Sit back, crank up your speakers, and watch Vaughn Gittin Jr. attack Gatebil in one insane video with Magnaflow.
3 weeks ago, Formula D invited me to be on their Drift Nation podcast. In discussing whether Chris Forsberg has the championship locked up or not, I guessed that based on how well he had done in qualifying, he had a substantial advantage over the other drivers. While Chris Forsberg is the best qualifying driver, digging a little deeper actually surprised me at how little qualifying matters this year. This year, the way championship points are allocated was changed, and it doesn’t look like this change was for the better.
If we threw out all qualifying results, the top 25 places in the overall championship standings would not change. The first position where qualifying points actually changes the standings is 26th, where 7 drivers who would be tied with 64 points based on tandem would split their tie based on qualifying points.
Here’s a look at the top 32 points based on tandem scores only:
The 2015 Ford Mustang is building some steam and making a big launch with three engine configurations including a turbocharged 4 cylinder, V6, and the traditional V8 engine. Vaughn Gittin Jr. will once again be releasing his RTR line and cars to purchase with the 2015 model. The renders don’t quite show off the new Ford Mustang’s look but gives a nice preview of what is to come.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. is always up to something interesting and this weekend he is racing in the Canadian NASCAR series in the #9 car courtesy of Kerry Micks in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series. Vaughn will be driving a Ford Fusion around the Grand Prix Trois-Rivières! He will also be doing some drift demos if you happen to be in Quebec and want to check it out.
Despite qualifying fourth (ahead of both Fredric Aasbo and Vaughn Gittin Jr) and earning an incredible fifth consecutive podium, Chris Forsberg’s lead on the championship remains unchanged from the 59 points it stood at after New Jersey due to this year’s points structure. Both Forsberg and Aasbo earned 4.5 points for qualifying (4th thru 8th qualifiers earn the same amount of points), and although Forsberg earned a spot on the podium in front of all of the cameras while Aasbo remained on the sideline in 4th place, the elimination of the 3rd place battle gives both 3rd and 4th place drivers the same amount of points. Vaughn Gittin Jr fell from just 65 points behind to 113 points behind due to his early Top 32 exit, while Kenneth Moen fell from 111 points behind to 146 points behind after his top 16 exit, nearly eliminating him from the championship chase.
The top qualifier effort combined with the win (a perfect slate for only the seventh time in history and the first time since Long Beach 2013) moves McNamara up from eighth to fifth in the championship table.
Here’s how the points stack up after five of seven rounds of competition.
1. Chris Forsberg 421.5 points
2. Fredric Aasbo 362.5 points
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 308.5 points
4. Kenneth Moen 275.5 points
5. Darren McNamara 263 points
6. Odi Bakchis 243.5 points
7. Justin Pawlak 226 points
8. Dean Kearney 215.5 points
9. Robbie Nishida 191 points
10. Forrest Wang 183.5 points
11. Conrad Grunewald 176.5 points
12. Michael Essa 164.5 points
13. Ryan Tuerck 162 points
14. Ken Gushi 156 ponts
15. Tyler McQuarrie 153.5 points
16. Matt Field 153 points
17. Charles Ng 137 points
18. Chelsea Denofa 134.5 points
19. Kyle Mohan 124 points
20. Daijiro Yoshihara 122.5 points
The second ever episode of Formula Drift Nation was put up today on DailyMotion. This episode features Toro from GT Channel and myself as we talk about a review of Formula Drift Japan and the upcoming Formula Drift Seattle. My podium prediction is 1. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 2. Chris Forsberg 3. Chelsea DeNofa and 4. Daigo Saito for the weekend. Let’s see how I did next weekend.
A very cool and unique look at Fredric Aasbo’s Scion tC taking on Wall Speedway. You can see nitrous engage, revs, and his throttle modulation all around the course. The video shows him in tandem with Vaughn Gittin Jr. as he attempts to perform the perfect follow run. Enjoy this unique data set of a drift run.