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Formula Drift World Championship contenders will grow – FD Canada Drivers List


Prior to this weekend’s Formula Drift Canada round, only nine drivers had qualified for the World Championship by driving in the Formula Drift Japan round. In order to be in contention for the World Championship title, drivers must drive in one of the three international rounds (Japan, Canada, and the yet TBD China round). However, the China round is invite-only, so drivers really only had two options. After the Texas round, here’s the current standings in the World Championship among the 9 drivers who are in contention:

Fredric Aasbo – 480 Points
Odi Bakchis – 396 Points
Masashi Yokoi – 309 Points
Matt Field – 263Points
Daigo Saito – 257 Points
Dean Kearney – 205 Points
Charles Ng – 175 Points
Robbie Nishida – 144 Points
“Mad” Mike Whiddett – 141 Points

The drivers list for this weekend’s round contains an additional four names that will be added to this list.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. Warns He Could Be Missing Irwindale Speedway


According to an interview conducted by Larry Chen at, it appears that Vaughn Gittin Jr. is very likely to miss Round 7 of the Formula Drift championship at Irwindale Speedway in October. This is due to his horrifying crash in Texas. The S197 chassis Ford Mustang is totaled after the hard hit with the k-rail at Texas Motor Speedway. (video)


The backup car he has is now on a crate heading to Japan, we are told, which eliminates its use for the Irwindale Speedway weekend. His new S550 demo chassis seen at events like Street Driven Tour X Hyperfest this year is a demo car and not built to Formula Drift legal specs eliminating another option for him. A tough break to end his 2015 season. He is also only one of three drivers left to run every single Formula Drift event since inception. He would be removed from the list if he fails to attend Irwindale Speedway later this year. Below is an exact recount of what he said. What are your thoughts on this?

Screen Capture of Important Part of Speedhunters Interview – Full Interview Found Here

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Daigo Saito’s Lamborghini Murcielago Nears D1 Grand Prix Debut

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I cannot help but get more excited as I see the progress of the drift Murcielago come together in Daigo Saito’s shop. Here is the January update when we found out this Lambo was coming to life as a drift car, a Lambo dismantling update in March, and finally a June moving forward build. His Lamborghini progress is still being called out as BS by skeptics but this build looks more real by the day as far as we can tell. A rumor that it might hit the track before the end of this D1GP season is out in the rumormill. Can he bring this to Formula Drift for 2016? Door banging with this thing in the United States would be ideal. What do you think of the build progress?


Hat tip to Dennis Ho for submitting the new pics!

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 6 Texas

10. New Track Layout is Huge Success 
The old track was a bag of crap with a single entertaining element when some of the guys would do wild entries into the sweeper (see Odi from 2014 above). The new track layout is a huge improvement, so I would like to applaud Formula Drift for making this switch. Texas still managed to bring more controversy than other rounds of the series even though it was ran in reverse. Even though this track produced the longest Top 16 in series history, I do like running this layout way more. The complexity of this layout really separates the men from the boys.

9. Two Painful Championship Slips
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Watching Odi Bakchis and Matt Field fall out of the championship due to random mechanical failures was a tough one to watch. Odi Bakchis lost his wheel studs in the Dean Kearney Top 32 battle which all but removed him from any championship hope. This coming after he produced at a high level throughout the last five rounds of the season. This mishap also really hurts him in the World Championship race where him and Aasbo are the two major contenders to win it all.

Matt Field earlier in the weekend suffered engine issues and rushed to qualify which didn’t workout so well and he got a 0. Sad to see these guys dominate all season and fall short towards the end of the 7 round series. You do need a decent amount of points from each event to win making it a marathon instead of a sprint.

8. Formula Drift Safety is Solid

While most fans have been harping on the negatives of this weekend I would like to point out that the safety in this series is phenomenal. The biggest fear I see in drifting is the potential of hitting the car at an odd angle into a wall or breaking on a bank and flying into the wall. Most accidents that look tame to the naked eye cause the worst results due to all the force and impact being put onto the drivers body from one point of impact. If you see an accident that looks wild with spinnings and multiple contact points, the driver tends to be in good shape. This crash with Vaughn was another testament to HANS and the team who built his car. Video of crash on FB. A look over at Indy this weekend shows the true dangers of motorsports and how lucky Vaughn is to be in great shape.

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2015 Formula Drift Texas Round 6 [RESULTS]


Wow, settling down from this race was a tough one. It was the longest Top 16 in the series 10+ year history from what I counted. This event was also beyond packed with controversy! I really thought Ken Gushi was going to take home his first victory in 10+ years but it just wasn’t meant to be. Here is how they results wrapped up (10 Things post will be coming soon) –

1. Masashi Yokoi
2. Ken Gushi
3. Chris Forsberg
4. Daigo Saito

2015 Formula Drift Round 6 Pro Qualifying [RESULTS]


Qualifying came down to the last two runs which saw Chris Forsberg steal first from Justin Pawlak with a 90 and then Aasbo followed up with a 94. The championship is all up for grabs this weekend for the most part and it is basically Aasbo’s to lose. A top qualifying spot (his first of the year) isn’t a bad start to making that happen. Here is how everyone finished –

1. Fredric Aasbo 94
2. Chris Forsberg 90
3. Justin Pawlak 89
4. Ken Gushi 85
5. Kenneth Moen 84
6. Masahi Yokoi 84
7. Matt Coffman 84
8. Daigo Saito 84
9. Vaughn Gittin 83
10. Alec Hohnadell 82
11. Mad Mike Whiddett 82
12. Tyler McQuarrie 82
13. Ryan Tuerck 81
14. Dai Yoshihara 81
15. Forrest Wang 81
16. Odi Bakchis 80
17. Dean Kearney 78
18. Chelsea DeNofa 78
19. Rapper Dan Savage 76
20. Nate Hamilton 76
21. Kristaps Bluss 76
22. Mats Baribeau 75
23. Conrad Grunewald 75
24. James Evans 74
25. Marc Landerville 73
26. Charles Ng 73
27. Pat Goodin 72
28. Michael Essa 70
29. Jeff Jones 69
30. Jhonnattan Castro 69
31. Robbie Nishida 68
32. Kyle Mohan 68

Top 32 Bracket (Left)
Fredric Aasbo vs. Kyle Mohan
Odi Bakchis vs. Dean Kearney
Diago Saito vs. Marc Landerville
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. James Evans
Ken Gushi vs. Jeff Jones
Ryan Tuerck vs. Nate Hamilton
Kenneth Moen vs. Michael Essa
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Kristaps Bluss

Top 32 Bracket (Right)
Chris Forsberg vs. Robbie Nishida
Forrest Wang vs. Chelsea DeNofa
Matt Coffman vs. Charles Ng
Alec Hohnadell vs. Conrad Grunewald
Justin Pawlak vs. Jhonnatan Castro
Dai Yoshihara vs. Rapper Dan Savage
Masahi Yokoi vs. Pat Goodin
Mad Mike Whiddett vs. Mats Baribeau

Justin Pawlak vs. Tyler McQuarrie – New View on Battle of the Year [VIDEO]

The guys at Thirsty Film captured a wild view of the Justin Pawlak vs. Tyler McQuarrie battle from Seattle that we just saw for the first time. Every time we watch this tandem battle we cannot get enough of this American muscle showdown. Let’s hope Texas brings us this same level of entertainment.

Nikolett Szanto Set for Formula Drift Texas Debut


So finally after 5 rounds of no drifting we are set to see the debut of Nikolett Szanto in Formula Drift. The European has been doing intense testing at Willow Springs recently to shake down and get use to her new ride (above). The car might not look familiar to you, but it is the Retaks S13 with an exterior refresh. The car has been in Formula Drift for 10 years and has been driven by a star studded cast of characters including Geoff Stoneback, Pat Mordaunt, Ryan Tuerck, Bill Sherman, etc… and has podium credentials. The Texas track is a new layout so this might help Nikolett not be far behind the driving curve with everyone learning a new course?

New Formula Drift Texas Layout with POV Footage

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Here is the new Round 6 layout for Texas Motor Speedway’s Formula Drift event. The track could have used a course fix after the two pretty terrible rounds we had seen at Texas Motor Speedway in the past. This layout looks interesting but somewhat runs against the other layout style of Formula Drift which tends to focus on max speed at entry and slowing down around course. Luckily for all of you, XDC ran this exact same course in 2012 so here is an in car video of Rapper Dan Savage running the course in a 400whp machine.

JustCause Presents Street Driven Tour x SOUTHRNFRESH 5 [VIDEO]

The guys at JustCause whipped up this brilliant recap of the Street Driven Tour X SOUTHRNFRESH 5 which took over Atlanta Motor Speedway last week. Pat Goodin, Ryan Tuerck, and Chris Forsberg were in attendance giving ride-a-longs and several Pro 2 drivers such as Tommy Van Cleef and Alex Youe also showed up to drift at this awesome event!