2015 Formula Drift Championship [RESULTS]


The 2015 championship is a wrap! Fredric Aasbo followed up his second place finish last year with a championship in 2015. Ken Gushi was right on his heels the whole way in what wound up a Scion dominated season. The Scion brand finished 1,2, and 4 during this Formula Drift season which is unparalleled by any OEM in this sports history. Chris Forsberg took his Nissan 370z with a respectable 3rd place season finish to follow up with his 14 championship run. Here is how the Top 20 finished up for 2015 –

1. Fredric Aasbo – 530
2. Ken Gushi – 431
3. Chris Forsberg – 382
4. Ryan Tuerck – 367
5. Odi Bakchis – 363
6. Masashi Yokoi – 324
7. Justin Pawlak – 287
8. Forrest Wang – 285
9. Matt Field – 282
10. Alec Hohnadell – 272
11. Kenneth Moen – 247
12. Daigo Saito – 238
13. Vaughn Gittin Jr – 226
14. Dean Kearney – 220
15. Chelsea DeNofa – 212
15. Tyler McQuarrie – 212
17. Pat Mordaunt – 211
18. Pat Goodin – 207
19. Mad Mike Whiddett – 192
20. Charles Ng – 191

2015 Formula Drift Round 7 Final Fight at Irwindale [RESULTS]


The Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway came to an end last night with somewhat of an anti-climatic ending to a solid season. Ken Gushi suffered through multiple engines to keep going through the weekend refused to quit but fell short when trying to chase Fredric Aasbo in the finals. If Aasbo had lost in the Top 32 it would of put Ken Gushi just one place shy of a championship. Here is how the Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway finished –

1. Fredric Aasbo
2. Ken Gushi
3. Forrest Wang

2015 Formula Drift Pro 2 Championship [RESULTS]


After last night we now have 8 newly licensed Formula Drift Pro drivers for 2016. Here are the new drivers you can expect to see at all the rounds of Formula drift next year:

1. Alex Heilbrunn
2. James Evans
3. Juha Rintanen
4. Andrew Gray
5. Cameron Moore
6. Faruk Kugay
7. Jeff Jones
8. Brody Goble

To retain a Pro 2 you needed 64 points in the season. 11 drivers managed to do this for the 2015 season and you can expect to see them in Pro 2 next season. Here is that list of drivers:

1. Brandon Wicknick
2. Taylor Hull
3. Kevin Lawrence
4. Ryan Litteral
5. Dave Briggs
6. Jeff Wolfson
7. Josh McGuire
8. Brandon Patterson
9. Hiro Sumida
10. Tommy Van Cleef
11. Kenji Yamanaka

2015 Formula Drift Pro 2 at Irwindale Speedway [RESULTS]


Juha Rintanen completed the event sweep with a top qualifying spot and a first place finish for the weekend. This Pro 2 round at Irwindale Speedway was far better than last year with several drivers really taking on the bank. Faruk Kugay ended his run with a krail smash and insane spin drift while in throttle the whole time. Alex Heilbrunn had clutch issues during qualifying and struggled through competition as well even though he secured a championship already. Here is how they finished:

1st- Juha Rintanen
2nd- Cameron Moore
3rd- Kevin Lawrence

What it takes to win in 2015: Post Irwindale Qualifying scenarios


Current Formula D USA Championship Standings Post Irwindale Qualifying:

1. Fredric Aasbo 432 Points
2. Ken Gushi 355 Points
3. Ryan Tuerck 335 Points
4. Chris Forsberg 334 Points


Current Formula D World Championship Standings (after 8 rounds and Irwindale Qualifying):

1. Fredric Aasbo 595 Points
2. Odi Bakchis 438 Points
3. Matt Field 343 Points
4. Masashi Yokoi 315 Points

The fate of both the Formula Drift USA and Formula Drift World Championships will lie at the tires of Kristaps Bluss.

As the first tandem battle for Fredric Aasbo, Aasbo will clinch both championships if he can move into the top 16. Since Aasbo has earned no fewer than 16 tandem points by making the top 32, the only way for Ken Gushi to makeup the 77 point difference in the USA championship is by earning the full 100 points as an event winner, which is 84 points more than a top 32 exit. In the world championship chase, a loss by Aasbo in top 32 would open the door for Odi Bakchis to take the championship should he win the event as the 100 points Bakchis would earn as event champion would be doubled to 200 points, overcoming the current 157 point difference. Aasbo has already earned 32 tandem points by making the top 16, so even a second place finish for Bakchis wouldn’t be enough (80 points for 2nd x 2 = 160 points earned – 32 points if Aasbo exits in top 32 = 128 points).

Full points structure can be found HERE. Keep in mind that for the World Championship chase, all points at Irwindale are doubled due to the China round being cancelled.

First round tandem matchups:

Fredric Aasbo vs Kristaps Bluss (7th top 32 battle)
Ken Gushi vs Jhonnattan Castro (13th top 32 battle)
Odi Bakchis vs Kyle Mohan (9th top 32 battle)

2015 Formula Drift Round 7 Pro Qualifying [RESULTS]


Forrest Wang topped all qualifiers today with a score of 89, his second top qualifier award of the season (previously in Long Beach). Matt Field and Ken Gushi tied for second overall with a score of 86, Field earning the second tiebreaker due to a higher style judge score as they were tied in total style points. Gushi still has a chance to win the championship pending the top 32 tandem battles.

Here’s a look at the qualifying results as well as the tandem brackets:

1. Forrest Wang
2. Matt Field
3. Ken Gushi
4. “Mad” Mike Whiddett
5. Fredric Aasbo
6. Chelsea Denofa
7. Justin Pawlak
8. Tanner Foust
9. Chris Forsberg
10. Alec Hohnadell
11. Tyler McQuarrie
12. Pat Goodin
13. Ryan Tuerck
14. Daijiro Yoshihara
15. Odi Bakchis
16. Masashi Yokoi
17. Marc Landreville
18. Kyle Mohan
19. Michael Essa
20. Conrad Grunewald
21. Daigo Saito
22. Charles Ng
23. Patrick Mordaunt
24. Dan Savage
25. Robbie Nishida
26. Brandon Wicknick
27. Kenny Moen
28. Kristaps Bluss
29. James Evans
30. Jhonnattan Castro
31. Dean Kearney
32. Geoff Stoneback

Tandem Brackets:
Left Bracket

Forrest Wang vs Geoff Stoneback
Masashi Yokoi vs Marc Landreville
Tanner Foust vs Robbie Nishida
Chris Forsberg vs Dan Savage
Mike Whiddett vs James Evans
Ryan Tuerck vs Conrad Grunewald
Fredric Aasbo vs Kristaps Bluss
Pat Goodin vs Daigo Saito

Right Bracket

Matt Field vs Dean Kearney
Odi Bakchis vs Kyle Mohan
Justin Pawlak vs Brandon Wicknick
Alec Hohnadell vs Patrick Mordaunt
Ken Gushi vs Jhonnattan Castro
Daijiro Yoshihara vs Michael Essa
Chelsea Denofa vs Kenny Moen
Tyler McQuarrie vs Charles Ng

2015 Formula Drift Pro 2 Round 4 Qualifying [RESULTS]


Here is the final Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway had a pretty fantastic Pro 2 qualifying session under the lights at Irwindale Speedway. 26 drivers got a score which set the stage for a pretty solid Top 16 round up. Here is how they lined up –

1. Juha Rintanen
2. Kevin Lawrence
3. Alex Heilbrunn
4. Hiro Sumida
5. Jeff Jones
6. Cameron Moore
7. Brandon Wicknick
8. Ryan Litteral
9. Faruk Kugay
10. Andrew Grey
11. Josh McGuire
12. Tommy Van Cleef
13. James Evans
14. Taylor Hull
15. Brody Goble
16. Brandon Patterson

Top 16 Bracket
Juha Rintanen vs. Brandon Patterson
Ryan Litteral vs. Faruk Kugay
Hiro Sumida vs. James Evans
Jeff Jones vs. Tommy Van Cleef

Kevin Lawrence vs. Brody Goble
Brandon Wicknick vs. Andrew Grey
Alex Heilbrunn vs. Taylor Hull
Cameron Moore vs. Josh McGuire

What it takes to win in 2015: Fredric Aasbo


Current Formula D Championship Standings (after 6 rounds):

1. Fredric Aasbo 428 Points
2. Ken Gushi 348 Points
3. Ryan Tuerck 332 Points
4. Chris Forsberg 331 Points

For Fredric Aasbo, the formula is simple – qualify on Friday, and win a tandem battle on Saturday. With all the potential situations that involve others winning the championship, all of them depend on Aasbo to exit early in the competition. Aasbo does have a single top 32 exit earlier this season in Orlando, but his three event wins combined five total top-3 qualifying efforts are more than any of the three other contenders.  Daigo Saito, Geoff Stoneback, and Masashi Yokoi are the only three drivers who have defeated Aasbo in Formula Drift competition, and amazingly enough, Aasbo has also defeated each of them as well. In fact, Aasbo doesn’t hold a losing record on the season against any driver in FD USA competition, having defeated 16 different drivers at least once in tandem this season. Although there’s never a ‘sure thing’ when it comes to drifting, Aasbo taking the championship seems nearly automatic given the information at hand.

There was a lot of talk last season about how Aasbo’s final standings have continually improved. Since taking the Rookie of the Year title in 2010 as the 13th ranked driver, Aasbo has finished in 12th, 6th, 4th, and 2nd overall progressively. It seems as though the toughest thing for Aasbo to think about for next season is how he backs up such an amazing run.

Current Formula D World Championship Standings (after 8 rounds):

1. Fredric Aasbo 587 Points
2. Odi Bakchis 432 Points
3. Matt Field 331 Points
4. Masashi Yokoi 309 Points

With the Formula Drift World Championship being shortened from 10 events to 9 due to the China season finale being cancelled, Aasbo also has the opportunity to wrap up the World Championship simultaneously. Since Irwindale will count for double points, Odi Bakchis will need to make up 155 championship points, which can only be done if Bakchis makes an appearance in the final round. Matt Field is statistically eliminated, as even with a top qualifier / first place sweep, he would only make up 214 of the 256 points he would need to overtake Aasbo.

Should Aasbo make the top 16, the minimum of 34 points he would earn for Irwindale (possibly more pending his qualifying standing) would count as 68 towards the world championship. With first place earning at least 68 points more than a top 16 appearance, Bakchis would not be able to overcome Aasbo. Therefore, the only chance Bakchis has to earn the World Championship requires Aasbo to either not qualify on Friday, or lose in the top 32 on Saturday. In the scenario that Aasbo doesn’t qualify, a final round appearance by Bakchis would be enough to overtake Aasbo. However, should Aasbo qualify on Friday and lose in the top 32 on Saturday, Bakchis would need to win the event to earn the championship.

Overall, the World Championship was a bit of a disappointment, with only 13 drivers  participating in the championship, including only 4 of the current top 10 drivers. In order to qualify for the championship, drivers had to participate in one of the international rounds, one of which was simply a hop across the 49th parallel and didn’t require putting a race car on a boat or a plane. We hope to see an increase in participation next season.

Keep Drifting Fun Invades Final Bout 2 [VIDEO]

Keep Drifting Fun produced a mini documentary on Final Bout 2. We have a Media Thread to cover everything we found content wise from Final Bout 2 found here. This short documentary by KDF shows where the teams came from, how the event came about, and the personal style reflected in all these builds.

What it takes to win in 2015: Ken Gushi

Gushi Texas

Current Formula D Championship Standings (after 6 rounds):

1. Fredric Aasbo 428 Points
2. Ken Gushi 348 Points
3. Ryan Tuerck 332 Points
4. Chris Forsberg 331 Points

To say that Gushi has turned heads this year is an understatement. Gushi has finished in 13th, 21st, and 8th overall over the past three seasons respectively, and hadn’t podiumed since Sonoma in 2009 entering this season. With a trio of podiums at Atlanta, Orlando, and Texas, combined with a pair of top qualifiers back-to-back at Orlando and New Jersey, Gushi has nearly as much hardware this season as in previous 11 seasons combined. With Gittin Jr. missing Irwindale, the list of drivers who have attended every single Formula Drift event to date will shrink down to just Gushi, Forsberg, and Yoshihara. Of that list, Gushi is the lone driver without a championship (Forsberg 2007 & 2014, Yoshihara in 2011).

Should Aasbo qualify 1st overall on Friday, Gushi must qualify in eighth or higher position to have a shot at the championship. If Aasbo qualifies in second, then Gushi will need a qualifying effort in the top 16 to still remain in the chase. Should Aasbo qualify in third position, any qualifying effort in the top 32 will keep Gushi’s hopes alive. However, in all scenarios where both Gushi and Aasbo are driving on Saturday, Gushi must win the event AND Aasbo must lose his top 32 battle. If Aasbo moves on to the top 16, Gushi’s hopes for his first championship will end.

In the wildest scenario where Aasbo does not qualify for top 32, Gushi will still need to make the final round of competition to still have a shot at the championship. Should Gushi face either Forsberg or Tuerck in the final round under the same scenario of Aasbo watching all of the Saturday competition from the bleachers, then qualifying results from Friday would determine whether Gushi would need to win to clinch the championship, or whether Forsberg or Tuerck could win the championship with the event win. We will have an updated post after qualifying on Friday with the specifics, but if Tuerck or Forsberg earn 3 or 4 more championship points ing via qualifyrespectively than Gushi, then the championship could come down to the final battle at Irwindale for the second consecutive year. That scenario has a lot of ‘what-ifs’ going on, which we will recap after we know the results from Friday as they are far too numerous to run through.

Gushi has been a popular topic of discussion this season, thanks to his resurgence in the Scion FR-S. Gushi was the #1 topic in the ’10 things I learned’ article from Atlanta, and Joey even predicted that Gushi will be 2016 champion in his ’10 things I learned’ article from Texas. This is the first season since 2005 that Gushi will finish in the top 5 overall, and the confidence gained this season will undoubtedly motivate him towards success next season.