The origins of drifting began in Japan. In Latvia, this sport has become popular only in the last five years. In the same way, the development of drift took place both in Europe and around the world.
“The type of motor sport – drifting, as such, started 12 years ago, but in 2010 the first Latvian championship was held. Since then, this type of motorsport has gained enormous momentum and we no longer call drifting a “hooligan” sport”.
The Latvian racing driver shared his memories of how he came to America, because Bluš was the first Latvian who was able to win one of the world’s most recognizable US-based motorsport drift championships – “Formula Drift”.
“I got there naturally, because in 2012 we met a Russian pilot who did everything for us to be there. We offered him to go to the USA, he agreed. Despite the fact that he could no longer help us after three years, we continued to compete in “Formula Drift”, but now they are great memories,” said Latvian drifter Blušs.
Meanwhile, Blush did not hide in the interview that the goals set for the team next year will be big and one of them could be that they return to the USA.
Blušs just won the gold medal for Latvia at the motor sports games organized by the International Automobile Federation (FIA), and in an interview he admits that he was not prepared for such a turning point.
“I had not prepared particularly, because I had decided to take a break from drifting. I went to the local championship, but I realized that I want to return to drifting. We were offered to drive to represent the Nation in motor sports games. There were fierce battles and no one gave us a medal for nothing.”
Also, in an interview with the “tv3.lv Sports” portal, the best Latvian drifter talked about the amount of training, costs and other topical drifting topics, including revealing that he can’t wait for the first snow in Latvia.
About this and other topics – “Sports talks”.
Drifter Kristaps Bluš is currently 42 years old, having won the Eastern European champion title.
Blush has been on the podium several times in the prestigious “Formula Drift” competitions, the title-rich drifter has added another gold award from the FIA motor sports games drifting discipline to his collection.
Drifting is a driving technique in which the driver deliberately turns the car into a sideways skid, losing traction, while maintaining control and driving the car around the corner.
This technique causes the rear slip angle to exceed the front slip angle to such an extent that the front wheels are often pointing in the opposite direction of the turn (eg the car is turning left, the wheels are pointing right or vice versa).