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2014 Formula Drift Road Atlanta – Through the Rain – Qualifying [RESULTS]

ForrestWang

During a southern downpour qualifying continued and ran 4 hours in time. Drivers were given a tester/feel lap then had to go and make a judged run right after. The track started to dry up about halfway through the second passes which is the result of the big points gap in the scores.

1. Forrest Wang
2. Tyler McQuarrie
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
4. Ryan Tuerck
5. Chris Forsberg
6. Chelsea DeNofa
7. Ken Gushi
8. Fredric Aasbo
9. Conrad Grunewald
10. Jhonnattan Castro
11. Kenneth Moen
12. Kuniaki Takahashi*
13. Odi Bakchis
14. Justin Pawlak
15. Kyle Mohan
16. Daigo Saito
17. Danny George
18. Darren McNamara
19. Pat Goodin
20. Michael Essa
21. Charles Ng
22. Dai Yoshihara
23. Dean Kearney
24. Marc Landerville
25. Matt Field
26. Ryan Kado
27. Alec Hohnadell*
28. Rapper Dan Savage*
29. Patrick Mordaunt
30. Geoff Stoneback*
31. Robbie Nishida
32. Jeff Jones

 

Top 32 Tandem Battles
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Learn More About Vaughn Gittin Jr. Than You Ever Wanted to Know

Vaughn Gittin Jr. spends two hours with MotoManTV where you can learn more about him than you ever wanted to know. Vaughn talks about his personal car with hydraulics he use to own, his job at Wendy’s, and walking away from a career in IT all before his Formula Drift championship.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Listed as X-Games 2014 Athlete [RUMORMILL]

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Well….. Vaughn “Gitten” Jr. is listed as a X-Games athlete under the trucks tab of  X-Games athletes. I put up a screen shot in case they take it down/replace it. We are assuming they just don’t know how to spell Vaughn Gittin Jr. and that we can see him in Austin this June. The event falls right after Formula Drift Round 3 in Miami! It is a shame he won’t be playing Call of Duty in this years X-Games. Thanks for the tip SB!

Mustang Madness Weekend @ Petersen Museum

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If you are a Mustang fan living in Southern California this weekend at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles is your ticket! Two whole days of Mustang fun with 2010 Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. is all ready just for you this weekend. Justin Pawlak’s Mustang will also be in attendance. Here is the schedule below and a link to buy tickets!

Saturday May 3rd
9:00AM–4:00PM- 2015 Mustang Product Specialists
10:00AM- Inside the MotoMan Studio live interview with Formula Drift Champ Vaughn Gittin Jr.
11:30AM–1:00PM- Autographs with Vaughn Gittin Jr

Sunday May 4th
7:00AM-8:00AM Mustang Rally starts at Galpin Ford
8:00AM- Rally to the Petersen
7:00AM–9:30AM- Vehicle registration and show car parking (Mustangs only)
9:00AM–4:00PM- 2015 Mustang Product Specialists
10:00AM-4:00PM- Mustang Madness Car Show open to the public
10:00AM–2:00PM
• Food court
• Bar
• Live Music
• Massive bounce house & scavenger hunt for families
• Hourly guided tours of the Mustang exhibit by Mustang experts
• Autograph session with Mustang heroes
• CXC racing simulators
• Check out the latest Mustang products in our vendor area.
• 11:00AM- Inside the MotoMan Studio Live with Beau Boeckmann
•11:00AM- Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)
•1:00PM- Presentation by author of Mustang Genesis, Bob Fria
•2:00PM- Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
•2:00PM- Learn what affects the value of your Mustang the most in the Hagerty Evaluation Seminar
•4:00PM- People’s Choice awards presentation with cash prizes

 

Attend: http://www.petersen.org/splash/

Faruk Kugay & World Drifting Recap – Wrecked Weekly #22 [VIDEO]

Faruk Kugay was our special guest this week who comes fresh off a win at Golden Gate Drift Round 2 (Formula Drift Pro Am series in Northern California). He also helps give insight into the European drift season which has kicked off in the spring! Below is a list of our talking points from the show and the YouTube Summary has time stamps so you can jump to each of the stories directly!

Topic 1- Review of Golden Gate Drift Round 2
Topic 2- Talking about Golden Gate Drift Round 2 Insane Final Battle (Video)
Topic 3 – Midwest Drift Union Round 1 Review (More Info)
Topic 4 – Lone Star Bash Round 2 Review We talk monsoon that causes a full round delay on Final 4
Topic 5 – D1NZ Round 5 Recap. Mad Mike Breaks Everything and Loses Championship Lead (More Info)
Topic 6- Europe Kicks off 2014 with BDC Round 1 and Jack Shanahan takes a win at age of 14!
Topic 7 – Polish Drift Championship Kicks off in Poznan
Topic 8 – Dean Kearney is Going Back to Ireland. Driving in IDC! (More Info)
Topic 9- Opinion: Can Kenneth Moen Win the Formula D Championship?
Topic 10- Exploring Formula Drift Rivalries (Original Post)

Dave Briggs Takes on Formula Drift

Dave Briggs released a video from his Long Beach weekend showing his 800hp SR20 rip around the Streets of Long Beach. Remember #9, this applies to Dave Briggs as well!

Michael Essa vs. Chris Forsberg & Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Justin Pawlak by the Numbers

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Drift Idiot/Hooniverse did an interesting editorial video based on rivalries in Formula Drift. You can watch the video below but I wanted to focus on the statistics of these two rivalries. One has been a long time coming and one was formed by a battle for the championship last year. So who are the better drivers by the numbers?

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A Visit to Formula Drift with the Ford Racing Team [VIDEO]

A great look at the Ford Racing team which consists of Justin Pawlak and Vaughn Gittin Jr. for the 2014 drift season. Justin finished the weekend in fourth place and Vaughn had a decent weekend as well for the Ford Racing team. We really liked the quality of this video!

2014 Formula Drift Round 1 – A Review of the Top 16

MichaelEssa

Many people have pointed out to me that the first battle of the Top 16 was poorly judged. I have now watched it over 25 times from Livestream and reviewed my notes. Everyone seems to take issue with Michael Essa’s follow run, which I do agree was piss poor. You cannot see but he straightens out big time coming out of turn 10 following Mats. One issue I blame on the Livestream for not having cameras on the inside of the track for viewing/critique.
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2014 Formula Drift Round 1 – A Review of the Top 32

MichaelEssa

Michael Essa qualified first this weekend – backing up his top qualifying spot at Irwindale Speedway last year. This makes two events in a row with a top qualifying spot for his E46 BMW. His first battle of the weekend was against Jeremy Richter who zeroed out on his follow run and then called a competition timeout. He was unable to return to the event and gave Michael Essa a pass to the Top 16.

PatMordaunt.BlownMotor

Pat Mordaunt blew his second engine of the week in the final practice session and gave Mats Baribeau and easy pass into the Top 16. His Hyundai Genesis (with red seats – not to be confused with Dennis Mertzanis’ Genesis that has black seats) retained the V6 Lambda motor which has continued to be a problem setup for the ARK team.ChelseaDeNofa.DennisMertzanis

Chelsea DeNofa was seemingly on his way to a victory over Dennis Mertzanis when his car shut off right by the horseshoe exit. Sources tell me he broke an axle and the mechanical gremlins continue to fall apart with the build. Dennis was given an easy pass to the Top 16 in his 1000hp Hyundai.

ForrestWang.CarlRyqduist

These guys were the first Top 32 battle to actually make two successful passes on the weekend. In the lead run Carl made a huge error resulting in a zero from the judges or a huge deduction. Forrest Wang on his follow run just sat back a little took it easy, which got him into the Top 16. All three judges favored Forrest Wang to move on.

GeoffStoneback.KennethMoen

Geoff Stoneback was the highlighted rookie of this weekend. After overcoming transport issues and clutch issues he managed to drive his way into the Top 32. He was sent packing by Kenneth Moen after two battles, but proved as a rookie he can overcome the diversity of the sport. Kenneth also looked unbeatable through most of the weekend.

The highlight of this tandem battle was the big wreck on Kyle Mohan’s follow run. These guys actually put on the best show of the weekend until Kyle planted his car into the wall, shattering his wheel. Robbie actually spins in a separate incident (off camera to LiveStream viewers) resulting in both drivers getting a 0 on the second run. The judges, after reviewing the first tandem battle where Kyle Mohan led gave, him the victory.

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Kyle and his team borrowed some taillights from a car in their paddock and got to work on replacements. Speaking with Kyle after the round, the team managed to get the car back on the road with a new wheel, brake lines, other small items, and one serious alignment. He does get the car back on track for the Top 16 introductions which is quite impressive!

MarcLanderville

Marc Landerville and Fredric Aasbo was another actually solid battle. Marc maybe even had a slight advantage after the first run groupings but really messed up his exit on turn 10 and went way shallow. That was the nail in his coffin and allowing Fredric to advance into the 16. All three judges picked Fredric to advance into 16.JCastro.ConradGrunewald

Jhonnattan Castro looked impressive in his CFR built Nissan 370z this weekend, but ran a little too conservative to defeat Conrad Grunewald in the Camaro. Castro looked far improved from any performance he had given in the past. Conrad really outshined him on the chase run letting Conrad move into the 16.

DaveBriggs.VaughnGittinJr

Dave Briggs was on fire with his performance over the weekend. In fact, he was putting out WAY more smoke than Vaughn Gittin Jr. throughout these battles. He drove Vaughn to a OMT after the first set of runs. Dave Briggs had an insane lead run and Vaughn Gittin Jr. made contact with the wall throwing him off line through turn 10. After the contact Dave has a huge correction, forcing the judges into a OMT. All three judges called for the first OMT battle.

During the OMT battle, Dave  fell a little behind on the follow run probably leaving him at a slight disadvantage as Vaughn went wall to wall without hesitation. Briggs’ lead run was awesome but he couldn’t make up the big amount of space he left when chasing Vaughn. All three judges favored Vaughn to advance!

DeanKearney

The Irish battle took place with Dean Kearney facing Darren McNamara. Dean looked insane with the Dodge Viper when he could complete the course. He was bringing out one aggressive snap entry into 10 and flying through the course. After watching both runs again and again after the event, I think the judges could of taken this either way. The judges really should of sent this battle to a OMT in my opinion, but they ended up calling it all three for Darren McNamara.

DaiYoshihara

Neither of these drivers were excited about this Top 32 draw. Dai Yoshihara in a new twin turbo V8 Subaru BRZ surely wanted an easier tandem partner for his first competition round in the new car. Chris Forsberg showed little remorse with two insanely solid runs dispatching Dai in the Subaru BRZ. All three judges favored with Chris Forsberg to move into the 16.

PatGoodin.DaigoSaito

Pat Goodin and Daigo Saito was one for the ages! Pat Goodin actually out qualified Daigo Saito so he was given the ability to lead first. Daigo was glued to Pat Goodin and didn’t give him enough space to transition heading into the horseshoe. Daigo smashed into his rear quarter panel leaving his bumper behind.

Sadly for Daigo Saito he already used his competition timeout in qualifying so he was unable to fix his car. Daigo attempted to bring the car out back to the start line but clearly had a serious front suspension issue and had to let Pat Goodin advance into the Top 16.

TylerMcQuarrie

Tyler McQuarrie and Tony Angelo was a tame contest. Tyler was just clearly faster around the course and easily dispatched Tony Angelo who experienced various driveline issues throughout the week.

KenGushi.OdiBakchis

Ken Gushi and Odi Bakchis was one of my favorite battles of the Top 32. Odi Bakchis had an insane chase really showing he has progressed a ton in the off-season. In the photo above, Odi Bakchis is so close you cannot even see his car buried by Ken Gushi’s Scion FR-S. All three judges easily went with Odi Bakchis to move into the 16.

JTP.FordMustang

Justin Pawlak stole the playbook from old Falken Tire teammate Haraguchi and used a feint entry into Turn 9. Why the judges or anyone said this was okay is beyond me! He continued this entry to gap drivers on his lead and then dove in normally on his follow run. It was kind of a lame strategy but the judges allowed this to take place.

Justin then parked it (hence the photo) on his second run and didn’t take off. He claimed Jeff Jones jumped the light and he couldn’t catch up. Jeff Jones ran the whole course in quite an impressive fashion but managed to break an axle before he returned. Jeff Jones called a competition time out but couldn’t fix his car, so JTP was allowed to advance into the 16. It was quite a strategic play overall from his perspective , but really sold the fans short of a good battle.

AlecHohnadell

Alec Hohnadell was the one of the three rookies to qualify into the Top 32. In his follow, run he really held his own following Ryan Tuerck with only a minor steering correction as his only deduction. In the end, Ryan Tuerck dismissed the rookie but he really performed well. I feel like with an easier draw in the 32, Alec could have advanced into the Top 16.

 

This wraps up the Top 32 round guys and we will have a Top 16 to podium summary also coming out very soon!