RESULTS

2016 D1 Grand Prix – Round 2 Fuji [RESULTS]

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Daigo Saito continued his winning ways at the second round of D1 Grand Prix, which took place at Fuji Speedway and was dubbed “Warfare”. The second win since moving to WanLi tires gives Saito a fairly strong lead on the championship, although Kawabata-san has finished just behind him in both rounds and could take over the lead if Saito falters. There are 7 total rounds of competition in D1GP this year, with the next round being a twin round in late June at Tsukuba.

Here’s a look at the final results of the second round of D1GP:

1st – Daigo Saito –  Wanli Fat 5 Racing JZX100
2nd – Masato Kawabata – Toyo Tires Trust Racing R35
3rd – Shinji Minowa – Team AP Boss Potenza JZX90
4th – Yoichi Immamura – OTG Motorsports ZN6

2016 Irish Drift Championships – Round 1 Mondello [RESULTS]

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The incredible unbeaten streak on Irish soil continued this weekend at Mondello despite some tough competition. Duane McKeever took out fellow Irishman Shane O’Sullivan in the final, while Forrest Wang won his podium battle with Nigel Colfer when Colfer’s clutch gave out in their battle. Wang was driving Darren McNamara’s LHD S13 with a 2JZ engine, a setup that Wang looked quite comfortable in.

Here’s a look at the final results from Round 1:

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

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

2016 Formula Drift Round 1 – Long Beach [RESULTS]

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The 2016 season is in the books after a crazy Round 1 weekend that fought weather at every turn. A first time ever canceled qualifying led into the best and most balanced bracket of all time in Formula Drift history. I will spare you my plea to cancel qualifying for good and focus on this amazing event. Chelsea DeNofa became the champion killer after beating three former champions to win his first event. Chelsea DeNofa becomes the 23rd unique driver to win a Formula Drift event and the 38th unique driver to earn a podium. DeNofa previous best finish was 4th place. Here is how the final four stacked up:

1. Chelsea DeNofa
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Ken Gushi
4. Odi Bakcihs

2016 Drift Allstars – Round 1 Yas Marina [RESULTS]

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While the Formula Drift boys were qualifying practicing in Long Beach, the first round of Drift Allstars was taking place as the historic Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. The event at Yas Marina was missing a few of the top names including James Deane and Janis Eglite, but the competition was still quite competitive. Similar to Formula Drift, Drift Allstars will crown a European Champion alongside a World Champion, with this round counting towards the “World Championship” title.

Monster Energy driver “Baggsy” Biagioni had a newly-installed Nitrous-fed Chevy LS3 motor shipped over from the US just in time for the event, and the engine would prove to be a winning combination with his Nissan S13 chassis. Baggsy qualified first on Friday, and eliminated all drivers on Saturday in tandem competition to take the early lead in the championship chase.

Here’s how the podium shook out:

1st – Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni – Monster Energy / Westlake Tyre Nissan S13

2nd – Ahmad Daham – Nitto Tire / Tensai Tuning Nissan S13

3rd – Nigel Colfer – Tri-Ace Tyre Nissan S13

2016 Formula Drift Round 1 Qualifying [RESULTS]

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The weather has impacted Round 1 at Long Beach in a hard way. Due to rain on course and changing weather conditions all the drivers agreed to cancel qualifying and practice for the day. Qualifying is going by your 2015 championship rankings in Pro, then Pro 2, and one driver who petitioned will start 32nd. With this format, no qualifying points will be issued for the championship for this round. Here is how they stack up:

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

Here is Top 32 Bracket-

(Left)
1.Freric Aasbo
32. Shangjun Zhang
16. Pat Mordaunt
17. Mad Mike Whiddett

8. Matt Field
25. Kyle Mohan
9. Alec Hohnadell
24. Kristaps Bluss

4. Ryan Tuerck
29. Juha Rintanen
13. Tyler McQuarrie
20. Dai Yoshihara

5. Odi Backhis
28. Alex Heilbrunn
12. Dean Kearney
21. Jhonnattan Castro

(right)
2. Ken Gushi
31. Faruk Kugay
15. Pat Goodin
18. Charles Ng

7. Forrest Wang
26. Robbie Nishida
10. Kenneth Moen
23. Michael Essa

3. Chris Forsberg
30. Cameron Moore
14. Chelsea Denofa
19. Geoff Stoneback

6. Justin Pawlak
27. Jeff Jones
11. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
22.Robbie Nishida

2016 Lonestar Drift ProAm Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Lonestar Drift held their first round of ProAm a few weeks back at Gulf Greyhound Park, which featured a complete elimination of qualifying. The event went over well with the drivers, who were slotted into ‘divisions’ and tandem battled from the start. In the end, some familiar names finished on the podium as Josh McGuire took home the win in his Enjuku Racing S14. McGuire already has his Pro 2 license, and likely used this event as a tune-up for the Pro 2 season which starts in Atlanta in May.


Here’s a look at the full podium results:

1st – Josh McGuire
2nd – Jeff Kurtz
3rd – Chris Tyrone
4th – Randall Waters

2016 D1NZ Round 3 at Taupo [RESULTS]

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It turns out that Nico Reid might prove to be unstoppable at D1NZ this season. He takes home a second victory in a row after dominating the competition at ASB last week. Fanga Dan got a little aggressive in his tandem chase run trying to run through and over a Nissan Silvia in the process. The whole stream of the event is still available here if you want to check out how the action happened at D1NZ Round 3.

 

Here is how they finished:
1st – Nico Reid
2nd – Cole Armstrong
3rd – Bruce Tannock

2015 Streetwise Drift Round 3/4 [RESULTS]

 

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Streetwise Drift wrapped up their 2015 drifting season at Myrtle Beach Speedway this past weekend in 2016. The double event weekend wrapped up a 2015 season and issued three Pro 2 licenses to some of the best drifters in the southeast. Tyler Nelson took home a Pro 2 license in his HaloEFX liquid wrapped Nissan 240sx (above) along with Jonathan Nerren and Ricky Adams. Below are the results from the double round and 2015 Streetwise Drift season:

Round 3
1st- Jonathan Nerren
2nd – Tyler Nelson
3rd- Nate Roberts

Round 4
Winner- Ricky Adams
2nd- Tyler Nelson
3rd- Eric Loomis

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Pro 2 Licenses
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Jonathan Nerren
Ricky Adams

2015 Drift All-Stars Poland and Season [RESULTS]

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The 2015 Drift All-Stars season came to an end with an awesome stadium event in Poland. I almost attended this event on a last minute flight/trip with Pro 2 driver Faruk Kugay but couldn’t make it work out with my schedule sadly. The final battle with Kuba Przgonski and James Deane brought the stadium to its feet. The follow from Deane was just unreal. Here is a snapshot from it.

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Final results from the Polish Drift GP – Round 6:
1st- Kuba Przygonski – Poland – Orlean Team
2nd- James Deane – Ireland – Falken Tyres/Level One Qatar
3rd- Grzegorz Hypki – Poland – PUZ Drift Team

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Even with his second place finish in Poland – James Deane took home the 2015 championship which just continues to highlight the dominance of Ireland in European drifting. James Deane is now back to back champion and once again I wish he would get a seat in Formula Drift already! Here is how the 2015 championship finished-

1st- James Deane (497 Points)
2nd- Janis Eglite (437 Points)
3rd- Luke Fink (307 Points)
4th- Nigel Colfer (298 Points)
5th- Juha Poyatalskoo (284 Points)
6th- Piotr Wiecek (282 Points)

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