Chris Forsberg took to his blog chatting up about his accident in the Great 8 against Dai Yoshihara along with the tandem battle tied with it. According to Chris the front end lost grip and he ended up making contact with the guardrail. Below is the story about the “5 Minute Rule” they called and how other teams such as the Bergenholtz helped them get the car back together for a second run. Sadly this was all great stuff you missed on the Livestream while they played commercials instead of showing the hard work going into getting a car fixed in the pits in REAL TIME.
“In top 8, we went against Daijiro Yoshihara, who has been a contender for the Formula Drift Championship almost every year. He is also one of the most consistently fast cars on the course so we decided to tighten up our car a little bit in order to gain some extra speed. As we pushed down the straight, we were side by side but as we went into the first corner, he flicked out into a slight feint entry maneuver and his rear bumper almost came into our car. As I initiated, I steered around him but at this point, I felt I was off my line so I made a correction and got into the throttle but as I was adjusting I lost grip in the front end and hit the guard rail. As I was trying to drive off course, Formula Drift officials told me to stop because both of my driver side wheels were broken with flat tires.
We called 5 minutes and were towed back to our pit where Kevin and Sergio were waiting, along with the Bergenholtz and SHR crew guys. The car hit the ground and the clock started. They immediately jacked the car up and started ripping the wheels off; Kevin inspected everything for damage while Bergenholtz taped the hood down. Kevin said that the suspension was good so the guys slapped on new wheels and tires while he adjusted the tire pressure. Kevin also said the alignment looked okay except that the front camber and toe were off but as long as the back end was ok we could still control the car. Bergenholtz cleared a path for me as I headed back to the line to make my second run.
As I tore down the straight for my lead run, I had a little bobble on the entry due to the crooked front end but then it drifted through the rest of the course quite well. Although we did not get the win, we were able to give the crowd a great second run and also show them how dedicated we are to getting back out there to complete our runs! I cannot say enough about the level of camaraderie in the drifting paddock, it is truly is amazing and is why I love drifting! I hope it never changes.”
Read His Full Blog Post: http://www.chrisforsberg.com/blog/2011/06/23/formula-drift-atlanta-recap/