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Justin Pawlak in Grand Theft Atlanta [VIDEO]

We already shared this on Facebook but in case you don’t use the social media platform – check out this amazing video from Thirsty Film bringing Grand Theft Auto and Formula Drift together. Justin Pawlak gets an A+ acting award for this great video they put together as well.

Tuerck’d Season 4 is Back [VIDEO]

The Tuerck’d show is back for a fourth season! Ryan Tuerck and Chris Forsberg hit a frozen lake bed for drifting, went to the Tim O’Neil rally school, and more in the kick-off of the new season. Ryan Tuerck and Chris Forsberg just seem like they are always having way too much fun drifting about in this great NetworkA show.

2016 Formula Drift Japan Round 2: Ebisu [RESULTS]

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The third round of the Formula Drift World Championship and second round of Formula Drift Japan took place this weekend at the famed Ebisu circuit. “Mad” Mike Whiddett, Andy Gray, and Matt Field were the only three drivers from the current Formula D Pro class who traveled to Japan for the round. Whiddett took the event win, while Andy Gray went out in the top 8 and Matt Field lost in the top 32.

Here’s how the final results shook out:

1st – “Mad” Mike Whiddett – Total Car Produce Mazda RX7
2nd – Masashi Yokoi – MCR Factory Nissan S15
3rd – Kazuki Hayashi – DMax Nissan S15
4th – Seimi Tanaka – Parts Shop Taka / DMax S15

2016 Irish Drift Championships – Round 2 Fermoy [RESULTS]

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After Top 16 battles were delayed for a bit due to a thunderstorm which caused standing water on the track, championship leader Duane McKeever added to his lead by defeating young phenom Jack Shanahan in the final round. The brothers McCarthy rounded out the top 4, with younger brother Paul McCarthy taking the final step of the podium ahead of big brother John McCarthy. Some updates on other notables: Dai Yoshihara experienced some mechanical issues and wasn’t as competitive as he had hoped, while James Deane had a fire and was forced to retire early.

Results:

1st – Duane McKeever
2nd – Jack Shanahan
3rd – Paul McCarthy
4th – John McCarthy

 

Matt Powers 2016 Drifting Livery is Here

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Matt Powers gave his V8 powered Nissan 240sx a whole new look for the 2016 season. The car will debut this weekend at Nitto Enthusiasts Day in Texas and we think we will see it at Street Driven Tour later this season as well! Matt carries over some of his typical sponsors with the build refresh including ACT Clutch, Powered by Max, Motegi Wheels, and Nitto Tires. Good luck to Matt this weekend with the new livery.

2016 Dominican Drift Series – Round 1 [RESULTS]

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2016 marks the seventh year of the best Drift championship across the Caribbean area and Latin America, the Dominican Drift Series, which now has a new sponsor, Achilles Radial. Jose Sobrino and his S15 V8 Turbo qualified first and took the victory at Round 1 last March in a sold out event at the Autodromo Sunix (Also known as Autodromo Las Americas).

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Eugenio Alfau, a veteran of the series, was back in action on board of the E36 2JZ from Arias Racing. He went on to qualify in 12th place and go all the way to Top 8.

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Daniel Quiros from Costa Rica is now driving for DACD Drift and their new E46 M50 Turbo (Hulk 2.0) after 2 seasons running his personal Nissan S13 with a 2JZ engine.

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After qualifying 8th, Quiros had a great Top 16 battle with Rafael Adames and his renewed 1JZ 240SX. He then met Jose Sobrino in Top 8 to end his weekend.

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We saw a more focused Joselo Baez in his 1JZ S13 but after qualifying 10th he fell short to advance into the Top 8 after a OMT battle with Omar Castellanos.

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Omar met 2012 champ and fellow BMW driver Juan Almonte who qualified 2nd, Almonte got the victory and went to top 4.

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2015 Champion, Nathael Jimenez qualified 6th but had mechanical problems with his E46 and was out of competition in the Top 16.

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Jhonnattan Castro is back for the 2016 season with his SR20 powered Nissan 240SX ! He qualified 5th but his car also had mechanical problems and could take part of the tandem battles.

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Victor Madera and his Silvia V8 looked confident in practice but like Nathael and Jhonnattan his car had mechanical problems just before the qualifying.

It was really frustrating for them to sit back and watch from the sidelines but we know the trio will be back stronger from Round 2.

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For us the driver of the day was Sasha Parra, he looked more aggressive and with a new “pedal to the metal” attitude that landed him in 3rd place of qualifying.

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Parra went to battle with Luis Guerrero for the last spot of the podium, after a great battle Luis ended 3rd overall.

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The final battle was between Jose Sobrino and Juan Almonte and after a OMT battle Sobrino went home with the win of Round 1 of the 2016 Dominican Drift Series Championship.

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Round 2 of the Dominican Drift Series is on July 3 which promises to be even better with more confirmed drivers and awesome battles.

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Photos credits: Gustavo Arbona/Diego Jimenez/Efrain Arias

Clic here for more drifting news from the Caribbean (spanish)

Lone Star Drift Round 2 [VIDEO]

A look into the Texas drift scene with a video on Lone Star Drift Round 2! A 12 minute mini film packing in all the action of the big drift weekend in Texas.

2016 Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta [GALLERY]

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Here is some great coverage of Formula Drift done by our photographer Andrew Jennings! A collection just short of 300 images showing all the great moments that went down at Road Atlanta. His coverage includes Pro 2 and Pro battles from practice, the grid, and the main event. Sit back and enjoy some great images from Round 2 at Road Altanta!

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=469

 

10 Things I Learned at Formula Drift Road Atlanta

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10. Is Dai Yoshihara Finally Back?
Watching Dai Yoshihara in qualifying I felt he was looking really good and finally putting some runs together. I looked over at Chelsea DeNofa’s spotter in fact (and told him that Dai Yoshihara would win the event during practice). Sadly, Vaughn Gittin Jr. spoiled my prediction but Dai Yoshihara is starting to look back to his old self. He has been a driver looking really short on confidence so perhaps the return to the podium will help him remember what winning feels like. This was his first podium since Long Beach in 2013. His car has looked far behind the other 86/BRZ chassis in the sport but maybe this was the start of his comeback tour!

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9.Alec Hohnadell Will Win An Event This Year
Alec Hohnadell has grown and developed faster than almost any drifter I have seen. The kid is world class and knows how to win things. His progression in Formula Drift is clear and I think he got a bad call in his Final Four battle with Dai Yoshihara (and actually won). Watching the battle more and more, it really seems like Alec Hohnadell should of been in the finals. I don’t think he should lose sleep over this at all however. Sometimes calls will go your way and sometimes they won’t go in your favor. I do think across these next six rounds he will score his first event victory. He currently sits 10th in the championship after his fourth place finish this weekend.

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8. Road Atlanta Highlights Pro 2 Behind the Curve
Pro 2 was ugly and borderline unwatchable this weekend. Drifters couldn’t enter right, couldn’t stop spinning, and also couldn’t manage to tandem. I almost want to pretend the new Pro 2 season didn’t start this weekend. Jeff Jones, Marc Landerville, and Ryan Litteral all had solid performances but that is about where it stopped for me. The event was slow and especially hard to watch as a fan. Perhaps, the need for a perfect line to run Road Atlanta well was just too much for these younger drifters. My vote is to remove Road Atlanta from the 2017 Pro 2 calendar and pretend this event never happened. I am hoping for vast improvements at Orlando Speed World.

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2016 Formula Drift Round 2 Atlanta – Tire Manufacturer Championship [STANDINGS]

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Nexen Tire continues to lead the Tire Manufacturer Championship after Atlanta after receiving strong performances from Alec Hohnadell and Tanner Foust. Nexen has now had four different drivers contribute to their points total on the season. Falken tire improved to second in the standings, while Nitto Tire jumped from fifth after Long Beach to third. All six tire manufacturers are within striking distance of the championship.

Here’s a look at the Tire Manufacturer standings after 2 of 8 rounds:

1. Nexen Tire – 262 Points
2. Falken Tire – 247 Points
3. Nitto Tire – 212 Points
4. Hankook Tire – 199 Points
5. GT Radial – 153 Points
6. Achilles Radial – 149 Points