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10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 3 at Orlando Speed World

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10. The Weekend Just Lacked Any Positive Narratives 

You know in sports when some miracle happens and they use that tacky cliche “you couldn’t even script this or write this…”? Well, I do hate that cliche because people can write about aliens, unicorns, and flying cars so putting together a compelling sports narrative with a shocking finish does’t seem that far fetched. This weekend of Formula Drift was the opposite of all that hype and lacked any real positive narratives.

The rain made drifting so slow and robbed us of smoke that we would of been just as entertained watching drivers draw straws to get a win. The home grown hero who cut his teeth at Orlando Speed World known as Pat Goodin couldn’t even qualify due to some car troubles giving this weekend the final nail in a miserable coffin.

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9. Pro 2 Has Promise for 2015

Even with the bad weather conditions and a track that seemed hell bent on preventing good tandem drifting I saw that the Pro 2 ranks were far more entertaining than last season. I won’t make a bold proclamation about the Pro 2 season until I see them run at Seattle, but I do really like the builds and some drivers that have come out of the wood work for Pro 2 in 2015. The whole operation seems far more professional and relevant than its first season which I enjoy and shows potential for Pro 2 in the future.

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8. Yokoi and his Car Are Growing into Formula Drift

Yokoi and his S15 Silvia look like night and day compared from his driving in Long Beach to Orlando. If it wasn’t for the wild fire coming out of his fuel system (more on that down at  #4) in a battle versus Ryan Tuerck I think he could of won that battle and possibly became the event winner.  Before going out in the Great 8 he managed to beat #1 in points Odi Bakchis in a Road Atlanta rematch. He also made pretty easy work of potential champion Fredric Aasbo in Top 32.

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2015 Formula D Championship Standings – Round 3 Orlando [STANDINGS]

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Despite an early Top 16 exit, Odi Bakchis maintains the lead in the Formula Drift championship due to his two podiums in the first two events. The gap has closed, and Ryan Tuerck now sits second in the championship for the first time since the 2009 season when he ended in second position, with Chris Forsberg close behind in third. Aasbo dropped from second down to fifth due to his top 32 exit, just behind Ken Gushi who has moved up from fifth after back-to-back podiums. All drivers in the top five have two Final Four finishes to their name, showing that consistency will be required to win the championship.

Here’s a look at the top 20 in the points standings so far:

1 Odi Bakchis 223 points
2 Ryan Tuerck 208 points
3 Chris Forsberg 189 points
4 Ken Gushi 173 points
5 Fredric Aasbo 162 points
6 Matt Field 156 points
7 Vaughn Gittin Jr. 139 points
8 Pat Mordaunt 120 points
9 Forrest Wang 108 points
10 Tyler McQuarrie 106 points
11 Alec Hohnadell 105 points
12 Kenny Moen 104 points
T13 Geoff Stoneback 103 points
T13 Masashi Yokoi 103 points
15 Justin Pawlak 95 points
16 Robbie Nishida 87 points
17 Charles Ng 86 points
18 Conrad Grunewald 73 points
T19 Dan Savage 71 points
T19 “Mad” Mike Whiddett 71 points

2015 Formula Drift Round 3 Orlando Speed World [RESULTS]

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I am 100% embarrassed that people out their in the world watched Formula Drift for the first time today. I will try and save my ranting and raving for the 10 Things post Monday but Tuerck won the event having actually won one tandem battle (others won by mechanical failure/rule violation/driver spinning). The rain, the inability for everyone to tandem, ick. Please let’s never go back to Orlando Speed World. Here is how they finished:

1. Ryan Tuerck
2. Chris Forsberg
3. Ken Gushi
4. Matt Field

2015 Formula Drift Round 3 Orlando Speedworld Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Ken Gushi continued his stellar run from Atlanta with a top qualifying spot, his first top qualifying effort since New Jersey 2009. Although qualifying has slightly reduced importance this season compared to last season, the top spot is still very valuable for the season championship points chase.

Here’s how the full qualifying bracket shook out in Orlando:

1. Ken Gushi
2. Matt Field
3. Ryan Tuerck
4. Justin Pawlak
5. Tyler McQuarrie
6. Odi Bakchis
7. Patrick Mordaunt
8. Dai Yoshihara
9. “Mad” Mike Whiddett
10. Robbie Nishida
11. Fredric Aasbo
12. Chris Forsberg
13. Vaughn Gittin Jr
14. Brandon Wicknick
15. James Evans
16. Kenny Moen
17. Michael Essa
18. Forrest Wang
19. Dean Kearney
20. Conrad Grunewald
21. Geoff Stoneback
22. Masashi Yokoi
23. Chelsea Denofa
24. Dan Savage
25. Alec Hohnadell
26. Marc Landreville
27. Daigo Saito
28. Jeff Jones
29. Jhonnattan Castro
30. Kristaps Bluss
31. Matt Coffman
32. Kyle Mohan

Here’s how the tandem bracket shapes up –

Left Side:

Ken Gushi vs. Kyle Mohan
Kenny Moen vs. Michael Essa
Dai Yoshihara vs. Alec Hohnadell
Mike Whiddet vs. Dan Savage

Justin Pawlak vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Vaughn Gittin Jr vs. Conrad Grunewald
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Jeff Jones
Chris Forsberg vs. Geoff Stoneback

Right Side:

Matt Field vs. Matt Coffman
James Evans vs. Forrest Wang
Pat Mordaunt vs. Marc Landreville
Robbie Nishida vs. Chelsea Denofa

Ryan Tuerck vs. Kristaps Bluss
Brandon Wicknick vs. Dean Kearney
Odi Bakchis vs. Daigo Saito
Fredric Aasbo vs. Masashi Yokoi

Street Driven Tour X Hyperfest 2015 [VIDEO]

The official event video from Street Driven Tour at VIR was released this morning. Dubbed as the automotive amusement park the motorsports weekend which now moved to Virginia International Raceway featured Porsche GT3 R, rally, and triple tandem ride-a-longs in addition to a wild drifting bash on Patriot Course and Top 16 competition on the Main Course! Sit back and enjoy and start making plans to attend in 2016.

Ryan Tuerck Chasing Down Drift Alliance at Street Driven Tour [VIDEO]

We go on board with Ryan Tuerck at Street Driven Tour VIR to watch him chase Drift Alliance members Chris Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin Jr.  Huge thanks to DBA for helping bring Ryan Tuerck out and Subject Media Group for putting this content together! We have more content coming from this wild weekend of drifting and entertainment. Next stop on the tour is Gateway Motorsports Park on July 4th!

Street Driven Tour VIR by Black Hand [VIDEO]

This video drops some hip-hop over the insane weekend at VIRginia International Raceway. It pulls coverage from the Street Driven Tour stop and some clips from US Drift Round 1 which took place the next day.

Another Look at Formula Drift Long Beach with E3 Spark Plugs [GALLERY]

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This is another look and glance behind the scenes of Formula Drift Long Beach thanks to E3 Spark Plugs and the skills of Regine Trias. Sit back and enjoy her work tackling the various elements of a Formula Drift weekend.

 

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=446

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Long Beach 2015

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10. The Hyundai Genesis Isn’t So Bad After All

Last year I was ready to declare the Hyundai Genesis a “career killer” after Rhys Millen left while driving one and recently Dennis Mertzanis lost his license last season in the car pictured above. Well, Odi Bakchis got ahold of it and with some suspension wizardry at his Feal Suspension bunker built something to make this car work. His performance along with Matt Field put Vortech Superchargers taking home two of the final four places at Long Beach.

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9. Will We Ever See Daigo Saito 100% Again? 

Daigo Saito had another terrible weekend. His new over the top Nissan GT-R took itself out in the Top 32 due to what I am being told is a power steering failure. I can imagine turing 21 inch wheels from lock to lock is going to create some serious stress on any steering system they can throw at this car. I love that Daigo is pushing the bounds of the sport and trying new things BUT I also really love it when his car works and he destroys people in tandem battles. I am at war with myself, a house divided if you will, on which one I want more than the other.

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8. Tanner Foust’s Passat Was Banged Up This Weekend

Tanner Foust made a really lackluster return to Formula Drift this weekend. He crashed in Saturday practice, limped into qualifying, and ended with an epic wall smack against Justin Pawlak. You could visually see Tanner trying to keep longer full-lock drifts going which is the standard Formula Drift has shifted since he left. Someone asked me on Twitter about his performance and Tanner chimed in to concur. This track, with all the outer clips and layout also make it much harder to run the new way. I think Road Atlanta will be a blessing for him with way less to hit and a more open track environment allowing the Passat to perform in a range he is more comfortable with behind the wheel.

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7. How Much Did We Miss Mad Mike?

The Mad Mike question probably cannot be answered until he arrives at Road Atlanta and puts on a show for everyone. The “RADBUL” as he has dubbed it sure looks like an engineering wonder but how can he perform in the States is a question everyone must be wondering about. His last visit to America didn’t have him performing at a top level but he has been actively driving worldwide in various cars since he left Formula Drift years ago. I would of loved to see him debut this Mazda MX-5 at Long Beach but Road Atlanta isn’t that far away at this point.

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6. Chris Forsberg Misses Top 4 first time Since 2013

Chris Forsberg hasn’t missed a Final Four since the 2013 season. That is just how good he performed over the course of the 2014 drift season. He made a costly error allowing the 370z to over rotate in a battle with Pat Mordaunt and it was something he couldn’t overcome. Pat looked solid in his 350z and that misstep was too much with Pat being on point in both runs. This result already has the 2015 championship chase showing Chris 67 points behind Aasbo.

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2015 Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach Round 1 Main Event [GALLERY]


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Justin Kaehler is our first Formula Drift gallery from the Long Beach weekend. Dig through our gallery that covers events from main event Saturday. A wild podium featuring Fredric Aasbo, Odi Bakchis, and Ryan Tuerck shows that the 2015 season could bring some new changes to the championship order.

 

Check out the Justin Kaehler Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=445

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