Vaughn Gittin Jr is the best qualifying driver this year [STANDINGS]

Vaughn Gittin Jr is leading the points championship entering round 6, mostly due to qualifying points. He has more qualifying points than any other driver, and may possibly earn the championship based more on his qualifying points than tandem points. Vaughn Gittin Jr has qualified no worse than third (Long Beach), and has earned the first or second qualifying position in each of the last four rounds. Here’s how the top 24 drivers would rank based solely on their qualifying points. Notice that Ford drivers take the top 2 spots, Drift Alliance members have four of the top 6 spots, and Saito drops from 2nd place overall to 21st place based on his qualifying efforts.

Note – Initially, we had calculated these rankings based solely on the top 20 drivers in the FD championship standings. We have now expanded the rankings to include the top 30 drivers, which bumped some drivers like Miro Ovcharik and Pat Mordaunt into the top 20 overall due to high ranking qualifying efforts in a single event but low overall tandem results.

Rank Driver Name Rd 1 Qual Rd 2 Qual Rd 3 Qual Rd 4 Qual Rd 5 Qual Total Pts
1 Gittin 8 10 12 10 12 52 pts
2 Pawlak 6 3 2 1 10 22 pts
3 Aasbo 2 8 0.5 8 3 21.5 pts
4 Bakchis 0.25 2 6 12 0.5 20.75 pts
5 Forsberg 2 6 2 4 4 18 pts
6 Tuerck 12 0.5 2 2 1 17.5 pts
7 Millen 10 2 4 1 0.25 17.25 pts
8 Yoshihara 4 2 1 6 2 15 pts
8 Essa 0.5 12 1 0.5 1 15 pts
10 Grunewald 3 4 0.5 3 4 14.5 pts
11 McQuarrie 3 0.5 8 2 0 13.5 pts
12 Ovcharik x 0 10 0.25 0.25 10.5 pts
13 McNamara 2 0.25 4 2 2 10.25 pts
14 Kado 2 4 0.5 0.5 2 9 pts
15 Yoshioka 0.25 0.25 0.25 0 8 8.75 pts
16 Moen 0.5 2 1 3 0.5 7 pts
16 Mordaunt 0.5 0 0 0.5 6 7 pts
18 Powers 0.5 3 0.5 0.5 2 6.5 pts
18 Wilkerson 0 0.5 3 0 3 6.5 pts
20 DeNofa 0.5 0.5 0.5 4 0.25 5.75 pts
21 Saito 0.5 1 2 0.5 0.5 4.5 pts
21 Gushi 1 0.25 0.25 2 1 4.5 pts

Jacob Leveton

Freelance Drift Correspondent at JacobPhoto
Jacob Leveton has worked as a freelance journalist for 12 years, specializing in drifting since the first professional competition landed on US shores in 2003. Leveton has worked with more than twenty print and online media outlets to provide unique drifting content.

10 Comments

  1. Wegs says:

    You’re missing Miro Ovcharik. Miro is supposed to be 12th in qualifying position, and he isn’t even on the list. Change that.

  2. rickybobby says:

    updated just for you, Wegs!

  3. L.P. says:

    This is an interesting chart, I think it illustrates 2 key things. 1, the difference between winning and losing a championship can come down to your qualifying points, as demonstrated by JR. 2, the most important thing however, is being a killer chase driver, as demonstrated by Diago. It doesn’t matter where you qualify if you can stick it to people when it counts. Top of the line tandem is what pays the bills and makes people championship contenders.

  4. Slider S15 says:

    Could we see a table of just tandum points and no Qualifying points?

    I think it wouldmake in interesting comparison…

  5. rickybobby says:

    Slider S15 – set your alarm clock for tomorrow morning!

  6. Mendozi says:

    Lol.. have you guys seen incar videos of JR? Specially Road Atlanta. The guy looks like he is just playing guessing games with the Steering. Goes to show what a properly engineered car can do.

  7. Mike Peters says:

    That’s a really cool statistic!

  8. rotarypower says:

    Lol funny they posted this and I been talking about this since Seattle was over.I’ve never been a fan of qual points.I mean this just shows u don’t have to have podium wins to be in contention for the championship.now Jr has went back to back but take away the qual pts big difference.I’ve always felt points should be won in tandem I’m just saying

  9. L.P. says:

    If qualifying wasn’t worth any points there would be no incentive to qualify any higher than 32nd and people would just sand bag. Giving qualifying points ensures drivers demonstrate what they’re capable of and in turn put on a good show. C’mon rotarypower think about it….

  10. rotarypower says:

    @l.p I see your point. but if u look at any team sport In a playoff bracket the higher seeded team plays the lowest seeded team first.which FD follows the same concept so that’s y I don’t think points should be a incentive for qualifying .u should want to to that regardless for how u would fall in the bracket just like in sports ur record all depends on where u would be in a playoff so there still would be an incentive to qual high minus the points