Press Release

Nov. 12, 2013

(Announcement) Team TOYO TIRES DRIFT Driver Masato Kawabata Wins Overall “2013 D1 Grand Prix Series” Championship Wins Final Series Round at Odaiba

Osaka, Japan - 11 November, 2013 - Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. announces that company-supported Team TOYO TIRES DRIFT driver Masato Kawabata has won the 2013 D1 Grand Prix Series overall championship as well as the tan-sou championship.


In the finale of six rounds of the 2013 D1 Grand Prix Series held on November 9 at a specially built course in Odaiba, Tokyo, Masato Kawabata unleashed a powerful driving performance in the tan-sou finale contested by the top 16 racers. Kawabata held off Team TOYO TIRES DRIFT teammate Akinori Utsumi in the final match to earn his second overall Series championship.
Based on this result, Kawabata finished atop both the overall and tan-sou rankings to earn his first overall victory since he became Series champion six years ago in 2007.

Finishing just behind Kawabata in the rankings were Team TOYO TIRES DRIFT teammates Tatsuya Sakuma in third and Akinori Utsumi in fifth.

In addition to the champion performance of the Team racers, Team TOYO TIRES DRIFT booth achieved total domination by earning first place in the yearlong vote by fans for the most popular booth!

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■2013 Team TOYO TIRES DRIFT Overview

Contract drivers : Masato Kawabata, Tatsuya Sakuma
Support drivers : Akinori Utsumi, Yoshifumi Tadokoro, Seimi Tanaka
2013 TOYO GIRLS : Asami Agawa, Natsu Tosaki


■2013 D1 Grand Prix Series Ranking

Driver Overall Ranking Tan-sou Ranking
Masato Kawabata 1st 1st
Tatsuya Sakuma 3rd 3rd
Akinori Utsumi 5th 5th
Yoshifumi Tadokoro 18th 22nd
Seimi Tanaka 22nd 19th


■Team TOYO TIRES DRIFT (Round 6 Exhibition Match, Odaiba, Tokyo)


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