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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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2016 Formula D Round 1 Long Beach – TIRE MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP [STANDINGS]

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After the quiet exit of Maxxis Tire in the offseason as well as the loss of Yokohama, but the return of Nexen Tire, the number of tire manufacturers competing for the Tire cup is currently at 6 brands. Chelsea Denofa brought GT Radial not only their first podium but also their first event win, while Aasbo and Gushi brought Nexen their first two podium victories in Formula Drift history. The Nexen Tire team looks stacked, and the early lead in the Tire Championship isn’t much of a surprise. Hankook Tire has ran away with the Tire Championship in each of the last three seasons, but this season should be much more contentious as each brand has several great names under their banner.

Here are the Tire Manufacturer standings after the 1st of 8 rounds:

1. Nexen Tire – 144 Points
2. GT Radial – 116 Points
3. Falken Tire – 112 Points
4. Hankook Tire – 96 Points
5. Nitto Tire – 80 Points
6. Achilles Radial – 64 Points

Kristaps Bluss in the Badass Latvian [VIDEO]

One of my favorite Formula Drift drivers Kristaps Bluss released a pretty awesome drift short film called Badass Latvian. The video looks like it takes place on the docks in Riga and he throws down some of the most insane 360 drifts I have seen in a BMW! Not to mention he runs into buildings and about everything else in his way. His car really looked dialed in at Streets of Long Beach this weekend and shows he could be moving up in the championship standings.

2016 FORMULA D ROUND 1 Long Beach – OEM MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP [STANDINGS]

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The OEM Manufacturer Championship looks to be much more competitive this year due to some of the shakeups in the offseason after Scion has taken the last two OEM championships fairly easily. Scion still looks to be the odds on favorite to take the win due to the strong roster, but the BMW roster looks equally impressive with Essa’s return to the German manufacturer. Infiniti and Mazda both look stronger this season pending reliability of the cars, and Lexus will be making a comeback at the hands of Cameron Moore. The lack of qualifying points being awarded at Round 1 means many of the OEM’s are tied due to having drivers finish in the same round.

Here are the standings in the OEM Manufacturer championship after 1 of 8 rounds:

1. Scion  – 144 points
2. BMW– 132 points
3. Ford – 64 points
T4. Infiniti – 48 points
T4. Mazda– 48 points
T4. Nissan – 48 points
T7. Chevy – 32 points
T7. Dodge – 32 points
9. Lexus – 16 points

2016 Formula Drift Round 1 – Long Beach [RESULTS]

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The 2016 season is in the books after a crazy Round 1 weekend that fought weather at every turn. A first time ever canceled qualifying led into the best and most balanced bracket of all time in Formula Drift history. I will spare you my plea to cancel qualifying for good and focus on this amazing event. Chelsea DeNofa became the champion killer after beating three former champions to win his first event. Chelsea DeNofa becomes the 23rd unique driver to win a Formula Drift event and the 38th unique driver to earn a podium. DeNofa previous best finish was 4th place. Here is how the final four stacked up:

1. Chelsea DeNofa
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Ken Gushi
4. Odi Bakcihs

2016 Formula Drift Round 1 Qualifying [RESULTS]

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The weather has impacted Round 1 at Long Beach in a hard way. Due to rain on course and changing weather conditions all the drivers agreed to cancel qualifying and practice for the day. Qualifying is going by your 2015 championship rankings in Pro, then Pro 2, and one driver who petitioned will start 32nd. With this format, no qualifying points will be issued for the championship for this round. Here is how they stack up:

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

Here is Top 32 Bracket-

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1.Freric Aasbo
32. Shangjun Zhang
16. Pat Mordaunt
17. Mad Mike Whiddett

8. Matt Field
25. Kyle Mohan
9. Alec Hohnadell
24. Kristaps Bluss

4. Ryan Tuerck
29. Juha Rintanen
13. Tyler McQuarrie
20. Dai Yoshihara

5. Odi Backhis
28. Alex Heilbrunn
12. Dean Kearney
21. Jhonnattan Castro

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2. Ken Gushi
31. Faruk Kugay
15. Pat Goodin
18. Charles Ng

7. Forrest Wang
26. Robbie Nishida
10. Kenneth Moen
23. Michael Essa

3. Chris Forsberg
30. Cameron Moore
14. Chelsea Denofa
19. Geoff Stoneback

6. Justin Pawlak
27. Jeff Jones
11. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
22.Robbie Nishida

2015 Formula Drift Long Beach Condensed Top 16 to Final [VIDEO]

Some saint in the universe took the long and dragged out Formula Drift Round 1 event from 2015 and edited it down to a strong 27 minutes. Watch every run from the Top 16 to podium in 27 minutes with no breaks, gaps, or commercials. In case you are just itching for qualifying to happen tomorrow I think this is a nice hold over. I watched it today and it just flew by.

Jeff Jones Brings DOC into Formula Drift for 2016

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Jeff Jones is returning for the 2016 Formula Drift season with DOC energizing drink. DOC is an energy soda with a powerful pepper taste. Jeff Jones has some new sponsors for the 2016 season including ACT Clutch, CPR Engines, and Sticker City. Jeff Jones has been busy launching a new website called drifthacks.com. Jeff has also opened a drift modification shop in Sun Valley, California and is launching a Drift 101 video series with new videos being released each month. Let us see how he will do for the 2016 Formula Drift season as it starts this weekend.

Dai Yoshihara Shows Off New Subaru BRZ Look for Formula Drift 2016

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Here is a great look at Dai Yoshihara’s new Subaru BRZ for the 2016 Formula Drift season. Dai has kept with a ton of his old partners including KW Suspension and Falken Tire. Dai now carries Turn 14 Distribution as his title sponsor. The car has a new look with baby blue and some white/black splash graphics. His team has put some serious work into the car during the offseason including converting the car to RHD.

RHD cars have always done exceptionally well at Long Beach due to the driver positioning so I am going to hold my opinions to Road Atlanta before I deem the RHD conversion a true success for his work. Dai took a big presence with McLeod Clutch this year which we have the installation documented below! How do you think Dai will do this season?

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Hoonigan Shows Off Four Driver 2016 Formula Drift Team

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The Hoonigan team released four cars today that will carry them through the 2016 Formula Drift season. Alec Hohnadell is the number one car debuted from them who features some big changes for the new season. Alec has moved to Nexen Tire and carries Enjuku Racing as a title sponsor for 2016. He carries brands such as ChaseBays and WiseFab with his new gorgeous build.

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Chris Forsberg keeps dark look with orange/blue highlights for the 2016 season. He maintains his NOS Energy Drink title sponsorship and most of his same sponsors from seasons before. We have heard that Chris Forsberg added a NOS system setup to his Nissan for this Formula Drift season giving him the option of more horsepower.

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Geoff Stoneback is coming into Formula Drift for his third season and is now under the CFR program with an insane Z34 Nissan build in his hands. Geoff looks to be running BC Racing for his suspension choice and is carrying Enkei as a wheel option instead of SSR like Forsberg. Geoff has made the move to Hankook Tire for his new season leaving Achilles. The car looks good and only time will tell if this build can put him in a Top 5 for the new year.

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Pat Goodin is bringing his old school Nissan 240sx back to the grid in 2016 with a new red/white/blue livery that looks just stunning. Pat Goodin is back on Falken Tire and now is running a huge BC Racing sponsorship for the new Formula Drift season. Pat Goodin has swapped clutch companies and is now with McLeod to put his insane V8 horsepower to the ground.

 

 

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