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A Judges View of Alec Hohnadell vs. Chris Forsberg from FDNJ

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Had I known the Forsberg vs Hohnadell battle was going to be so controversial, I would have gladly gone on the mic with Jarod to explain my decision. We explained split decisions or the outcome of one more times in New Jersey, but we had no way of knowing at the time what runs were viewed as controversial or confusing.

So here is my breakdown of the Forsberg vs Hohnadell battle:

Forsberg leading Hohnadell: Forsberg initiates high on the bank and gets very high early until the end of the zone. Hohnadell has a good initiation at the same time as Forsberg, but drops down lower on the bank and has less angle throughout the zone. Forsberg comes off the bank strong and is close on inner clip 1, with Hohnadell right behind him with good mimic. Forsberg enters outside zone 2 early and stays wide throughout the zone. Hohnadell is close to Forsberg entering the zone but corrects his angle multiple times and surges forward and falls back a few times during the entirety of outside zone 2. Forsberg gets close to inner clip 2, with Hohnadell close behind. Forsberg fills outside zone 3 fully all the way around and finishes strong. Hohnadell surges forward and falls back twice but keeps fairly steady angle behind Chris.

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Hohnadell leading Forsberg: Hohnadell initiates much lower on the bank than Forsberg did and stays lower throughout outside zone 1. Forsberg initiates with Hohnadell and is on the same line, but a couple of car lengths behind. Hohnadell comes off the bank well and does a good job on inside clip 1. Forsberg is in proximity and mimics perfectly. Hohnadell hits the outside zone marker (drivers were told this wasn’t a deduction in qualifying as long as the tire wasn’t over the line, and it isn’t in tandem either.) and is very close to one tire off, but the replay isn’t conclusive. Forsberg follows closely and also hits the outside zone marker. Hohnadell has an angle correction and surges forward in outside zone 2, while Forsberg is close behind. Hohnadell has great angle as he exits outside zone 2 and crosses inside clip2. Forsberg mimics perfectly and anticipates Hohnadell’s transitions through this sector and is close for outside zone 3. Hohnadell’s angle fluctuates through outside zone 3 (possibly his left rear tire making contact with the banking) and finishes with good angle. Forsberg stays close to the finish.

What set Forsberg apart in this tandem battle was his finesse and smoothness when transitioning, and the consistency of the angle he held through each corner. He was also higher on outside zone 1 throughout the entirety of the zone, which is by far the highest difficulty section of the track.

Hohnadell has improved greatly since he started competing in Formula Drift, and he showed himself to be a serious contender against Forsberg. But during this run, while he was fast, aggressive and stylish, he lacked the refinement and control that Forsberg exhibited in the lead and chase position. Due to the many bobbles, corrections and surges throughout the course, we had to give the win to Forsberg, who demonstrated his ability to drive at the same speed and on sometimes better lines with more vehicle control and finesse.

-Ryan Lanteigne

 

 

*I would of posted the DailyMotion video and referenced the time code but the #FDNJ file seems to be broken*

Englishtown Pro Bro Down Post Formula D New Jersey [VIDEO]

Englishtown (former host of Formula Drift New Jersey) hosted a Pro Bro Down post Wall Speedway to have some fun and enjoy the wild course of the famed drift mecca Englishtown. The typical suspects were in attendance with the addition of the HGK Racing builds, Mats Baribeau, Pat Goodin, and Chelsea DeNofa.

2015 Formula Drift Round 4 New Jersey Main Event [GALLERY]

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The main event coverage has been delivered by Andrew Jennings to show off some of the really close bank battles going down during competition. I love this snap of Justin Pawlak ramming into and going wheel to wheel with Yokoi in this run. Flick through our gallery to see the pits, driver faces, and some tandem battles for Round 4 of Formula Drift at New Jersey.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=455

Kelsey Rowlings Heads to Drift All-Stars Round 2 this Weekend

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Kelsey Rowlings is heading over to Europe to compete in the second round of Drift All-Stars this weekend. The event takes place in Sweden at the Eskilstuna MotorSportArena. You can tune into the Drift All-Stars Livestream and watch her qualify/compete this weekend here. Kelsey Rowlings is a new and upcoming girl drifter who is dedicated to running the Pro 2 series this season in her pink S14 Nissan 240sx pictured above. Here was her Pro 2 driver preview piece if you want to learn more about her.

2015 Formula Drift Round 4 at New Jersey Friday [GALLERY]

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Andrew Jennings was on the scene at Round 4 in New Jersey to capture some great content as the weather went in and out all weekend. Here is his unique look at qualifying and the events that went down on Friday.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=454

Mike Phillips V8-powered S13.4 Formula D-ready drift car is available in Seattle [FOR SALE]

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Mike Phillips from Seattle Washington has decided to put his S13.4 up for sale. The car has ran at a few rounds of Formula D, and is ready to be purchased. With Formula D Seattle just around the corner, hosting both the Pro and Pro 2 classes, this might be a great option for someone who’s looking to upgrade their current setup.

EDIT – As of July 2nd, the car has been sold.

Here are some of the specs:

1989 240sx s13.4 FD legal drift car
Registered/Title in hand – Includes many spares
LS1 5.7 500hp/480tq
Wiseco 14.5:1 Pistons
Melling high volume oil pump
LS7 lifters
Texas Speed 2.5 5.3 cnc heads
Fast 102 intake/throttle body
Accusump with optional pressure switch activation
Wahlbro 255 fuel pump
Baffled fueled racing oil pan with filter relocation
Liberty gears cryo treated/Faceplated t56
Competition Clutch 6 puck clutch
 Z32/q45 axle upgrade(fused s14 diff)
Aem v2 ecu
Custom auto meter gauge cluster
Omp champ seats
Pull style fire suppression system
FD/scca legal roll cage with proper padding
Stance GR+pro coilovers

full Stance/spl control arms/tension rods/custom high angle steering Knuckles/Era 1 rack spacers
S14 front lower control arms
Z32 front brake upgrade
Maverick dual z32 rear caliper system
K-sport/wildwood Hydraulic vertical E-Brake
AIT Racing body kit/s13.4 conversion
All body panels fastened with dzus fasteners
Full tube front end
30mm rear overfenders
Wheels-
18×9.5 enkei Rpf1 +12 x2
18×10.5 enkei Rpf1 +15 x6

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 4 New Jersey

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10. Dean Kearney – Irish Future with an American V10
In my opinion, if you could throw Dean Kearney in one of these Top 10 Formula Drift builds he could make a run at the championship. He has a car I would argue probably struggles to fall in the Top 20 Formula Drift builds. Now that Darren McNamara has exited stage right it feels Dean Kearney has taken the torch as the top Irish drifter in America. He fell just short of a victory which I feel the weather played a big impact. Since the runs went out of order, he did his Top 4 run in the dry where Aasbo got to run his Top 4 battle in the rain in addition to the Finals. Looking forward, Dean Kearney is in 11th place but is headed to Seattle where he got his first podium in the past.

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9. Vaughn Gittin Jr. Needs to Give Up on Season and Debut 2015 Mustang RTR
Vaughn Gittin Jr. hasn’t had a stellar season by his standards at all. While he is only 117 points behind Ryan Tuerck in the lead, I find that with three rounds left he isn’t going to make up the gap at 39 points an event on Tuerck or Bakchis. With that said, I would rather him just retire the old S197 Mustang chassis and debut his S550 (2015 Mustang RTR). I got to see the car drift in person at Street Driven Tour VIR and the car looks and sounds way better than his old chassis. Let’s get the new 2015 on the track competing in Formula Drift!

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8. Joon Maeng is the Only Driver to Not Qualify Under New Structure
Joon Maeng had an up and down 2014 season but nothing has prepared him for the disaster that is 2015 with his BMW Z4. With a 39 driver grid this season he is the only driver left to not qualify for an event yet. One good event could bring him safely into the Top 32 since he is only 51 points behind 32nd place as we stand so he still has some hope. He needs to invest in some serious testing time before these next rounds and start getting some points on the board. I would suggest diving in Pro 2 for the next three rounds to try and either defend his Pro position or at least snag some extra practice laps.

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2015 Formula Drift Round 4 in New Jersey [RESULTS]

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Wow, so Fredric Aasbo survived weather on all fronts to capitalize on another weekend and win the New Jersey Wall Speedway round of Formula Drift back to back. This gives Aasbo two wins on the season and slots him back into a championship chase in a big way. Forsberg spun twice in two runs which I don’t think I have seen in 11 years of watching Formula Drift. The rain came at the end and the European based drivers thrived with Ryan Tuerck sneaking onto the podium for a second time in a row finishing 3rd. Here is how they finished, Top 10 things coming on Monday-

1. Fredric Aasbo
2. Dean Kearney
3. Ryan Tuerck
4. Masashi Yokoi

2015 Formula Drift Round 4 New Jersey Qualifying [RESULTS]

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So 37 drivers showed up for New Jersey which is one of the better driver counts for a Wall Speedway event that we can remember. I guess narrowing down the field just swept away the non-serious players. Two drivers (James Evans and Charles Ng) failed to get a score so only three drivers with a score didn’t qualify. 78 was the cutoff score which is pretty high compared to the average. Here is how they guys finished and who the tandem battles will be in the morning –

1. Ken Gushi 93 (46 Style)
2. Fredric Aasbo 93 (44 Style)
3. Justin Pawlak 92 (46 Style)
4. Pat Goodin 92 (45 Style)
5. Kenneth Moen 91 (43 Style)
6. Chris Forsberg 91 (43 Style)
7. Chelsea DeNofa 90
8. Robbie Nishida 89 (44 Style)
9. Ryan Tuerck 89 (44 Style)
10. Pat Mordaunt 89 (42 Style)
11. Odi Bakchis 88 (42 Style)
12. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 88 (41 Style)
13. Forrest Wang 87 (40 Style)
14. Rapper Dan Savage 87 (40 Style)
15. Jhonnattan Castro 85 (42 Style)
16. Matt Field 85 (41 Style)
17. Conrad Grunewald 85 (40 Style)
18. Kristaps Bluss 84 (42 Style)
19. Masashi Yokoi 84 (41 Style)
20. Dai Yoshihara 84 (39 Style)
21. Dean Kearney 83 (40 Style)
22. Jeff Jones 83 (40 Style)
23. Marc Landerville 83 (40 Style)
24. Brandon Wicknick 83 (39 Style)
25. Daigo Saito 83 (36 Style)
26. Geoff Stoneback 82 (39 Style)
27. Alec Hohnadell 82 (36 Style)
28. Kyle Mohan 81 (36 Style)
29. Michael Essa 81 (35 Style)
30. Tyler McQuarrie 80 (36 Style)
31. Mats Baribeau 80 (36 Style)
32. Nate Hamilton 78

Top 32 Tandem Bracket (Left)
Ken Gushi vs. Nate Hamilton
Matt Field vs. Conrad Grunewald

Robbie Nishida vs. Daigo Saito
Ryan Tuerck vs. Brandon Wicknick

Pat Goodin vs. Michael Essa
Forrest Wang vs. Dai Yoshihara

Kenneth Moen vs. Kyle Mohan
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Dean Kearney

Top 32 Tandem Bracket (Right)
Fredric Aasbo vs. Mats Baribeau
Jhonnattan Castro vs. Kristaps Bluss

Chelsea DeNofa vs. Geoff Stoneback
Pat Mordaunt vs. Marc Landerville

Justin Pawlak vs. Tyler McQuarrie
Rapper Dan Savage vs. Masashi Yokoi

Chris Forsberg vs. Alec Hohnadell
Odi Bakchis vs. Jeff Jones

Just Drift Top Drift Round 3 at Walt James [RESULTS]

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Just Drift Round 3 wrapped up at the Walt James Oval over the weekend with a solid podium and a best tandem award from Koyorad. The event saw many drivers losing due to two tires off on the tricky course which shook up how things finished. Thanks for the snap AMdrift. Here are the results on the podium with Adam Knapik winning Best Tandem and in front:

1st. Trent Beehum
2nd.  Matt Madrigali
3rd. George Kilada

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