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Formula Drift Returns to Old Layout for Round 4 in New Jersey

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Formula Drift New Jersey is going retro with its layout this weekend and returning to the old style the event was run. I have to imagine with the old course being just three right turns basically that tire wear came in to impact this course change. Some drivers were having issues in Orlando with losing tire at the end of two runs or even before that. Watching some footage that I dug up of the 2011 layout, it does look like competitors can be in more of a drag race. Here are the laps side by side:

Old New Layout:

2015 Layout:

2016 Formula Drift Canada Round 1 at Montmagny [GALLERY]

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Jeremy Glover brings us some amazing coverage from the Formula Drift Canada Round 1 event at Montmagny! He even found long lost Dave Briggs who showed off some serious talent in his S14 he has now made black. Follow the link below for some full coverage from Round 1 of Formula Drift Canada.

http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=471

2016 Formula Drift Round 3 Orlando Speed World [GALLERY]

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Formula Drift rolled into Orlando Speed World and aside from the ridiculous heat and the glued tires it was a really fun event.

 

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=470

10 Things I Learned About Formula Drift Orlando

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10. Can Jhonnattan Castro Keep Finding that Potential?
The last time I remember Castro driving this good was at Homestead in Miami two season ago. He actually looked solid and consistent out of the box and it wasn’t the biggest shock to me when he took out Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Top 16. Jhonnattan needs to spend some serious time figuring out why he manages to drift so good in Florida. I cannot figure out if its because he is close to home, the humidity, his family/friends around, or just a random round he focuses in on drifting. He has the driver ability and talents in my eyes. Now, he just needs to dig up what makes him more focused and repeat repeat repeat.

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9. Chris Forsberg’s 370z Looked Slow and Off the Pace
This season seems to of left behind Chris Forsberg’s 370z in terms of pace and speed around the course. All weekend at Orlando Speed World his car looked visually slower than some other teams on the grid. This was highlighted in a major way with his battle against Kristaps Bluss in the Final Four. If you watch the runs, Forsberg enters on Bluss door but then the BMW just powers through the course and speeds up at angle around the bank and Forsberg’s 370z cannot seem to do that. The car isn’t so slow that is belongs in Pro 2 or anything but his speed while drifting could make the difference between a third championship and finishing fourth place.

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8. Drifting without Tires
The rule changes with a tire debead seemingly have confused about 90% of Formula Drift fans out there. I will try and clear it up quickly but it might require its own follow up post. Last year the rule was – a tire debead at anytime in a tandem battle resulted in a loss. In 2016, the rules state you cannot fix a tire debead but it does not result or impact a zero score. So, for example, Jeff Jones in qualifying lost a tire and kept drifting around the course. He was given a 70 for his run and the tire had no impact directly on the score but you have to imagine it slowed him down impacting his score from him having say, four tires. So, if you are in the first part of a tandem battle, you lose, because a car without a tire doesn’t pass tech to run again. If its the second run of a battle and you can keep going then its fair game. Now, here are the list of battles impacted by this rule. I respect Formula Drift for putting a line in the sand and I think teams need to figure out other ways than running 11 PSI in tires to get grip out of the car. Also, in the case of JTP – let the dude put air in his tires for crying out loud after contact and deflation.

1. Nate Hamilton Pro 2 Top 16 Battle (Loss Due to Tire Debead)
2. Mad Mike Whiddett Top 32 Battle versus Ken Gushi (Loss Due to First Round)
3. Fredric Aasbo Top 16 Battle vs Kyle Mohan (Loss Tire in follow and still won)
4. Justin Pawlak Top 16 Battle after contact with Forsberg (Ran but Spun Due to Low Tire Pressure)
5. Fredric Aasbo Final 4 Battle with Tyler McQuarrie (Lost on First Run and Tire Remounted)

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Chelsea Denofa removed from competition in Orlando due to technical violation

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During the Top 32 tandem competition, Chelsea Denofa was sent off the starting line, giving Jhonnattan Castro a bye to face Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Top 16. At the time, it was mentioned that Denofa was disqualified due to a technical issue, but no explanation was given via the PA system or livestream. Later, it was discovered that some sort of adhesive was used between the tire and the rim.

Formula Drift issued an ‘official statement’ around the decision:

Car #88 driven by Chelsea Denofa was disqualified from the Round of 32 due to a violation of the2016 Formula Drift Pro Technical Rules and Regulations US Version 2.0.  It was discovered that a chemical adhesive was used to bond the tire to the wheel.  Additional aids, such as chemical adhesives used to prevent the tire from debeading allows teams to run tire pressures lower than those that do not use additional aids, which is specifically in violation of Section 3.6.  Denofa will still receive qualifying points but will not receive any head-to-head competition points for this Round.

Section 3.6 

WHEELS Beadlocks, wheel screws and any additional form of attachment device between wheel and tire is prohibited.

Chelsea Denofa made the following post on Facebook, which he mirrored on Instagram. In one of his interactions on his Facebook, he asked if adhesive should be considered ‘a device’.

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“Mad” Mike Whiddett was disqualified from his battle with Gushi due to debeading a tire and not being allowed to change the tire between runs, but several other drivers have had issues in previous rounds of both Pro 2 and Pro competition. In past seasons, debeading a tire during competition was considered a 0 for that run, but the rule was changed this year to allow you to finish the run and still be judged on the run.

Removing the 16 points Chelsea would have earned in his top 32 battle moves Denofa from 6th overall to 8th overall. We’ve updated our Points Standings post to reflect this

What are your thoughts on this? Should drivers be allowed to use adhesive or glue to prevent tires from de-beading? Should a debeaded tire be an automatic zero like in past years?

2016 Formula Drift Championship Standings – Round 3 Orlando [STANDINGS]

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Fredric Aasbo pushes himself into prime position to defend his 2015 championship by winning the event in Orlando, jumping into first place in the overall standings. Gittin Jr. fell to second due to his top 16 exit, while Forsberg moved up into third place overall with his second podium of the season.

Here’s a look at the Top 16 Formula Drift standings after 3 of 8 events:

1 Fredric Aasbo 206 points
2 Vaughn Gittin Jr. 194 points
3 Chris Forsberg 168 points
4 Odi Bakchis 153 points
5 Tyler McQuarrie 150 points
6 Ken Gushi 133 points
7 Kristaps Bluss 132 points
8 Chelsea Denofa* 122 points
9 Dai Yoshihara 120 points
10 Alec Hohnadell 116 points
T11 Matt Field 105 points
T11 Ryan Tuerck 105 points
13 Michael Essa 103 points
14 Forrest Wang 102 points
T15 Kenneth Moen 101 points
T15 Patrick Mordaunt 101 points

*Updated to reflect the removal of tandem points due to tire issue

2016 Formula Drift – Round 3 Orlando [RESULTS]

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After an early top 32 exit in Atlanta, Aasbo took the championship lead by winning in Orlando. The final battle between Aasbo and Kristaps Bluss was a bit lackluster as Bluss went off course in his lead run, but at least we had a final run compared to last year. The win is the first for Nexen Tire, which is the 12th different tire company to earn an event win in Formula Drift. Chris Forsberg earned the final rung on the podium over Tyler McQuarrie by virtue of qualifying higher. Bluss is the 39th driver to earn a Formula Drift trophy over the years.

Here are the final results from Atlanta:

1st – Fredric Aasbo – Rockstar Energy Drink Nexen Tire Scion tC
2nd – Kristaps Bluss – HGK Racing Achilles Tire BMW E46
3rd – Chris Forsberg – NOS Energy Drink Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z
4th – Tyler McQuarrie – Mobile 1 Chevy Camaro

2016 Formula Drift Pro 2 – Round 2 Orlando [RESULTS]

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Marc Landreville backed up his top qualifier effort with a win and a “perfect weekend” in Pro 2, virtually guaranteeing his Pro license for 2017 just halfway through the season. Jeff Jones gave Landreville a run for his money in the final, but Landreville used a fantastic chase run to claim the top spot on the podium. Norcal native Matt Madrigali took the third spot over Missouri native Andrew Lewis thanks to a higher qualifying position.

Here’s a look at the top 4 results from Orlando:

1st – Marc Landreville
2nd – Jeff Jones
3rd – Matt Madrigali
4th – Andrew Lewis

2016 Formula Drift – Round 3 Orlando Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. continued his success from Atlanta, backing up his ‘perfect weekend’ with a second consecutive top qualifying effort. In total, 11 drivers had a score in the 90’s, showing just how quickly the drivers adapted to the track conditions. Many drivers stated that the conditions through the middle of the track are rough, and we saw several drivers lift a wheel or two as they crossover through the middle. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in tandem tomorrow.

Here’s a look at the final qualifying results for Orlando:

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
2. Ryan Tuerck
3. Odi Backhis
4. Fredric Aasbo
5. Matt Field
6. Chris Forsberg
7. Michael Essa
8. Dai Yoshihara
9. Tyler McQuarrie
10. Forrest Wang
11. Justin Pawlak
12. Kenneth Moen
13. Charles Ng
14. Ken Gushi
15. Pat Mordaunt
16.Chelsea DeNofa
17. Jhonnattan Castro
18. Matt Coffman
19. Mad Mike Whiddett
20. Kyle Mohan
21. Geoff Stoneback
22. Dean Kearney
23. Alec Hohnadell
24. Faruk Kugay
25. Juha Rintanen
26. Kristaps Bluss
27. Cameron Moore
28. Robbie Nishida
29. Andy Gray
30. Jeff Jones
31. Pat Goodin
32. Alex Heilbrunn

Here’s the tandem ladder, for those following at home:

Vaughn Gittin Jr vs Alex Heilbrunn
Chelsea Denofa vs Jhonnattan Castro
Dai Yoshihara vs Juha Rintanen
Tyler McQuarrie vs Faruk Kugay

Fredric Aasbo vs Andy Gray
Charles Ng vs Kyle Mohan
Matt Field vs Robbie Nishida
Kenneth Moen vs Geoff Stoneback

Ryan Tuerck vs Pat Goodin
Pat Mordaunt vs Matt Coffman
Michael Essa vs Kristaps Bluss
Forrest Wang vs Alec Hohnadell

Odi Bakchis vs Jeff Jones
Ken Gushi vs Mad Mike Whiddett
Chris Forsberg vs Cameron Moore
Justin Pawlak vs Dean Kearney

2016 Formula Drift Pro 2 – Orlando Round 2 Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Marc Landreville backed up his top qualifying effort in Atlanta with a second top qualifying effort in Orlando. Landreville is classified as a Pro driver, but appears to only be driving in Pro 2 for the season. The Orlando layout seems much more friendly to the Pro 2 class, so tandem battles tomorrow should be fairly competitive. Top 16 tandem battles start at 6:45p EST tomorrow.

Here’s how qualifying shook out in Orlando:

1 – Marc Landreville – 91
2 – Kevin Lawrence – 85
3 – Austin Meeks– 84
4 – Nate Hamilton – 83
5 – Taylor Hull – 83
6 – Ryan Litteral – 82
7 – Jeff Jones – 79
8 – Dirk Stratton – 78
9 – Trent Beechum – 78
10 – Josh McGuire – 77
11 – Matt Madrigali – 75
12 – Andrew Lewis – 74
13 –  Dan Burkett – 74
14 – Donovan Brockoway – 73
15 –  Luis Lizardi – 71
16 – Sheng Ng Nian– 71

Tandem Ladder:

Landreville vs Nian
Stratton vs Beechum
Hamilton vs Burkett
Hull vs Lewis

Lawrence vs Lizardi
Jones vs McGuire
Meeks vs Brockoway
Litteral vs Madrigali