Vaughn Gittin Jr. owns and has built about 400 Ford Mustang’s at this point in his life. The thought of building another one might just put him to sleep at this point. The car was put together with some assistance from KibbeTech who formulated a custom suspension for the new F150. How long do we have to wait until we can see a drift video with this thing?
“I love trucks, and to build one that has daily on- and off-road capabilities, as well as drifting and jumping capabilities is something I have always wanted to do,” said Vaughn. “I am really pumped to get crazy in this F-150 at SEMA this year.”
Here is a Vaughn Gittin Jr. lap around the new layout for Irwindale Speedway. He puts in a ton of wheel work on his Ford Mustang RTR to skirt around the course in practice. It is interesting to watch this run and the run of Forrest Wang from the same day and see the work rate difference in the drivers.
Rookie of the Year started out as a great race for glory in 2014. As the events ticked by it kind of turned into a one horse race with Geoff Stoneback throwing down some all out domination on the field. Geoff finished the season in 24th place with 137 points while second place was Alec Hohnadell only sitting on 71.50 points for 2014.
This award is given to the driver with the most head to head tandem victories over a season. Fredric Aasbo took home the most in 2014 winning 25 of his 30 matches across 2014. It must be a bitter sweet victory to think you won more tandem battles than the champion but fell just short even after beating him so many times in one season.
Chris Forsberg turned up his qualifying game this season in a big way! His average qualifying position for the 2014 season was 3.7 on average which helped him win the championship against Fredric Aasbo who failed to gain as many points in qualifying. Chris looked pretty insane on Friday during most rounds of Formula D this season.
Dean Kearney won Most Improved Driver of 2014 which was based on improvement in championship standings. Dean Kearney was sitting in 29th place at the end of the 2013 Formula Drift season and managed to drive himself into 8th place this year. A 21 place jump in the season standings earned Dean this award in his Oracle Lighting x Achilles Dodge Viper.
Tune in and watch a great drifter documentary on Faruk Kugay who does battle at Golden Gate Drift Round 4 to secure his Formula Drift Pro 2 license. Faruk Kugay sold everything he owned to build a S14 Nissan 240sx with a 1JZ engine. He then finished second in the GGD Formula Drift Pro Am sanctioning series for 2014. Follow the journey of a drifter who is risking it all to make it into the big show of Formula Drift one day!
A wild end to the 2014 Formula Drift season is here! Justin Kaehler covered from the main event at Irwindale Speedway. The tandem battles and championship kept everyone entertained to the very very end as Daigo Saito defeated Fredric Aasbo in the finals. Follow the link below and enjoy the gallery.
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Here is one awesome qualifying lap from Forrest Wang at Formula Drift Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway. His minimal steering corrections and big angle make for one awesome lap around the House of Drift. Sit back and watch this one over and over again.
Shortly after wrapping up the 2014 drifting season here in New Zealand we were back at it again for 2015! The Demon Energy D1NZ series stopped by at Manfeild Raceway in the lower North Island for Round 1 of competition. With high speed entries, smooth flowing corners and large runoffs this would be a chance to really test the cars – many of which receiving new setups during the off-season.
One of those would be Fanga Dan Woolhouse in his Century Batteries Holden Commodore. The new VE chassis has been in the works for a while now – built as a serious championship contender to the tune of well over 600hp. However later in the day a broken axle meant the new car would not go on and instead Fanga would borrow Ben Jenkins’ Pro-Am S13, driving well but without the necessary pace for a round win.
Similarly the current D1 champion Gaz Whiter was not driving his usual high power LS7 Silvia. Shipping that car to Australia for World Time Attack meant Whiter would borrow an RB powered C33 Laurel last used in competition back in 2007. Even with Whiter’s experience and driving ability the team knew it would be a challenge come battle time, and unfortunately electrical problems took him out of the game early.
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