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The Third Place Battles You Missed in Formula Drift 2014

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Due to a rule change in Formula Drift this season the series no longer has a battle for third place to determine the last spot on the podium. In fact, third and fourth place now both get 64 points for the weekend and one driver is guaranteed a podium once he wins his Great 8 battle. Here are the seven battles you missed this year due to the rule change:

Long Beach- Justin Pawlak vs. Michael Essa
Atlanta- Chris Forsberg vs. Robbie Nishida
Miami- Kenneth Moen vs. Matt Field
New Jersey- Odi Bakchis vs. Charles Ng
Seattle- Chris Forsberg vs. Fredric Aasbo
Texas- Chris Forsberg vs. Forrest Wang
Irwindale- Chris Forsberg vs. Forrest Wang

2014 Formula Drift Championship [RESULTS]

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All seven rounds of Formula Drift are in the books for 2014. Chris Forsberg ends up the 2014 champion but a margin of just 11 points which came down to the very last tandem battle of 2014. Daigo Saito finally had a motor hold together and was able to make a huge jump in the championship points as well. All Top 32 drivers are given a Pro license for next year while 33 and beyond are relegated into Pro 2. Here is how they finished:

1. Chris Forsberg
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
4. Odi Bakchis
5. Forrest Wang
6. Kenneth Moen
7. Darren McNamara
8. Dean Kearney
9. Justin Pawlak
10. Conrad Grunewald
11. Robbie Nishida
12. Ryan Tuerck
13. Ken Gushi
14. Daigo Saito
15. Matt Field
16. Michael Essa
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Formula Drift Canada Announces Formula Drift vs. Canada [DRIVERS LIST]

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The stage is set for a big Formula Drift Canada debut weekend.

Formula Drift Team
Forrest Wang
Robbie Nishida
Charles Ng
Pat Cyr
Marc Landerville
Kenneth Moen
Chelsea DeNofa
Daigo Saito
Dave Briggs
Dean Kearney

Team Canada
Maxime Lemoine
Brad Carlton
Francise Tasse
Kevin Morin
Martin Langlois
Alex Gosselin
Jonathan Guitard
Alex Michaud
Tommy Boisvert Bellemart
Simon Schaffner

2014 Formula Drift Round 5 Qualifying at Evergreen Speedway [RESULTS]

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Qualifying has wrapped up at Evergreen Drift today with a new top qualifier for the season. Darren McNamara took top spot with a new look in his S14. Falken has figured something out this season apparently. Daigo Saito failed to even get a score finishing with a 0 and going home another weekend. Here is how they qualified and Top 32 match ups.

1. Darren McNamara
2. Robbie Nishida
3. Odi Bakchis
4. Chris Forsberg
5. Ryan Tuerck
6. Fredric Aasbo
7. Justin Pawlak
8. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
9. Chelsea DeNofa
10. Conrad Grunewald
11. Jhonnattan Castro
12. Tyler McQuarrie
13. Pat Goodin
14. Forrest Wang
15. Charles Ng
16. Daijiro Yoshihara
17. Geoff Stoneback
18. Dean Kearney
19. Michael Essa
20. Matt Field
21. Ken Gushi
22. Kyle Mohan
23. Ryan Kado
24. Joon Maeng
25. Kenneth Moen
26. Karl Osaki
27. Nate Hamilton
28. Mike Pollard
29. Matt Coffman
30. Carl Rydquist
31. Taka Aono
32. Tony Angelo

Left Bracket-
Darren McNamara vs. Tony Angelo
Daijiro Yoshihara vs. Geoff Stoneback
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Kenneth Moen
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Joon Maeng
Chris Forsberg vs. Matt Coffman
Pat Goodin vs. Matt Field
Ryan Tuerck vs. Mike Pollard
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Ken Gushi

Right Bracket-
Robbie Nishida vs. Taka Aono
Charles Ng vs. Dean Kearney
Justin Pawlak vs. Karl Osaki
Conrad Grunewald vs. Ryan Kado
Odi Bakchis vs. Carl Ryqduist
Forrest Wang vs. Michael Essa
Fredric Aasbo vs. Nate Hamilton
Jhonnattan Castro vs. Kyle Mohan

Darren McNamara Shows Off New Look to MCNSPORT AE86

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Darren McNamara brought out his refreshed MCNSPORT 86 for Global Warfare at Mondello Park. Tomorrow he will be squaring up against other Formula Drift drivers such as Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, and Matt Powers who have all traveled to Ireland to do battle. You can also tune into the Livestream tomorrow morning which we detailed here.

Full List of LiveStreams Showing Drifting This Weekend


Morning: King of Europe Round 3 @ Lydden Hill UK (6:00am PST / 9:00am EST)
47 drivers will take on one of the UK’s toughest drift tracks this weekend known as Lydden Hill. Francesco Conti looks to defend his current hold he has on the championship while others plan to knock him down.

Watch Here: http://www.kingofeurope.net/live/

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Afternoon: Drift All-Stars Round 2 @ Sosnova Circuit (11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST)
You can see some of the top European talents all come together in the Czech Republic in the afternoon in America. The event kicks off at 8:00pm local time and by some Google research I found that Czech was a -9 from America (you probably want to check my math and logic before banking on the event starting when I have it listed). You will see James Deane, Dmitriy Illyuk, Nigel Coffer, and Piotr Więcek all banging doors on this impressively laid out road course. Keep an eye out for Benjamin Boulbes (pictured above) who is looking to make a strong showing in the main event as well.

Watch Here: http://live.drift-allstars.com/
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Evening: Triple Crown Drift @ Pikes Peak (2:00pm PST / 5:00pm EST)
To finish off the big drift Saturday you can watch some good old American drifting at Pikes Peak International Raceway. We haven’t found an official drivers list but Formula D driver Matt Field won the round last year and Tony Angelo found his way to the podium. We do know that Chris Forsberg and Odi Bakchis will be in attendance for the event tomorrow as well. The drift event will be streamed on this website for free tomorrow.

Watch Here: http://watchtcs.com/index.asp.html

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Night Cap: Streetwise Drift Round 2 @ Orlando Speed World (4:30pm PST / 7:30pm EST)
Streetwise Drift Pro Am Round 2 appears to be the only Formula Drift Pro Am event of the weekend with a Livestream. The 4:30/7:30 kick off denotes Top 16 but they will also air all the practice runs so you can pretty much tune in all day and see drifting from OSW. Plenty of familiar Pro Am level drivers will be in competition fighting for a Formula Drift license.

Watch Here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1430667/events/3127168

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Sunday Morning: Irish Drift Championship Round 3 @ Mondello Park (4:00am PST / 7:00am EST)
The early morning drift fans will be treated to some amazing drifting at Mondello Park for IDC Round 3 Global Warfare. This is the closest track to Dublin and has some of the best fans you can find in Europe. If you need another reason to wake up early tomorrow is that you can find Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, Darren McNamara and Dean Kearney who American drift fans might be familiar with. The Irish drivers really have some local talent that will be on display as well.

Watch Here: http://www.irishdriftchampionship.com/livestream/#

Formula Drift Japan at Fuji Speedway International Driver Preview

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While we don’t have any word just yet on an official Formula Drift Japan list we did get a hold of this great list of international flavor coming to Fuji Speedway July 4th weekend. The judges are Andy Yen, Ryan Lanteigne, and a Formula Drift driver Dai Yoshihara. Below is the list of international talent that will be on display:

Daigo Saito – Japan
Kunny Takahashi – Japan
Michihiro Takatori – Japan
Masao Suenaga – Japan
Katsuhiro Ueo – Japan
Robbie Nishida – Japan
Fredric Aasbo – Norway
Daynom Templeman – New Zealand
Mike Whiddett – New Zealand
Oat Krerpradab – Thailand
SaraNon Pronpatanarak – Thailand
Rob Whyte – Australia
Zaiham Handam – Malaysia
Emmanuel Amandio – Indonesia
James Tang – Hong Kong
Ng Sheng Nian – Singapore

2014 Formula Drift Round 4 – Wall Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Qualifying from Wall Speedway is in! One of the biggest (if not biggest) grid we have seen at Wall in history. Also, never have we seen so many ties in Formula Drift history. Almost 75% of drivers were on a point style that came down to style (style points denoted on tiebreakers. Style ties were broke by championship rank.) Here is how they finished up:

1. Chris Forsberg – 93
2. Chelsea DeNofa – 92
3. Michael Essa – 90
4. Dai Yoshihara – 89
5. Odi Bakchis – 87 (46 Style)
6. Tyler McQuarrie – 87 (45 Style)
7. Fredric Aasbo – 87 (44 Style)
8. Kenneth Moen – 85
9. Conrad Grunewald – 84 (43 Style)
10. Forrest Wang – 84 (41 Style)
11. Kyle Mohan – 83
12. Matt Field – 82 (42 Style)
13. Ryan Tuerck – 82 (41 Style)
14. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 82 (40 Style)
15. Darren McNamara – 79 (42 Style)
16. Robbie Nishida – 79 (40 Style)
17. Marc Landerville – 79 (32 Style)
18. Pat Goodin – 78
19. Dennis Mertzanis – 76
20. Daigo Saito – 75 (37 Style)
21. Mats Baribeau – 75 (35 Style)
22. Justin Pawlak – 74 (35 Style)
23. Jhonnathan Castro – 74 (35 Style)
24. Karl Osaki – 74 (33 Style)
25. Ken Gushi – 73 (36 Style)
26. Tony Angelo – 73 (36 Style)
27. Charles Ng – 72 (36 Style)
28. Ryan Kado – 72 (33 Style)
29. Dave Briggs – 72 (32 Style)
30. Dean Kearney – 70 (37 Style)
31. Patrick Mordaunt – 70 (32 Style)
32. Joon Maeng – 68

 

 

LEFT BRACKET
Chris Forsberg vs. Joon Maeng
Robbie Nishida vs. Marc Landerville
Kenneth Moen vs. Ken Gushi
Conrad Grunewald vs. Karl Osaki
Dai Yoshihara vs. Dave Briggs
Ryan Tuerck vs. Daigo Saito
Odi Bakchis vs. Ryan Kado
Matt Field vs. Mats Baribeau

RIGHT BRACKET
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Patrick Mordaunt
Darren McNamara vs. Pat Goodin
Fredric Aasbo vs. Tony Angelo
Forrest Wang vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Michael Essa vs. Dean Kearney
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Dennis Mertzanis
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Charles Ng
Kyle Mohan vs. Justin Pawlak

2014 Formula Drift Round 3 at Miami Homestead Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Chris Forsberg won top qualifying circumstances in such odd conditions due to tiebreakers. The reason he won top qualifier today was due to him being first in the championship. Dai Yoshihara never turned a wheel in qualifying due to mechanical issues just like Round 2 in Road Atlanta. The other big name who failed to make Top 32 was Daigo Saito who continues to struggle through the 2014 season. Here is how the Top 32 finished:

1. Chris Forsberg- 89
2. Vaughn Gittin Jr.- 89
3. Kenneth Moen- 86
4. Conrad Grunewald- 86
5. Forrest Wang- 85
6. Tyler McQuarrie- 85
7. Fredric Aasbo- 84
8. Justin Pawlak- 83
9. Ken Gushi- 81
10. Alec Hohnadell- 81
11. Chelsea DeNofa- 81
12. Odi Bakchis- 80
13. Matt Field- 80
14. Charles Ng- 79
15. Jhonnathan Castro- 77
16. Ryan Tuerck- 77
17. Dan Savage- 77
18. Mats Baribeau- 76
19. Dave Briggs- 76
20. Michael Essa- 76
21. Geoff Stoneback- 75
22. Pat Goodin- 74
23. Carl Ryquist- 74
24. Robbie Nishida- 74
25. Jeff Jones- 73
26. Matt Coffman- 72
27. Kyle Mohan- 71
28. Dennis Mertzanis- 71
29. Dean Kearney- 70
30. Darren McNamara- 69
31. Danny George- 69
32. Tony Angelo- 68

Top 32 Tandem Battles (Edit: Bold names won the top 32 matchup)
Chris Forsberg vs. Tony Angelo
Ryan Tuerck vs. Rapper Dan Savage
Justin Pawlak vs. Jeff Jones
Ken Gushi vs. Robbie Nishida
Conrad Grunewald vs. Dean Kearney
Matt Field vs. Michael Essa
Forrest Wang vs. Dennis Mertzanis
Odi Bakchis vs. Geoff Stoneback

Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Danny George
Jhonnathan Castro vs. Mats Baribeau
Fredric Aasbo vs. Matt Coffman
Alec Hohnadell vs. Carl Rydquist
Kenneth Moen vs. Darren McNamara
Charles Ng vs. Dave Briggs
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Kyle Mohan
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Pat Goodin

Top 10 Drift Vacations to Take Before You Die

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Regardless if you are independently wealthy or have a credit card to max out I put together the Top 10 drifting vacations you need to take before you die. The list is compiled upon driving, fan entertainment, atmosphere, and all the fun you can have in the area!

 

10. D1NZ Final Round – Mt. Smart (Auckland, New Zealand)

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The D1NZ season ends at Mt. Smart under the lights! The venue is a custom built and it puts fans very close to the action. The track does take place in the Mt. Smart Stadium parking lot which normally holds duties for the National Rugby team. Once the race ends you are just a quick cab from downtown Auckland where some of the real fun can begin. Don’t miss some top drivers like Mad Mike Whiddett and C’s Garage take on the New Zealand night.

9. Irish Drift Championship – Mondello Park 

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The most fun you can have in Ireland is by far Mondello Park. It puts you pretty close to Dublin and has the most energy over a drift weekend in Ireland. Big name drivers such as Dai Yoshihara, Darren McNamara, and other international stars tend to come and drive at this Ireland track as well. If you happen to come here and enjoy watching a weekend of pro drifting then you could also do the ProDrift Academy and drift on your own at Mondello!

8. Formula Drift Irwindale Speedway (Los Angeles, California)

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The “House of Drift” as everybody knows it had to make the list. So many people attend this event now parking has been moved off site and stands have been put anywhere they can fit. The driving here tends to be world class and over the last few seasons a championship has been sorted out during the event weekend. Once the Irwindale weekend is over you will find yourself not very far from Los Angeles, Hollywood, and other places to finish out a great weekend.

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