2017 Formula Drift End of Season awards

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Formula Drift announced their annual awards at a special awards banquet over the weekend. Special thanks to Formula D ProAm partner US Drift for posting these on their Facebook page.

Here’s a look at all the awards that were handed out:

PRO2
Fan Favorite Car of the Year: “Chucky” Ola Jaeger
Fan Favorite Driver of the Year: Dirk Stratton
Ace of the Year: Kevin Lawrence
Rookie of the Year: Travis Reeder

PRO
Fan Favorite Car of the Year: Kristaps Blušs
Fan Favorite Driver of the Year: Kristaps Blušs
Best Personal Style: Ken Gushi
Best Drifting Style: Chelsea DeNofa
Hard Charger: Jhonnattan Castro
Spotter of the Year: Amy Bakchis (Aurimas Bakchis (Odi))
Spirit of Drifting: Robbie Nishida
Crew of the Year: Worthouse Drift Team (Piotr Więcek / James Deane.)
Crew Chief of the Year: Alex (James Deane)
Team Manager of the Year: Brian Bridges (Bridges Racing)
Most Improved Driver (31st [2016]- 20th [2017]): Jeff Jones
Comeback of the Year: Aurimas Bakchis
Top Qualifier of the Year: James Deane
Ace of the Year (29 wins – 3 losses / 90.6%): James Deane
Rookie of the Year: Piotr Więcek
Most One More Times (7): Odi Bakchis
Automotive Manufacturer Champion: Toyota Racing
Tire Manufacturer Champion: Falken Tire
Third Place Season: Odi Bakchis
Second Place Season: Fredric Aasbø
First Place Season: James Deane

Kevin Lawrence is your 2017 Pro 2 Champion [FINAL STANDINGS]

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Kevin Lawrence is the 2017 Formula Drift Pro 2 champion, taking the championship by just 2 points. Lawrence won the final event in Texas, bookending the season in which he started out on the highest high by winning his hometown event in Orlando but also hitting a season low in Atlanta by not qualifying for the main show. Travis Reeder finished in second after leading the points following rounds 2 and 3 in Atlanta and Seattle respectively. Reeder qualified 9th, but lost his first round tandem battle with Austin Meeks at the Texas season finale.

Following the final standings, the top 8 drivers have earned their Formula Drift Pro 1 licenses for the 2018 season:

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FIA International Drifting Cup roster is released

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FIA World Drifting Cup released their roster of 26 drivers today. From the list, seven drivers have Formula Drift ties. Current Formula Drift competitors Michael Essa, Matt Field, and Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis will be competing at the first event, scheduled to happen on September 30th and October 1st in Japan. Past competitors Charles Ng, Daigo Saito, and Masashi Yokoi are also scheduled to compete. 2009 and 2010 Formula Drift Asia champion Tengku Djan Ley will also be returning to competition for this event. Djan Ley has been away from drifting for a few years, but will be returning to compete in this monumental event. Also of note, Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni will also be competing. Biagioni was awarded a Formula Drift license for the 2017 season, but ended up not competing. He later put out a pretty impressive viral video dubbed “Monster Drift 2” with Daigo Saito earlier this year.

Who are you most excited to watch in this event?

China Drift Championships Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Note: Terry Henderson, who previously put on the Drift Buffet events in Southern California, has been living in China for several years now. He reached out to us and asked that we put some coverage up of some of the events he’s involved in. The below post was written by Terry and posted on his behalf.

Round one of the China Drift Championships took place the weekend of May 12-14th  in Wuhan, China. The event featured 3 different classes of competition – A group – The top tier of drivers. B group ( similar to Pro 2 in FD ) and the Super group –  combining all drivers together with international drivers as well.The judges for the CDC are : Terry Henderson and Wang Feng along with special guest judge Ryan Litteral.

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2017 JustDrift Top Drift ProAm Round 2 – Horsethief Mile [RESULTS]

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The second round of the Top Drift ProAm series took place on the Horsethief Mile course at Willow Springs International Raceway. It was a beautiful day at the track, with some great tandem battles all around! The final podium featured some new names, which is always good to see as the diversity of drivers keeps the tandem action interesting.

Here are the final results from Round 2 of the Top Drift competition:

1st – Tim Cobb
2nd – Alex Grimm
3rd – Luke Pakula

Photo Credit : AmDrift

DriftGP Round 1 – French Grand Prix at Tours Speedway [RESULTS]

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The first event of the DriftGP series in Europe, which is operated by Drift Allstars, took place at Tours Speedway in Tours, France just 100 km from LeMans. The competition featured competitors from all over Europe, including several top drivers from Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and nearly 20 drivers from France. Fredrik Øksnevad from Norway was the top qualifier in his V8-powered Toyota Soarer. In the end, local driver Benjamin Boulbes defeated Steve “Baggsy Biagioni to take the event win, which received a loud roar from the crowd when announced. The next round of the DriftGP series will take place at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, UK on June 24th and 25th.

Here are the final results from Drift GP Round 1:

1st – Benjamin Boulbes – FR – GT Radial Tires
2nd – Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni – UK – Monster Energy
3rd – Andrius Vasiliauskas – Lithuania – Turbo Systems / Zestino Tires

2017 Southwest Drift ProAm Round 2 – Pikes Peak Raceway [RESULTS]

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The Southwest Drift series ventured to Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado for Round 2 of their Formula D Pro Am series. The Vegas Drift crew runs the Southwest Drift ProAm, and has done a good job of giving up and coming drivers a variety of courses and some regional travel to get them better prepped for the Pro 2 level. This round was judged by Ernie Fixmer, Joe Tardiff, and Danny George. There were some weather challenges, but the entire competition was finished before any major issues.

Here are the results from Southwest Drift Round 2:

1st: Raz Naor
2nd: Steve Mass
3rd: Andrew Schulte

2017 Lonestar Drift ProAm Round 3 – Gulf Greyhound Park [RESULTS]

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David Mesker won the 3rd round of Lonestar Drift ProAm, which took place at Gulf Greyhound Park. Mesker is fresh off of a trip to Ebisu in Japan, and his tandem skills look much improved. Harrison Johnson, who dominated the Lonestar ProAm last season by winning three of eight rounds, took home second place.

Here’s a look at the final results from Lonestar Drift Round 3:

1st – David Mesker
2nd – Harrison Johnson
3rd – Bryan Mckay

2017 IRISH DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 – Drift on the Docks [RESULTS]

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Jack Shanahan continues his dominance of the Irish Drifting Championship with a win at IDC Round 2, held at the docks of Dun Laoghaire. The track was a custom one-off build for IDC, and the tight course over cobblestone roads was pretty exciting to watch despite being much lower speed than what we’re used to seeing. Shanahan defeated Chris Brady in the final, which was an acceptable finish for Brady given that he had only started building his competition car earlier in the week.  DealWidth driver Brian Egan earned 3rd place, defeating Joe Doyle in the consolation battle. The series will shift back to Mondelo for the Global Warfare event on July 1st and 2nd.

Here’s a look at the final results from Round 2:

1st – Jack Shanahan
2nd – Chris Brady
3rd -Brian Egan
4th – Joe Doyle

2017 Middle East Drift Championship – Round 3 Dubai [RESULTS]

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While the North American drift season is just getting started, the Middle East has been in full swing to avoid events in the hot summer months. For Round 3 of the Middle East Drift Championship, a custom track was built at Al Wasl Sports Club which showcased the Dubai skyline as a backdrop for the event. 25 drivers showed up from all over Europe, with the top five drivers being very close in qualifying scores. Championship leader Khalifa bin Sultan Al Nahyan took the top qualifying spot, with Dany Neville taking P2 and UAE driver Mohammed Al Mansoori earning P3.

In what was the battle of the night, Dmitriy Illyuk pushed Khalifa bin Sultan Al Nahyan to a pair of “One More Time” battles in the Top 8 before Illyuk emerged victorious, a win that shook up the championship points battle drastically. Mohammad Al Khaiat, who also was near the top of the table in the championship standings prior to this event, would also bow out in the top 8. In the end, Illyuk took home the victory after surviving a total of 4 “One More Time” battles in the tandem brackets, catapulting him into championship contention.

Middle East Drift Championships will be on summer break until November. Until then, the top 4 drivers sit just 15 points away from each other in the championship table.

Here are the results from Middle East Drift Championship Round 3:

1. Dmitriy Illyuk – Ukraine – Monster Energy
2. Dany Neville – Lebanon – Monster Energy
3. Mohamed Al Mansoori – UAE – X Unit Racing
Photo Credit: CarCulture.ae

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