10. JJJJJJ CASTRO!
The legend of Jhonnattan Castro in Florida continues on. He has a long history of being success at Florida tracks including defeating Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the past. J Castro single handedly derailed the James Deane hype train by defeating him in the Top 16. Now
9. Kevin Lawrence Might Be the Future Fredric Aasbo
Looking into Pro 2 you basically had Kevin Lawrence put on a clinic against the rest of the series. I know that this was his home track but man he had that robotic style of consistency that I remember Aasbo having back in the Supra. Smart money has him winning the Pro 2 championship this year.
8. Pro 2 Picture Perfect
Finally the Pro 2 program is moving in the right direction. Good battles, balanced tandem, and even a great podium restored my belief in the system once again. Sadly the field was filled with many drivers who are not Pro Am license holders but I’ll take it for now. Pro 2 put on a decent performance in Orlando last season as well so the success of this year’s Pro 2 program will be looked at next round.
7. WHY did you spin Dean Kearney?
An amazing battle in my eyes was the European showdown of Dean Kearney and Piotr Wiecek. Why did you spin Dean Kearney? Just why! He has developed over time in the Dodge Viper and these guys were ready to put on a show! I don’t think Dean Kearney has that Viper in championship trim yet but he is doing far better than I ever thought he could over the last few events with it.
6. Essa’s BMW Refresh Was Huge
Michael Essa and his team had some headaches to deal with after Long Beach. He had planned a two-car program with Charles Ng but Ng’s sponsorship fell apart after Round 1. That might have been a blessing for Michael Essa in a way because it sounds like his team had a ton of time to thrash on the E46 before Orlando.
5. Tires Tires Tires
The tire issues still exist at this track and ruined amazing battles (Matt Field) before they could finish. I don’t like the idea of guys running 4PSI tires and losing them every round. However, I think this track needs to sort of exemption or a budget to pave the damn place. With a 32 field the tire issues isn’t so bad but the event already has enough bye runs.
4. Ryan Tuerck vs. Chris Forsberg Was a Let Down
I thought this could be the battle of the weekend but what a buzz kill. Neither of these guys went at it like you would remember them battling in the past. It’s a shame that J Castro vs. James Deane overshadowed them to such an extreme on the day. Forsberg does also seem out of sorts this year so far but we are only two rounds in. Tuerck currently sits in 3rd place for the 2017 championship race.
3. Can Formula Drift Leave Orlando Speed World for 2018
I’m over it and from what I gathered by fans on Twitter they are too. Why on earth does a place with 95-degree heat paint its benches black? They even banned tents this year. Lets find a better Florida venue for this race or move it to February.
2. Fredric Aasbo Loves this Track
Fredric Aasbo really thrives at this simple track. He hasn’t lost here in the last two years running now. He even managed to win without any noticeable dirty tricks up his sleeve so I have to clap my hands there. I still don’t like the Corolla iM but Aasbo and company really have it figured out.
1.Battle of the Mustang’s
This was one of my favorite runs of the weekend. I almost always saw some contact happening when JTP and Vaughn Gittin Jr. were set to do battle. I like they run the same car but have very different styles of driving that car and opposite approach’s to suspension.