Here are some snapshots we captured of the tandem battle between these two guys. Click of any of the images to jump to the video.
One of the runs in Top 16 tons of people put focus on was the battle with Daigo Saito and Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Top 16. Daigo was coming off a podium in Long Beach and Vaughn Gittin Jr. a blown chance against Odi Bakchis in Top 32. These two put on quite possibly one of the best tandem battles of the weekend as one high horsepower turbo’d 2JZ-GTE engine lines up against a Ford Racing crate engine. With the help of Brian Casse we captured a great video of the two in tandem.
Darren McNamara apparently needs some new transportation for Formula Drift Round 2 after his big crash at Streets of Long Beach which you can watch again by viewing it in this post below. The 350z of controversy is back after a feather shaking Las Vegas last year with Justin Pawlak stepping into it while removing Tyler McQuarrie. Now in 2012 the 350z is collecting dust over at ASD and getting prepped for this debut at Road Atlanta. I am pretty sure this is the first time DMac will be driving LHD in competition. We hope that he will have some time at Lowes Motor Speedway to test before the big event at Road Atlanta in the car. Darren has stepped onto the podium many times in Atlanta so a new car and a huge lack of points in Long Beach really is going to put pressure on him to perform at this event trying to stay championship points relevant.
A great production from Streets of Long Beach highlighting how much fun the drift event was from the eyes of big drivers like Matt Powers, Daigo Saito, and Justin Pawlak. The three minute piece really highlights the quick paced action that went down over the weekend. It even looks like he lost a camera to the death of Joon Maeng’s wing on the back of his Mazda Rx-8.
The guys at Car@Nifty caught the Hibino crash on film which was spotted by one of our commenters in the photo thread (thanks Steffan) which shows the big run into the turn one wall by Hibino in his Toyota 86. The contact and crash from this video angle doesn’t really look all that bad but his entire rear suspension came off the car in the process so it must of been a bigger impact than it appeared to be.
The D1 Grand Prix driver Tetsuya Hibino already has given his Toyota 86 one huge love smack on the wall at Odaiba today. We don’t have any more details outside of what we found hunting around the Internet but I am sure video will pop up soon. It looks like Hibino is running Cusco arms on the car. We will provide more reports from the first round of the D1GP as they come out!
Justin Shreeve took on Long Beach with a video titled No Mercy which shows off tons of highlights from the weekends Round 1. A great compilation of tandem battles featuring the event winner Justin Pawlak and some rookies like George Marstanovic who was caught blowing Santa’s hat straight off his head with a wall tap. Justin produced another great video to kick off the 2012 season.
Just like the video we put up last night of Darren McNamara crashing in about the same fashion as Robbie Nishida did in his Achilles Tires S13.5 Silvia. While tandeming against Conrad Grunewald he went in too deep into the wall which kicked the car out and right into the tire barriers. Robbie was alright and the car suffered much less damage than Darren McNamara who managed to hit the unprotected k-rail first and then make contact with the tires.
Follow Darren McNamara has he sends his Saturn Sky for a ride into the k-rail and tire barrier at Formula D Streets of Long Beach. The Saturn was eliminated after this round but we don’t think the ASD crew could of pieced the car back together in a good time frame to make it out for the next round. We are sure Darren is excited to head into the next round where he historically places very well.
We got sent this photograph through our contact form of Fredric Aasbo losing a wheel during the Scion Test Day at Irwindale Speedway. It looks like they had a small issue with the rear drivers side wheel causing it to come detached from body. A big bummer for Fredric Aasbo but better for him to happen during a testing instead of at Streets of Long Beach this weekend.
In case you ever tried to convince someone that drifting wasn’t just full of hooligan kids doing random hood-rat shit in the time between robbing liquor stores and mugging old ladies then please don’t show them this video. All joking aside this Bloodmasters Part 1 video shows off some intense skill and entertainment all focused around Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey. The video features some Formula Drift drivers such as Ryan Tuerck, Chris Forsberg, and Tony Angelo who all seem to be driving “missile” car S13’s as they slam into each other, parts of the track, and about anywhere else you could think of around the race course. My favorite part of the video falls around 3:13 when they have a five car tandem (two cars going one direction on the track and three going the other way) all at the same time. This is shown in screen capture three above. Follow the link after the video to see a full list of credits for the Bloodmasters Bloodbath Part 1 video.