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The Third Place Battles You Missed in Formula Drift 2014

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Due to a rule change in Formula Drift this season the series no longer has a battle for third place to determine the last spot on the podium. In fact, third and fourth place now both get 64 points for the weekend and one driver is guaranteed a podium once he wins his Great 8 battle. Here are the seven battles you missed this year due to the rule change:

Long Beach- Justin Pawlak vs. Michael Essa
Atlanta- Chris Forsberg vs. Robbie Nishida
Miami- Kenneth Moen vs. Matt Field
New Jersey- Odi Bakchis vs. Charles Ng
Seattle- Chris Forsberg vs. Fredric Aasbo
Texas- Chris Forsberg vs. Forrest Wang
Irwindale- Chris Forsberg vs. Forrest Wang

2014 Formula Drift Championship [RESULTS]

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All seven rounds of Formula Drift are in the books for 2014. Chris Forsberg ends up the 2014 champion but a margin of just 11 points which came down to the very last tandem battle of 2014. Daigo Saito finally had a motor hold together and was able to make a huge jump in the championship points as well. All Top 32 drivers are given a Pro license for next year while 33 and beyond are relegated into Pro 2. Here is how they finished:

1. Chris Forsberg
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
4. Odi Bakchis
5. Forrest Wang
6. Kenneth Moen
7. Darren McNamara
8. Dean Kearney
9. Justin Pawlak
10. Conrad Grunewald
11. Robbie Nishida
12. Ryan Tuerck
13. Ken Gushi
14. Daigo Saito
15. Matt Field
16. Michael Essa
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Charles Ng’s Infiniti G37 at Texas [VIDEO]

Here is a great video piece from Charles Ng at Formula Drift Texas. He chats about his inspirational upbringing in Hong Kong and how he only use to watch racing on TV due to the lack of racetracks at home. All the while he is making it happen now in Formula Drift!

2014 Formula Drift Canada – An International Adventure [GALLERY]

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Formula Drift Canada Announces Formula Drift vs. Canada [DRIVERS LIST]

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The stage is set for a big Formula Drift Canada debut weekend.

Formula Drift Team
Forrest Wang
Robbie Nishida
Charles Ng
Pat Cyr
Marc Landerville
Kenneth Moen
Chelsea DeNofa
Daigo Saito
Dave Briggs
Dean Kearney

Team Canada
Maxime Lemoine
Brad Carlton
Francise Tasse
Kevin Morin
Martin Langlois
Alex Gosselin
Jonathan Guitard
Alex Michaud
Tommy Boisvert Bellemart
Simon Schaffner

Charles Ng Takes on Formula Drift Seattle [VIDEO]

Check out an inside look into the journey of Charles Ng in his Infiniti G37 from Formula Drift Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway outside Seattle. The video features some awesome camera angles and quality slow motion as the video walks you through Charles Ng having a great weekend until losing to Dean Kearney.

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 4 This Weekend

10. All the Rookies Dropped the Ball
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Up until this weekend the ROTY race has been beyond entertaining but no rookie qualified for the big show at Wall. This track is challenging and difficult but ROTY leader Geoff Stoneback should be the happiest of everyone when it came to nobody qualifying. He barely missed the cut off which gave all the other drives a huge opportunity to gain on the Rookie race but they all failed to qualify as well. Even European pro Juha Rintanen made his career debut this weekend form Europe crashed on his second practice lap and then couldn’t put it together for qualifying. Alec Hohnadell had a huge chance to capitalize on the Rookie championship but ran into car issues after crashing into the wall early on and his car didn’t seem 100% for his qualifying runs. It looks like this battle will move on to Seattle being very very close still.

9. Tyler Wolfson Reminded Us How UnForgiving This Track Can Be
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This qualifying round crash with Tyler Wolfson was borderline unwatchable. His FD Mazda Rx-7 enters the track and according to him a knuckle broke on the car and just steered him right into the bank wall. We have video of the incident on our Instagram if you can stomach it (VIDEO HERE). At Long Beach I touched on how incredible the HANS device was and I think this is another incident we can thank for this amazing safety feature. Tyler’s car literally came to an abrupt stop¬†from decent speed on entry. Thankfully he walked away from this tragic event.

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2014 Formula Drift Round 4 at Wall Speedway [RESULTS]

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So a big weekend in Formula Drift history with the series 20th ever unique winner! To make matters even more interesting Odi Bakchis became the 35th driver to ever podium in the sport after finishing in fourth twice. In my opinion this was the best Formula Drift event in history as far as entertainment and exciting tandem battles. More on the details of the event in my Top 10 Things post coming soon. Here is how the podium finished:

1. Fredric Aasbo
2. Chris Forsberg
3. Odi Bakchis
4. Charles Ng

2014 Formula Drift Round 4 – Wall Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Qualifying from Wall Speedway is in! One of the biggest (if not biggest) grid we have seen at Wall in history. Also, never have we seen so many ties in Formula Drift history. Almost 75% of drivers were on a point style that came down to style (style points denoted on tiebreakers. Style ties were broke by championship rank.) Here is how they finished up:

1. Chris Forsberg – 93
2. Chelsea DeNofa – 92
3. Michael Essa – 90
4. Dai Yoshihara – 89
5. Odi Bakchis – 87 (46 Style)
6. Tyler McQuarrie – 87 (45 Style)
7. Fredric Aasbo – 87 (44 Style)
8. Kenneth Moen – 85
9. Conrad Grunewald – 84 (43 Style)
10. Forrest Wang – 84 (41 Style)
11. Kyle Mohan – 83
12. Matt Field – 82 (42 Style)
13. Ryan Tuerck – 82 (41 Style)
14. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 82 (40 Style)
15. Darren McNamara – 79 (42 Style)
16. Robbie Nishida – 79 (40 Style)
17. Marc Landerville – 79 (32 Style)
18. Pat Goodin – 78
19. Dennis Mertzanis – 76
20. Daigo Saito – 75 (37 Style)
21. Mats Baribeau – 75 (35 Style)
22. Justin Pawlak – 74 (35 Style)
23. Jhonnathan Castro – 74 (35 Style)
24. Karl Osaki – 74 (33 Style)
25. Ken Gushi – 73 (36 Style)
26. Tony Angelo – 73 (36 Style)
27. Charles Ng – 72 (36 Style)
28. Ryan Kado – 72 (33 Style)
29. Dave Briggs – 72 (32 Style)
30. Dean Kearney – 70 (37 Style)
31. Patrick Mordaunt – 70 (32 Style)
32. Joon Maeng – 68

 

 

LEFT BRACKET
Chris Forsberg vs. Joon Maeng
Robbie Nishida vs. Marc Landerville
Kenneth Moen vs. Ken Gushi
Conrad Grunewald vs. Karl Osaki
Dai Yoshihara vs. Dave Briggs
Ryan Tuerck vs. Daigo Saito
Odi Bakchis vs. Ryan Kado
Matt Field vs. Mats Baribeau

RIGHT BRACKET
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Patrick Mordaunt
Darren McNamara vs. Pat Goodin
Fredric Aasbo vs. Tony Angelo
Forrest Wang vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Michael Essa vs. Dean Kearney
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Dennis Mertzanis
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Charles Ng
Kyle Mohan vs. Justin Pawlak

2014 Formula Drift Round 3 at Miami Homestead Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Chris Forsberg won top qualifying circumstances in such odd conditions due to tiebreakers. The reason he won top qualifier today was due to him being first in the championship. Dai Yoshihara never turned a wheel in qualifying due to mechanical issues just like Round 2 in Road Atlanta. The other big name who failed to make Top 32 was Daigo Saito who continues to struggle through the 2014 season. Here is how the Top 32 finished:

1. Chris Forsberg- 89
2. Vaughn Gittin Jr.- 89
3. Kenneth Moen- 86
4. Conrad Grunewald- 86
5. Forrest Wang- 85
6. Tyler McQuarrie- 85
7. Fredric Aasbo- 84
8. Justin Pawlak- 83
9. Ken Gushi- 81
10. Alec Hohnadell- 81
11. Chelsea DeNofa- 81
12. Odi Bakchis- 80
13. Matt Field- 80
14. Charles Ng- 79
15. Jhonnathan Castro- 77
16. Ryan Tuerck- 77
17. Dan Savage- 77
18. Mats Baribeau- 76
19. Dave Briggs- 76
20. Michael Essa- 76
21. Geoff Stoneback- 75
22. Pat Goodin- 74
23. Carl Ryquist- 74
24. Robbie Nishida- 74
25. Jeff Jones- 73
26. Matt Coffman- 72
27. Kyle Mohan- 71
28. Dennis Mertzanis- 71
29. Dean Kearney- 70
30. Darren McNamara- 69
31. Danny George- 69
32. Tony Angelo- 68

Top 32 Tandem Battles (Edit: Bold names won the top 32 matchup)
Chris Forsberg vs. Tony Angelo
Ryan Tuerck vs. Rapper Dan Savage
Justin Pawlak vs. Jeff Jones
Ken Gushi vs. Robbie Nishida
Conrad Grunewald vs. Dean Kearney
Matt Field vs. Michael Essa
Forrest Wang vs. Dennis Mertzanis
Odi Bakchis vs. Geoff Stoneback

Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Danny George
Jhonnathan Castro vs. Mats Baribeau
Fredric Aasbo vs. Matt Coffman
Alec Hohnadell vs. Carl Rydquist
Kenneth Moen vs. Darren McNamara
Charles Ng vs. Dave Briggs
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Kyle Mohan
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Pat Goodin