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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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2015 Drift Allstars Round 5 – Lithuania [RESULTS]

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Drift Allstars Round 5 featured an incredible track on actual city streets in the city of Kaunas (including drifting over a bridge – possibly a first in international drift competition?) and some awesome tandem action. Some familiar names made it back to the podium, including James Deane who continues his incredible run this season with his seventh podium of the year by our count. Drift Allstars allows drivers to drop their lowest score of the season, so the championship chase is still alive for the final round in Warsaw Poland on October 9th and 10th.

Here are the results from Kaunas, Lithuania:

1st – Piotr Wiecek – Budmat Auto Nissan S14- Poland
2nd – James Deane – Falken Motorsports Nissan S14 – Ireland
3rd – Nigel Colfer – Tri Ace Tyre S13 – Ireland
4th – Janis Eglite – Tri-Ace Tyre BMW E46 – Latvia

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!

2015 Irish Drift Championship Round 4 – Fermoy [RESULTS]

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The 4th round of the Irish Drift Championships really shook up the championship chase. Favorite James Deane ended a 3-year undefeated streak in the Top 8 when he came in too hot on entry and made contact with fellow competitor Barry Leonard. Young guns Jack Shanihan and Tomas Kiely both got knocked out in the top 16 round, which made room for some new faces on the podium. Top Qualifier John McCarthy started the weekend off strongly, but his brother Paul McCarthy would take the top step of the podium.

Here are the results:

1st – Paul McCarthy – E36 BMW Coupe
2nd – Shane O’Sullivan – Nissan S15
3rd – Alan Lenihan – Nissan S13.5 Coupe

2015 Drift Allstars Round 4 – Estonia [RESULTS]

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Just a week after Drift Allstars held round 3 in Latvia, drivers traveled around 300 km North to battle at Laitse Rallypark in Estonia. Formula D driver Odi Bakchis even made an appearance, although he would get knocked out in the top 16. At the end of the day, here’s a look at who stood atop the podium:

1st – Piotr Wiecek – Budmat Auto Nissan R34- Poland

2nd – Janis Eglet – Tri-Ace Tyre BMW E46 – Latvia

3rd – James Deane – Falken Motorsports Nissan S14 – Ireland

4th – Luke Fink – Low Brain Drifters / Fast Factory Nissan S13 – Australia

Dean Kearney and Vaughn Gittin Jr. to demo at Formula Drift Canada Round 3 this weekend

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Formula Drift Canada announced today via Facebook (in French, but luckily we were able to translate via BING) that Dean Kearney and Vaughn Gittin Jr. will be present to do some drifting demos at the event which also features round 7 of the World Rallycross Championships (known as RX in Europe), featuring some of the top drivers from all over Europe. The weekend will also feature the third round of the Formula Drift Canada series, with the points leaders after this round being invited to the finals in September that are part of the Formula Drift World Championship in September.

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All of this is part of the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres motorsports festival, which features World Rallycross and NASCAR Canada as the headline series. This was the same motorsports festival that got Gittin Jr. behind the wheel of a Canadian NASCAR car last year.

2015 Drift Allstars Round 3 – Riga, Latvia [RESULTS]

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James Deane has looked nearly unstoppable recently, and his performance in Drift Allstars is no different. After winning the last round in Sweden, Deane faced some tough competition from some of the top names in European drifting today in Latvia, but walked away with the win. Deane will extend his lead in the overall championship with this win.

Here’s the results from Riga, Latvia:

1st – James Deane – Falken Motorsports S14

2nd – Janis Eglet – TriAce Tyres BMW E46

3rd – Bartosz Stolarski – Achilles Tire S14

4th – Kristaps Bluss – HGK Motorsports E46

2015 Formula Drift Canada Round 2 [GALLERY]

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Here is coverage from the second installment of Formula Drift Canada! Shots by Jeremy Glover document the growing Canadian events as we edge closer to the American Labor Day weekend where Formula Drift will host its World Championship round. Sit back and enjoy the door banging and coverage from Round 2-

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2015 Formula Drift Canada Round 2 at Montmany [RESULTS]

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The 2015 curse of Formula Drift in the rain continues bringing water down in Canada for Round 2 of the stepchild series.The weekend featured some Formula Drift US judges and a hungry Canadian grid showing off in front of a wet crowd. Here is how they finished up –

1. Jonathan Guitard
2. Alex Gosselin
3. Miro Ovacharik
4. Pat Cyr

2015 Formula Drift Japan at Fuji Speedway [RESULTS]

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This was probably the most disappointing start to the Formula Drift “World Championship” anyone could of anticipated. The driving was subpar to most Pro Am series now in America. The final battle didn’t even happen with Odi Bakchis suffering from a technical failure. My one highlight of the weekend was the Suenaga vs. Kawabata battle which I clipped to our Instagram page. Here are the podium results-

1 – Masato Kawabata
2 – Odi Bakchis
3 – Tadahiro Fukada

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