ‘traditionally’ tuned cars competing against some of the world’s most extreme, modern drift machines.
For once in the year, Nikko felt like a truly cosmopolitan, international circuit. Even the circuit commentary was provided in English by none other than Alexi ‘Noriyaro’.
The event was also judged by the ‘Drift King’ himself; Tsuchiya Keichi, who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time.
Words and photos by Joey Meuross