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2016 Formula Drift Round 2 [RESULTS]

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An exhausting long day put Vaughn Gittin Jr. back in the record books with a victory in his new S550 Mustang. This photograph from amazing local photographer Andrew Mesa shows you just how crazy his new setup is. The last time a driver qualified first and won the event was back in 2014 in Seattle. Darren McNamara did the double in his S14 while beating Irish compatriot Dean Kearney in the finals. Another interesting fact is this the exact same podium as Wall Speedway back in 2012. What a throwback? Alec Hohnadell just missed his first podium with a fourth place finish. With the added eight round and the top three in championship points going home in Top 32 – the championship is looking the most wide open in Formula Drift history! Here is how they finished –

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
2. Dai Yoshihara
3. Chris Forsberg
4. Alec Hohnadell

2016 Formula Drift – Round 2 Atlanta – QUALIFYING [RESULTS]

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. laid down a fantastic qualifying run, earning the top spot on Friday in Atlanta. Due to only 31 drivers earning a score in qualifying, Gittin Jr. will have a bye in the first round of tandem. Andy Gray and Tanner Foust made their season debuts in Atlanta, while Robbie Nishida and ShengJun Zhang missed the round. Charles Ng drove in practice, but had electrical issues on both qualifying runs and did not earn a score.

Here’s a look at how qualifying finished up at Road Atlanta:

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Matt Field
4. Chris Forsberg
5. Odi Backhis
6. Dai Yoshihara
7. Tanner Foust
8. Justin Pawlak
9. Tyler McQuarrie
10. Chelsea DeNofa
11. Mad Mike Whiddett
12. Forrest Wang
13. Dean Kearney
14. Michael Essa
15. Ryan Tuerck
16. Geoff Stoneback
17. Matt Coffman
18.  Alec Hohnadell
19. Ken Gushi
20. Pat Mordaunt
21. Jhonnattan Castro
22. Alex Heilbrunn
23. Kenneth Moen
24. Kristaps Bluss
25. Juha Rintanen
26. Kyle Mohan
27. Pat Goodin
28. Cameron Moore
29. Andy Gray
30. Faruk Kugay
31. Jeff Jones

Here’s the tandem ladder, for those following at home:

Vaughn Gittin Jr (bye)
Geoff Stoneback vs Matt Coffman
Justin Pawlak vs Juha Rintanen
Tyler McQuarrie vs Kristaps Bluss

Chris Forsberg vs Andy Gray
Dean Kearney vs Pat Mordaunt
Odi Bakchis vs Cameron Moore
Forrest Wang vs Jhonnattan Castro

Fredric Aasbo vs Jeff Jones
Ryan Tuerck vs Alec Hohnadell
Tanner Foust vs Kyle Mohan
Chelsea Denofa vs Kenneth Moen

Matt Field vs Faruk Kugay
Michael Essa vs Ken Gushi
Dai Yoshihara vs Pat Goodin
Mad Mike Whiddett vs Alex Heilbrunn

Trenton Beechum – Formula Drift Pro 2 [INTERVIEW]

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Wrecked Magazine: Who are you and how did you get your Pro 2 license?
Trenton Beechum: I am a FD Pro 2 Rookie and i was the champion of the 2015 Top Drift Series at Willow Springs Raceway

Wrecked Magazine: Can you give us a break down of your car and what sponsors you have on board?
Trenton Beechum:My car this year is a 2014 ford mustang running a 5.0 aluminator engine with a roush supercharger, for this year are major sponsors consist of Falken Tire and JoyHollyWood.com

Wrecked Magazine: What track are you most excited about and most nervous to tackle this season?
Trenton Beechum: I’d say I am most excited about Atlanta. I have heard the environment and fans are awesome. Also, I’m ready to get the season started and get a feel for this new field of talented drivers

Wrecked Magazine: Can you name one drifter you really want to see in a battle in Pro 2 this year?
Trenton Beechum: With so many drivers in Pro 2 I am excited to see every battle from the first person view after always watching from the stands. I am just stoked to be apart of the field!

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Wrecked Magazine:Who is your favorite drifter in the world and who to you derive driving inspiration from?
Trenton Beechum: I am m not sure I have a favorite drifter, I think I take certain things from certain drivers and kind of apply them to myself. If I had to pick – Top two would be Chris Forsberg and Forrest Wang.

Wrecked Magazine: Who do you think will win the Formula Drift Pro Championship this season?
Trenton Beechum: I think its to early to predict the champion for this season until after ATL but the way Chelsea Denofa was driving at long beach he seems to be a threat to some of the bigger teams this year

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Wrecked Magazine: What is one hurdle or headache you ran into during the off-season gearing up for Pro 2?
Trenton Beechum: So far we have been having some slight issues on and off with are motec system which has killed some of are practice days and lost us are battle at the Long Beach Motegi Super Drift event but the car runs now and we are hoping everything goes smoothly from here on out

Wrecked Magazine: What advise can you give to the upcoming Pro 2 drivers who are currently in Pro Am?
Trenton Beechum: Be hungry and aggressive in battles and always keep learning!

Robbie Nishida Set to Miss Formula Drift Atlanta

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The news was broken that Robbie Nishida will be missing Formula Drift Atlanta this weekend for a personal matter. I cannot even remember the last time I was at a pro drift event without Robbie Nishida present! His new looking Infiniti G37 will be put away this weekend but he has confirmed he will be back for Round 3 at Orlando Speed World.

Tanner Foust Returns for Three Round Formula Drift in 2016

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The two time former champion of Formula Drift will be returning for the 2016 Formula Drift season in his V8 powered Volkswagen. He will be running the following three rounds: Road Atlanta, Evergreen Speedway (Seattle), and Texas Motor Speedway. He made the jump over to Nexen Tire for the new season as well. Tanner finished last season in 36th place and only managed to put on a respectable performance at Irwindale Speedway. Hopefully he has some of the bugs shaken out and has dialed in this VW and can put on a show at Road Atlanta this year!

Maximum Driftcast – A Podcast about Drifting

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If you haven’t caught the Maximum Driftcast then you should check it out on iTunes or however you consume your daily podcasts. The show features three hosts (Corey Hosford, Paco Ibarra, and Sam Nalven @ Drift Idiot) and normally a guest to talk about drifting for just over an hour. Wrecked Magazine got a nice shout on Episode 9 I just tuned into so I figured I would return the favor. They just had Chelsea DeNofa hop on the most recent show to talk about his win at Long Beach.

 

Listen and Subscribe: http://www.maximumdriftcast.com/

Say Howdy Get Rowdy Season 4 Part 3 – Chelsea Wins [VIDEO]

This is a great tribute to cap off his first winning Formula Drift event. I have loved the Say Howdy Get Rowdy videos for years now and Chelsea’s win makes this extra special. The videos this year moved over to the BC Racing YouTube page so make sure you subscribe to not miss an episode. We shared some older episodes on Facebook or you can watch them here.

Part 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SDja26k7-s
Part 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R4u_5mYFug

2016 Formula Drift Motegi Super Drift Challenge [RESULTS]

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The Motegi Super Drift during the Long Beach Grand Prix had a pretty weak drivers list of 11 that included some Pro 2 drivers to make the field larger than a Top 8. The podium was swept by three drivers who are starting a 2016 season with a new tire company. The final four saw Michael Essa versus Odi Bakchis (#1 qualifier) in the battle of the show that Odi was given the edge on and advanced into the finals. Matt Field made easy work of Dean Kearney in the Final Four with a big mistake from Dean pushing him into the finals.

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The $25,000 payout is a nice chunk in the wallet for the top Formula Drift drivers. Here is how the event finished up:
1. Matt Field
2. Michael Essa
3. Odi Bakchis
4. Dean Kearney
5. Kyle Mohan
6. Jeff Jones
7. Ryan Litteral
8. Fredric Aasbo
9. Justin Pawlak
10. Trenton Beechum
11. Alex Heilbrunn

2016 Formula Drift Round 1 Streets of Long Beach [GALLERY]

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Here is a great Formula Drift Long Beach gallery from our long time shooter Justin Kaehler. He compiled a great 200+ shots of the action through the rain and dry Top 32 tandem. Follow the link below to follow along and view some great shots of the event.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=468

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Long Beach

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10. The MVP of the Weekend – The Weather
The biggest game changer of the weekend in Long Beach was the rain. I was on site this weekend and when the rain started it was unbelievable how much oil and junk came up from the parking lot. Keep in mind, turn 9 through 10B are basically parking spaces used by the convention center and aquarium on a daily basis. The large issue at hand wasn’t just the rain but the oils and things it took up from the ground. If I would have known people would claim that Formula Drift cannot be done in the rain – I would have taken pictures of this gross water. Let’s keep in mind that it also doesn’t frequently rain in Southern California so the amount of junk coming up from the pavement was huge in scale. The ground was so inconsistent that huge zero traction patches were found across the course where the driver would basically become a passenger as several described it to me in the car. I am one of the first people to criticize Formula Drift when I think they do the wrong thing and everything this weekend was handled perfectly. The drivers wanted a set qualifying and nobody spoke up against it from what I saw and heard in the drivers meeting. With just 32 teams it just happened to work out and lead to the best Top 16 in Formula Drift history.

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9. Kyle Mohan Debuts Most Exciting New Car with his Mazda MX-5
It was pretty clear to me that Kyle Mohan debuted the most exciting new car of the 2016 season. The pre-season buzz when I released his Mazda MX-5 to the public was huge. The car didn’t quite looked dialed in and was very snappy over the race weekend. Long Beach is very different from the other seven courses coming up so I am trying not to read too much into his performance. For him to be a contender in 2016, the car seems like it needs some work. Also, while he is working on the car I think he should invest in some wide body front fenders.

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8. Cameron Moore Was Best Rookie on the Weekend
The rookie class of 2016 is sitting in a five way tie for Rookie of the Year right now since they all lost in Top 32 and no qualifying points were issued for the weekend. Cameron Moore looked most likely to win his Top 32 battle against Chris Forsberg. He did a really impressive follow run and spun on his lead run that most likely would’ve earned him at least an OMT if he kept pedaling around the course. Cameron Moore impressed me with his ability to handle the wet conditions better than most people in the paddock. I know he hails from the Pacific Northwest so he might not even know what the sun looks like yet. He looked comfortable and uninitiated being in the main event so I will keep my eye on him over the next couple rounds of Formula Drift.

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