D1 driver profile: Yoichi Imamura
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 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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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.
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.
|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|