Formula D Pro Am

2016 USDRIFT x MDU BRO/AM EVENT AT DOMINION RACEWAY [RESULTS]

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USDrift and Midwest Drift Union joined forces earlier this month for their first ever BRO/AM collaboration event at the newly opened Dominion Raceway road course for both of their fourth and final rounds of the 2016 season. Each series would run their own Top 16 brackets with the winners from each series’ event competing against each other for bragging rights of the best on this side of the Mississippi River, as well as winning their weight in Smartmouth Brewing Company beer.

Repeating a similar end to that of the 2015 season, Austin Meeks from Spartanburg, SC would win the last event of the USDrift season again. This time Meeks would win in his Committed Service Brand swapped LSX V8-powered 1996 Nissan 240SX running on Achilles Radial Tires. Riley Sexsmith, from Hamilton, Ontario in his 2007 NV Auto 2JZ powered Subaru Impreza STI running on Achilles Radial Tires would take the win in the last event of the Midwest Drift Union season.

Since the final tandem was an exhibition match, the judges from both series would vote and if there was a tie, the announcer would cast the deciding vote with help from the crowd if needed. However, after both runs, the judges went with 3 votes for Meeks, 2 votes for Sexsmith, and 1 vote for a “One More Time”; giving the win and a 154lb assortment of Smartmouth Brewing Company beer to Meeks for the win.

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The 2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series concluded with Round 4 and a huge congratulations to all who competed this season, especially to Dylan Hughes, Chris Cotrupi, and Matt Pollock who all earned their 2017 Formula DRIFT PRO2 Licenses. The 2017 USDrift schedule should be released shortly and include some more track day events at Dominion Raceway that aren’t strictly competition based.

2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Round 4 Standings:

1. Austin Meeks Committed Service Brand Nissan 240SX First Place
2. Kenric Meyer BMW M3 Second Place
3. Kyle Wood Johnston Research & Performance Nissan 240SX Third Place

 

2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Season Standings:

1. Dylan Hughes MA-Motorsports Nissan 240SX 348 points
2. Chris Cotrupi Nissan 240SX 331 points
3. Matt Pollock JNR Nissan 240SX 327 points
4. Thomas Palmerino Mazda Miata 265 points
5. Kyle Wood Johnston Research & Performance Nissan 240SX 262 points
6. John Windham Freak Show Nissan 240SX 213 points
7. Brian Riccio Nissan 240SX 211 points
8. Ben Williams Fresh Roots Mazda RX7 189 points
9. Kenric Meyer BMW M3 188 points
10. Justin Hoitsma Faction Motorsports Nissan 240SX 170 points

Full season standings can be found on the USDrift website here.

2016 Southwest Drift Series – Round 4 [RESULTS]

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The Southwest Drift ProAm Series capped off their season at the Formula Drift Pro 2 Finals in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend. This was the first stand-alone event for the Formula Drift Pro 2 class, which gave a rare opportunity for a ProAm series to showcase their talent in front of a fairly large crowd. Blake Olsen capped off a perfect event by taking both top qualifier and the overall event win. Olsen defeated Bear Rzesnowiecky in the final round to take the event win, and both Olsen and Rzesnowiecky earned their Pro 2 licenses by finishing in the top three points for the series.

Here’s a look at the results from Southwest Drift Round 4:
1st – Blake Olsen
2nd – Bear Rzesnowiecky
3rd – Andy Hateley

Overall, Andy Hately took home the series championship and will make his return to the Pro 2 class for the 2017 season along with Olsen and Rzesnowiecky.

Southwest Drift Final Standings:

Series Champion: Andy Hateley
2nd overall: Blake Olsen
3rd overall: Bear Rzesnowiecky

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2016 Just Drift Pro Am Top Drift – Round 4 [RESULTS]

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The fourth and final round of the Just Drift’s Top Drift ProAm series took place at the Willow Speedway at night. Several current Formula Drift pros have come from the Top Drift ProAm circuit, and for this round, the competitors were judged by Taka Aono, Hiro Sumida, and Ryan Litteral. In the end, Kevin Knapik defeated all other drivers to stand atop the podium, defeating Sean Adriano in the final round. Kelvin Arreola snuck into the final podium position in his underpowered Corolla, although having two famed Corolla judges as drivers may have swayed part of the vote.

Here’s the final results from Top Drift Round 4:
1st – Adam Knapik – LS2-powered Nissan S14
2nd – Sean Adriano – Nissan S13
3rd – Kelvin Arreola – Toyota Corolla

Photo by AM Drift (David Karey)

US Drift Round 1 at Shenandoah Speedway [RESULTS]

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The US Drift season kicked off this past weekened in Virginia at shenandoah Speedway with some great battles! In the end, MA Motorsport employee Dylan Hughes took his self built Nissan 240sx to the top of the podium in his second ever competitive event. Here is how the podium finished:
1st place – Dylan Hughes
2nd place – John Windham
3rd place – Josh Lambert

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2016 Just Drift Pro Am Top Drift Round 2 [RESULTS]

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Southern California Pro Am organizer Just Drift held the second round of their “Top Drift” series over the weekend at the famed Horsethief Mile. The Horsethief Mile layout is one of the more desirable layouts at Willow Springs, and also one of the most technical. In the final, Sean Ariano took out seasoned vet Jason Kim in the final to take the event win. Jason Kim won the first round of Top Drift, and is currently leading the points standings in the series as the only driver to earn two podiums in the first two events.

Here’s a look at how the final results shook out at Round 2:

1st – Sean Adriano
2nd – Jason Kim
3rd – Domenic Rotondo
4th – Adam Knapik

Lone Star Drift Round 2 [VIDEO]

A look into the Texas drift scene with a video on Lone Star Drift Round 2! A 12 minute mini film packing in all the action of the big drift weekend in Texas.

2016 Golden Gate Drift ProAm: Round 2 Thunderhill [RESULTS]

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Golden Gate Drift held their second round of Formula Drift ProAm over the weekend at Thunderhill Raceway. Judging was handled by experienced Formula D veterans in Matt Field, Matt Coffman, and Matt Pat Mordaunt. Unfortunately, 14-year-old phenom Dominic Martinez wasn’t allowed to compete due to the track insurance policy, but the rest of the competition was quite fierce. Here’s how the final results shook out:

1st – Nathan von Tuchlinski
2nd – Justin Usuray
3rd – Tyler Knudsen

2016 Lonestar Drift ProAm Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Lonestar Drift held their first round of ProAm a few weeks back at Gulf Greyhound Park, which featured a complete elimination of qualifying. The event went over well with the drivers, who were slotted into ‘divisions’ and tandem battled from the start. In the end, some familiar names finished on the podium as Josh McGuire took home the win in his Enjuku Racing S14. McGuire already has his Pro 2 license, and likely used this event as a tune-up for the Pro 2 season which starts in Atlanta in May.


Here’s a look at the full podium results:

1st – Josh McGuire
2nd – Jeff Kurtz
3rd – Chris Tyrone
4th – Randall Waters

Lone Star Drift Removes Qualifying and a 2016 Schedule

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Here is a Lone Star Drift 2016 schedule showing all the events for the Texas series. They have two key trips to Texas Motor Speedway mixed with a couple other venues around the state. A video below made by Aaron Losey explains how they have eliminated qualifying for the 2016 season.

 

Event Schedule
Round 1 of the Lone Star Drift Series, March 19-20 – Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX
Round 2 of the Lone Star Drift Series, April 16-17 – Mineral Wells Airport, Mineral Wells, TX
Round 3 of the Lone Star Drift Series, May 28-29 – Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX
Round 4 of the Lone Star Drift Series, July 9-10 – Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
Round 5 of the Lone Star Drift Series, Aug 20-21 – Mineral Wells Airport, Mineral Wells, TX
Round 6 of the Lone Star Drift Series, Sept 17-18 – Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX
Round 7 of the Lone Star Drift Series, October 15-16 – Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX

Explanation of New Competition Format/No Qualifying: http://www.lonestardrift.com/new-lone-star-drift-2016-competition-format/

2016 JUST DRIFT PRO AM TOP DRIFT ROUND 1 [RESULTS]

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JustDrift kicked off their 2016 Pro-Am series, dubbed “Top Drift”, with the first round of competition taking place on the Balcony course at Willow Springs. Formula Drift veterans Taka Aono, Hiro Sumida, and Justin Pawlak judged the competition, and nearly 60 drivers registered to attempt to make the top 16 tandem bracket. Jason Kim and Adam Knapik had a fierce battle of V8-swapped S14’s in the final, but many people (including Justin Pawlak) were hyped on Kelvin Arreola’s podium finish in his sub-200hp Corolla.

Here’s a look at the podium results:

1st – Jason Kim – Nissan S14

2nd – Adam Knapik – Nissan S14

3rd – Kelvin Arreola – Toyota Corolla

Photo Credit: JustDrift