2015 Irish Drifting Championships – Round 1 Mondello [RESULTS]


James Deane started the new season off exactly where he left off last season, on the top rung of the podium. Deane looked flawless in his 2JZ-powered S14, consistently hitting the clipping zones as requested by the judges. It was an all-Irish podium as Nigel Colfer took second place and 15-year old Tomás Kiely took the final spot, with Australian Luke Fink finishing just outside the podium positions.

1st – James Deane
2nd – Nigel Colfer
3rd – Tomás Kiely
4th – Luke Fink

2015 Southwest Drift Round 2 at LVMS [RESULTS]


While Long Beach was wrapping up the under represented KMC Wheels Super Drift weekend a couple hours north east Las Vegas had a huge Pro Am weekend. The former Vegas Drift series is now branded “Southwest Drift” due to expansion for the 2015 calendar year. Round 2 saw some great tandem battles and hosted a guest judge Jacob Leveton who writes sometimes for Wrecked Magazine. Here is the podium finish results and thanks to Tommy Suell for photo:

1. Ethan Hunter
2. Tony Cisneros
3. Joe Tardiff

2015 KMC Wheels SuperDrift at LBGP [RESULTS]


With a small field for the weekend and only 10 drivers to produce a score in qualifying the main event went on in a Top 16 format. The three drivers who failed to qualify were allowed to enter the main event so the field included 13 drivers. The night time tandem events saw several drivers make serious contact including Robbie Nishida and Odi Bakchis early in the event. In the end, Robbie Nishida made it into the finals but couldn’t beat Conrad Grunewald in the end. Here is how they finished:

1. Conrad Grunewald
2. Robbie Nishida
3. Forrest Wang

2015 Formula Drift KMC Wheels Super Drift Qualifying [RESULTS]


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

2014 Golden Gate Drift Pro Am Round 2 [RESULTS]


Golden Gate Drift Round 2 came to an end this weekend at Stockton 99 Raceway. The all Formula Drift judging staff included Matt Field, Pat Mordaunt, and Tyler McQuarrie for the race weekend. Some good battles throughout the weekend and several cars were destroyed from the banked part of the course. Here is how they finished up:

1st: Tyler Knudsen
2nd: Ryan Rasberry
3rd: Rob Pascua

Double Round of Three Palms Drift Pro Am [RESULTS]

Three Palms Drift finished Rounds Three and Four with two days of intense competition as a double-header on February 21st and 22nd. The weekend enclosed some of the best runs from every driver in the series. Upsets were made, and the points have never been closer for the championship. The amount of devotion each driver put in on both days really showed through as the days went on. Track staff was updated with the addition of Mikey from JimmyUp and Rich DeBerardinis from Slide United Motorsports. As for every 3PDrift event, Steven Purcell was on the microphone informing the crowd of all the action.


The biggest upset of the weekend had to come from Fello Ambivero in the Carlitos Tire E36, who had blown his head gasket coming into the Final Four at Round One. Ambivero had been running his strongest all season, and came into competition sitting pretty with a Number 1 Qualifying Score of 96! Ambivero ended up finishing strong in 4th Place in Round Three and the car sounded like a lawnmower by the end of the day. He was able to source a new head gasket for the E36 and his team was able to get the car back together with no sleep.


In the pink Garrett Turbo S14, Florida’s own Kelsey “Drift Chick” Rowlings came hungry for some points in the season. In Round Three, she scored one point lower than Ambivero with a 95. She drove her car harder than ever before, with more power and angle. On her last few runs of the day, we all were able to hear that her clutch was slipping and she was fighting her car more than usual. By the end of the event, her clutch was toast and that meant another night of no sleep for her team, but that wasn’t before she was able to clench a Third Place victory. She and her crew installed the new ACT Clutch on their backs all at night at the track. Luckily, they finished the car right before Pizza Hut closed.

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Three Palms Drift Pro Am Round 2 [RECAP]

Coming into the second round of Three Palms Drift, the driver list showed some familiar names returning as well as some new drivers gunning for their Pro-2 licenses. This round showed many driver’s weak and strong points, resulting in more than one upset. Round 2 was held under the lights for its Top 16 competition which threw a lot of the top contenders off. Judges consisted of Pat Goodin, Gregg Bucell and guest judge, Geoff Stoneback. Needless to say, it was one hell of a fun event.


The biggest upset of the event had to be the number one qualifier, Kelsey Rowlings, being knocked out in the Top 8 after her Top 16 by-run. It was a tough break for Rowlings and her team because her run started off to be one of the best of the night. On the first outside zone, Rowlings wall tapped a little too hard, forcing in her to straighten out and later spin, coming off the bank. She did an amazing job recovering and kept the car off the wall, resulting in no further damage.

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Three Palms Drift Pro Am Round 2 [RESULTS]


Three Palms, the Florida Formula Drift Pro Am series, put to bed its second ever round of Pro Am competition. The track in western Florida offered some challenges to drivers and featured Formula Drift judge Brian Eggert to oversee the festivities. Kelsey Rowlings qualified first but didn’t manage to secure a podium spot at the end of the weekend. Here is how the drivers finished:

1. Ignacio Mendoza
2. Fello Ambivera
3. Kevin Lawrence

Jeff Jones Driving a Scion FR-S for 2015 Formula Drift? [RUMORMILL]


Jeff Jones is set to retire his beat up Nissan 240sx for the 2015 Formula Drift season after his best performance in career  finish. Jeff Jones actually saw some serious success in Pro 2 with multiple podiums. While everyone is slowing down for the holidays we got this hot tip from our contact form. The rumor is Jeff Jones and Vision Performance are shopping him around for 2015 sponsorships. This would mean Jeff Jones would be in this V8 powered Scion FR-S that actually looked really good throughout the drift season in 2014 and driven by Ron Ewerth. What do you think about this new partnership and build for Jeff Jones in 2015?

A Look At the Beginning of Three Palms Drift Pro Am Series [RECAP]

Shortly after Formula Drift came to a nail biting end, Three Palms Drift announced that they would be running an off-season Formula Drift Pro-Am series, awarding three FD Pro-2 licenses and $15,000 in season prize money. Needless to say, drivers all around the South and as far as Texas put their competition cars back under the knife to compete. The benefit of Florida weather allows this off-season drift series to take place in Punta Gorda, at Three Palms Speedway.

A few familiar faces running the program are included but not limited to: Pat Goodin, Jeremy Lowe, Brian Eggert, and Gregg Bucell.

Along with some popular staff members, the drivers list included the likes of Kelsey Rowlings, Fello Ambivero, and Mad Mike Masse. These drivers came with their guns fully loaded. The talk of drivers gunning for the $10,000 first place prize money seemed to be the topic of choice in the pits.


After qualifying came to an end, it was obvious that the event was going to be a close one. With a lower driver count, most likely due to the series being very recently announced, off season while cars were beginning their Winter refreshes, and close to the holidays, there would be only one Top 16 race to fight for a spot in Top 8. After the hard decisions the judges needed to make, the qualifying results came as follows:

1. Fello Ambivero
2. Kelsey Rowlings
3. Brett Collins
4. Brandon McDowell
5. Mike Masse
6. Kevin Lawrence
7. Ryan Quinn
8. Rudy Martinez
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