Another look at All-Star Bash 2013 from photographer David Moore. Some team tandem photographs, Michael Essa’s championship celebration, and tons of drivers from Pro to beginner drifting all around Willow Springs.
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Check out a drivers list for the 2013 All-Star Bash taking place at Willow Springs. The full 92 drivers registered are listed below for the big bash weekend! Our photographer will be on site over the weekend capturing all the team tandem drift action and drivers across the weekend. Formula Drift drivers Dai Yoshihara, Ken Gushi, Forrest Wang, Matt Field, Matt Powers, and Michael Essa all are signed up and ready to do battle with the west coast drivers. Team drift practice fires up at 8:00pm and competition is at 9:00pm! The hashtag for All-Star Bash weekend is #ASB13.
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Danny George took to Facebook and shared this on Michael Essa’s FB wall as a $10,00 check written out to Luke Pakula who some people speculate faked a mechanical failure while on the line to let Michael Essa get enough points to win a championship. Danny George found some “evidence” he shared with us. At least we can count on Danny for some great laughs.
Everything that determined the championship didn’t happen on the track like the fans hoped this weekend at Irwindale Speedway but took place in the paddock and judges stand with protests. Right now our staff is in communication with Formula Drift officials, Luke Pakula’s team, and Chris Forsberg Racing working on understanding all angles of the situation. We will have a right up soon but based on the facts you have seen on Facebook and information at hand do you think Luke Pakula conceded once on the line to let his good friend and Slide Assassins teammate Michael Essa win a championship?
The comeback of the year was given to Michael Essa. He also took home a championship and team manager of the year for the 2013 Formula Drift awards banquet. Not a bad weekend for his team at all.
Michael Essa managed his privateer team to a 2013 championship on a new chassis which is quite an impressive feat. He was given team manager of the year for the 2013 season along to compliment the feat of winning a championship. Congrats to Michael Essa for an impressive feat in 2013.
Here is some seriously extensive coverage from Justin Kaehler over the course of main event Saturday at Irwindale Speedway. From tandem battles to the very moment Michael Essa learned of his championship. Enjoy this extensive gallery from Justin who captured all the great moments during the most controversial championship in the last 10 years.
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Here are the final 2013 points standings, baring any technical violations or other points deductions which may have happened without our knowledge.
1. Michael Essa 555.5 points
2. Chris Forsberg 538 points
3. Daigo Saito 510.5 points
4. Fredric Aasbo 487 points
5. Vaughn Gittin Jr 481 points
6. Justin Pawlak 425 points
7. Matt Field 407 points
8. Darren McNamara 388.5 points
9. Robbie Nishida 387.25 points
10. Odi Bakchis 378 points
11. Dai Yoshihara 333.5 points
12. Conrad Grunewald 309.5 points
13. Chelsea Denofa 291 points
13. Ryan Tuerck 291 points
15. Tyler McQuarrie 290.5 points
16. Matt Powers 282 points
17. Forrest Wang 276.5 points
18. Kenny Moen 258.75 points
19. Ryan Kado 239.75 points
20. Danny George 231.5 points
With Daigo Saito beating Chris Forsberg in the Great 8 we now have an official 2013 championship by privateer Michael Essa. Congrats to him and his working team that put together a E46 BMW with Yokohama, Bilstein, and WiseFab to make a championship out of a local Orange County shop. It wasn’t an easy battle with protests in Palm Beach and his victory over Chris Forsberg with a cone that seemed to fall out of thin air and people speculating a team orders type situation for Top 32 at Irwindale Speedway. We will have more on all these stories and the break down of his insane championship run later this month! Congrats again to GSR and Michael Essa!
We are told Chris Forsberg has filed a protest using rule 6.7 – Competition Time Out with speculation that Luke Pakula threw the event to allow Michael Essa to move into the Top 16. Luke was staged on the line for over 2 minutes+ while Essa dealt with his blown motor. Luke then did donuts and pulled off the course claiming a broken transmission (after he drove off course and did donuts). He drove back to the pits and refused to run just moments after driving across the line in video and doing donuts. Chris and team have filed a protest claiming “strategy” which is clearly illegal within the rule posted below.
6.7 COMPETITION TIME OUT
To maintain safety in the competition, during tandem competition runs only, teams may call for a Competition Timeout to make any necessary repairs. Competition Timeout’s are not allowed for Practice or Qualifying. Competition Timeout’s are not to be used for strategic purposes. Only the designated team representative will be allowed to request the Competition Timeout, and it must be made through a FORMULA DRIFT OFFICIAL. Only the COMPETITION MANAGER may grant a Competition Timeout. Team will not be granted a Competition Timeout if it is believed to be unwarranted. Competition Timeout’s are allowed for a maximum of five (5) minutes and are to be administered by the COMPETITION MANAGER.
Competitors who fail to make the necessary repairs the allotted time limits will be disqualified from the competition and forfeit to the opposing driver.
Teams may only use one (1) Competition Timeout throughout the competition. Additional and concurrent Competition Timeout requests are not allowed unless cited in other sections of these rules.
Competition Timeout repairs must be completed either trackside or in the pre-grid
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