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Faruk Kugay & World Drifting Recap – Wrecked Weekly #22 [VIDEO]

Faruk Kugay was our special guest this week who comes fresh off a win at Golden Gate Drift Round 2 (Formula Drift Pro Am series in Northern California). He also helps give insight into the European drift season which has kicked off in the spring! Below is a list of our talking points from the show and the YouTube Summary has time stamps so you can jump to each of the stories directly!

Topic 1- Review of Golden Gate Drift Round 2
Topic 2- Talking about Golden Gate Drift Round 2 Insane Final Battle (Video)
Topic 3 – Midwest Drift Union Round 1 Review (More Info)
Topic 4 – Lone Star Bash Round 2 Review We talk monsoon that causes a full round delay on Final 4
Topic 5 – D1NZ Round 5 Recap. Mad Mike Breaks Everything and Loses Championship Lead (More Info)
Topic 6- Europe Kicks off 2014 with BDC Round 1 and Jack Shanahan takes a win at age of 14!
Topic 7 – Polish Drift Championship Kicks off in Poznan
Topic 8 – Dean Kearney is Going Back to Ireland. Driving in IDC! (More Info)
Topic 9- Opinion: Can Kenneth Moen Win the Formula D Championship?
Topic 10- Exploring Formula Drift Rivalries (Original Post)

A Look at Midwest Drift Union Round 1 [RECAP]

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The following is a guest blog post written by the Midwest Drift Union owner Nick Swann:

Midwest Drift Union’s Round 1 of their 5 event competition series was held on Saturday, April 12th. MDU hosted their season opener at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL just outside of St. Louis, MO.
With many cars not quite ready yet and others suffering from pesky troubles of insufficient time to test, the field was whittled down to a Top 8 instead of the usual 16 that MDU has done for years prior.
Gateway is a fast course and requires precision and commitment, so that’s exactly what the judges were looking for. Even though the competition wasn’t as full as it usually is, the level of excitement was at an all-time high. Seasoned MDU drivers such as Mike Feiock, Brian Peter, and Nick Thomas were out in full force and clearly focused on the first place trophy.

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2014 Golden Gate Drift Round 2 [RESULTS]

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The Golden Gate Drift series  fired up this weekend with Round 2 at the Stockon 99 Speedway. Round 2 brought out the top talents of Northern California but did see European Faruk Kugay run away with the competition and take home a victory in his grey 2JZ powered S14. Here is how they finished up with nobody from Round 1 landing back on the podium:

1. Faruk Kugay
2. Crick Fillipe
3. Joe Tardiff
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2014 Midwest Drift Union Round 1 by Subject Media [VIDEO]

The Midwest Drift Union kicked off last weekend with a big Round 1 weekend at Gateway International just outside of St. Louis. One of the most fun Pro Am tracks in the country kicked off in style. Here are the podium results from the weekends event.

E90 BMW Wrecks at Grassroots Drift Event in Ohio

Ouch! At the Drift Movement event in Columbus, Ohio someone brought out a E90 BMW M3 four door and hit the course. The good news is he saved the car from understeering straight into the big monster truck tire but smacked it on the exit pretty good. That is going to be an expensive one to fix!

2014 Evergreen Drift Pro Am Round 1 [RESULTS]

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The Evergreen Drift season kicked off this weekend in Washington with Round 1 of the Formula Drift Pro Am series. Here is how the podium finished up:

1. Cameron Moore
2. Aaron Day
3. Brian Lockbaum

A Look at 10 Years of Clubloose [VIDEO]

Brian Casse throws a tribute together of Clubloose footage as they celebrate 10 years of drifting. Clubloose fostered by Matt Petty is one of the best drifting communities in the world with some of the most fun drifting to boot. Claiming home at Englishtown they have ventured into some other northwest markets for the 2014 season. Two Formula Drift champions Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Chris Forsberg cut their teeth in Clubloose back in the day.

Maxxis Tire Rolls Out Racer Pricing Program for MA-Z1 Tire

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The guys over at Maxxis Tire have opened up a grassroots racer program to help put people driving on the MA-Z1 Maxxis Tire. Sizing and details are in the PR below. The program will be executed by City Tire located in Southern California. Contact info for City Tire is attached at the bottom of the PR below! They join the ranks of GT Radial, Falken Tire, Achilles Radial and Kenda Tire all managing various racer programs for drivers.

Maxxis is offering their high-quality MA-Z1 Drift tires to grassroots drifters at a substantial discount. Eligible drivers must affix Maxxis decals to their vehicles, and can purchase the MA-Z1 Drift, prized by drifters for its durability, extra smokiness and superior traction, directly from City Tire.

“We’re always glad to have an opportunity to support grassroots drivers, and so we’re very pleased that we can work with our friends at City Tire to offer our MA-Z1 Drift tires through this discount program,” said Ritche Tay of Maxxis.

Available sizes are listed below:
245/40R17
235/40R18
255/35R18
265/35R18
275/35R18

For more information, please call 1-888-977-TIRE. City Tire Online is located at 9501 Atlantic Ave., South Gate, California, 90280.

A Complete Review of Just Drift’s Top Drift Round 1

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The Top Drift Pro Am 2014 season kicked off this past weekend, March 30, on the balcony of Willow Springs in Rosamond, California. The morning of the main event was cloudy outside with icy winds. Many of us were expecting some rain, but it just didn’t happen. The clouds moved out pretty quickly, while the drivers set off for practice in the first three hours of the day.
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After lunch, qualifying began, with somewhere around 60 drivers competing for the top podium. After a few hours of qualifying (there were a lot of drivers), the Top 16 was set.
The first battle starred Alex Heilbrunn and Darin Burgess. Alex took the win in his forrest green s13 coupe.

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Eric Martinez went up against Mike Bolanos in the second battle. Martinez managed to take victory over Bolanos’ red s13.
Donovan Brockway faced off with Adam Knapik in the third battle. They stuck fairly close to each other, but Brockway managed to walk away with the win.

In the fourth battle, Daniel Giraldo faced Tyler Page-Howell. Giraldo kept a small gap on his lead run, and stuck close on the follow. He had a great line through both runs and won the match.

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Battle five featured Spike Chen, who has been on the podium twice up to this point in the 2014 season, versus Kyle Lumm, the Socal Sidewayz 350Z driver from San Diego. Kyle dirt dropped on the second run, and Spike Chen moved on to the Great 8.

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Jason Kim and Cody Sarem battled it out on the tarmac in the sixth face-off. Jason Kim took the win over Cody Sarem, who spun first on the entry during the lead run, and then going into turn 2 on the follow run, spun again.

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Dan Burkett faces Drew Ostrowski in the seventh round. On the first run, Ostrowski hit the cones upon entry in his Lexus SC300. Burkett took the win in his FC RX7.
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The final battle of the Top 16 came down to Adam Levi and Joe Tardiff. This battle was especially tough to decide a victor. After two “One More Time’s”, Adam Levi took victory over the black sc300. Tardiff spun right at the entry behind the green building.

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The tournament moved right into the Great 8 from there. First up was Alex Heilbrunn versus Eric Martinez. They had a good run, but Heilbrunn took the win, and ended the competition for the SC300.

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Next up was Daniel Giraldo in his white AE86 versus Donovan Brockway. Daniel pulled away with the better flow and took the win over Brockway’s E30.

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Spike Chen went up against Jason Kim in the third Great 8 battle. Both had solid runs, but it seems like Spike Chen was just a little cleaner with way more power and took the win.

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Dan Burkett and Adam Levi had the final bout of the Great 8. The two stuck together and were unbelievably close during both runs, but Dan Burkett managed to gain victory over Levi.

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The final 4 began. First off were Spike Chen and Dan Burkett. Dan spun into the dirt in the second turn and Chen took the win, assuring him his third podium finish of the season.

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Alex Heilbrunn went up against Daniel Giraldo, but both cars experienced difficulty and they both took a 5 minute break. It was a race to see who could finish their car. Miraculously both cars were good enough to race within the 5 minutes. Heilbrunn had lost 3rd gear and Daniel Giraldo broke his shifter lever. Alex Heilbrunn took the win against the Hachi Roku.

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Next up, Daniel Giraldo and Dan Burkett duked it out for 3rd place. Giraldo took the win for that, which left us with the undecided factor of the 1st place finisher.
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Alex Heilbrunn and Spike Chen, two extremely aggressive drivers, lined up for the winner’s race. It was a heated run, with both drivers choosing aggressive lines; they did an amazing job at staying glued to each other’s doors. When the time for podium came, it was decided that the winner is Alex Heilbrunn! Spike Chen came in second, and Danny Giraldo in third place.

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It was amazing to see all of the drivers efforts in the top 16 and qualifying. There was so much smoke being made (mostly by Heilbrunn and Chen), and it was a hot, long weekend. The battles got really aggressive, and it is quite impressive for Alex Heilbrunn to take the win with a missing 3rd gear, as well as for Daniel Giraldo to come back after flux welding his shifter to take 3rd place. I was blown away by the hard work and dedication of the drivers and I can’t wait to see what Round 2 will bring us!

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2014 Just Drift Top Drift Round 1 at Balcony [GALLERY]


©Joshua Schock 2014


©Joshua Schock 2014

Here is the gallery coverage from Round 1 of Just Drift’s Top Drift series. The event took place at Balcony and watched Alex Heilbrunn dominate the competition in his green S13 smoke machine. Follow the action at Willow Springs International Raceway by clicking through the gallery below!

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