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


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]


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]


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]


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]


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

Charles Ng Debuts Loaner Nissan 240sx for Formula Drift Orlando

Charles Ng will be running a familiar S-Chassis this weekend in Orlando. Charles Ng has had some issues with his Infiniti G37 this season and mechanical problems resulted in him being the only driver unable to qualify at Road Atlanta leaving the field to 31 drivers. He has now loaned Juha Rintanen’s S14 for the weekend and rewrapped it to match his orange/matte black look. Juha Rintanen will finally be debuting his S15 Silvia we previewed a little while back here.


Kelsey Rowlings – Formula Drift Pro 2 [INTERVIEW]


*Editors Note*: This interview got lost in SPAM so it was delayed and I didn’t find out she filled it out until I was at Road Atlanta. So keep in mind she wrote these answers before starting off her Pro 2 season. Here is the interview in its entirity now before Round 2 in Orlando.


1. Who are you and how did you get your Pro 2 license?
I earned my Pro 2 license through the Three Palms Drift Pro Am series where I placed 2nd overall. I also competed in the Streetwise Drift Pro Am series where I placed 4th overall. I also have competed in select XDC and Lone Star Drift Pro Am events.

2. Can you give us a break down of your car and what sponsors you have on board?
We have a great car and a great group of Partners this year. Kaizen Performance helped us swap the supercharged Ford Performance Parts 5.0 Aluminator NA crate engine into our 240sx. Several other companies helped make this build possible: Vibrant Performance, BC racing NA, Haltech ECU, Canton Racing, Deatschwerks, ACT clutch, Traklite wheels, Thunderbolt Racing fuel, Champion Spark Plugs, Enjuku Racing, Wilwood disc brakes, SPL Parts, Fuel Safe, Sparco USA, Mishimoto, Achilles Radial, Sway Gear, Expert Car Care, Mazworx, SPA Technique and Guardian Wraps

3. What track are you most excited about and most nervous to tackle this season?
I’m most excited for Road Atlanta. It was the first formula drift event I ever attended back in 2009 and I have been every year since that first year. I always told myself that I would drive that track someday, and the time has finally arrived!

4. Can you name one drifter you really want to see in a battle in Pro 2 this year?
I’m honestly excited to battle everyone. I really want to see how our new car stacks up with the rest of the competition.


5. Who is your favorite drifter in the world and who to you derive driving inspiration from?
I’m very indecisive, so I have several favorite drivers. Some include, Frederic Aasbo, Robbie Nishida, and Chelsea DeNofa

6. Who do you think will win the Formula Drift Pro Championship this season?
I feel like Ken Gushi is looking extremely strong this year, but if Chelsea DeNofa can keep his car running well, I think he may also be a contender.

7. What is one hurdle or headache you ran into during the off-season gearing up for Pro 2?
Building the car was definitely a struggle. It was a lot of R&D and trial and error to complete a new swap in just four months!

8. What advice can you give to the upcoming Pro 2 drivers who are currently in Pro Am?
I would say to double or even triple the budget you have in mind. There will always be the mechanical failures you didn’t count on, or that trailer spare that you were forced to buy on the road because you already blew your last 2 spares. We blew up our dog box in testing and it was definitely a cost we weren’t ready for at the beginning of the season.

2016 Just Drift Pro Am Top Drift Round 2 [RESULTS]


Southern California Pro Am organizer Just Drift held the second round of their “Top Drift” series over the weekend at the famed Horsethief Mile. The Horsethief Mile layout is one of the more desirable layouts at Willow Springs, and also one of the most technical. In the final, Sean Ariano took out seasoned vet Jason Kim in the final to take the event win. Jason Kim won the first round of Top Drift, and is currently leading the points standings in the series as the only driver to earn two podiums in the first two events.

Here’s a look at how the final results shook out at Round 2:

1st – Sean Adriano
2nd – Jason Kim
3rd – Domenic Rotondo
4th – Adam Knapik

2016 Turismo Drift Round 1 [RESULTS]


Turismo Drift announced their four-event series earlier this year, and their impressive payouts certainly turned heads. Drivers came from several neighboring states, including event winner Chris Ward traveling from Atlanta, GA. Ward lined up a local LS2-powered S13 to use for competition, which makes his win that much more impressive being that it was in an unfamiliar car. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the series works out.

1st – Chris Ward

2nd – Tyler Nelson

3rd – Nick Thomas

Photo Credit: AtlantaDrift

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.