Federal's 2008 Meister Cup runneth over

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Federal's 2008 Meister Cup runneth over

The 2008 Federal Meister Cup has concluded. And drift racer Shigenobu Koga went out with a bang.

The championship was decided at DEC Sekia Hills -- one of the most popular circuits that southern Japan has to offer. Fifty entrants tackled the track, all with Federal 595 high performance tires on their vehicles.

As usual, the final round delivered some first-class competition in front of large domestic audiences. "There was enough edginess to hear the sound of fist against steering wheels," said one Federal official.

D1GP and D1 Street Legal drivers, including Ken Nomura, Masao Suenaga, Yukihara Komagata and Kazuyoshi Okamura, judged the event, while "special guest" Daijiro Inada sun also was in attendance.

Koga, the local Fukuoka veteran, set the fastest lap and scrambled for traction on the way to victory. He completed a series of marvelous maneuvers in his very showy monster Nissan Silvia 13.

He finished the trail in a thundering 51.734 seconds, and received the more favorable votes to take the top podium, both for the race and the series.

Koga is no stranger to the Federal series. Last year, he earned two poles and finished second overall.

Newcomer Ueo Katsuhiro was one of many racers who performed well over the course of the series. In his debut earlier in the season, Katsuhiro finished second -- behind Koga.

Federal CEO Jaime Ma says northeastern Asia is a key region in the company's global growth strategy.

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