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Another Look at Formula Drift Road Atlanta [GALLERY]

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Jaron Cole took on Road Atlanta for us as well to document what happened at one of the best Formula Drift events in history. The entertainment and driving value never sell short when the series rolls into Georgia. Follow the link below to comb through another excellent gallery.

 

Check it out: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=449

Street Driven Tour X Hyperfest 2015 [VIDEO]

The official event video from Street Driven Tour at VIR was released this morning. Dubbed as the automotive amusement park the motorsports weekend which now moved to Virginia International Raceway featured Porsche GT3 R, rally, and triple tandem ride-a-longs in addition to a wild drifting bash on Patriot Course and Top 16 competition on the Main Course! Sit back and enjoy and start making plans to attend in 2016.

2015 D1 Grand Prix Round 1 at Odaiba [GALLERY]

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Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=448

Lone Star Drift Pro Am in Texas Kicks off 2015 [VIDEO]

An awesome video shot by Subject Media highlight the start of the Lone Star Drift Pro Am series out of Texas. This event takes place at Gulf Greyhound Park and shows the great level of talent in Texas coming out of the Formula Drift Pro Am series. Enjoy!

Jonathan Guitard’s Lexus SC400 for DMCC 2015

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Jeremy Glover snagged us some exclusive pictures of Jonathan Guitard’s Lexuc SC400 for DMCC 2015. Jonathan came off the 2014 season with an event victory and hopes to perform just as well this season. Who doesn’t want to cheer for a guy sponsored by Budweiser after all?

For Round 1 this weekend he qualified 5th and finished in 6th place after losing to Pat Cyr in the Great 8!

Ryan Tuerck Chasing Down Drift Alliance at Street Driven Tour [VIDEO]

We go on board with Ryan Tuerck at Street Driven Tour VIR to watch him chase Drift Alliance members Chris Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin Jr.  Huge thanks to DBA for helping bring Ryan Tuerck out and Subject Media Group for putting this content together! We have more content coming from this wild weekend of drifting and entertainment. Next stop on the tour is Gateway Motorsports Park on July 4th!

2015 Formula Drift Road Atlanta [GALLERY]

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Luke Munnell tackled the big Formula Drift Road Atlanta event this past weekend and brought a southern flavor and charm to the best event of 2015. Follow the link below and watch Odi Bakchis drive to his first ever event victory.

 

Check Out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=447

Chris Forsberg vs. Geoff Stoneback – A Judges Perspective

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This is a guest post by Formula Drift judge Ryan Lanteigne which includes his outlook and perspective on the Geoff Stoneback vs. Chris Forsberg tandem battle at Road Atlanta – 

Personally, I have a notebook with rows and columns set up for each tandem battle. The other 2 judges have their own methods, but I’m showing this one because it is easy to follow for this explanation. It looks like this:

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In the example below, we have the battle between Chris Forsberg and Geoff Stoneback.
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In Run 1, Chris lays down a solid lead run, hitting all of the clipping points and zones with great angle and flow throughout the course. Stoneback, in the chase position, drops a tire at inside clip 1, understeers up the hill towards outside zone 1 and straightens exiting the horseshoe, giving him a zero.

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In Run 2, Geoff initiates well, drops a tire on the outside of outside zone 1, has a bobble as he approaches outside zone 2, which causes him to miss the zone, is slightly off of IC2, and finishes the rest of the course without any other issues. While Chris is following, he has much higher proximity, mimics Geoff well but drops 2 tires as he approaches the finish line, giving him a zero.

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In this case, since both drivers had judgeable lead runs, but both zeroed out on their chase run, it stands to reason that we would judge the lead runs to find a winner. We are judging “apples to apples”, and it is the most fair way of settling this battle between these two drivers. We can’t ignore the two lead runs that were run cleanly without any interference.

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To be fair, two drivers both having complete lead runs and zeros on their chase runs is a rare occurrence, which is why it seems like we’re straying from our usual judging procedure.
If a chase driver zeroes out, the lead driver is still expected to complete the course and will be judged on his/her performance. The chase driver spinning or crashing does not affect the lead driver in any way, which is why we require the lead to complete the course.

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In the case of a driver spinning out in the lead position, we do not require the chase driver to complete the course, as this could potentially put both drivers at risk. As soon as a lead driver zeroes out in any way (spinning, hitting a wall, going off course, straightening, etc) we consider the run to be over and the chase driver will not receive a zero if he/she stops drifting.

Street Driven Tour VIR by Black Hand [VIDEO]

This video drops some hip-hop over the insane weekend at VIRginia International Raceway. It pulls coverage from the Street Driven Tour stop and some clips from US Drift Round 1 which took place the next day.

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Road Atlanta

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10. The fans at Road Atlanta Are Still Ridiculous
The fans and atmosphere seem to be one of the most entertaining parts of Road Atlanta each year. Fans bring posters, beer, EZ-Ups, and loud voices making it by far 100% the best atmosphere on the Formula Drift circuit. Something about sitting in clay on a big hill makes your experience so much more intimate than big concrete and steel bleachers.

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9. Tanner Foust is Gone Until Irwindale
Tanner Foust had a lackluster return to Formula Drift in the VW Passat which kind of has left me disappointed. The fact he won’t return to the car until Irwindale makes me even sadder. This Euro/Chevy fusion project I felt was going to turn a corner any minute now and start dominating our sport. We can thank Geoff Stoneback for crushing our dreams of VW domination over the Road Atlanta weekend but more on that later. If Tanner Foust needs more seat time before Irwindale he is openly invited to attend any of the three remaining Street Driven Tour events this season!

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8. Odi Bakchis – The 2015 Champion Contendor No One Is Talking About
Odi Bakchis just took the championship lead from Fredric Aasbo this weekend by a solid 44 points. Is anyone even talking about Odi Bakchis winning a championship before this weekend? My guess is probably not but he managed to score BIG points in two consecutive rounds with two different cars. At some point we need to stand by and acknowledge that he could win this thing in 2015 leaving the big funded teams in the dust. Not to mention he could also win the World Championship since he has a car ready for Asia.

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7. Justin Pawlak Drove the Best This Weekend
JTP really showed me his most talented driving this weekend throwing that Ford Mustang around a course that left me speechless. I actually think his second qualifying run earned him somewhere in the 95+ column on his qualifying run. He really should of landed on the podium but that is racing for you. If he can keep up this progression in the new Ford Mustang he will land several podiums before the season was over. If you missed his second qualifying run, do yourself a favor, and dig it up from DailyMotion and give it a watch.
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