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2016 Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta [GALLERY]

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Here is some great coverage of Formula Drift done by our photographer Andrew Jennings! A collection just short of 300 images showing all the great moments that went down at Road Atlanta. His coverage includes Pro 2 and Pro battles from practice, the grid, and the main event. Sit back and enjoy some great images from Round 2 at Road Altanta!

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=469

 

2016 Formula Drift Motegi Super Drift Challenge [RESULTS]

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The Motegi Super Drift during the Long Beach Grand Prix had a pretty weak drivers list of 11 that included some Pro 2 drivers to make the field larger than a Top 8. The podium was swept by three drivers who are starting a 2016 season with a new tire company. The final four saw Michael Essa versus Odi Bakchis (#1 qualifier) in the battle of the show that Odi was given the edge on and advanced into the finals. Matt Field made easy work of Dean Kearney in the Final Four with a big mistake from Dean pushing him into the finals.

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The $25,000 payout is a nice chunk in the wallet for the top Formula Drift drivers. Here is how the event finished up:
1. Matt Field
2. Michael Essa
3. Odi Bakchis
4. Dean Kearney
5. Kyle Mohan
6. Jeff Jones
7. Ryan Litteral
8. Fredric Aasbo
9. Justin Pawlak
10. Trenton Beechum
11. Alex Heilbrunn

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Long Beach

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10. The MVP of the Weekend – The Weather
The biggest game changer of the weekend in Long Beach was the rain. I was on site this weekend and when the rain started it was unbelievable how much oil and junk came up from the parking lot. Keep in mind, turn 9 through 10B are basically parking spaces used by the convention center and aquarium on a daily basis. The large issue at hand wasn’t just the rain but the oils and things it took up from the ground. If I would have known people would claim that Formula Drift cannot be done in the rain – I would have taken pictures of this gross water. Let’s keep in mind that it also doesn’t frequently rain in Southern California so the amount of junk coming up from the pavement was huge in scale. The ground was so inconsistent that huge zero traction patches were found across the course where the driver would basically become a passenger as several described it to me in the car. I am one of the first people to criticize Formula Drift when I think they do the wrong thing and everything this weekend was handled perfectly. The drivers wanted a set qualifying and nobody spoke up against it from what I saw and heard in the drivers meeting. With just 32 teams it just happened to work out and lead to the best Top 16 in Formula Drift history.

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9. Kyle Mohan Debuts Most Exciting New Car with his Mazda MX-5
It was pretty clear to me that Kyle Mohan debuted the most exciting new car of the 2016 season. The pre-season buzz when I released his Mazda MX-5 to the public was huge. The car didn’t quite looked dialed in and was very snappy over the race weekend. Long Beach is very different from the other seven courses coming up so I am trying not to read too much into his performance. For him to be a contender in 2016, the car seems like it needs some work. Also, while he is working on the car I think he should invest in some wide body front fenders.

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8. Cameron Moore Was Best Rookie on the Weekend
The rookie class of 2016 is sitting in a five way tie for Rookie of the Year right now since they all lost in Top 32 and no qualifying points were issued for the weekend. Cameron Moore looked most likely to win his Top 32 battle against Chris Forsberg. He did a really impressive follow run and spun on his lead run that most likely would’ve earned him at least an OMT if he kept pedaling around the course. Cameron Moore impressed me with his ability to handle the wet conditions better than most people in the paddock. I know he hails from the Pacific Northwest so he might not even know what the sun looks like yet. He looked comfortable and uninitiated being in the main event so I will keep my eye on him over the next couple rounds of Formula Drift.

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Kyle Mohan Shows off His Mazda MX-5 for Formula Drift

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Looks like we called the prediction that Kyle Mohan would be in a Mazda MX-5 for the 2016 Formula Drift season. Kyle Mohan debuted his Mazda today that I say is his best looking build to date. The car looks like it makes some serious angle from WiseFab this year! Kyle runs Ignite Racing Fuel and continues his partnership with Mazdaspeed and GT Radial for 2016. How do you think Kyle will do in this new build?

Is Kyle Mohan Retiring the Mazda RX-8? [RUMORMILL]

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Another rumor that is spicing up the 2016 Formula Drift season is that Kyle Mohan is hanging up and retiring the Mazda RX-8! If this is true, his loyalty to Mazda limits what cars I can imagine he will step into for the new Formula Drift season. Kyle has spent his whole Formula Drift career in a Mazda RX platform vehicle but the Mazda factory stopped producing the RX line in 2012 so it is a bit of an older model in the eyes of Mazda. My prediction is that Kyle Mohan will debut a new Mazda MX-5 Miata for the 2016 Formula Drift campaign. Hopefully this is true, but it is possible he is leaving the Mazda brand for something completely new. I will always remember his Mazda RX-8 for the insane 2014 accident in his battle with Robbie Nishida (seen below). What do you think of the possibility of Kyle Mohan in a new MX-5? Do you like it or would you rather see him stay in the RX-8 platform?

2015 Formula Drift Round 4 New Jersey Qualifying [RESULTS]

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So 37 drivers showed up for New Jersey which is one of the better driver counts for a Wall Speedway event that we can remember. I guess narrowing down the field just swept away the non-serious players. Two drivers (James Evans and Charles Ng) failed to get a score so only three drivers with a score didn’t qualify. 78 was the cutoff score which is pretty high compared to the average. Here is how they guys finished and who the tandem battles will be in the morning –

1. Ken Gushi 93 (46 Style)
2. Fredric Aasbo 93 (44 Style)
3. Justin Pawlak 92 (46 Style)
4. Pat Goodin 92 (45 Style)
5. Kenneth Moen 91 (43 Style)
6. Chris Forsberg 91 (43 Style)
7. Chelsea DeNofa 90
8. Robbie Nishida 89 (44 Style)
9. Ryan Tuerck 89 (44 Style)
10. Pat Mordaunt 89 (42 Style)
11. Odi Bakchis 88 (42 Style)
12. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 88 (41 Style)
13. Forrest Wang 87 (40 Style)
14. Rapper Dan Savage 87 (40 Style)
15. Jhonnattan Castro 85 (42 Style)
16. Matt Field 85 (41 Style)
17. Conrad Grunewald 85 (40 Style)
18. Kristaps Bluss 84 (42 Style)
19. Masashi Yokoi 84 (41 Style)
20. Dai Yoshihara 84 (39 Style)
21. Dean Kearney 83 (40 Style)
22. Jeff Jones 83 (40 Style)
23. Marc Landerville 83 (40 Style)
24. Brandon Wicknick 83 (39 Style)
25. Daigo Saito 83 (36 Style)
26. Geoff Stoneback 82 (39 Style)
27. Alec Hohnadell 82 (36 Style)
28. Kyle Mohan 81 (36 Style)
29. Michael Essa 81 (35 Style)
30. Tyler McQuarrie 80 (36 Style)
31. Mats Baribeau 80 (36 Style)
32. Nate Hamilton 78

Top 32 Tandem Bracket (Left)
Ken Gushi vs. Nate Hamilton
Matt Field vs. Conrad Grunewald

Robbie Nishida vs. Daigo Saito
Ryan Tuerck vs. Brandon Wicknick

Pat Goodin vs. Michael Essa
Forrest Wang vs. Dai Yoshihara

Kenneth Moen vs. Kyle Mohan
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Dean Kearney

Top 32 Tandem Bracket (Right)
Fredric Aasbo vs. Mats Baribeau
Jhonnattan Castro vs. Kristaps Bluss

Chelsea DeNofa vs. Geoff Stoneback
Pat Mordaunt vs. Marc Landerville

Justin Pawlak vs. Tyler McQuarrie
Rapper Dan Savage vs. Masashi Yokoi

Chris Forsberg vs. Alec Hohnadell
Odi Bakchis vs. Jeff Jones

Forrest Wang, Dai Yoshihara, and Kyle Mohan make horsepower improvements prior to Atlanta

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Over the past few days, Forrest Wang, Dai Yoshihara, and Kyle Mohan have all posted social media updates indicating that they will have new power heading into Atlanta. All three are continuing to develop the same powerplant that they have used at least for the past year, but seeing these updates just emphasizes that the horsepower wars have kicked up to another level this season.

 

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First up is Dai Yoshihara. His team posted an image of a new turbo and intercooler setup which should help reduce under hood temps and improve throttle response. The team also switched over to E85 fuel. While details weren’t discussed, the team said that power has increased over the previous setup. Yoshihara has been testing and driving the car more this season than almost any other driver, so we feel that Yoshihara may be due for a breakout performance in his BR-Z.

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2015 Formula Drift KMC Wheels Super Drift Qualifying [RESULTS]

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The KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge at the Long Beach Grand Prix wrapped up a pretty mediocre qualifying session which found Formula Drift short of a full Top 16 field. Only 10 drivers managed a qualifying score as these guys will battle for a big pay day tomorrow at the Long Beach Grand Prix. Here is how they qualified:

1. Forrest Wang – 94
2. Justin Pawlak – 89
3. Odi Backhis – 84
4. Conrad Grunewald – 81
5. Charles Ng – 79
6. Robbie Nishida – 75
7. Michael Essa – 70
8. Kyle Mohan – 68
9. Jeff Jones – 66
10. Brandon Wicknick – 65
11. Dean Kearney – 0
12. Alec Hohnadell – 0
13. Joon Maeng – 0

Tandem Battles
Forrest Wang vs. BYE
Kyle Mohan vs. Jeff Jones
Conrad Grunewald vs. Joon Maeng
Charles Ng vs. Alec Hohnadell
Justin Pawlak vs. BYE
Michael Essa vs. Brandon Wicknick
Odi Bakchis vs. BYE
Robbie Nishida vs. Dean Kearney

2015 Formula Drift Livery Overload [GUIDE]

Below is a breakdown of all the 2015 Formula Drift liveries released to date and I will update as we go along. To make life easy, I ranked them by championship finishing order of 2014.

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1. Chris Forsberg – Nissan 370z
The championship returns with a Nissan 370z and some added sponsors for the new year. NOS Energy Drink returns as his title and the car gets a refresh to the new Nismo style front end.

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2. Fredric Aasbo – Scion tC
Another car making its return in 2015. Fredric happens to be my personal prediction for 2015 Formula Drift champion if that means anything to you. He added a title sponsorship with Rockstar Energy Drink and I really hope he runs those yellow wheels he used in his car unveiling. Regardless, the car has never looked better and I think he is poised for a great season.

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3. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – Ford Mustang
Vaughn Gittin Jr. is using his old Ford Mustang with the new livery as they continue to research and develop his 2015 RTR for competition. My guess is, he will stick with the 2014 Mustang until he winds up mathematically out of the championship. That is when he would bring the 2015 RTR out for this year. If he is in the running for the championship, I expect to see this car in 2016. Good news is, you can always see his new 2015 Mustang RTR at non Formula Drift events such as Street Driven May 2nd at VIR.

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4. Odi Bakchis – Hyundai Genesis / Nissan 240sx
Odi Bakchis is running a complex Formula Drift World Championship setup that involves running two cars in the USA. We have a complete Odi Bakchis schedule for his die-hard fans that want to know what he is driving and where. For this weekend, he will be in this big V8 powered Hyundai Genesis with a Vortech Supercharger kit hoping to start off with a great 2015 season.

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5. Forrest Wang – LHD S15 Nissan Silvia
This car became the most hyped up and leaked debacle of 2015 all over the Internet last week due to our Instagram page but we will leave that be. Car looks pretty similar to last season and still carries a 2JZ engine setup and WiseFab for big angle.
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Kyle Mohan’s RX-8 at the 2014 SEMA Show

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If you are attending the 2014 SEMA Show you will find a solid group of drift cars and drifter inspired builds. Kyle Mohan will have his GT Radial RX-8 on display with these new wheels in the Exedy Booth #20055. We also know about Vaughn Gittin Jr. with his F-150 and two RTR’s coming to the show. We will have a listing of more cars/builds as they come along.