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2015 Drift All-Stars Poland and Season [RESULTS]

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The 2015 Drift All-Stars season came to an end with an awesome stadium event in Poland. I almost attended this event on a last minute flight/trip with Pro 2 driver Faruk Kugay but couldn’t make it work out with my schedule sadly. The final battle with Kuba Przgonski and James Deane brought the stadium to its feet. The follow from Deane was just unreal. Here is a snapshot from it.

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Final results from the Polish Drift GP – Round 6:
1st- Kuba Przygonski – Poland – Orlean Team
2nd- James Deane – Ireland – Falken Tyres/Level One Qatar
3rd- Grzegorz Hypki – Poland – PUZ Drift Team

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Even with his second place finish in Poland – James Deane took home the 2015 championship which just continues to highlight the dominance of Ireland in European drifting. James Deane is now back to back champion and once again I wish he would get a seat in Formula Drift already! Here is how the 2015 championship finished-

1st- James Deane (497 Points)
2nd- Janis Eglite (437 Points)
3rd- Luke Fink (307 Points)
4th- Nigel Colfer (298 Points)
5th- Juha Poyatalskoo (284 Points)
6th- Piotr Wiecek (282 Points)

Street Driven Tour Invades Las Vegas [VIDEO]

Here is the official event video from Street Driven Tour Las Vegas. It featured one of the strongest drivers lists of the season and some of the best tandem trains of the year at Street Driven by far. Sit back and watch the Street Driven Tour X StanceWars Las Vegas event wrapped up in one great video. Chris Forsberg even brought out the old K-Sport Nissan 350z with a new flat black look and Voodoo 13 sponsorship.

2015 Formula Drift Awards – Most Improved Driver – Alec Hohnadell

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The Formula Drift Award Banquet kicked off right after Irwindale Speedway and we have all the awards incoming in the next few posts. The first one is Most Improved Driver for the 2015 season. This is calculated by where a driver finished in 2014 compared to where he finished in 2015. Alec finished 31st in 2014 and closed out this season in 10th moving up 21 championship places.

2015 Formula Drift Round 7 Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway Part 1 [GALLERY]

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Justin Kaehler attacks Part 1 of our Irwindale Speedway coverage on Wrecked Magazine. Here are photos covering the Final Fight that brought Fredric Aasbo his first championship in his Scion tC. The 20k fans were treated to car to car contact and some solid battles to close out the 2015 season.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=463

 

10 Things I learned From Formula Drift Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway

10. Daigo Saito’s Perfect Irwindale Record Comes to An End at 16 Wins

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Part of me was starting to think that Daigo Saito would retire before losing at Iwindale Speedway. Sadly, a Top 16 battle with champion Fredric Aasbo after a riveting OMT battle saw Daigo Saito finally fall at the House of Drift. This puts his career track record for Irwindale Speedway at a whopping 16-1. Never has one driver been so dominate in Formula Drift history at one track and I hated to watch his undefeated record come to an end.

9. Mad Mike Whiddett Nailed It This Weekend

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Mad Mike Whiddett looked pretty solid at Irwindale this weekend. His return to Formula Drift in general had much more impact than his first season and I hope he returns for 2016. He made quite a run this weekend at Irwindale Speedway finally losing to the champion in the Great 8. He easily disposed of Ryan Tuerck and James Evans putting him firmly in 19th for the championship. Not a bad result considering he missed Long Beach and New Jersey.

8. Struggling Drivers Don’t Rise to Occassion at Irwindale

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The bottom of the Pro list is where a ton of drivers needed to put down big performances to stay in the Pro series or at least put up points to prove they have what it takes still to compete. Dave Briggs suffered a malfunction and was eliminated early, Joon Maeng couldn’t get a score good enough to place in the Top 32 for qualifying, and Nikolett Szanto didn’t even turn a wheel. A pretty sad showing that was amplified by Mats Baribeau who crashed during qualifying and didn’t make the Top 32 as well. It will be sad to not see some of these guys in the Pro ranks for 2016, especially since I think most issues they had were mechanical.

7. Irwindale Speedway Might Not Be Going Away

Nobody really wanted to speak either way 100% but from what I gathered it is a high probability (over 50%) that Irwindale Speedway will host Formula Drift next year and possibly a few years after that with some luck. Either way, we took on a special project at Wrecked Magazine to pay tribute to the House of Drift which will come out later this month. We talked to drivers and fans about their personal favorite moment from the tracks history.

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2015 Formula Drift Championship [RESULTS]

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The 2015 championship is a wrap! Fredric Aasbo followed up his second place finish last year with a championship in 2015. Ken Gushi was right on his heels the whole way in what wound up a Scion dominated season. The Scion brand finished 1,2, and 4 during this Formula Drift season which is unparalleled by any OEM in this sports history. Chris Forsberg took his Nissan 370z with a respectable 3rd place season finish to follow up with his 14 championship run. Here is how the Top 20 finished up for 2015 –

1. Fredric Aasbo – 530
2. Ken Gushi – 431
3. Chris Forsberg – 382
4. Ryan Tuerck – 367
5. Odi Bakchis – 363
6. Masashi Yokoi – 324
7. Justin Pawlak – 287
8. Forrest Wang – 285
9. Matt Field – 282
10. Alec Hohnadell – 272
11. Kenneth Moen – 247
12. Daigo Saito – 238
13. Vaughn Gittin Jr – 226
14. Dean Kearney – 220
15. Chelsea DeNofa – 212
15. Tyler McQuarrie – 212
17. Pat Mordaunt – 211
18. Pat Goodin – 207
19. Mad Mike Whiddett – 192
20. Charles Ng – 191

2015 Formula Drift Round 7 Final Fight at Irwindale [RESULTS]

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The Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway came to an end last night with somewhat of an anti-climatic ending to a solid season. Ken Gushi suffered through multiple engines to keep going through the weekend refused to quit but fell short when trying to chase Fredric Aasbo in the finals. If Aasbo had lost in the Top 32 it would of put Ken Gushi just one place shy of a championship. Here is how the Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway finished –

1. Fredric Aasbo
2. Ken Gushi
3. Forrest Wang

2015 Formula Drift Pro 2 Championship [RESULTS]

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After last night we now have 8 newly licensed Formula Drift Pro drivers for 2016. Here are the new drivers you can expect to see at all the rounds of Formula drift next year:

1. Alex Heilbrunn
2. James Evans
3. Juha Rintanen
4. Andrew Gray
5. Cameron Moore
6. Faruk Kugay
7. Jeff Jones
8. Brody Goble

To retain a Pro 2 you needed 64 points in the season. 11 drivers managed to do this for the 2015 season and you can expect to see them in Pro 2 next season. Here is that list of drivers:

1. Brandon Wicknick
2. Taylor Hull
3. Kevin Lawrence
4. Ryan Litteral
5. Dave Briggs
6. Jeff Wolfson
7. Josh McGuire
8. Brandon Patterson
9. Hiro Sumida
10. Tommy Van Cleef
11. Kenji Yamanaka

2015 Formula Drift Pro 2 at Irwindale Speedway [RESULTS]

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Juha Rintanen completed the event sweep with a top qualifying spot and a first place finish for the weekend. This Pro 2 round at Irwindale Speedway was far better than last year with several drivers really taking on the bank. Faruk Kugay ended his run with a krail smash and insane spin drift while in throttle the whole time. Alex Heilbrunn had clutch issues during qualifying and struggled through competition as well even though he secured a championship already. Here is how they finished:

1st- Juha Rintanen
2nd- Cameron Moore
3rd- Kevin Lawrence

What it takes to win in 2015: Post Irwindale Qualifying scenarios

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Current Formula D USA Championship Standings Post Irwindale Qualifying:

1. Fredric Aasbo 432 Points
2. Ken Gushi 355 Points
3. Ryan Tuerck 335 Points
4. Chris Forsberg 334 Points

 

Current Formula D World Championship Standings (after 8 rounds and Irwindale Qualifying):

1. Fredric Aasbo 595 Points
2. Odi Bakchis 438 Points
3. Matt Field 343 Points
4. Masashi Yokoi 315 Points

The fate of both the Formula Drift USA and Formula Drift World Championships will lie at the tires of Kristaps Bluss.

As the first tandem battle for Fredric Aasbo, Aasbo will clinch both championships if he can move into the top 16. Since Aasbo has earned no fewer than 16 tandem points by making the top 32, the only way for Ken Gushi to makeup the 77 point difference in the USA championship is by earning the full 100 points as an event winner, which is 84 points more than a top 32 exit. In the world championship chase, a loss by Aasbo in top 32 would open the door for Odi Bakchis to take the championship should he win the event as the 100 points Bakchis would earn as event champion would be doubled to 200 points, overcoming the current 157 point difference. Aasbo has already earned 32 tandem points by making the top 16, so even a second place finish for Bakchis wouldn’t be enough (80 points for 2nd x 2 = 160 points earned – 32 points if Aasbo exits in top 32 = 128 points).

Full points structure can be found HERE. Keep in mind that for the World Championship chase, all points at Irwindale are doubled due to the China round being cancelled.

First round tandem matchups:

Fredric Aasbo vs Kristaps Bluss (7th top 32 battle)
Ken Gushi vs Jhonnattan Castro (13th top 32 battle)
Odi Bakchis vs Kyle Mohan (9th top 32 battle)