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D1 Grand Prix Binge Monday Thanks to YouTube [VIDEO]

A big thanks to Blaze1 for finding this YT link and posting it up in our comments of the other D1GP post. This 2 hour+ video walks you through the complete D1GP Round 6 weekend at Odaiba. Vaughn Gittin Jr. made it to the Top 16 and lost to Team Orange member Naoto Suenaga after making contact with him. Vaughn took to FB to accuse Naoto Suenaga of stoping suddenly and then once he received contact for overselling it to the judges instead of drifting on in tandem. It sounds like the games and tactics of Formula Drift aren’t just limited to the American series if you believe Vaughn Gittin’s rant on FB. Sit back, watch the round, and enjoy this unique D1GP event for yourself.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Takes on D1GP and Beats Ken Nomura in Top 32

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Years ago Vaughn Gittin Jr. made his name in drifting by winning the D1GP vs. The World event at the famous Irwindale Speedway. This event made several careers including the big thrust of Mad Mike Whiddett into the public spotlight. Vaughn packed his 2015 Mustang RTR into a shipping container and sent it to Tokyo so he could compete at D1GP Odaiba!
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It has caused me to do a double take looking at him drifting around Japan and with the D1 Grand Prix series. Part of watching this happen makes me wish drifting had more of a Formula 1 structure that took the series around the world. Our super small budget at Wrecked Magazine wouldn’t like the worldwide travel I am afraid. We will hear more about Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s adventures from Japan soon but we wanted to push out a quick update. After qualifying he drew Ken Nomura in the Top 32 tandem battle.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. managed to beat the Japanese drifting legend Ken Nomura in his R34 Skyline to stay alive in the event. In other news from D1GP Odaiba, Daigo Saito took out his Lamborghini drift car for some demos and did tandem with Vaughn Gittin Jr. in his Mustang. He also lost in Top 32 with the Lamborghini for its big event debut. It sure looks like the fans in Tokyo are getting quite a treat this event.

2015 Formula Drift Awards – Comeback of the Year – Dean Kearney

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Dean Kearney made the biggest comeback of the 2015 Formula Drift season with his wild performance in New Jersey. The comeback of the year is based on a driver qualifying at a terrible rank and then finishing the highest in the event. Basically, you are calculating the positions between your qualifying score and finishing result. Dean Kearney won with a score of 19 place improvement at Wall Speedway. He finished the event in 2nd but managed to only qualify 21st. Congrats to him for winning this Formula Drift Award in 2015.

2015 Formula Drift Irwindale – A Second Look [GALLERY]

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Ryan Lopez grabbed his camera and traveled from Alabama to present us with this dynamite coverage from Formula Drift Irwindale. He really captures a unique and gorgeous perspective of Irwindale Speedway – the House of Drift on the weekend that saw Fredric Aasbo take home a championship.

Check out the Gallery- http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=464

Ryan Tuerck Driving 72 Escort MK2 at Gymkhana Grid

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Ryan Tuerck is set to drive Ken Block’s 1972 Ford Escort MK2 debuted this week by Hoonigan. Gymkhana Grid is this weekend at Santa Pod Raceway in the United Kingdom. Ryan Tuerck will be behind the wheel of this 72 Escort MK2 that features a 330HP naturally aspirated engine mated to a 6speed sequential transmission. Exterior wise the car features a custom ‪‎Rocket Bunny‬ kit and some amazing wheels by Fifteen52.

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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