FIA Appoints Judges for IDC 2019

Expertise from world’s leading drifting series unite for FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup in Japan.


As promotors of the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup, Sunpros are delighted to confirm that it has worked alongside the FIA to recruit one of the most experienced and well respected Judging panels in the history of the sport for the 2019 event.

Judging the 2019 FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup will be Hisashi Kamimoto of Japan, Canadian Ryan Lanteigne and David Kalas from the Czech Republic. Each are veterans of Drifting who have judged at the event before, although never together under the rules and procedures that will be used in 2019.

Kamimoto is a mainstay of the Japanese Drifting community, having started off as a driver in the D1 Grand Prix series before moving into a role as its Chief Judge a few seasons later. Lanteigne is well known to Drifting fans as the Chief Judge of the Formula Drift championship in North America, but also has vast international experience having also Judged events throughout South America, Asia and Europe. David Kalas is best known as a Judge for the Drift Masters European Championship and was recently appointed to the new FIA Drifting Commission as their Judges Representative.

I think I also speak for Ryan and Kamimoto San when I say how excited we are to be returning to the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup for 2019, especially with Tsukuba announced as the venue,” stated Kalas.

Each of us bring our own approach to drifting, but we work well as a team and understand the importance of what we are doing. Together with the FIA, we are working to establish the first international drifting regulations that can be adopted by championship organisers across the globe, in order to create common standards that can be easily understood by drivers and spectators alike. The FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup is the opportunity to test these regulations, so the stakes are definitely high!” Kalas concluded.

The FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup was founded in 2017 as the first ever Drifting event to be run under FIA regulations and the 2017 and 2018 editions were held in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. For the 2019 edition will be held at the famous Tsukuba Circuit from the 29th November to the 1st December.

The 2017 event was won by Masato Kawabata of Japan, with Russian driver Georgy Chivchyan taking the win in 2018.


Media Contact:

FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup Media Office



About the FIA

Founded in 1904, the FIA’s initial aim was to bring was to bring coherent governance and safety to motor sport. Through the expertise gained in that arena, the FIA has since grown into a global organization that not only promotes motor sport, but also safe, sustainable and accessible mobility for all road users across the world. As such, the federation works across three key interlinked areas of activity – Sport, Campaigns and Mobility.



SUNPROS is a subsidiary of San-ei Shobo Publishing, a Japanese automotive magazine company founded in 1947. The company’s main businesses include video production and event promotion, and it hosted the first drifting competition in 2001. Currently, the company hosts the D1 Grand Prix, which is governed by JAF, and acted as the promotor for the FIA IDC in 2017 and 2018.


Judges (Left: Ryan Lanteigne, Centre: Hisashi Kamimoto, Right: David Kalas)