Dave Briggs

2015 Formula Drift Pro 2 Championship [RESULTS]

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After last night we now have 8 newly licensed Formula Drift Pro drivers for 2016. Here are the new drivers you can expect to see at all the rounds of Formula drift next year:

1. Alex Heilbrunn
2. James Evans
3. Juha Rintanen
4. Andrew Gray
5. Cameron Moore
6. Faruk Kugay
7. Jeff Jones
8. Brody Goble

To retain a Pro 2 you needed 64 points in the season. 11 drivers managed to do this for the 2015 season and you can expect to see them in Pro 2 next season. Here is that list of drivers:

1. Brandon Wicknick
2. Taylor Hull
3. Kevin Lawrence
4. Ryan Litteral
5. Dave Briggs
6. Jeff Wolfson
7. Josh McGuire
8. Brandon Patterson
9. Hiro Sumida
10. Tommy Van Cleef
11. Kenji Yamanaka

2015 Formula D Promotion & Relegation: Pro 2 Class Irwindale Preview

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With the expansion of Formula Drift into two classes starting in 2014, movement between the classes now must be monitored just as equally as the actual championship standings. As we approach the final event of the 2015 season, Pro 2 drivers will be looking to either earn a promotion to the Pro class or, at the very least, maintain their Pro 2 license.

On the promotion side of things, the top 8 drivers will earn their way into the more prestigious Pro class. Due to the gap in points, the current top four drivers (Alex Heilbrunn, James Evans, Andy Gray, and Faruk Kugay) are virtually guaranteed to earn their way into the higher class for 2016. Currently, Brody Goble, Brandon Wicknick, Taylor Hull, and Dave Briggs are in the position to be promoted, although Jeff Jones is just one point behind Brigss (Jones is above the relegation line in the Pro class, so he will likely remain in the Pro class). With a top 16 appearance earning no fewer than 35 points (32 in tandem points and no fewer than 3 qualifying points), the first step in earning the promotion will be to make the top 16 cut via Thursday qualifying. A final four appearance earns no fewer than 67 points (64 for tandem, no less than 3 for qualifying), so there’s a chance for some substantial swings on this list.

On the relegation side of the house, the rules state that drivers who earn 64 points will remain in the Pro 2 class, which means drivers above the pink line are currently safe to stay in Pro 2 for the 2016 season. Any driver below the line who fails to make the top 16 cut will not be permitted to drive in Pro 2 for 2016, and will be relegated to their local ProAm series. In essence, the 64-point bar is equivalent to two top 16 appearances, which makes sense. Although this season’s Pro 2 class was much more competitive than last season, if you’re unable to make the Top 16 at least twice in the season, it’s probably not logical for a driver to continue to compete in the class.

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at the higher Pro class, and see who’s in position to stay above the relegation line.

2015 Formula Drift Texas Pro 2 Round 3 Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Pro 2 domination continued with Alex Heilbrunn stealing the show in his BMW and putting down a world class qualifying performance. Some other drivers shook up the Pro 2 ranks and we have a solid Top 16 for tomorrow. This is the qualifying order and Top 16 bracket for tomorrow’s show down that you can catch on the Livestream.

1. Alex Heilbrunn
2. Brody Goble
3. Cameron Moore
4. Andrew Gray
5. Jeff Jones
6. Pat Cyr
7. Taylor Hull
8. Josh McGuire
9. Kevin Lawrence
10. Faruk Kugay
11. Juha Rintanen
12. James Evans
13. Brandon Wicknick
14. Dan Burkett
15. Kenji Yaminaka
16. Dave Briggs

Top 16 Bracket Left
Alex Heilbrunn vs. Dave Briggs
Josh McGuire vs. Kevin Lawrence
Andrew Gray vs. Brandon Wicknick
Jeff Jones vs. James Evans

Top 16 Bracket Right
Brody Goble vs. Kenji Yaminaka
Taylor Hull vs. Faruk Kugay
Cameron Moore vs. Dan Burkett
Pat Cyr vs. Juha Rintanen

2015 Formula Drift Pro 2 Round 2 Qualifying at Seattle [RESULTS]

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Pro 2 qualifying stayed draw somehow and still produced a ton of zero point runs and quite a few crashes. Here is how they finished up with Alex Heilbrunn and Andrew Gray continuing to show dominance coming after a 1st/2nd finish in Orlando at Round 1 –

1. Alex Heilbrunn- 78
2. Andrew Gray- 74
3. James Evans- 73
4. Faruk Kugay- 72
5. Ryan Litteral- 71
6. Brody Gobble- 68
7. Brandon Wicknick- 68
8. Cameron Moore- 67
9. Ian Fournier- 63
10. Taylor Hull- 62
11. Jeff Wolfson- 60
12. Juha Rintanen- 60
13. Fello Ambivero- 60
14. Dave Briggs- 59
15. Hiro Sumida- 59
16. Kenji Yaminaka- 59
17. Jeff Jones- 56
18. Sergey Kabargin- 56
19. Will Parsons- 53
20. Brandon Peterson- 52
21. Kasey King- 48
*All Other Drivers Got 0 on Both Runs or Didn’t Make Pass*

Top 16 Bracket
Alex Heilbrunn vs. Kenji Yaminaka
Cameron Moore vs. Ian Fournier

Faruk Kugay vs. Fello Ambivero
Ryan Litteral vs. Juha Rintanen

(Right)
Andrew Gray vs. Hiro Sumida
Brandon Wicknick vs. Taylor Hull

James Evans vs. Dave Briggs
Brody Gobble vs. Jeff Wolfson

The liveries of FD Tech Day – Jeff Jones, Charles Ng, Ken Gushi, Dave Briggs, and Daigo Saito

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Source: Achilles Radial

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Source: Briggs Drift fan page

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Source: Charles Ng Racing

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Source: Greddy Racing

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Source: Instagram

Contrary to the name, FD Tech Day didn’t actually include the technical inspection of any cars, unlike in years past. Despite that, there were a handful of liveries which were revealed at tech day, several of which we previewed earlier.

Confirming our rumor, Daigo Saito’s GT-R was not only confirmed to be in the US, but was wrapped live at the tech day, which was a cool experience. The livery still carries the black, green, and purple of the Achilles Radial liveries of years past, but has a cool digital camo type of pattern to it.

Dave Briggs also went green and black with his livery, although he revealed that he will be in Hankook Tires, not Achilles like last season.

Charles Ng showed probably the most dramatic livery change, with major sponsorship from Maxxis Tires and SparkPlugs.com. Speedhunters looks to still be involved in the program, but in a much less way than last year.

Ken Gushi’s FR-S livery is very similar to the livery he ran on last year’s Pikes Peak car, but still carries a lot of the elements of last season’s drift livery.

Finally, Jeff Jones’ livery was already revealed earlier, but we are big fans of the livery now that we have seen it in person.

 

Achilles Radial at Irwindale in 4K by Stephen Brooks [VIDEO]

Check out this wild ride that Achilles Radial takes you on to close out the 2014 Formula Drift season. Daigo Saito drove his way to a third victory in a row to close out a poor 2014 season. We will have some details coming out soon about his and Robbie Nishida’s 2014 car release happening at the 2014 SEMA Show next week.

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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2014 Formula Drift Canada – An International Adventure [GALLERY]

ForrestWang DaigoSaito.350z DeanKearneyJeremy Glover, our main man in Canada, went out to Autodromo St. Eustache to cover Formula Drift Canada. The Americans swept the podium north of the border and Jeremy captured some awesome content as Daigo Saito took home the win. Look through all the images below.

 

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=430

 

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

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

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