“About 250mi away from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Franca, a small city on the state’s countryside, hosted the 2nd round of the DS Brazil Series, a regional championship held by DriftShow.
Home distances aside, the round was once again a success. On the stands, we’re finally starting to see some public building up as drivers’ names are shouted a couple of times. Inside, though, we’re up to something really nice and grassroots-ish, with cars being brought from Japan and hooned on the brazilian asphalt of Franca SpeedPark. We also got to witness the support given by the King of Europe series, coming from Italy to judge on the drivers’ skills.
Cars ranging from a couple of domestic models (unfortunately we only saw 4 of them competing for the trophy on their class, caled “nationals”) to a whole lot of japanese extravaganza which meant that everyone was looking at cars that some years ago, would only be found in a Gran Turismo car lot. Cars like Skylines, Silvias and the classic Toyota battleships such as the Chaser really made up for a great spectacle.
On the track, great battles were held on the Import class. Notably, Tiago Romano (pink z33) and Rafael Nascimento (red R33)’s battle on the quarter-finals, alongside with Diego Shimazaki (white S15) and Willian Gobatto (red S13), Matsushita (white and black R34) and Didi Seki’s (green s15) laps on the semi finals.
In the end, Shimazaki scored his first win on the series for the Imports, with Matsushita coming second. On Nationals, Rodrigo, driving the #78 Chevrolet Omega, obliterated the competition (albeit small, but still!) scoring amazing laps all through the weekend. As a result, 1st place.
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