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2016 Formula Drift Japan Round 3: Okayama [RESULTS]

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Formula Drift Japan Round 3 not only counts as the third round of the Formula Drift series but also counts as the eighth round of the Formula Drift World Championship competition. Chris Forsberg, Andy Gray, and “Mad” Mike Whiddett were the only drivers from the Formula D USA series to drive at this event. Andy Gray would have the most success at the event, winning the round by defeating Kazuki Hayashi in the final round. Forsberg and Whiddett would both lose in the top 16, with Forsberg losing to Hayashi and Whiddett losing to Ikuo Saito.

Here’s how the final results played out at Okayama:

1st – Andy Gray
2nd – Kazuki Hayashi
3rd – Masaki Kasahara
4th – Masashi Yokoi

According to our calculations, here is how the Formula D World Championship standings sit after 8 of 10 rounds. In order to be eligible for the World Championships, drivers must have participated in one of the two rounds in Japan:

1st – Chris Forsberg – 454 Points
2nd – “Mad” Mike Whiddett – 264 Points
3rd – Matt Field – 260 points
4th – Andy Gray – 197 points

 

2016 Irish Drift Championships Round 4 – Watergrasshill [RESULTS]

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Young phenom Jack Shanahan continues his dominance this year with a win at the Kartworld track in Watergrasshill, defeating Duane McKeever in the final round. Fellow young gun Tomas Kiely took the final podium position, narrowly taking out Shane O’Sullivan in the consolation round.

Entering the final round of competition, which takes place September 24th and 25th at the famed Mondello Park, McKeever holds a narrow 6 point lead over Shanahan.

Here’s the results from Round 4 of 5 of the 2016 Irish Drift Championship:

1st place – Jack Shanahan
2nd place – Duane McKeever
3rd place – Tomas Kiely
4th place – Shane O’Sullivan

Here’s the standings entering the final round of competition:
Position Name Points
1st –  Duane McKeever – 177 points
2nd – Jack Shanahan – 171 points
3rd – Shane O’Sullivan – 129 points
4th – Tomas Kiely – 122 points
5th – Mike Fitz – 119 points
6th – Paul McCarthy – 111 points
7th – Brian Egan – 108 points
8th – James Deane – 99 points
9th – John McCarthy – 98 points
10th – Peden Nielsen – 58 points

Chelsea DeNofa on Practice at Formula Drift Canada [VIDEO]

The newest track on the Formula Drift circuit this year proves to have some challenges and technical challengers all drivers. Chelsea DeNofa released another Say Howdy Get Rowdy video to highlight how practice is looking for his team yesterday. If you are stuck at work, don’t forget you can follow us all day for qualifying/practice updates over at twitter.com/wreckedmagazine

2016 Drift All-Stars X IDC Global Warfare 3 [RESULTS]

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The big collaboration weekend in Ireland at the famous Mondello Park is in the books! James Deane drove the daylights out of his Nissan chassis and that resulted in almost another victory for him. In a battle fit for the finals, Drift Allstars veterans Janis Eglite, from Latvia, and James Deane duked it out too, with Deane taking a narrow victory. Deane also dealt justice to Vasiliauskas in the Semi Finals as Jack Shanahan beat fellow countryman Mike Fitz in the other Semi-final for an all Irish final battle.

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In the Final, Deane and Shanahan’s duel would be one of the best seen on Irish soil, with neither driver wanting to concede the important victory. With results counting towards both IDC and Drift Allstars standings, a lot was on the line. After two explosive runs the judges had their winner by a narrow margin – 16 year old Jack Shanahan raised the flag for Ireland and beat his mentor, James Deane!

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Here is how they finished up:
1. Jack Shanahan – Ireland – West Lake Tyres
2. James Deane – Ireland – Falken Tyres
3. Andrius Vasiliauskas – Lithuania – TurboSystems
4. Mike Fitz – Ireland – Prodrift Academy

D1GP Round 3/4 at Tsukuba Circuit [RESULTS]

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Daigo Saito is finding it much easier to pursue world domination back home in Japan this season or maybe it is just those Wanli Tires!? Daigo Saito took home his third victory in a row at Tsukuba Circuit Course to kick off the D1GP season. Daigo managed to beat Teruyoshi Iwai (Mazda Miata) in the final battle to secure an amazing third victory in a row.

1. Daigo Saito
2. Teruyoshi Iwai
3. Masato Kawabata

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The weekend was a double event weekend so soon after his victory Daigo was back at it again to try and win four rounds of D1GP in a row. Daigo wound up falling just short after winning 14 tandem battles in a row he finally earned a loss in the final four to Hokuto Matsuyama after Daigo couldn’t drift any longer due to a steering issue. He was very close to winning a fourth event in a row!

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Here is how Round 4 finished:
1. Tomohiro Murayama
2. Hokuto Matsuyama
3. Daigo Saito

Victor Madera Wins Puerto Rico Pro Drift Series Round 2 [RESULTS]

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Victor Madera from the Dominican Republic dominated Round 2 of the Puerto Rico PRO Drift series (a Formula Drift Pro Am) held at Ecotrack Motorcomplex (Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico) after qualifying first and taking the win after battling 2015 runner-up Rene Sanchez.

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The PR Pro Drift series is a young series from the small Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and is on it’s third year of running as a Formula D Pro AM series.

Madera is currently leading the 2016 standings with 2 rounds to go in his Castrol, GT Radial and BC Racing Coilovers sponsored Silvia V8.

Round 3 is on September 25 at Salinas Speedway.

Past series champions: Aramis Cruz (2015) and Luis Lizardi (2014) who is currently running in Formula Drift PRO 2.

for a more detailed coverage (in spanish) click here

2016 Formula Drift Canada Round 1 at Montmagny [GALLERY]

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Jeremy Glover brings us some amazing coverage from the Formula Drift Canada Round 1 event at Montmagny! He even found long lost Dave Briggs who showed off some serious talent in his S14 he has now made black. Follow the link below for some full coverage from Round 1 of Formula Drift Canada.

http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=471

2016 Formula Drift Japan Round 2: Ebisu [RESULTS]

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The third round of the Formula Drift World Championship and second round of Formula Drift Japan took place this weekend at the famed Ebisu circuit. “Mad” Mike Whiddett, Andy Gray, and Matt Field were the only three drivers from the current Formula D Pro class who traveled to Japan for the round. Whiddett took the event win, while Andy Gray went out in the top 8 and Matt Field lost in the top 32.

Here’s how the final results shook out:

1st – “Mad” Mike Whiddett – Total Car Produce Mazda RX7
2nd – Masashi Yokoi – MCR Factory Nissan S15
3rd – Kazuki Hayashi – DMax Nissan S15
4th – Seimi Tanaka – Parts Shop Taka / DMax S15

2016 Irish Drift Championships – Round 2 Fermoy [RESULTS]

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After Top 16 battles were delayed for a bit due to a thunderstorm which caused standing water on the track, championship leader Duane McKeever added to his lead by defeating young phenom Jack Shanahan in the final round. The brothers McCarthy rounded out the top 4, with younger brother Paul McCarthy taking the final step of the podium ahead of big brother John McCarthy. Some updates on other notables: Dai Yoshihara experienced some mechanical issues and wasn’t as competitive as he had hoped, while James Deane had a fire and was forced to retire early.

Results:

1st – Duane McKeever
2nd – Jack Shanahan
3rd – Paul McCarthy
4th – John McCarthy

 

2016 Dominican Drift Series – Round 1 [RESULTS]

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2016 marks the seventh year of the best Drift championship across the Caribbean area and Latin America, the Dominican Drift Series, which now has a new sponsor, Achilles Radial. Jose Sobrino and his S15 V8 Turbo qualified first and took the victory at Round 1 last March in a sold out event at the Autodromo Sunix (Also known as Autodromo Las Americas).

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Eugenio Alfau, a veteran of the series, was back in action on board of the E36 2JZ from Arias Racing. He went on to qualify in 12th place and go all the way to Top 8.

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Daniel Quiros from Costa Rica is now driving for DACD Drift and their new E46 M50 Turbo (Hulk 2.0) after 2 seasons running his personal Nissan S13 with a 2JZ engine.

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After qualifying 8th, Quiros had a great Top 16 battle with Rafael Adames and his renewed 1JZ 240SX. He then met Jose Sobrino in Top 8 to end his weekend.

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We saw a more focused Joselo Baez in his 1JZ S13 but after qualifying 10th he fell short to advance into the Top 8 after a OMT battle with Omar Castellanos.

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Omar met 2012 champ and fellow BMW driver Juan Almonte who qualified 2nd, Almonte got the victory and went to top 4.

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2015 Champion, Nathael Jimenez qualified 6th but had mechanical problems with his E46 and was out of competition in the Top 16.

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Jhonnattan Castro is back for the 2016 season with his SR20 powered Nissan 240SX ! He qualified 5th but his car also had mechanical problems and could take part of the tandem battles.

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Victor Madera and his Silvia V8 looked confident in practice but like Nathael and Jhonnattan his car had mechanical problems just before the qualifying.

It was really frustrating for them to sit back and watch from the sidelines but we know the trio will be back stronger from Round 2.

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For us the driver of the day was Sasha Parra, he looked more aggressive and with a new “pedal to the metal” attitude that landed him in 3rd place of qualifying.

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Parra went to battle with Luis Guerrero for the last spot of the podium, after a great battle Luis ended 3rd overall.

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The final battle was between Jose Sobrino and Juan Almonte and after a OMT battle Sobrino went home with the win of Round 1 of the 2016 Dominican Drift Series Championship.

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Round 2 of the Dominican Drift Series is on July 3 which promises to be even better with more confirmed drivers and awesome battles.

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