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2015 Formula Drift Championship [RESULTS]

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The 2015 championship is a wrap! Fredric Aasbo followed up his second place finish last year with a championship in 2015. Ken Gushi was right on his heels the whole way in what wound up a Scion dominated season. The Scion brand finished 1,2, and 4 during this Formula Drift season which is unparalleled by any OEM in this sports history. Chris Forsberg took his Nissan 370z with a respectable 3rd place season finish to follow up with his 14 championship run. Here is how the Top 20 finished up for 2015 –

1. Fredric Aasbo – 530
2. Ken Gushi – 431
3. Chris Forsberg – 382
4. Ryan Tuerck – 367
5. Odi Bakchis – 363
6. Masashi Yokoi – 324
7. Justin Pawlak – 287
8. Forrest Wang – 285
9. Matt Field – 282
10. Alec Hohnadell – 272
11. Kenneth Moen – 247
12. Daigo Saito – 238
13. Vaughn Gittin Jr – 226
14. Dean Kearney – 220
15. Chelsea DeNofa – 212
15. Tyler McQuarrie – 212
17. Pat Mordaunt – 211
18. Pat Goodin – 207
19. Mad Mike Whiddett – 192
20. Charles Ng – 191

2015 Formula Drift Round 7 Pro Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Forrest Wang topped all qualifiers today with a score of 89, his second top qualifier award of the season (previously in Long Beach). Matt Field and Ken Gushi tied for second overall with a score of 86, Field earning the second tiebreaker due to a higher style judge score as they were tied in total style points. Gushi still has a chance to win the championship pending the top 32 tandem battles.

Here’s a look at the qualifying results as well as the tandem brackets:

1. Forrest Wang
2. Matt Field
3. Ken Gushi
4. “Mad” Mike Whiddett
5. Fredric Aasbo
6. Chelsea Denofa
7. Justin Pawlak
8. Tanner Foust
9. Chris Forsberg
10. Alec Hohnadell
11. Tyler McQuarrie
12. Pat Goodin
13. Ryan Tuerck
14. Daijiro Yoshihara
15. Odi Bakchis
16. Masashi Yokoi
17. Marc Landreville
18. Kyle Mohan
19. Michael Essa
20. Conrad Grunewald
21. Daigo Saito
22. Charles Ng
23. Patrick Mordaunt
24. Dan Savage
25. Robbie Nishida
26. Brandon Wicknick
27. Kenny Moen
28. Kristaps Bluss
29. James Evans
30. Jhonnattan Castro
31. Dean Kearney
32. Geoff Stoneback

Tandem Brackets:
Left Bracket

Forrest Wang vs Geoff Stoneback
Masashi Yokoi vs Marc Landreville
Tanner Foust vs Robbie Nishida
Chris Forsberg vs Dan Savage
Mike Whiddett vs James Evans
Ryan Tuerck vs Conrad Grunewald
Fredric Aasbo vs Kristaps Bluss
Pat Goodin vs Daigo Saito

Right Bracket

Matt Field vs Dean Kearney
Odi Bakchis vs Kyle Mohan
Justin Pawlak vs Brandon Wicknick
Alec Hohnadell vs Patrick Mordaunt
Ken Gushi vs Jhonnattan Castro
Daijiro Yoshihara vs Michael Essa
Chelsea Denofa vs Kenny Moen
Tyler McQuarrie vs Charles Ng

Street Driven Tour Brings it to Las Vegas Next Week

The Street Driven Tour is coming to invade the west coast in Las Vegas this upcoming weekend on September 26th! A huge roster of professional Formula Drift drivers combined with grassroots drifters from around the southwest and a StanceWars car show will have Las Vegas Motor Speedway going crazy on Saturday!

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This big time drivers list includes Juha Rintanen, Andy Hateley, Brandon Wicknick, Alex Heilbrunn, Chris Forsberg, Danny George, Faruk Kugay, Pat Mordaunt, and Forrest Wang! It sounds like it will be truly a fun event and you can purchase discount tickets ahead of time through this tickets link.

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The event also includes a big burnout contest dubbed the Tire Massacre to finish off the day and send everyone home covered in tire smoke. Drifting mini-games will also take place that include things such as Drift Soccer seen below.

 

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2015 Formula Drift World Championship in Canada [GALLERY]

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Formula Drift Canada brought most of the big American stars over to compete in the World Championship Round. Jeremy Glover was on the scene for us in Canada capturing the performances of local and international drivers.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=462

2015 Formula Drift Canada World Championship Round 8 Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Fredric Aasbo continues to extend his lead in the Formula Drift World Championship, taking the top qualifying spot at Autodrome Saint-Eustache. Canadian Jeff Laflamme held it down for the Canadian contingent, out-qualifying the rest of the pack in second with fellow Canadian Pat Cyr in third and Matt Field marking the highest qualified American at fourth. Unfortunately, fan favorite Daigo Saito did not make the trip and looks to be in Japan right now showing off his Lamborghini instead.

Here’s a look at the qualifying results as well as the tandem brackets:

1. Fredric Aasbo
2. Jeff Laflamme
3. Pat Cyr
4. Matt Field
5. Odi Bakchis
6. Robbie Nishida
7. Marc Landreville
8. Charles Ng
9. Mats Baribeau
10. Simon Shaffner
11. Tommy Bellemare
12. Forrest Wang
13. Jonathan Guitard
14. Dean Kearney
15. Miro Ovcharik
16. Alex Grosselin
17. Youri Levesque
18. Alec Hohnadell
19. Kevin Morin
20. Danny Bernier
21. Andy Gray
22. Jonathan Thiffault
23. Bob Patinka
24. Francis Doyan
25. Francis Tasse
26. Stephen Van Sleuwan
27. Alex Blanchette
28. Marc-Antoine Demers
29. Martin Langlois
30. Riley Sexsmith
31. Eric Belanger
32. Patrick Gauthier

Left Bracket:
Fredric Aasbo vs. Patrick Gauthier
Alex Grosselin vs. Youri Levesque
Charles Ng vs. Francis Tasse
Mats Baribeau vs. Francis Doyan
Matt Field vs. Martin Langlois
Jonathan Guitard vs. Danny Bernier
Odi Bakchis vs. Marc-Antoine Demers
Forrest Wang vs. Andy Gray

Right Bracket:
Jeff Laflamme vs. Eric Belanger
Miro Ovcharik vs. Alec Hohnadell
Marc Landreville vs. Stephen Van Sleuwan
Simon Shaffner vs. Bob Patinka
Pat Cyr vs. Riley Sexsmith
Dean Kearney vs. Kevin Morin
Robbie Nishida vs. Alex Blanchette
Tommy Bellemare vs. Jonathan Thiffault

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

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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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10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 6 Texas

10. New Track Layout is Huge Success 
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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
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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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10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 5 Seattle

10. Championship Dreams Shattered Left and Right!
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This Seattle event marks the first time I watched so many big names and championship hopeful drivers go down for the count so early in the weekend. First, it was Ryan Tuerck going out to Stoneback in the Top 32 with a mechanical failure. Then Vaughn Gittin Jr. defeats Nitto teammate Odi Bakchis in the Top 32 putting the #1/#2 championship drivers out with 16 points + qualifying for the weekend. Then Top 16 swept up Chris Forsberg and Ken Gushi cleaning the slate of all the forward momentum from this season for those four drivers. Fredric Aasbo side stepped all the land mines and took home first place and built a huge gap in the championship for himself leaving the next two rounds a big mystery.

9. Forrest Wang Being Faulted for Inactive Chase, HUH?
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Who knew that Mad Mike was that fast or Forrest Wang was that slow? The inactive chase penalty against Forrest Wang seemed beyond harsh to me. The judges need to wake up please! You cannot fault a guy for inactive chase when he is driving his ass off but his car is just beyond slower than another car (see Faruk Kugay vs. Alex Heilbrunn in Pro 2 for same stupid call). The inactive chase was made for the penalization of cupcaking when one driver has a dominant lead and then doesn’t chase. I always recall Jim Guthrie vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. at Wall Speedway as a perfect utilization for this. You cannot punish people for not building drag car/rocket ships or I guess now you can do just that…. I never got the impression Wang was cup caking around the course. I think it was a tough way to end a great Top 32 battle. Not sure if I have a better answer for this one but it just feels like a bad beat in my gut.

8. Yokoi Is the New Chelsea DeNofa
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This guy has the most insane tandem follow runs of this season. I wish drivers would get out of his way so he could keep winning. His first battle with Pat Goodin was wild and I think he edged out Goodin in the end but judges went OMT. His chase on the OMT was just balls deep insane but sadly he made contact with Goodin and lost. Sound like someone else you know? Yes, Chelsea DeNofa who at times performs the best tandem follow runs the world has ever seen but mostly to a detriment in the end. Can Yokoi overcome that issue and continue to put on a show that is entertaining everyone while running clean? I guess time will tell us but he is looking more serious round by round in that chromed out 2JZ powered S15 Silvia.

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2015 Formula Drift Round 5 Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Formula Drift qualifying at Evergreen Speedway was an interesting one. It went quickly but so many drivers scored a zero due to the rain and then transition to dry during the weekend. It was a tough one and we just wish that the weather would behave for a weekend already. Here is how they qualified-

1. Kenneth Moen 89
2. Ryan Tuerck 87
3. Fredric Aasbo 87
4. Ken Gushi 85
5. Kristaps Bluss 84
6. Forrest Wang 84
7. Matt Field 81
8. Chris Forsberg 80
9. Alec Hohnadell 79
10. Chelsea DeNofa 79
11. Odi Bakchis 78
12. Justin Pawlak 77
13. Pat Mordaunt 77
14. Michael Essa 77
15. Pat Goodin 76
16. Charles Ng 76
17. Daigo Saito 76
18. Masashi Yokoi 75
19. Dai Yoshihara 75
20. Tyler McQuarrie 75
21. Dean Kearney 74
22. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 74
23. Conrad Grunewald 74
24. Kyle Mohan 73
25. Nate Hamilton 72
26. Jhonnattan Castro 68
27. Mad Mike Whiddett 67
28. Matt Coffman 66
29. Brandon Wicknick 66
30. Dan Savage 64
31. Geoff Stoneback 62
32. Jeff Jones 61

Top 32 Tandem Battle
Left Bracket
Kenneth Moen vs. Jeff Jones
Charles Ng vs. Daigo Saito

Chris Forsberg vs. Nate Hamilton
Alec Hohnadell vs. Kyle Mohan

Ken Gushi vs. Brandon Wicknick
Pat Morduant vs. Tyler McQuarrie

Kristaps Bluss vs. Matt Coffman
Justin Pawlak vs. Dean Kearney

Right Bracket
Ryan Tuerck vs. Geoff Stoneback
Pat Goodin vs. Masahi Yokoi

Matt Field vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Conrad Grunewald

Fredric Aasbo vs. Dan Savage
Michael Essa vs. Dai Yoshihara

Forrest Wang vs. Mad Mike Whiddett
Odi Bakchivs vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Street Driven Tour Invades St. Louis [VIDEO]

Street Driven Tour rolled into the midwest on America’s birthday to throw a fun drift bash with mini- games and a Rival House Hard Parkathon with plenty of American flags to boot. Chris Forsberg, Forrest Wang, and Brandon Wicknick rounded out the Formula Drift pros in attendance with a ton of other solid drivers from the midwest including Brian Peter, Mike Feiock, Steve Topping, Rolando Alfaro and many more. Check out the video recap made by Subject Media!