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More big names added to Drifter Shifters show; PREVIEW: MOTORSPORT Red Bull Drift Shifters Liverpool.

Byline: ALAN WESTON ECHO Reporter alan.weston@trinitymirror.com @alanweston

MORE details have been announced about one of the biggest and loudest motorsport events, which is making its UK debut in Liverpool city centre this summer.

Red Bull Drift Shifters will see race drivers known as "drifters" heading to the city on Sunday, August 19, to showcase their skills as they rip through the streets just feet from the crowds in the shadow of the Royal Liver Building.

Organisers have now announced the names of some of the international drifting talent who will be taking part in the adrenaline-fuelled event.

They include current world number one James Deane, from Ireland, and his main rival Fredric Aasbo, from Norway. They will be battling it out for the top spot as they compete against each other for the first time on UK soil.

They will join a number of other leading figures from the drifting circuit to showcase their speed, precision and skills as they tear through the streets in front of thousands of spectators.

Also confirmed are Matt Carter, who is considered the best drift racer in the UK.

Alongside Carter, Deane and Aasbo, three additional international drifting professionals - Gaz Whiter, Forrest Wang and Masato Kawabata - have confirmed their place on the streets of Liverpool to compete for the title of the ultimate drift champion.

Another driver who will be taking part is Japanese-born Masato Kawabata, who has 20 years of drifting under his belt and is considered a legend within the sport of drifting. Masato also currently holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest drift, at 190mph sideways, and is expected to be a formidable competitor.

A specially-built custom track will be constructed for the event, complete with hi-tech proximity and angle sensors to replace the usual judges.

The Red Bull Drift Shifters concept was originally dreamt up by New Zealand professional drifter "Mad" Mike Whiddett, debuting in his home town of Auckland back in 2012.

The event is being organised in partnership with Liverpool City Council and forms part of Liverpool 2018 - a year of projects marking a decade since the city's year as European Capital of Culture.

| Tickets are now on sale at www.redbull.co.uk/driftshifters, priced at PS35 for adults and PS25 for under-25s.

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Date:Jun 25, 2018
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