So to make a long insane story a little shorter it appears Formula D has upheld a protest from the CFR team and are allowing a rematch to happen before top 16. This tandem battle will have huge championship implications and we mean HUGE since Ryan Tuerck (2nd) and Tyler McQuarrie (3rd) are already eliminated.
Chris Forsberg during his 5 minutes was informed by Formula D staff from our reports that he had two choices, either run Calvin Wan and continue into the top 16 or forfeit for a malfunctioning car and move to the top 16 but not be able to compete in the top 16 which is awful stupid. This was also announced the crowd by Jarod and we assume he didn’t make it up!
Of course Chris chose to run in a car that shouldn’t of been on the track due to safety concerns but who can blame him as the driver? His job is to win and he tried his heart out by track officials should of removed him before running the OMT runs.
Later it was allegedly reported that Chris Forsberg was told he didn’t have to run to advance and continue and Randy denied that was ever the case. So when Chris went and ran again did it not click that why would he be running if he could not run and advance? That whole mishap seems to have some gray areas for sure and it sucks poor Calvin Wan has to be stuck in the middle of all of it.
I think the decision should be over turned and Chris Forsberg should move into the top 16 on three principals.
1- Chris was not given a 5 minute repair time due to a false rulebook citation that the officials claimed. This was already established in my last post – Reality Vs. the Rulebook
2- Chris was told he could advance to top 16 and forfeit if he didn’t make another pass leading him out onto the track. How does that make sense? Chris was unable to run a car in good condition due to a collision with his opponent which means he should of taken a win and then had time to fix his car for top 16.
3- Track officials let that car out on the track to begin with when clearly that was not a good idea or safe for spectators/Chris Forsberg/media. That wheel could of come off at anytime during his run which is not a prospect or accident we would want the whole IRL community to witness or to happen period at a Formula D event. Since the car was not safe to run then he would of advanced per the announcements they made. At which point Forsberg and his crew would be protesting the fact he would have to forfeit Top 16 later today which would of been easy to get overturned since it makes no sense.
This is what has been unofficially determined by the Formula D staff. I have not been able to reach or speak with anyone from the official staff but I have been confirmed with two teams this is the case. Calvin Wan and Chris Forsberg will be rematching before top 16 to complete and re create their top 32 runs. This means the runs of yesterday are null and void and we get to see all the drama happen again tomorrow. This has to be the biggest championship related judgment call in Formula D history. Keep your eye out on our twitter feed tomorrow since this top 32 rematch will really make a huge difference on the championship and who has the potential to win it all at the House of Drift come October.
Get ready for the first rematch of epic proportions in Formula Drift history!