Excerpt from Cover story, InFlight January 2012 Issue by Oggie Ramos
“Drifting is a motorsport where the driver intentionally over steers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns while maintaining control and exiting at high speed. For drivers like Audel Sison with a taste for the extreme, it was the next big challenge. “The first drifting competition in the Philippines took place in January 2006. I had to use somebody else’s car because of problems with my own. I had no practice, but went home with second place.”
Age — Sison is now 43 — apparently has not slowed him down one bit. “I still have passion for the extreme. My nerves tingle when I drift. But these days I also teach. One thing I tell my students is that you and your car should become one. You should sense every movement, every nudge of the car, and know where it’s going.
“There are four criteria in judging: Entry speed, clipping point, angle of attack and style. Your purpose is to create more angle, to get as close to the clips without toppling them. And of course, you’ve got to do this with style, with confidence.”
He likens drifting to “poetry in motion,” a notion difficult to get your head round. Five minutes with him in the passenger seat was enough adrenaline for me. While I was glued to my bucket seat, too wired up to think about anything but when my heart rate will normalize again, Sison looked composed and in his element. He effortlessly steered the car into a sideslip, glided sideways at 140kph as the tires squealed and the tracks heated up along the treacherous uphill and downhill stretch of the Clark Speedway.
So what does it take to be a good drifter? Sison’s advice: “the right tuner who can set up your car properly and the means to buy tires, fuel and race parts. And of course, a good teacher.”
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