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/