Darren McNamara

Darren McNamara Guest Judge at ProDrift Ireland Round 4 at Mondello Park

Formula Drift star Darren McNamara is back at home in Ireland this weekend and is a guest judge for the Irish series ProDrift. Round 4 of the season is at Mondello Park which is one of the bigger events on the schedule. Darren is having a great season in Formula Drift and currently sits in 3rd for the championship race. He is keeping pace and ready to make a championship run if he and the Saturn Sky have it in them over the next few rounds. He has placed on the podium for half the events this season. Good luck to everyone driving in Ireland this weekend!

Team Need for Speed Takes on Europe This Summer

The Team NFS drivers Darren McNamara and Fredric Aasbo are going to be busy this summer in between Formula Drift. The EA Games franchise Need for Speed sent us a schedule of where you can find their team drivers over the summer in Europe. Darren McNamara will be in his rotary powered AE86 which you can drive in Need for Speed SHIFT 2 and Fredric Aasbo will be in his Abu Dhabi winning Toyota Supra (pictured above). Here are the four events these guys can be seen at throughout the summer.

July 8th-10th – Gatebill (Norway) – Fredric Aasbo
July 29th-31st – AwesomeFest (Mallory Park, UK) – Darren McNamara
September 4th – (Trax Show (Silverstone, UK) – Fredric Aasbo and Darren McNamara
September 10th-11th – ProDrift Ireland (Mondello Park, Ireland) – Fredric Aasbo and Darren McNamara

2011 Formula Drift Championship Standings After Round 4 – Wall Speedway [STANDINGS]

Here is how the championship stacks up after the New Jersey Wall event. JTP did a great job defending his lead as everyone else finds themselves chasing the 363 point leader. Here is how the Top 25 stack up.

1. Justin Pawlak – 363 points
2. Daijiro Yoshihara – 306 points
3. Darren McNamara – 291 points
4. Chris Forsberg – 280 points
5. Matt Powers – 273.50 points
6. Conrad Grunewald – 272 points
7. Ryan Tuerck – 245 points
8. Tyler McQuarrie – 244 points
9. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 228 points
10. Toshiki Yoshioka – 213.75 points
11. Kyle Mohan – 204.50 points
12. Fredric Aasbo – 169 points
13. Ken Gushi – 164.50 points
14. Ross Petty – 160 points
15. Walker Wilkerson – 160 points
16. Matt Waldin – 159 points
17. John Russakoff – 146.50 points
18. Matt Field – 135.25 points
19. Otto Graven – 134.25 points
20. Rhys Millen – 130 points
21. Taka Aono – 127.75 points
21. Charles Ng – 127.75 points
23. Odi Bakchis – 127.50 points
24. Joon Maeng – 108.50 points
25. Dennis Mertzanis – 103.25 points

2011 Formula Drift Wall Speedway – Top 31 Qualifying Order

Ryan Tuerck has moved on to the Top 16 already since only 31 drivers could produced a score  and moved on into the main event. Here is the Top 31 looks for this weekend. I am pretty sure Jim Guthrie broke a Formula Drift world record with the lowest qualifying score in history with a 27.9.

1. Ryan Tuerck – 91.2
2. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 89.2
3. Daijiro Yoshihara – 89
4. Conrad Grunewald – 86.3
5. Tyler McQuarrie – 85.9
6. Chris Forsberg – 84.2
7. Justin Pawlak – 83.9
8. John Russakoff – 81.5
9. Ryan Kado – 81.4 (Takes 9th due to higher speed)
10. Ken Gushi – 81.4
11. Ross Petty – 79.2
12. Joon Maeng – 78.2
13. Otto Graven – 76.7
14. Kyle Mohan – 75.7
15. Darren McNamara – 74.6
16. Matt Field – 72.7
17. Kenneth Moen – 72.6
18. Fredric Aasbo – 72.4
19. Michael Essa -71.3
20. Matt Waldin – 69
21. Odi Bakchis – 68.9
22. Charles Ng – 68.6
23. Eric O’Sullivan – 67.6
24. Toshiki Yoshioka – 65.2
25. Matt Powers – 64.7
26. Luke Lonberger – 61.7
27. Walker Wilkerson – 61.7
28. Dennis Mertzanis – 60.9
29. Taka Aono – 55.6
30. Dean Kearney – 53.2
31. Jim Guthrie – 27.9

ASD Captures the Podium Sweep at PBIR on [VIDEO]

ASD Invades Formula Drift PBIR

Follow the guys at ASD as they drive to a podium sweep with Justin Pawlak, Vaughn Gittin Jr., and Darren McNamara at the brand new PBIR stop. A great video production again from Zak Kerbelis who also made the last ASD production they released from Atlanta. A great event as the two Mustang bros faced head to head in the finals with Justin Pawlak taking home the victory for his second event win in Formula Drift history.

Watch the video: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/watchvideo/asd-invades-formula-drift-pbir-

Chris Forsberg Blogs About 2011 Formula Drift PBIR

The 2009 champion walked into the new venue without a concern and posted up the top qualifying spot for the weekend to kick things off. While posting up a 93.3 he took home an easy top qualifying spot and set off to battle Michael Essa in the Top 32. This is what he had to say about his qualifying performance.

“Our Nissan 370Z felt great as we headed into Friday’s qualifying session. As usual, I focused on keeping my first qualifying pass smooth and somewhat conservative to ensure us a spot in Saturday’s competition. The judges must have really been focused on our control because they gave us 93.3 which turned out to be the highest qualifying score of the day! We were excited to score that #1 spot as well as the bonus points that come along with it!”

The event moved pretty well as Chris beat Michael Essa (after he spun on the chase run) and then faced off against two time champion Sam Hubinette in the Top 16.

“In Top 16 we ran against two time champion Samuel Hubinette who had been plagued with mechanical failures in the first two rounds so he and his team were definitely pushing hard for a win. On his lead run, he dropped a tire in the dirt which slowed his car down. As he tried to regain control in the first clip, I was able to close in on him and move into the Top 8 to face up against Tyler McQuarrie.”

Once the final four came about it was a battle of Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Chris Forsberg which always gets out of control when these two guys come together. The OMT was a great call by the judges after they spent way to much time looking at the instant reply. If you guys have to take that long to figure it out then just run them again! Don’t make the fans wait for decades. Here is what Forsberg had to say about his tandem battle with Drift Alliance teammate,

“In the semis, I first ran against 2010 Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. I ran a solid lead run however, Vaughn kicked up a little dirt on the inside of the first inner clipping point. On my follow run, as we went through that same section on the course, Vaughn swung a little wide, unfortunately, I swung out a little further. After reviewing footage from both runs, the judges decided to run us one more time. I had a great lead run on our second battle, and although the judges went on to say that it was the best run they had seen all night, I was unable to close the gap enough on our chase run to take the win. I still had one shot at the podium though and I was confident that I could beat Darren McNamara for 3rd but as it turns out, I may have been a little overzealous. Darren was likely to be close but with shallow angle so my strategy was to run deep angle in order to impress the judges but instead, I over rotated in the first corner and spun to a stop.”

Read His Complete Blog Post: http://www.chrisforsberg.com/blog/2011/06/08/formula-drift-palm-beach-recap/

2011 Formula Drift Round 3 at PBIR – Practice/Qualifying [GALLERY]

Southern Florida after years of waiting finally is greeted with its first ever Formula Drift event. JC Robinson was on the scene Friday to capture all the activities surrounding Formula Drift at Palm Beach International Raceway. Over 200+ images compiled and another Saturday gallery is coming around the corner.

Check Out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=234

2011 Formula Drift Championship Standings After Round 3 at PBIR [STANDINGS]

Justin Pawlak now has a demanding lead in the championship race as we pack up and head north to New Jersey in 14 days. He has a 36 point lead on his ASD teammate Darren McNamara. Daijiro Yoshihara took a huge hit in the standings and is now barely holding on to 3rd place. Here is how the Top 20 stand.

1. Justin Pawlak – 272 points
2. Darren McNamara – 236 points
3. Dai Yoshihara – 220 points
4. Chris Forsberg – 215 points
5. Matt Powers – 212.25 points
6. Ryan Tuerck – 182 points
7. Tyler McQuarrie – 179 points
8. Conrad Grunewald – 166 points
9. Toshiki Yoshioka – 159.25 points
10. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 157 points
11. Kyle Mohan – 149.50 points
12. Fredric Aasbo – 144.50 points
13. Walker Wilkerson – 135.75 points
14. Matt Waldin – 130 points
15. Rhys Millen – 130 points
16. John Russakoff – 119.50 points
17. Ken Gushi – 108.50 points
18. Ross Petty – 104 points
19. Taka Aono – 103.50 points
20. Charles Ng – 103.25 points

Justin Pawlak is Now the 2011 Formula Drift Championship Points Leader

Daijiro Yoshihara lost to Kyle Mohan in the Top 32 finishing his weekend at 222 points in the championship running. Justin Pawlak had an easy battle against Luke Lonberger and after moving into the Top 16 and qualifying 3rd he now has 62 points from this PBIR weekend. Darren McNamara qualified second and moved into the Top 16 giving him 64 points already today. Here is how the championship looks right now:

Formula D Standings After Top 32
1. Justin Pawlak – 234 points
2. Dai Yoshihara – 222 points (Eliminated. Will Not Gain More Points)
3. Darren McNamara – 222 points

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We are updating from PBIR all day today over at our twitter account if you must know what is going on instantly. If you can wait we will have our pit notes up soon compiling all the information from our track reporters. We have speeds, judging decisions, and who is moving on to the next round. We take note of Fantasy Drift scoring points from wrecks and vehicle malfunctions as well.

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