The first time I came across Tom’s Zenki S14 was when he was drifting at last year’s STL event at Driftland. At the time, it wore its factory bumpers with pride and, aesthetically at least, was as clean and simple as they come. It was probably a good thing, as Tom’s super aggressive driving would have quickly put paid to any fibreglass loosely attached to his car. This time though, he’s decided to mix things up a little.
Hype around Japan’s Meihan Sportsland circuit has been circulating for a while now but, only in the last couple of years has it really reached fever pitch. Having been lucky enough to visit the track myself last year, I managed to get an understanding of how this small go kart track a short drive from the centre of Osaka had earned its fierce reputation for producing some of the best drifters in the world.