D1 driver profile: Yoichi Imamura

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The Japanese drifter Yoichi Imamura has competed in the D1GP professional drifting league since it began back in 2000. He originally competed in a favorite of drifters around the world, a lightweight Toyota Toyota AE86. In 2002 he began competing for Apex’i and ran the first three round of the season in a turbocharged Toyota Altezza before switching makes in favor of an FD Mazda RX-7. After a year of getting the rotary powered drift machine dialed in Imamura was able to win the 2003 D1GP Championship.

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D1 driver profile: Yoichi Imamura

In 2006 after Apex’i left drifting competition Yoichi was forced to find a new sponsor. He soon joined forces with the team of ORC (Ogura Racing Clutch) and “Smokey” Nagata’s Top Secret tuning shop to campaign a Nissan 350Z. Although he was behind the wheel of a strong machine, Imamura was never able to recapture the success he once had in the white RX-7.

D1 driver profile: Yoichi Imamura

For 2008 Imamura joined forces with the tuning shop Auto Produce Boss to drift another Nissan, this time the older, but proven, Potenza D-1 Project S15 Silvia. With a 3rd place finish in the D1GP Championship for 2008 Imamura is back on the right track to drifting greatness. Yoichi is the winningest driver in D1 history with 8 victories under his belt. For 2009 he is back behind the wheel of the red S15 and hopes to end up back where he did in 2003.

D1 driver profile: Yoichi Imamura
Yoichi Imamura
Born: May 11, 1976 Kai, Japan
Drifting since: 2001
Highlights: 2003 D1GP Champion
Most wins in D1GP history
Drift Team: Auto Produce Boss with Potenza D-1 project
Drift Vehicle: S15 Nissan Silvia
Power: 579 PS
Weight: 1098 Kg
D1 driver profile: Yoichi Imamura

10 comments:

What’s with the D1? Well let me give you some schedule in the US.

May 2, 2009
Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA
Children 12 & under are free (except VIP). Show hours: 10am to 6pm

May 30, 2009
Dolphins Stadium, Miami, FL
Children 12 & under are free (except VIP).Show hours: 10am to 6pm

July 18, 2009
Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
Children 12 & under are free (except VIP).Show hours: 10am to 6pm

August 1, 2009
Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Children 12 & under are free (except VIP).Show hours: 10am to 6pm

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With Topspeed 4 articles about D1 101, ask Terence Keon.

I like that idea. Yoichi is not god but I know he is better than many in this type of sports.

It seems that Topspeed is eyeing drifting for the past few days. Well, it’s quite obvious because there are about 2-3 drifting articles here in just one page. Why the sudden attention?

Imamura is not a god. But surely he is still a guy to beat. I admire the skills of this guy.

This D1 driver profile is very good and interesting. Maybe this coming week we could also talk about some Europeans and American drifters and drifting circuits. This will be very interesting for most are based on these locations. What do you think Terence?

Checkout Yoichi versus Tengku Djan in YouTube you will love it. Immamura is still the man to beat in D1. If you have extra money to spend you can go to Ebizu and see more of these guys in action. Of course including Kuma.

I wish I could see Yoichi Imamura drift in person. I love this guy!

Imamura one of the most celebrated drifter. I would love to see how he’ll pull it out this year like it was in 2003.

Yup you are right. I think our very own Terrence Keon is into drifting too. I like these features on drifting guru’s. The D1 is a series with a growing followers and we know a lot of sports enthusiasts are getting interested with freestyle driving skills

Yesterday was Kuma...now its Imamura...I think we are having Japanese drifter 101 this week. But that’s cool, they deserve this attention knowing that they are like fathers of sports drifting in Japan.

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