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Inside Orlando Speed World – Home of Formula Drift Round 3

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The Orlando Speed World track has undergone major surgery and paved a ton of space to usher in the welcome of Formula Drift next week. A track in the past that was rumored to make Wall Speedway look like a Ritz Carlton is now set to host a Formula Drift weekend. Check out below to see a bunch of video that will introduce you to the new track.

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Another Look at Formula Drift Road Atlanta [GALLERY]

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Jaron Cole took on Road Atlanta for us as well to document what happened at one of the best Formula Drift events in history. The entertainment and driving value never sell short when the series rolls into Georgia. Follow the link below to comb through another excellent gallery.

 

Check it out: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=449

Ryan Tuerck Chasing Down Drift Alliance at Street Driven Tour [VIDEO]

We go on board with Ryan Tuerck at Street Driven Tour VIR to watch him chase Drift Alliance members Chris Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin Jr.  Huge thanks to DBA for helping bring Ryan Tuerck out and Subject Media Group for putting this content together! We have more content coming from this wild weekend of drifting and entertainment. Next stop on the tour is Gateway Motorsports Park on July 4th!

2015 Formula Drift Road Atlanta [GALLERY]

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Luke Munnell tackled the big Formula Drift Road Atlanta event this past weekend and brought a southern flavor and charm to the best event of 2015. Follow the link below and watch Odi Bakchis drive to his first ever event victory.

 

Check Out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=447

Chris Forsberg vs. Geoff Stoneback – A Judges Perspective

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This is a guest post by Formula Drift judge Ryan Lanteigne which includes his outlook and perspective on the Geoff Stoneback vs. Chris Forsberg tandem battle at Road Atlanta – 

Personally, I have a notebook with rows and columns set up for each tandem battle. The other 2 judges have their own methods, but I’m showing this one because it is easy to follow for this explanation. It looks like this:

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In the example below, we have the battle between Chris Forsberg and Geoff Stoneback.
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In Run 1, Chris lays down a solid lead run, hitting all of the clipping points and zones with great angle and flow throughout the course. Stoneback, in the chase position, drops a tire at inside clip 1, understeers up the hill towards outside zone 1 and straightens exiting the horseshoe, giving him a zero.

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In Run 2, Geoff initiates well, drops a tire on the outside of outside zone 1, has a bobble as he approaches outside zone 2, which causes him to miss the zone, is slightly off of IC2, and finishes the rest of the course without any other issues. While Chris is following, he has much higher proximity, mimics Geoff well but drops 2 tires as he approaches the finish line, giving him a zero.

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In this case, since both drivers had judgeable lead runs, but both zeroed out on their chase run, it stands to reason that we would judge the lead runs to find a winner. We are judging “apples to apples”, and it is the most fair way of settling this battle between these two drivers. We can’t ignore the two lead runs that were run cleanly without any interference.

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To be fair, two drivers both having complete lead runs and zeros on their chase runs is a rare occurrence, which is why it seems like we’re straying from our usual judging procedure.
If a chase driver zeroes out, the lead driver is still expected to complete the course and will be judged on his/her performance. The chase driver spinning or crashing does not affect the lead driver in any way, which is why we require the lead to complete the course.

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In the case of a driver spinning out in the lead position, we do not require the chase driver to complete the course, as this could potentially put both drivers at risk. As soon as a lead driver zeroes out in any way (spinning, hitting a wall, going off course, straightening, etc) we consider the run to be over and the chase driver will not receive a zero if he/she stops drifting.

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Road Atlanta

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10. The fans at Road Atlanta Are Still Ridiculous
The fans and atmosphere seem to be one of the most entertaining parts of Road Atlanta each year. Fans bring posters, beer, EZ-Ups, and loud voices making it by far 100% the best atmosphere on the Formula Drift circuit. Something about sitting in clay on a big hill makes your experience so much more intimate than big concrete and steel bleachers.

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9. Tanner Foust is Gone Until Irwindale
Tanner Foust had a lackluster return to Formula Drift in the VW Passat which kind of has left me disappointed. The fact he won’t return to the car until Irwindale makes me even sadder. This Euro/Chevy fusion project I felt was going to turn a corner any minute now and start dominating our sport. We can thank Geoff Stoneback for crushing our dreams of VW domination over the Road Atlanta weekend but more on that later. If Tanner Foust needs more seat time before Irwindale he is openly invited to attend any of the three remaining Street Driven Tour events this season!

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8. Odi Bakchis – The 2015 Champion Contendor No One Is Talking About
Odi Bakchis just took the championship lead from Fredric Aasbo this weekend by a solid 44 points. Is anyone even talking about Odi Bakchis winning a championship before this weekend? My guess is probably not but he managed to score BIG points in two consecutive rounds with two different cars. At some point we need to stand by and acknowledge that he could win this thing in 2015 leaving the big funded teams in the dust. Not to mention he could also win the World Championship since he has a car ready for Asia.

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7. Justin Pawlak Drove the Best This Weekend
JTP really showed me his most talented driving this weekend throwing that Ford Mustang around a course that left me speechless. I actually think his second qualifying run earned him somewhere in the 95+ column on his qualifying run. He really should of landed on the podium but that is racing for you. If he can keep up this progression in the new Ford Mustang he will land several podiums before the season was over. If you missed his second qualifying run, do yourself a favor, and dig it up from DailyMotion and give it a watch.
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2015 Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta [RESULTS]

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Odi Bakchis used his aggressive driving and consistency to perform at a high level over the weekend and take home his first career victory. It was pretty wild considering that last round he drove a Hyundai Genesis and swapped back to his Nissan 240sx this weekend without skipping a beat. Ken Gushi was just inches away from taking him out in the finals but should be happy with his first return to a podium in 6 years. Here is how they finished up –

1. Odi Bakchis
2. Ken Gushi
3. Chris Forsberg
4. Forrest Wang

2015 Formula Drift Road Atlanta Round 2 [RESULTS]

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Road Atlanta is always a fun battle ground for the top drifting drivers in the world. Robbie Nishida made a lackluster debut in his Infiniti G37 failing to make a qualifying pass and Dai Yoshihara had issues in his Subaru BRZ and didn’t make a pass either. The bottom of the group was quite close and Matt Field even had to drift his way out of 33rd place on his second pass to stay in the show. Here is how the tandem battles look for today –

Left Bracket
Justin Pawlak vs. Chelsea DeNofa (In Loaner MK3 Supra)
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Pat Goodin
Mad Mike Whiddett vs. Rapper Dan Savage
Forrest Wang vs. Marc Landerville
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Jeff Jones
Kenneth Moen vs. Michael Essa
Odi Bakchis vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Masahi Yokoi vs. Matt Coffman

Right Bracket
Fredric Aasbo vs. Daigo Saito
Tanner Foust vs. Geoff Stoneback
Chris Forsberg vs. Kyle Mohan
Ryan Tuerck vs. Pat Mordaunt
Conrad Grunewald vs. Dean Kearney
Charles Ng vs. Matt Field
Ken Gushi vs. Mats Barbieau
Alec Hohnadell vs. Nate Hamilton

Formula Drift Meets with Group of European Drift Series in Paris, France

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An interesting photograph popped onto my Facebook feed today showing Jim Liaw (Formula Drift Founder/Owner) having some drinks in Paris, France with several other drift organizations. I can identify the owners of the Polish Drift Federation, Drift All-Stars, King of Europe, and the French Drift Championship among those present.

Since Formula Drift launched a “World Championship” it has a gross lack of European presence considering it had the highest drift attendance by continent I am pretty sure as far the sport goes and the most professional level events. The World Championship right now only includes three new countries and one of those is Canada. The only overseas play is China/Japan which are both decent locations but lack a true world championship feel by excluding so many drivers/regions.

Formula Drift already showed a liking to the King of Europe series by honoring its champion Nikolett Szanto a license for the 2015 Formula D season even though she has been a no show. Their might be hope for this World Championship yet with some potential European expansion in the future.

A Look at the Sikky Sub Frame for Your Drift Car

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As I was wandering around Long Beach something caught my eye in the Sikky pit area. On display was a highly modded S13 subframe with a massive rear that looked like something you would see in a MAC truck. I had to learn what it was all about. James Evans was there to fill me in on the details. He explained to me that this was one of Sikky’s Quick Change Rear and Subframe setups.

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The whole concept behind having a quick change rear on your drift car is that all tracks are different and depending on the course layout you can find yourself in a situation where your gearing is far from ideal. The quick change rear will allow you to make changes to your gear ratio in less than five minutes. There is a limited amount of time to set the car up for each track and the quicker you can get back out on course the better. Changing an entire rear out just doesn’t make sense when there is an option like this. Now Sikky wasn’t the first to start putting these rears into drift cars but they have definitely refined it to a new level and made it into a production part. Having them ready to go on the shelf instead of a custom made to order. What separates the Sikky sub frame and rear set-up from the competitors is the technology and process they use to both develop and manufacture the product. There is a lot of time and effort in the R&D stage to locate the ideal position for the rear. Using the FARO arm they scan the underside of the car, sub frame, mounting points and then create a complete CAD drawing of the back half of each car model they develop a kit for. Then using that info they position the rear perfectly in this 3d precision environment. The end result is optimal angles and clearance of all CV joints, driveshaft’s, and axles as well as perfect placement and alignment. All of this maximizing strength and reliability of their product.

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There is much more to properly setting up the rear end than just welding it in place using a tape measure or ruler. Their methods allow the guys at Sikky to get accuracy down to +/- .005 of an inch when placing the rear into the sub frame. The product is engineered and tested to withstand the most rigorous conditions. Sikky sub frame and rear set-ups will take the abuse time and time again which they have shown by running the product in their Formula Drift cars. If you’re looking to gain an edge over the competition then I am convinced the Sikky IRS Sub Frame Kit is what you need! They do offer the quick change rear complete with sub frame and axles as well as separately if you just want to buy the diff or the sub frame on its own. The kit is clearly Formula Drift legal and comes for several car applications. Read the details below for what you get and what car you can place this in.

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Kit Info:
– Formula Drift Legal
– Precise placement using our FARO 3D Scanning Arm
– No Sub Frame Core Required
– CAD designed and CNC Machined Mounting Brackets
– Black Powder Coated
– Includes all Necessary Hardware
– Sub Frame available with Sikky Winters IRS Rear or without
– Fuel Cell or Fuel Tank Relocation Required in most applications

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Available options:
– Sikky Solid CNC Aluminum Sub Frame Bushings
– Sikky Differential Skid Plate
– Sikky Driveshaft
– Heavy Duty Axles

Currently Available For:
– Nissan S13, S14, and S15
– Nissan 350z and Infiniti G35
– Mazda RX8
– BMW E36
– Toyota FRS/Subaru BRZ
More coming soon!

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