The brutal battle for the Russian Drift Series crown
Drift racing is an extreme motorsport where drivers slide cars round turns in head-to-head contests at race-tracks or in empty parking lots.
Born on Japan’s winding mountain roads in the 1970s, drifting is now popular around the world. In Russia, enthusiasts compete on ice courses in expensively self-tuned vintage Ladas.
RTD asks why drift racers are ready to spend money they don’t have, drag their families around the country to drifting competitions instead of going on holiday, and spend every spare moment tinkling with engines and patching up their battered cars.
RTD follows Fedor Vorobyov from Moscow and his garish 1977 Kopeyka VAZ Lada from his first foray into winter racing to hair-raising collisions at the Russian Drift Series, in pursuit of a top-five position. During the race, he takes on four-time RDS East champion Ilya Fedorov from Vladivostok, who is venturing west for the first time with his mid-engine orange Nissan.
Meanwhile, young advertising executive Alexandr Dmitrenko, who trained in Japan and splashed out on an aerodynamic BMW 3-series E92, sets out to be the best. But over the year, he may have to adjust his ambitions in the life-and-death struggle that is the Russian championship.
With RTD, travel from Ryazan to Sochi on race-tracks complete with glamorous grid girls and hyped-up crowds. And hear from the director of Russian Drift Series why giving drivers creative freedom over their car fuels addiction to the sport.