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10 Things I Learned at Formula Drift Seattle Round 6

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10. Fredric Aasbo Falls for a 6-1 Record
It almost seems like beating Fredric Aasbo this year is worthy of a trophy itself. Odi Bakchis all time before this weekend was 0-6 against Fredirc Aasbo. In fact, his most recent loss was last round at Formula Drift Montreal so surely that was fresh on his mind before they met this past weekend. These two drivers faced off against each other in the Great 8 and Odi Bakchis finally got his first career victory over Fredric Aasbo on the seventh attempt. The first time the two met was actually at Evergreen Speedway in 2013. Odi took that victory and momentum of beating Aasbo all the way to his second career victory.

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9. Make Up Your Mind Already Judges
The judges played it way too safe this weekend when it came to making tough calls. Instead of really thinking about a run we got the OMT show. I found myself chanting No More Time towards the end of this event. We had around 10 OMT battles which means 33% of battles got a One More Time call. Sorry guys, the margins are just not that razor thin in this sport. Two battles that didn’t deserve an OMT call off the top of my head if you want a talking point are (Tyler McQuarrie vs. Ken Gushi in Great 8) and (Jhonnattan Castro vs. Tanner Foust Top 16)

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8. Vaughn Gittin Jr. Beat Dean Kearney in My Eyes
My other “shot” at the judges comes in the form of the Dean Kearney vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. battle in the Top 16. I was doing a battle by battle recap for Driving Line this weekend and all of my notes favored Vaughn Gittin in this tandem run. I just felt like the overall impact of Vaughn Gittin’s follow run had to carry more weight than just focusing on outer zone one. If OZ1 is so important, why did they bother drifting the rest of the track? This was my big head scratcher of the event and sadly my #JUSTICE4VAUGHN hashtag got no traction. This call really hurt him in his championship chase to make the decision even worse in the big picture of things.

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2016 Formula Drift Round 5 in Canada [GALLERY]

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Don’t miss all of our Formula Drift Canada coverage that was captured by our favorite Canadian photographer Jeremy Glover! He did an awesome job capturing the drama and drinking of Redbull that went down over the event weekend. Don’t miss an image by checking out our complete gallery below.

Full Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=473

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift’s Canada Invasion

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10. Justin PAWLAKKKKK – WOW!
Justin Pawlak’s drifting was on another planet this weekend. He looked to be back to his old insane FC Mazda RX-7 style that everyone just loved so much. Perhaps he is just growing into the S550 Ford Mustang chassis? Either way, if he can keep it together a little more I think he is a serious threat for the remaining part of 2016. Let’s also not forget to mention, he threw in some super insane entry against Vaughn following that didn’t quite work out, then managed to catch up to Vaughn and he tried to punt him off the track. Love it! If you go back into qualifying videos and watch his runs you will be impressed 100%.

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9. Odi Bakchis Has Turned a Hyundai into Gold
After years and years of watching people struggle to drift a Hyundai chassis you really have to tip the hat to Odi Bakchis as a suspension wizard. He makes his Genesis couple look and drift just like his Nissan 240sx and probably needs to receive a couple million dollars of Hyundai marketing money to help continue making their platform look so viable. Odi would be in the championship chase for me this year if he wasn’t just so conservative in his tandem chases sometimes. He needs to break that mental barrier of conservative in his head and find that bit of flair and he could run the whole way. He did really step up the game I felt like this weekend and should be recognized for it.

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8. The Best Commentary Setup in Formula Drift History
Two things made this the best commentated event in Formula Drift history and I just hope Formula Drift can figure out how to keep doing it the future. #1, Ryan L. as a judge explaining things is genius even though I feel like it could pull away from his judging focus. Explanations are great and at least informing people is a huge plus (although I doubt most are listening/paying attention). #2 and more important is that Formula Drift had live commentary for the crowd itself. That means that Ryan Sage and Jarod DeAnda could focus on broadcasting a TV like show over the air and it worked like a charm. Nothing makes everyone want to turn off the Livestream more than when Jarod is asking for people to do the wave at Irwindale and you are sitting in your parents damp basement eating a PBJ sandwich. The overall quality of production just seemed so much better and it was great to hear the crowd randomly roaring up without being prompted in my ear. Just my .02 cents on that.

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2016 Formula Drift Round 5 in Montreal [RESULTS]

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Fredric Aasbo found his way back to the top of the podium with a great and solid performance all day. He just didn’t make any mistakes and mirrored all the drivers he battled near flawlessly. Here is how they finished up today at the first ever Montreal race:

1. Fredric Aasbo
2. Chris Forsberg
3. Odi Bakchis
4. Vaughn Gittin Jr.

2016 Formula Drift Round 5 in Canada Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Forrest Wang got pretty wild with a top qualifying run after coming out of retirement (watch run). Only 28 drivers made the trek over the border and just 27 of them managed to get a score. Tyler McQuarrie crashed in practice and was unable to fix the car before his qualifying runs. The notable drivers we documented missing from this weekend were Pat Morduant, Kristaps Bluss, Alex Heilbrunn, Kenneth Moen, and Jeff Jones were all missing from the roster. Local star Marc Landerville was added to the competition this weekend and he managed to qualify 11th. Here is how the scores stacked up:

1. Forrest Wang 92
2. Ryan Tuerck 89
3. Justin Pawlak 89
4. Chelsea DeNofa 88
5. Fredric Aasbo 88
6. Dai Yoshihara 88
7. Alec Hohnadell 87
8. Odi Bakchis 86
9. Matt Field 85
10. Chris Forsberg 85
11. Marc Landerville 84
12. Pat Goodin 84
13. Matt Coffman 83
14. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 83
15. Kyle Mohan 81
16. Andrew Gray 81
17. Geoff Stoneback 81
18. Ken Gushi 80
19. Michael Essa 80
20. Charles Ng 79
21. Robbie Nishida 79
22. Dean Kearney 79
23. J Castro 77
24. Cameron Moore 75
25. Mad Mike Whiddett 73
26. Faruk Kugay 70
27. Juha Rintanen 56
28. Tyler McQuarrie 0 (DNR)

Left Bracket
Forrest Wang vs. BYE
Andrewy Gray vs. Geoff Stoneback
Odi Bakchis vs. Mad Mike Whiddett
Matt Field vs. Cameron Moore
Chelsea DeNofa vs. BYE
Matt Coffman vs. Charles Ng
Fredric Aasbo vs. BYE
Pat Goodin vs. Robbie Nishida

Right Bracket
Ryan Tuerck vs. BYE
Kyle Mohan vs. Ken Gushi
Alec Hohnadell vs. Faruk Kugay
Chris Forsberg vs. J Castro
Justin Pawlak vs. BYE
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Michael Essa
Dai Yoshihara vs. Juha Rintanen
Marc Landerville vs. Dean Kearney

2016 Formula Drift Round 4 in New Jersey [GALLERY]

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All of the action and photos from Formula Drift New Jersey are here! Mike Tseng did some great coverage capturing the moments leading up to the Vaughn Gittin Jr. victory at Wall Speedway in New Jersey.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=472

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift New Jersey Round 4

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10. The BMW chassis is looking Hot in 2016
Man, the BMW chassis is looking like it should be hot property after this drift season. BMW has seen a podium at 75% of the events this year and some of the most notable drifting has come from the likes of Essa, Moen, Heilbrunn, Bluss, and DeNofa all in the BMW camp. The changes in the series seem to favoring this chassis in a big way.

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9. Vaughn Gittin Jr. Ties Sam Hubinette for Event Wins Record
Vaughn Gittin Jr. battled his good friend Chris Forsberg in the finals at Wall Speedway and won! It was also a tie-breaker between the two friends. Chris Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin Jr. both had 8 event wins going into this event in New Jersey. It also happened to be a home track for both drivers who grew up within hour of Wall. Tons of narrative and storyline here as Vaughn Gittin Jr. prevailed and tied the record holder Sam Hubinette now with 9 event victories. An even crazier point made by our stats guru Jacob Leveton, Vaughn’s first win actually came after Sam Hubinette’s last win of their respective careers.

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8. Forrest Wang Retirement is Tough to Swallow
Forrest Wang retiring from Formula Drift is a tough one to realize and swallow for fans. He has the best drifting style in Formula Drift but all good things must come to an end. I also see him coming back before the end of this season but that is just pure speculation that I have no evidence for. I am kind of bummed that the Wang/Forsberg battle managed to overshadow what was a super exciting event. If you missed the event or have live under a rock, here is our analysis of the Top 16 battle.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Alex Heilbrunn – OMT Battle – Judging Review with Ryan

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I asked Ryan L. (Formula Drift judge) to come and provide some commentary about his calls. This is his ruling on the Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Alex Heilbrunn Final Four OMT battle.
Gittin leading: Gittin initiates really well and stays up high on OZ1, rubbing his bumper on the guardrail. Slight lack of proximity on imitation from Hailbrunn, he is lower on OZ1 with less angle. He gains proximity by mid OZ1, joins with Gittin as he comes off of OZ1. Vaughn does a great job on OZ1, Heilbrunn straightens just before he comes off of the bank, and does a slight shimmy on the flat just before IC1, before gaining angle again before IC1. Heilbrunn with low angle passing by IC1, regains proximity by OZ2. Gittin fills OZ2 with angle and hits both IC2 and IC3. Heilbrunn with good proximity through infield to finish, Gittin does a good job of attaining IC4.
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Heilbrunn leading: Good initiation from Heilbrunn, but he is lower on OZ1 than Gittin was, and Gittin has better proximity through OZ1 on the same line as Heilbrunn. Heilbrunn comes off of OZ1 early and passes by IC1 with low angle. Gittin loses proximity exiting OZ1 and by IC1. Heilbrunn with good angle through OZ2, puts one tire up on the bank (1wheel off). Heilbrunn misses IC1 (beyond all 3 hash marks at the clip), misses IC3 (looks like he’s beyond the 3 hash marks as well) with low angle. Gittin has very low proximity at this point. Heilbrunn does a good job of reaching the T&G but is slightly off of IC4. Gittin with somewhat better proximity than through the infield, but still low.
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Judge Ryan L Verdict: I chose Gittin for a few reasons. First of all, Gittin’s lead run was very, very good. Probably the best line and angle combo on OZ1 during all of Top 32. He did what we asked by running as close to a 100 point qualifying lap, which we repeatedly said was very important to do in the lead position. Secondly, Heilbrunn straightened exiting OZ1 while chasing Gittin, which I can’t overlook. Thirdly, Heilbrunn gained some distance on Gittin while leading, but he missed 3 critical points with lower angle while doing so: IC2, IC3 and IC4. It looked like an attempt to get away from Gittin, which he did, but he did not fulfill his duties as a lead driver in doing so.
We pulled clips from this video on NetworkA that shows all of Vaughn’s runs to his victory. Sadly Network A doesn’t have embed capabilities and they also didn’t isolate this run from what I could find:
http://formuladrift.networka.com/na-fd-vgruns

2016 Formula Drift Round 4 at New Jersey [RESULTS]

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. continues his focus and domination of the 2016 season in his three wheel Mustang. Wow, a bummer that Forsberg had an issue in follow forcing him to call 5 minutes or this battle could of been for the ages. The Vaughn Gittin Jr. follow run for him to win the event was insane! Rookie Alex Heilbrunn held his own and pushed Vaughn into an OMT battle but didn’t have enough in it. Here is how the podium finishes:

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
2. Chris Forsberg
3. Alex Heilbrunn (Rookie)
4. Ken Gushi

2016 Formula Drift Round 4 New Jersey Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Here is the qualifying results from a gorgeous day in New Jersey. Only 30 drivers managed to get points this weekend leaving two bye runs for the top qualifiers into the Top 32. Dai Yoshihara looked insane during qualifying with two 93 point runs to lock in first place on Odi Bakchis on a style score tie breaker.

1. Dai Yoshihara 93
2. Odi Bakchis 93
3. Chelsea DeNofa 92
4. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 91
5. Fredric Aasbo 90
6. Ryan Tuerck 89
7. Chris Forsberg 88
8. Robbie Nishida 87
9. Alex Heilbrunn 84
10. Tyler McQuarrie 84
11. Ken Gushi 82
12. Justin Pawlak 82
13. Krisptas Bluss 81
14. Matt Field 80
15. Michael Essa 78
16. Alec Hohnadell 78
17. Dean Kearney 77
18. Jhonnathan Castro 76
19. Charles Ng 75
20. Andy Gray 75
21. Kyle Mohan 75
22. Juna Rintanen 75
23. Forrest Wang 74
24. Geoff Stoneback 74
25. Matt Coffman 73
26. Jeff Jones 72
27. Pat Goodin 72
28. Pat Mordaunt 64
29. Cameron Moore 55
30. Faruk Kugay 54
31. Mad Mike Whiddett Did Not Run
32. Kenneth Moen Did Not Run

Tandem Bracket Left
Dai Yoshihara vs. BYE
Alec Hohnadell vs. Dean Kearney
Robbie Nishida vs. Matt Coffman
Alex Heilbrunn vs. Geoff Stoneback
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Cameron Moore
Kristaps Bluss vs. Andrew Gray
Fredric Aasbo vs. Pat Mordaunt
Justin Pawlak vs. Kyle Mohan

Tandem Bracket Right
Odi Bakchis vs. BYE
Michael Essa vs. Jhonnathan Castro
Chris Forsberg vs. Jeff Jones
Tyler McQaurrie vs. Forrest Wang
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Faruk Kugay
Matt Field vs. Charles Ng
Ryan Tuerck vs. Pat Goodin
Ken Gushi vs. Juha Rintanen