RESULTS

2016 USDRIFT x MDU BRO/AM EVENT AT DOMINION RACEWAY [RESULTS]

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USDrift and Midwest Drift Union joined forces earlier this month for their first ever BRO/AM collaboration event at the newly opened Dominion Raceway road course for both of their fourth and final rounds of the 2016 season. Each series would run their own Top 16 brackets with the winners from each series’ event competing against each other for bragging rights of the best on this side of the Mississippi River, as well as winning their weight in Smartmouth Brewing Company beer.

Repeating a similar end to that of the 2015 season, Austin Meeks from Spartanburg, SC would win the last event of the USDrift season again. This time Meeks would win in his Committed Service Brand swapped LSX V8-powered 1996 Nissan 240SX running on Achilles Radial Tires. Riley Sexsmith, from Hamilton, Ontario in his 2007 NV Auto 2JZ powered Subaru Impreza STI running on Achilles Radial Tires would take the win in the last event of the Midwest Drift Union season.

Since the final tandem was an exhibition match, the judges from both series would vote and if there was a tie, the announcer would cast the deciding vote with help from the crowd if needed. However, after both runs, the judges went with 3 votes for Meeks, 2 votes for Sexsmith, and 1 vote for a “One More Time”; giving the win and a 154lb assortment of Smartmouth Brewing Company beer to Meeks for the win.

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The 2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series concluded with Round 4 and a huge congratulations to all who competed this season, especially to Dylan Hughes, Chris Cotrupi, and Matt Pollock who all earned their 2017 Formula DRIFT PRO2 Licenses. The 2017 USDrift schedule should be released shortly and include some more track day events at Dominion Raceway that aren’t strictly competition based.

2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Round 4 Standings:

1. Austin Meeks Committed Service Brand Nissan 240SX First Place
2. Kenric Meyer BMW M3 Second Place
3. Kyle Wood Johnston Research & Performance Nissan 240SX Third Place

 

2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Season Standings:

1. Dylan Hughes MA-Motorsports Nissan 240SX 348 points
2. Chris Cotrupi Nissan 240SX 331 points
3. Matt Pollock JNR Nissan 240SX 327 points
4. Thomas Palmerino Mazda Miata 265 points
5. Kyle Wood Johnston Research & Performance Nissan 240SX 262 points
6. John Windham Freak Show Nissan 240SX 213 points
7. Brian Riccio Nissan 240SX 211 points
8. Ben Williams Fresh Roots Mazda RX7 189 points
9. Kenric Meyer BMW M3 188 points
10. Justin Hoitsma Faction Motorsports Nissan 240SX 170 points

Full season standings can be found on the USDrift website here.

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 PRO 2 – ROUND 4 PHOENIX [RESULTS]

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Formula Drift capped off their third Pro 2 season with a standalone event in Phoenix, Arizona at Wildhorse Pass Raceway. The event featured a layout somewhat similar to Irwindale, just on a flat road course instead of a banked track. Canadian Marc Landreville capped off a perfect weekend, qualifying first and taking the top position on the podium for the second time this season, having previously pulled off the feat in Orlando.

Here are the results from Formula D Pro 2 Round 4 in Phoenix:

1st – Marc Landreville
2nd – Nate Hamilton
3rd – Dirk Stratton
4th – Dan Burkett

Landreville strung together three event wins and a second place finish en route to the Pro 2 championship and nearly strung together a perfect season. Landreville was unable to compete in the final round in Atlanta due to a collision in the Final 4 that pushed him out of competition, the lone podium finish on the season away from the top step.

The top 8 finishers in the Pro 2 class have earned an invite to compete in the Pro class. Here are the final Pro 2 standings:

1 – Marc Landreville
2 – Jeff Jones
3 – Andrew Lewis
4 – Dirk Stratton
5 – Dan Burkett
6 – Ryan Litteral
7 – Nate Hamilton
8 – Matt Madrigali

2016 Southwest Drift Series – Round 4 [RESULTS]

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The Southwest Drift ProAm Series capped off their season at the Formula Drift Pro 2 Finals in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend. This was the first stand-alone event for the Formula Drift Pro 2 class, which gave a rare opportunity for a ProAm series to showcase their talent in front of a fairly large crowd. Blake Olsen capped off a perfect event by taking both top qualifier and the overall event win. Olsen defeated Bear Rzesnowiecky in the final round to take the event win, and both Olsen and Rzesnowiecky earned their Pro 2 licenses by finishing in the top three points for the series.

Here’s a look at the results from Southwest Drift Round 4:
1st – Blake Olsen
2nd – Bear Rzesnowiecky
3rd – Andy Hateley

Overall, Andy Hately took home the series championship and will make his return to the Pro 2 class for the 2017 season along with Olsen and Rzesnowiecky.

Southwest Drift Final Standings:

Series Champion: Andy Hateley
2nd overall: Blake Olsen
3rd overall: Bear Rzesnowiecky

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2016 Irish Drift Championships Round 5 – Mondello [RESULTS]

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Irish Drift Championships wrapped up their series with a packed house at Mondello, which is the most well-known track in Irish drifting history. Duane McKeever rose above the fierce field of competitors to take home not just the first place trophy from the event but the 2016 Irish Drift Championship trophy as well. His closest championship competitor, Jack Shanahan, had mechanical issues in qualifying that left him on the outside of the tandem elimination bracket.

Here’s a look at the final results from Round 6:

1st – Duane McKeever
2nd – Richard Bradley
3rd – Nigel Colfer
4th – Shane O’Sullivan

Here’s a look at the top 5 final championship standings:

1st Duane McKeever 227 points
2nd Jack Shanahan 171 points
3rd Shane O’Sullivan  164 points
T-4th Mike Fitz 151 points
T-4th Tomas Kiely 151 points

2016 Formula Drift Round 7 in Texas – Qualifying [RESULTS]

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The qualifying session today was pretty insane with several drivers scoring a 96 and then down the chart tons of drivers matched scores as well putting the second qualifying run into play as a tie-breaker. The track flows well in qualifying but I will be interested to see how it plays out in tandem. Here is qualifying results.

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 96 (93)
2. Ryan Tuerck 96 (91)
3. Fredric Aasbo 96 (90)
4. Ken Gushi 96 (85)
5. Odi Bakchis 94
6. Chris Forsberg 92 (92)
7. Tyler McQuarrie 92 (91)
8. Dai Yoshihara 92 (0)
9. Forrest Wang 91 (84)
10. Mad Mike Whiddett 91 (84)
11. Justin Pawlak 91 (84)
12. Matt Coffman 91 (84)
13. Jeff Jones 90 (84)
14. Geoff Stoneback 90 (83)
15. Charles Ng 88
16. Matt Field 87 (86)
17. Tanner Foust 87 (78)
18. Alec Hohnadell 87 (0)
19. Alex Heilbrunn 86 (84)
20. Kristaps Bluss 86 (83)
21. Michael Essa 86 (80)
22. Pat Goodin 84 (83)
23. Cameron Moore 84 (0)
24. J Castro 81
25. Juha Rintanen 80 (80)
26. Dean Kearney 80 (71)
27. Pat Mordaunt 78 (72)
28. Chelsea DeNofa 78 (71)
29. Andrew Gray 75
30. Faruk Kugay 71
31. Kyle Mohan 70
32. Robbie Nishida 0

Right Bracket
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. BYE
Matt Field vs. Tanner Foust
Dai Yoshihara vs. Juha Rintanen
Forrest Wang vs. J Castro
Ken Gushi vs. Andrew Gray
Jeff Jones vs. Kristaps Bluss
Odi Bakchis vs. Chelsea DeNofa
Matt Coffman vs. Michael Essa

Left Bracket
Ryan Tuerck vs. Kyle Mohan
Charles Ng vs. Alec Hohnadell
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Dean Kearney
Mad Mike Whiddett vs. Cameron Moore
Fredric Aasbo vs. Faruk Kugay
Geoff Stoneback vs. Alex Heilbrunn
Chris Forsberg vs. Pat Mordaunt
Justin Pawlak vs. Pat Goodin

2016 Formula Drift Pro 2 Round 3 in Texas [RESULTS]

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Marc Landerville takes home top honors at Texas Motor Speedway in a pretty poor performance for the Pro 2 ranks this weekend. Tons of off course runs, a tandem battle that racked up six zero scores in a row, and mechanical failures plagued the night. This battle summed up the event for me (video). Here is how they finished up:

1. Marc Landerville
2. Trenton Beechum
3. Andrew Lewis
4. Dirk Stratton

2016 Just Drift Pro Am Top Drift – Round 4 [RESULTS]

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The fourth and final round of the Just Drift’s Top Drift ProAm series took place at the Willow Speedway at night. Several current Formula Drift pros have come from the Top Drift ProAm circuit, and for this round, the competitors were judged by Taka Aono, Hiro Sumida, and Ryan Litteral. In the end, Kevin Knapik defeated all other drivers to stand atop the podium, defeating Sean Adriano in the final round. Kelvin Arreola snuck into the final podium position in his underpowered Corolla, although having two famed Corolla judges as drivers may have swayed part of the vote.

Here’s the final results from Top Drift Round 4:
1st – Adam Knapik – LS2-powered Nissan S14
2nd – Sean Adriano – Nissan S13
3rd – Kelvin Arreola – Toyota Corolla

Photo by AM Drift (David Karey)

2016 Drift Allstars Round 7 – Hungarian GP [RESULTS]

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Steve “Baggsy” Biagoni pulled off what many have considered nearly impossible, defeating James Deane in a tandem competition. Over the past several seasons, Deane has looked unstoppable, but Baggsy was able to pull away from Deane in his lead run to earn the advantage and the overall event win. Max Heidrich was able to hold off local up-and-coming driver Andras Molnar in the consolation round to take the final rung of the podium. Deane ended up clinching the Drift All Stars championship, his fourth career championship in the series.

Here’s a look at the final round results from Mariapocs Circuit in Hungary:

  1. Steve “Baggsy” Biagoni – UK – Monster Energy

  2. James Deane – Ireland – Falken Motorsport

  3. Max Heidrich – Germany – Durst GMBH/ Team SB

  4. Andras “Axl” Molnar – Hungary – Molnar Drift Team

Check out the event highlights below:

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