Check out the results from Formula Drift Round 6 – Sonoma. Vaughn Gittin Jr takes 1st place and another step toward winning the championship.
1st Vaughn Gittin Jr.
2nd Ryan Tuerck
3rd Tanner Foust
Tanner Foust is just collecting wins all over the place in rally racing this year. After a double gold medal week at X-Games he kicked off Rallycross with a victory. He has one amazing For Fiesta that let him take home another win to kick off this new Rallycross season. He is stacking up an impressive resume of wins this year and has to be looking at a Formula Drift championship to finish off 2010.
Tanner Foust is gearing up for Rallycross in New Jersey this weekend according to Ford Racing. The X-Games Ford Fiesta will be put back to use as he gears up to compete in the United States new series this weekend. Here is what Tanner Foust had to say about the event;
“It’s an incredibly challenging and aggressive sport,” said Foust, who has been competing in European championship events this season in the RockStar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta. “The action is non-stop and the fans can’t get enough of it. I often say it is like driving in a real life video game.”
The 2010 Formula Drift championship is winding down and only a few candidates are realistically going to take home the championship. We opened up voting to the top three drivers in the championship race. Go ahead and vote for who you want to win and we will soon find out who the champion favorite is for 2010.
Looking at the championship points it is quite clear that Tanner Foust with his Top 16 elimination against Sam Hubinette and Ryan Tuerck with his Top 16 elimination against Vaughn Gittin Jr. were the biggest losers of Las Vegas. They have both fallen significantly behind in the championship points race with two rounds left. Here is how the Top 16 looks.
1. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 439 points
2. Dai Yoshihara – 417 points
3. Tanner Foust – 386 points
4. Ryan Tuerck – 361 points
5. Darren McNamara – 342 points
6. Sam Hubinette – 304 points
7. Chris Forsberg – 296 points
8. Rhys Millen – 291.75 points
9. Tyler McQuarrie – 275.50 points
10. Justin Pawlak – 267.50 points
11. Michihiro Takatori – 239.50 points
12. Charles Ng – 228.50 points
13. Conrad Grunewald – 213 points
14. Ken Gushi – 203.50 points
15. Joon Maeng – 190.25 points
16. Ross Petty – 186 points
Thursday night practice was pretty insane/crazy for a night practice before an event starts. Forrest Wang took honors for the hardest hit of the weekend and clearly totaled the Infiniti G35. Just looking at the car it had some frame damage and I cannot see him driving it at all this weekend. Joon Maeng had some contact with the wall in his Mazda Rx-8 but it looks like it did some minimal damage.
Fredric Aasbo had some contact with the wall and I am not sure on the condition of that car. However, when I left the track around 1:00am his team was hard at work fixing it up. With all day to prepare I can only imagine the car will be ready for qualifying. Sam Hubinette connected with the wall in practice but just made contact with the tire wall. Everything looked fine on the car so he should have no concerns.
Justin Pawlak was the fastest consistently of the day by far and I was told by Falken he was being clocked at 88mph on entry. If he can keep that performance level up in tandem he has an easy shot at the podium. Tyler McQuarrie from the Falken camp looked better than he has all season by a mile.
Tanner Foust and Tyler McQuarrie both got clocked at 89mph which were the top entries of the day. Tanner Foust looked amazing and did win this race last year. Ryan Tuerck never ran a real constant line and has some things to work before he can put down a top qualifying performance. Practice/qualifying will kick off around 7:00pm tonight.
Don’t miss this video from Formula Drift Seattle filmed and produced by Dead Pirate Productions. It’s a five minute video that goes from dramatic black and white drifting to a fast paced podium. Watch as Tanner Foust takes the Scion tC to a win which marked the first non Falken Tire victory of the year.
So the Superrally race ended a lap early or maybe it didn’t but that just adds to the general confusion of X-Games 16 rally events. Regardless of any fudged outcomes three Formula Drift drivers made it into the finals of the Superally. Stephan Verdier held second place in the finals for quite some time and it looks like Sam Hubinette had some car troubles in the Evo X. In the elimination round we saw Ken Block DQ and Sam Hubinette win by spinning out ACP who hopped on the brakes to avoid Ken Block. That was the best run of the night by far! Anyways, in the finals Tanner Foust smashed into Brian Deegan to take position in turn one and took home his second gold medal of the night. This could be his year because he isn’t that far out of the Formula Drift championship chase on top of all these gold medals.
Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan both had an insane final battle at X-Games 16 until Brian Deegan went the wrong way. tanner Foust ended up taking home first place after Deegan got lost on course! He just took home another Gold Medal in X-Games to add to his two Formula Drift championships. They had some amazing battles to get into the finals but Tanner takes home gold in the Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta. ACP was the only other Formula Drift driver in Rally Car and finished in the semi-finals. Congrats to Tanner Foust with a gold medal in Rally Car. Superrally is coming up soon and we will keep you posted on how that winds up.
Here is a snapshot of Tanner Foust and Sam Hubinette from X-Games rally practice. Tanner Foust is in the top photo with his Rockstar Energy Drink/Etnies Ford Fiesta coming back into the LA Coliseum. The second photo shows Sam Hubinette in the SPARCO Evo X actually doing some practice. The third photo shows Stephan Verdier in his Formula Drift car re-wrapped for X-Games. If you take a look at the X-Games 16 schedule they have some rally racing slated in the 2pm to 6pm time and then in the 7pm to 11pm time slot. We will keep you posted on how all the Formula Drift drivers do today in rally at X-Games 16.
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