Linglong Tire Drift Team Orange Won the Championship of the Japan D1 Grand Prix
Linglong, 5 February 2021 – Linglong Tire Drift team Orange, sponsored by Shandong Linglong Tyre Co., Ltd. (Linglong) won the championship in the D1 Grand Prix race held at Tsukuba Circuit Course 2000 in Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture..
Linglong Tire Drift team Orange emerged victorious at the seventh race after two days’ enduring battle and secured the team title of D1GP 2020 series champion. Over the entire season including eight races lasting two consecutive days, Linglong Tire Drift Team has secured five wins under its belt and is the overall winner demonstrating reliable tire performance.
Masanori Kobashi of Linglong Tire Drift Team Orange has completely conquered the final round of the 2020 season and was crowned for the first time as a series champion. “We are trememdously proud of winning the race. We would like to thank all participants, organisers and fans for making the event happen, despite delays in the initial schedule for D1GP 2020 due to the pandemic,” Masanori remarks.
In two decades since its inception, the Japan D1GP is a production car drifting series that is currently the world’s top international drifting competition with strong influence. Every year, drifting masters come together to show off their chops in this sport of control, where they seek to manipulate the brakes, steering and throttle in an agile manner to keep the car in an oversteer position while maintaining absolute control, and shifting the weight of the car between corners. In tamdem with its growing popularity worldwide, the sport has grown its reputaion also, with competitions such as the D1GP held in high regard amongst its fans.
Linglong Tire Drift Team was established in 2019 out of passion for motor sport and has made its first appearance in the D1GP 2019 arena. “D1GP 2020 marks Linglong Tire’s second year of participation and we are honored to win the chamionship in a worldclass event as such. It’s a testament to the great sportsmanship that connect us all is such an unprecedented time, the reliable performance of our tyres and our continuous R&D efforts to improve the durabilty and reliabitliy of Linglong tires,” says Wang Feng, Chairman and President of Linglong Tire.
A drifting competition comes in the form of a big sensory overload, as it combines a sound of engines punctuated by the shrilling pop of an exhaust pipe under extreme pressure, the smoke towering the crowd and the acrid stench of burning rubber that bring tears to the eyes. Racers are required to possess high technical and psychological capacity in D1GP, an event that integrates speed with technology, while relying on the tyre’s impeccable quality and performance. Engineered with Linglong Tire’s racing-inspired technology for an optimal track performance ride, the brand’s performance tires are developed with unique construction and tread compounds for maximum grip which allows for extreme cornering and braking.
Linglong Tire is a leading Chinese tyre manufacturer founded in 1975, with its manufacturing facilities established in China, Thailand and Serbia, as well as R&D centers in China and North America. The company has been among the global top 14 tyre enterprises and is the official global partner of Juventus Football Club, and VfL Wolfsburg.