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2017 Formula Drift Motegi Super Drift Challenge [RESULTS]

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For the fifth consecutive year, Motegi Wheels sponsored the tandem competition that happens at Long Beach Grand Prix, which means a nice prize pool for those drivers who stick around in Southern California after the first round of the season. This year, there would be two different competitions occuring, one Friday and one Saturday. With the expanded schedule, qualifying was skipped in favor of a random draw. Only 14 drivers would enter the event, which meant a few more bye runs this time around. But with two full nights of competition, the Grand Prix crowds got two full nights of drifting under the lights!

Forrest Wang and Ryan Litteral, who are both eligible to run in the Formula Drift Pro series but are choosing to sit the season out, would both enter the event. Formula Drift Pro 2 driver Trent Beechum would also drive in the event.

For the second consecutive year, Matt Field took home a first place trophy. Field won Friday’s competition, with Alex Heilbrunn taking home second place and Forrest Wang winning third place. Heilbrunn took home the bridesmaid trophy for the second consecutive weekend after a major collision between Heilbrunn and Field shortly after initiation was determined to be his fault. Both cars sustained pretty substantial damage in the collision, but both drivers were able to make repairs in less than 24 hours and return for the second night of action.

Motegi Super Drift Friday Results:

1st – Matt Field
2nd – Alex Heilbrunn
3rd – Forrest Wang

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For the second night, the tandem brackets were again randomly drawn, and for the second consecutive evening, Alex Heilbrunn found himself in the final round. This time, he would face Forrest Wang, who has never won a Formula Drift event previously, exhibition or otherwise. Wang would emerge the victor, claiming his first career Formula Drift win. Heilbrunn earned his third consecutive carbon fiber trophy, while Dean Kearney would wheel his Dodge Viper to a third place finish.

Motegi Super Drift Saturday Results:

1st – Forrest Wang
2nd – Alex Heilbrunn
3rd – Dean Kearney

10 Things I Learned From Formula Drift Long Beach

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10. Have We Watched Matt Coffman Grow Up Before Our Eyes?
One of the most impressive improvements I saw at Long Beach was Matt Coffman. I’ve always found he had talent but really lacked on the mental side of the game. He would be amazing in practice and then fall apart in Top 32 or over commit and put himself in a bad spot. He was a smooth operator this weekend, finishing in sixth place overall, between Fredric Aasbo and Chris Forsberg. That is some good company. If he can keep that up I would watch out for this dark horse.

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9. Matt Field – My Biggest Disappointment of the Weekend
His car probably deserves the middle finger…. or whatever mess of a disaster happened this weekend for him hopefully can be forgotten real quick. He is sitting in 12th place right now but I had expectations he could really be a front runner in 2017. I hope he didn’t leave his good driving behind in with that customary yellow livery. He needs to turn things around quick if he wants to be relevant in 2017.

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8. Alex Heilbrunn is Where the Hype Should Be
When Alex Heilbrunn got done dominating Pro 2 everyone thought he would arrive in Formula Drift and win all seven rounds at the time. Reality proved to be way more difficult, but Alex has been fighting and fighting his way through the field. My guess is now he is ready to make a big swing for the fences and keep it together for seven more rounds. He landed on the podium last year in New Jersey and looked great in Orlando so another repeat of that performance and he can have a good jump in the standings early.

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Falken Tire Returns to Formula DRIFT with Six Drivers in 2017

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Falken Tire, winner of the 2016 Tire Manufacturers Cup has returned to Formula DRIFT as the Official Tire Sponsor of Formula DRIFT.

In addition, they have announced six drivers competing on Falken Tires in the series this year; veterans Daijiro ‘Dai’ Yoshihara and Justin ‘JTP’ Pawlak, the return of the famous Falken Tire teal and blue liveries for Matt Field and Aurimas ‘Odi’ Bakchis, and Europeans James Deane and Piotr Wieck.

Falken Tire will also be offering additional activation at events in the form of dealer hospitality, spokesmodel meet & greets, drier autograph signings, and a learning center display through its Falken rig at most of the 8 rounds.

For more information, click here.

 

2016 Formula Drift Round 8 at Irwindale [GALLERY]

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The Formula Drift 2016 championship came to an end at the House of Drift in Los Angeles. Justin Kaehler was on the scene and captured these stunning shots of Chris Forsberg’s third championship and Matt Field’s second victory in a row. Who is ready for the 2017 drifting season? Pat Mordaunt even put on one of the performances of his career in his 350z. The track layout struggled to deliver the best tandem battles we have seen at Irwindale.

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2016 Formula Drift Round 8 at Irwindale Speedway [RESULTS]

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The 2016 Formula Drift season is done after a long night at Irwindale Speedway. Matt Field pulled off the double at the House of Drift after dominating that track over the past years. Here is how they finished up:

1. Matt Field
2. Dai Yoshihara
3. Ryan Tuerck
4. Pat Mordaunt

 

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2016 Formula Drift Irwindale Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Dai Yoshihara laid down an amazing first qualifying run in his car scoring an 89 and backing it up with a 86 for his second pass on the day. The championship chase basically eliminated Odi Bakchis with the other three qualifying for championship news. Chelsea DeNofa stops drifting inches before the finish line giving him a zero and really adding to the end of a terrible season after his Long Beach victory. Here is how they finished:

1. Dai Yoshihara 89
2. Ryan Tuerck 88
3. Forrest Wang 86
4. Chris Forsberg 85
5. Justin Pawlak 84
6. Matt Field 83 (83)
7. Tyler McQuarrie 83 (81)
8. Michael Essa 82 (80)
9. Matt Coffman 82 (80)
10. Charles Ng 81 (76)
11. Fredric Aasbo 81 (76)
12. Alex Heilbrunn 80 (73)
13. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 80 (72)
14. Odi Bakchis 79 (78)
15. Ken Gushi 79 (70)
16. Geoff Stoneback 78
17. Robbie Nishida 77
18. Mad Mike Whiddett 75
19. Pat Goodin 73
20. Pat Mordaunt 73
21. Kyle Mohan 72
22. Dean Kearney 70
23. J Castro 69
24. Juha Rintanen 65
25. Kristaps Bluss 64
26. Cameron Moore 63 (50)
27. Kenneth Moen 63 (0)
28. Alec Hohnadell 61
29. Faruk Kugay 42
30. Jeff Jones 0
31. Chelsea DeNofa 0

RIGHT BRACKET
Dai Yoshihara vs. BYE RUN
Geoff Stoneback vs. Robbie Nishida
Michael Essa vs. Kristaps Bluss
Matt Coffman vs. Juha Rintanen
Chris Forsberg vs. Faruk Kugay
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Pat Mordaunt
Justin Pawlak vs. Alec Hohnadell
Alex Heilbrunn vs. Kyle Mohan

LEFT BRACKET
Ryan Tuerck vs. BYE RUN
Ken Gushi vs. Mad Mike Whiddett
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Cameron Moore
Charles Ng vs. J Castro
Forrest Wang vs. BYE
Odi Bakchis vs. Pat Goodin
Matt Field vs. Kenneth Moen
Fredric Aasbo vs. Dean Kearney

2016 Formula Drift Round 7 in Texas [RESULTS]

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Round 7 is in the books under the Texas heat and what an event it was. Some of the best tandem I have seen in all of my memories. Matt Field found a victory and Forsberg goes six events in a row on the podium. Alec Hohnadell scores his second career podium. Our Twitter feed has some good recaps/reactions form the event. Here is how it finished:

1. Matt Field
2. Chris Forsberg
3. Alec Hohnadell
4. Kristaps Bluss

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift New Jersey Round 4

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10. The BMW chassis is looking Hot in 2016
Man, the BMW chassis is looking like it should be hot property after this drift season. BMW has seen a podium at 75% of the events this year and some of the most notable drifting has come from the likes of Essa, Moen, Heilbrunn, Bluss, and DeNofa all in the BMW camp. The changes in the series seem to favoring this chassis in a big way.

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9. Vaughn Gittin Jr. Ties Sam Hubinette for Event Wins Record
Vaughn Gittin Jr. battled his good friend Chris Forsberg in the finals at Wall Speedway and won! It was also a tie-breaker between the two friends. Chris Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin Jr. both had 8 event wins going into this event in New Jersey. It also happened to be a home track for both drivers who grew up within hour of Wall. Tons of narrative and storyline here as Vaughn Gittin Jr. prevailed and tied the record holder Sam Hubinette now with 9 event victories. An even crazier point made by our stats guru Jacob Leveton, Vaughn’s first win actually came after Sam Hubinette’s last win of their respective careers.

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8. Forrest Wang Retirement is Tough to Swallow
Forrest Wang retiring from Formula Drift is a tough one to realize and swallow for fans. He has the best drifting style in Formula Drift but all good things must come to an end. I also see him coming back before the end of this season but that is just pure speculation that I have no evidence for. I am kind of bummed that the Wang/Forsberg battle managed to overshadow what was a super exciting event. If you missed the event or have live under a rock, here is our analysis of the Top 16 battle.

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2016 Formula Drift – Round 3 Orlando Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. continued his success from Atlanta, backing up his ‘perfect weekend’ with a second consecutive top qualifying effort. In total, 11 drivers had a score in the 90’s, showing just how quickly the drivers adapted to the track conditions. Many drivers stated that the conditions through the middle of the track are rough, and we saw several drivers lift a wheel or two as they crossover through the middle. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in tandem tomorrow.

Here’s a look at the final qualifying results for Orlando:

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
2. Ryan Tuerck
3. Odi Backhis
4. Fredric Aasbo
5. Matt Field
6. Chris Forsberg
7. Michael Essa
8. Dai Yoshihara
9. Tyler McQuarrie
10. Forrest Wang
11. Justin Pawlak
12. Kenneth Moen
13. Charles Ng
14. Ken Gushi
15. Pat Mordaunt
16.Chelsea DeNofa
17. Jhonnattan Castro
18. Matt Coffman
19. Mad Mike Whiddett
20. Kyle Mohan
21. Geoff Stoneback
22. Dean Kearney
23. Alec Hohnadell
24. Faruk Kugay
25. Juha Rintanen
26. Kristaps Bluss
27. Cameron Moore
28. Robbie Nishida
29. Andy Gray
30. Jeff Jones
31. Pat Goodin
32. Alex Heilbrunn

Here’s the tandem ladder, for those following at home:

Vaughn Gittin Jr vs Alex Heilbrunn
Chelsea Denofa vs Jhonnattan Castro
Dai Yoshihara vs Juha Rintanen
Tyler McQuarrie vs Faruk Kugay

Fredric Aasbo vs Andy Gray
Charles Ng vs Kyle Mohan
Matt Field vs Robbie Nishida
Kenneth Moen vs Geoff Stoneback

Ryan Tuerck vs Pat Goodin
Pat Mordaunt vs Matt Coffman
Michael Essa vs Kristaps Bluss
Forrest Wang vs Alec Hohnadell

Odi Bakchis vs Jeff Jones
Ken Gushi vs Mad Mike Whiddett
Chris Forsberg vs Cameron Moore
Justin Pawlak vs Dean Kearney

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

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