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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 Irish Drift Championships Round 4 – Watergrasshill [RESULTS]

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Young phenom Jack Shanahan continues his dominance this year with a win at the Kartworld track in Watergrasshill, defeating Duane McKeever in the final round. Fellow young gun Tomas Kiely took the final podium position, narrowly taking out Shane O’Sullivan in the consolation round.

Entering the final round of competition, which takes place September 24th and 25th at the famed Mondello Park, McKeever holds a narrow 6 point lead over Shanahan.

Here’s the results from Round 4 of 5 of the 2016 Irish Drift Championship:

1st place – Jack Shanahan
2nd place – Duane McKeever
3rd place – Tomas Kiely
4th place – Shane O’Sullivan

Here’s the standings entering the final round of competition:
Position Name Points
1st –  Duane McKeever – 177 points
2nd – Jack Shanahan – 171 points
3rd – Shane O’Sullivan – 129 points
4th – Tomas Kiely – 122 points
5th – Mike Fitz – 119 points
6th – Paul McCarthy – 111 points
7th – Brian Egan – 108 points
8th – James Deane – 99 points
9th – John McCarthy – 98 points
10th – Peden Nielsen – 58 points

2016 Formula Drift Championship Standings – Round 3 Orlando [STANDINGS]

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Fredric Aasbo pushes himself into prime position to defend his 2015 championship by winning the event in Orlando, jumping into first place in the overall standings. Gittin Jr. fell to second due to his top 16 exit, while Forsberg moved up into third place overall with his second podium of the season.

Here’s a look at the Top 16 Formula Drift standings after 3 of 8 events:

1 Fredric Aasbo 206 points
2 Vaughn Gittin Jr. 194 points
3 Chris Forsberg 168 points
4 Odi Bakchis 153 points
5 Tyler McQuarrie 150 points
6 Ken Gushi 133 points
7 Kristaps Bluss 132 points
8 Chelsea Denofa* 122 points
9 Dai Yoshihara 120 points
10 Alec Hohnadell 116 points
T11 Matt Field 105 points
T11 Ryan Tuerck 105 points
13 Michael Essa 103 points
14 Forrest Wang 102 points
T15 Kenneth Moen 101 points
T15 Patrick Mordaunt 101 points

*Updated to reflect the removal of tandem points due to tire issue

2016 Formula Drift Round 2 Atlanta – Tire Manufacturer Championship [STANDINGS]

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Nexen Tire continues to lead the Tire Manufacturer Championship after Atlanta after receiving strong performances from Alec Hohnadell and Tanner Foust. Nexen has now had four different drivers contribute to their points total on the season. Falken tire improved to second in the standings, while Nitto Tire jumped from fifth after Long Beach to third. All six tire manufacturers are within striking distance of the championship.

Here’s a look at the Tire Manufacturer standings after 2 of 8 rounds:

1. Nexen Tire – 262 Points
2. Falken Tire – 247 Points
3. Nitto Tire – 212 Points
4. Hankook Tire – 199 Points
5. GT Radial – 153 Points
6. Achilles Radial – 149 Points

2016 Formula Drift Round 2 Atlanta – OEM MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP [STANDINGS]

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A top 8 appearance from Michael Essa helped BMW maintain the lead in the OEM championship, while Ford moved up from third to second thanks to the win from Vaughn Gittin Jr. Scion dropped to third after all four Scion cars lost in the round of 32. We now have 10 manufacturers competing for the OEM championship after Toyota earned the first points of the season behind Andy Gray.

Here are the standings in the OEM Manufacturer championship after 2 of 8 rounds:

1. BMW  – 202 points
2. Ford – 191 points
3. Scion – 185 points
4. Nissan – 151 points
5. Mazda–101 points
6. Chevy – 83 points
7. Dodge – 51 points
8. Infiniti – 49 points
9. Lexus – 34 points
10. Toyota – 18 points

2016 Formula Drift Championship Standings – Round 2 Atlanta [STANDINGS]

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After recording the second “perfect weekend” of his career, Vaughn Gittin Jr. used the Top Qualifier / Event Win combination to vault himself into first place for the 2016 Formula Drift standings. All three podium finishers from Long Beach lost in the top 32 round in Atlanta, which really shook up the points. As the only driver to place in the top 8 at the first two events, Gittin Jr. holds a fairly substantial 36 point lead over Long Beach winner Chelsea Denofa. However, with an additional round this year compared to previous years, there’s plenty of time to make up those points.

Here’s a look at the top 22 drivers in the points standings so far:

1 Vaughn Gittin Jr. 155 points
2 Chelsea Denofa 119 points
3 Odi Bakchis 116 points
4 Fredric Aasbo 102 points
T5 Chris Forsberg 100 points
T5 Dai Yoshihara 100 points
T7 Forrest Wang 83 points
T7 Michael Essa 83 points
T7 Tyler McQuarrie 83 points
T10 Ken Gushi 82 points
T10 Alec Hohnadell 82 points
12 Matt Field 69 points
T13 Ryan Tuerck 67 points
T13 “Mad” Mike Whiddett 67 points
15 Jeff Jones 66 points
T16 Dean Kearney 51 points
T16 Geoff Stoneback 51 points
T18 Kristaps Bluss 50 points
T18 Faruk Kugay 50 points
T18 Kenneth Moen 50 points
T18 Pat Mordaunt 50 points
T18 Juha Rintanen 50 points

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What it takes to win in 2015: Post Irwindale Qualifying scenarios

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Current Formula D USA Championship Standings Post Irwindale Qualifying:

1. Fredric Aasbo 432 Points
2. Ken Gushi 355 Points
3. Ryan Tuerck 335 Points
4. Chris Forsberg 334 Points

 

Current Formula D World Championship Standings (after 8 rounds and Irwindale Qualifying):

1. Fredric Aasbo 595 Points
2. Odi Bakchis 438 Points
3. Matt Field 343 Points
4. Masashi Yokoi 315 Points

The fate of both the Formula Drift USA and Formula Drift World Championships will lie at the tires of Kristaps Bluss.

As the first tandem battle for Fredric Aasbo, Aasbo will clinch both championships if he can move into the top 16. Since Aasbo has earned no fewer than 16 tandem points by making the top 32, the only way for Ken Gushi to makeup the 77 point difference in the USA championship is by earning the full 100 points as an event winner, which is 84 points more than a top 32 exit. In the world championship chase, a loss by Aasbo in top 32 would open the door for Odi Bakchis to take the championship should he win the event as the 100 points Bakchis would earn as event champion would be doubled to 200 points, overcoming the current 157 point difference. Aasbo has already earned 32 tandem points by making the top 16, so even a second place finish for Bakchis wouldn’t be enough (80 points for 2nd x 2 = 160 points earned – 32 points if Aasbo exits in top 32 = 128 points).

Full points structure can be found HERE. Keep in mind that for the World Championship chase, all points at Irwindale are doubled due to the China round being cancelled.

First round tandem matchups:

Fredric Aasbo vs Kristaps Bluss (7th top 32 battle)
Ken Gushi vs Jhonnattan Castro (13th top 32 battle)
Odi Bakchis vs Kyle Mohan (9th top 32 battle)

What it takes to win in 2015: Fredric Aasbo

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Current Formula D Championship Standings (after 6 rounds):

1. Fredric Aasbo 428 Points
2. Ken Gushi 348 Points
3. Ryan Tuerck 332 Points
4. Chris Forsberg 331 Points

For Fredric Aasbo, the formula is simple – qualify on Friday, and win a tandem battle on Saturday. With all the potential situations that involve others winning the championship, all of them depend on Aasbo to exit early in the competition. Aasbo does have a single top 32 exit earlier this season in Orlando, but his three event wins combined five total top-3 qualifying efforts are more than any of the three other contenders.  Daigo Saito, Geoff Stoneback, and Masashi Yokoi are the only three drivers who have defeated Aasbo in Formula Drift competition, and amazingly enough, Aasbo has also defeated each of them as well. In fact, Aasbo doesn’t hold a losing record on the season against any driver in FD USA competition, having defeated 16 different drivers at least once in tandem this season. Although there’s never a ‘sure thing’ when it comes to drifting, Aasbo taking the championship seems nearly automatic given the information at hand.

There was a lot of talk last season about how Aasbo’s final standings have continually improved. Since taking the Rookie of the Year title in 2010 as the 13th ranked driver, Aasbo has finished in 12th, 6th, 4th, and 2nd overall progressively. It seems as though the toughest thing for Aasbo to think about for next season is how he backs up such an amazing run.

Current Formula D World Championship Standings (after 8 rounds):

1. Fredric Aasbo 587 Points
2. Odi Bakchis 432 Points
3. Matt Field 331 Points
4. Masashi Yokoi 309 Points

With the Formula Drift World Championship being shortened from 10 events to 9 due to the China season finale being cancelled, Aasbo also has the opportunity to wrap up the World Championship simultaneously. Since Irwindale will count for double points, Odi Bakchis will need to make up 155 championship points, which can only be done if Bakchis makes an appearance in the final round. Matt Field is statistically eliminated, as even with a top qualifier / first place sweep, he would only make up 214 of the 256 points he would need to overtake Aasbo.

Should Aasbo make the top 16, the minimum of 34 points he would earn for Irwindale (possibly more pending his qualifying standing) would count as 68 towards the world championship. With first place earning at least 68 points more than a top 16 appearance, Bakchis would not be able to overcome Aasbo. Therefore, the only chance Bakchis has to earn the World Championship requires Aasbo to either not qualify on Friday, or lose in the top 32 on Saturday. In the scenario that Aasbo doesn’t qualify, a final round appearance by Bakchis would be enough to overtake Aasbo. However, should Aasbo qualify on Friday and lose in the top 32 on Saturday, Bakchis would need to win the event to earn the championship.

Overall, the World Championship was a bit of a disappointment, with only 13 drivers  participating in the championship, including only 4 of the current top 10 drivers. In order to qualify for the championship, drivers had to participate in one of the international rounds, one of which was simply a hop across the 49th parallel and didn’t require putting a race car on a boat or a plane. We hope to see an increase in participation next season.

What it takes to win in 2015: Ryan Tuerck

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Current Formula D Championship Standings (after 6 rounds):

1. Fredric Aasbo 428 Points
2. Ken Gushi 348 Points
3. Ryan Tuerck 332 Points
4. Chris Forsberg 331 Points

Moving from Chris Forsberg to Ryan Tuerck for our second day of profiling the 2015 Formula Drift championship chase, not much changes as far as the winning scenario. Should Fredric Aasbo qualify in top 32, Tuerck will be unable to make up the 96 point difference. As with Forsberg, should Aasbo miss the cut for Top 32, Tuerck would need to win the event to overtake Aasbo in the standings. Anything less than an event win would keep the elusive championship out of Tuerck’s hands.

Tuerck does have the opportunity to beat out Ken Gushi and finish in second in the championship, which would tie his career best finish from 2009. With just 16 points separating Tuerck from Gushi, Tuerck can overtake Gushi by finishing at least two rounds ahead of Gushi, or finishing one round ahead of Gushi and earning at least 1 more championship point via qualifying than Gushi. Finishing ahead of Gushi would be especially satisfying as Tuerck’s program is not a factory-backed program, unlike both Gushi and Aasbo. Should Tuerck, Aasbo, and Gushi finish 1-2-3 in any order, it would mark the first time a single manufacturer has swept the entire championship podium.

Overall, Tuerck is likely to celebrate the season as a success. Earning his first podium at Long Beach since Irwindale in 2012, and his first event win since Irwindale 2009, Tuerck has looked much more comfortable in his Scion FR-S chassis. His three total podiums ties all four championship contenders for most on the season and ties the most in a single season of his career (2009). Should Tuerck earn another podium at Irwindale, it would set a career high mark for him. Although Tuerck has done well overall this season, he has the fewest championship points from qualifying of any of the top 4 drivers, and hasn’t earned a top qualifier award since 2010. All in all, it was definitely a step up for Tuerck, who finished 14th in 2013 and 12th last season.