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10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 5 Seattle

10. Championship Dreams Shattered Left and Right!
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This Seattle event marks the first time I watched so many big names and championship hopeful drivers go down for the count so early in the weekend. First, it was Ryan Tuerck going out to Stoneback in the Top 32 with a mechanical failure. Then Vaughn Gittin Jr. defeats Nitto teammate Odi Bakchis in the Top 32 putting the #1/#2 championship drivers out with 16 points + qualifying for the weekend. Then Top 16 swept up Chris Forsberg and Ken Gushi cleaning the slate of all the forward momentum from this season for those four drivers. Fredric Aasbo side stepped all the land mines and took home first place and built a huge gap in the championship for himself leaving the next two rounds a big mystery.

9. Forrest Wang Being Faulted for Inactive Chase, HUH?
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Who knew that Mad Mike was that fast or Forrest Wang was that slow? The inactive chase penalty against Forrest Wang seemed beyond harsh to me. The judges need to wake up please! You cannot fault a guy for inactive chase when he is driving his ass off but his car is just beyond slower than another car (see Faruk Kugay vs. Alex Heilbrunn in Pro 2 for same stupid call). The inactive chase was made for the penalization of cupcaking when one driver has a dominant lead and then doesn’t chase. I always recall Jim Guthrie vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. at Wall Speedway as a perfect utilization for this. You cannot punish people for not building drag car/rocket ships or I guess now you can do just that…. I never got the impression Wang was cup caking around the course. I think it was a tough way to end a great Top 32 battle. Not sure if I have a better answer for this one but it just feels like a bad beat in my gut.

8. Yokoi Is the New Chelsea DeNofa
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This guy has the most insane tandem follow runs of this season. I wish drivers would get out of his way so he could keep winning. His first battle with Pat Goodin was wild and I think he edged out Goodin in the end but judges went OMT. His chase on the OMT was just balls deep insane but sadly he made contact with Goodin and lost. Sound like someone else you know? Yes, Chelsea DeNofa who at times performs the best tandem follow runs the world has ever seen but mostly to a detriment in the end. Can Yokoi overcome that issue and continue to put on a show that is entertaining everyone while running clean? I guess time will tell us but he is looking more serious round by round in that chromed out 2JZ powered S15 Silvia.

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BorgWarner Expands Product Line with Airwerks® SX-E Series Super Core Assemblies

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Great news from Borgwarner as they have created an innovative new product line for the automotive aftermarket. The new Airwerks® SX-E series product line has been designed to create more performance options in the motorsports market in regards to size and functionality.

The S200SX-E and S300SX-E have a host of features including
•         Forged Milled Compressor Wheel (FMW),
•         Pre-machined speed sensor
•         Pre-machined boost
•         Extended tip technology

In addition to the features listed above, the compressor wheels are designed have a much broader operating range in the same size package as previous S Series generation units. The S200SX-E will have two compressor inducer sizes (52mm or 57mm) while the S300SX-E will be available in five new sizes ranging from 61.4mm to 69mm (compressor inducer). The S300SX-E will also feature a 360 degree thrust bearing for improved thrust capability and durability. Super core and companion turbine housing are sold separately. Moreover, the SX-E super cores are, also, field serviceable.

This is just another way that BorgWarner is helping to not only grow the turbocharger market but to make it more accessible to every enthusiast out there that wants great performance without sacrificing quality or performance.

Product is now available and ready to ship. To search for a BorgWarner turbocharger distributor near you, visit borgwarnerboosted.com and click on the Find a Distributor tab also like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BorgWarnerBoosted?fref=ts)

2015 Formula Drift Round 5 – Evergreen Speedway [RESULTS]

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Fredric Aasbo survived mixed wet and dry conditions to take home his third win of the season and a substantial lead in the championship. Alec Hohnadell drove like a maniac to take home his first career Formula D podium, with Justin Pawlak surviving a wild battle with Tyler McQuarrie in the Top 8 to take home 3rd Place. Pat Goodin missed out on his first podium spot due to being the lowest qualified driver in the final 4, but can hang his hat on a career best finish.

Here’s the results:

1st – Fredric Aasbo – Rockstar Energy Drink Hankook Tire Scion tC

2nd – Alec Hohnadell – Get Nuts Labs Nissan S14

3rd – Justin Pawlak – Roush Performance Carcrafters Ford Mustang

 

2015 Formula Drift Round 5 Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Formula Drift qualifying at Evergreen Speedway was an interesting one. It went quickly but so many drivers scored a zero due to the rain and then transition to dry during the weekend. It was a tough one and we just wish that the weather would behave for a weekend already. Here is how they qualified-

1. Kenneth Moen 89
2. Ryan Tuerck 87
3. Fredric Aasbo 87
4. Ken Gushi 85
5. Kristaps Bluss 84
6. Forrest Wang 84
7. Matt Field 81
8. Chris Forsberg 80
9. Alec Hohnadell 79
10. Chelsea DeNofa 79
11. Odi Bakchis 78
12. Justin Pawlak 77
13. Pat Mordaunt 77
14. Michael Essa 77
15. Pat Goodin 76
16. Charles Ng 76
17. Daigo Saito 76
18. Masashi Yokoi 75
19. Dai Yoshihara 75
20. Tyler McQuarrie 75
21. Dean Kearney 74
22. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 74
23. Conrad Grunewald 74
24. Kyle Mohan 73
25. Nate Hamilton 72
26. Jhonnattan Castro 68
27. Mad Mike Whiddett 67
28. Matt Coffman 66
29. Brandon Wicknick 66
30. Dan Savage 64
31. Geoff Stoneback 62
32. Jeff Jones 61

Top 32 Tandem Battle
Left Bracket
Kenneth Moen vs. Jeff Jones
Charles Ng vs. Daigo Saito

Chris Forsberg vs. Nate Hamilton
Alec Hohnadell vs. Kyle Mohan

Ken Gushi vs. Brandon Wicknick
Pat Morduant vs. Tyler McQuarrie

Kristaps Bluss vs. Matt Coffman
Justin Pawlak vs. Dean Kearney

Right Bracket
Ryan Tuerck vs. Geoff Stoneback
Pat Goodin vs. Masahi Yokoi

Matt Field vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Conrad Grunewald

Fredric Aasbo vs. Dan Savage
Michael Essa vs. Dai Yoshihara

Forrest Wang vs. Mad Mike Whiddett
Odi Bakchivs vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr.

2015 Formula Drift Pro 2 Round 2 at Seattle [RESUTLS]

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The Pro 2 competition was somewhat of a struggle to the finish line but we did see some good battles in the middle. The first four runs went battle, red flag, competition timeout, and crash. In the end Andy Gray looked to be the most promising driver of the day until his power steering crapped out causing him to spin early. Here is how they podium finished along with James Evans going back to back here in Seattle in his Sikky Manufacturing Nissan 350z –

1. James Evans – Sikky 350z
2. Alex Heilbrunn – BMW
3. Faruk Kugay – WiseFab S14

Street Driven Tour Invades St. Louis [VIDEO]

Street Driven Tour rolled into the midwest on America’s birthday to throw a fun drift bash with mini- games and a Rival House Hard Parkathon with plenty of American flags to boot. Chris Forsberg, Forrest Wang, and Brandon Wicknick rounded out the Formula Drift pros in attendance with a ton of other solid drivers from the midwest including Brian Peter, Mike Feiock, Steve Topping, Rolando Alfaro and many more. Check out the video recap made by Subject Media!

2015 Formula Drift Pro 2 Round 2 Qualifying at Seattle [RESULTS]

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Pro 2 qualifying stayed draw somehow and still produced a ton of zero point runs and quite a few crashes. Here is how they finished up with Alex Heilbrunn and Andrew Gray continuing to show dominance coming after a 1st/2nd finish in Orlando at Round 1 –

1. Alex Heilbrunn- 78
2. Andrew Gray- 74
3. James Evans- 73
4. Faruk Kugay- 72
5. Ryan Litteral- 71
6. Brody Gobble- 68
7. Brandon Wicknick- 68
8. Cameron Moore- 67
9. Ian Fournier- 63
10. Taylor Hull- 62
11. Jeff Wolfson- 60
12. Juha Rintanen- 60
13. Fello Ambivero- 60
14. Dave Briggs- 59
15. Hiro Sumida- 59
16. Kenji Yaminaka- 59
17. Jeff Jones- 56
18. Sergey Kabargin- 56
19. Will Parsons- 53
20. Brandon Peterson- 52
21. Kasey King- 48
*All Other Drivers Got 0 on Both Runs or Didn’t Make Pass*

Top 16 Bracket
Alex Heilbrunn vs. Kenji Yaminaka
Cameron Moore vs. Ian Fournier

Faruk Kugay vs. Fello Ambivero
Ryan Litteral vs. Juha Rintanen

(Right)
Andrew Gray vs. Hiro Sumida
Brandon Wicknick vs. Taylor Hull

James Evans vs. Dave Briggs
Brody Gobble vs. Jeff Wolfson

Kenneth Moen Chasing Mats Baribeau at Formula Drift New Jersey [VIDEO]

Kenneth Moen is chasing Mats Baribeau around Wall Speedway and shot by Thirsty Films. Moen looks wild in his Gatebil S14 Nissan and is trying to stay at pace with Mats in his Chaser around Wall.

2015 Formula Drift Canada Round 2 at Montmany [RESULTS]

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The 2015 curse of Formula Drift in the rain continues bringing water down in Canada for Round 2 of the stepchild series.The weekend featured some Formula Drift US judges and a hungry Canadian grid showing off in front of a wet crowd. Here is how they finished up –

1. Jonathan Guitard
2. Alex Gosselin
3. Miro Ovacharik
4. Pat Cyr

Chris Forsberg 4th Gear Rev Limiter at Street Driven Tour STL [VIDEO]

Here is what it looks like to ride with the smooth operator Chris Forsberg at the top of 4th gear around the Gateway Motorsports Park track. The Street Driven Tour event on July 4th was a wild one with Forrest Wang and Brandon Wicknick joining the fun and chasing Chris Forsberg all day in his VK56 powered Infiniti M45.

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