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10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 6 This Weekend

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10. Delays Delays Delays
You win some and you lose some which is the natural order of how the world works. I would chalk this weekend up to a loss for Formula Drift. The delays at Texas were back, just like last year, but for new and annoying reasons. Will Parsons Top 32 crash was a bad sign when nobody seemed to be in a rush to fix the course after his AE86 smashed into the krail moving them out of place. Top 16 then almost took 3 hours (good thing we got rid of 3rd place or it might of been four hours!) which is just unacceptable in my eyes. If I wanted to spend five hours on the weekend to consume one hour of entertainment I would just watch football. This whole season has been fantastic until this weekend in Texas that it just really highlighted the mistakes and issues here that I thought we left behind in the last decade of Formula Drift.

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9. CHELSEA DENOFA!
If you are going to watch anything from this weekend you should go pull up DailyMotion.com and find DeNofa’s Top 32 tandem follow. I think Chelsea could of easily won this event if it wasn’t for more car problems. The worst part about his car issues is they happened in his battle against his friend and Florida native Pat Goodin. We really got robbed of an insane tandem battle between these two friends.

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8. Hankook Tire Has Won Its First Championship
I know, Hankook Tire has been in this sport a long time but they just keep missing the championship year after year. The good news for the Hankook team, they are 100% guaranteed to win a first championship at Irwindale Speedway with either Fredric Aasbo or Chris Forsberg.

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2014 Formula D Round 6 Texas – Tire Manufacturer Championship [STANDINGS]

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Hankook Tire is your 2014 Tire Manufacturer championship winner, repeating their 2013 Championship!

With the only two competitors statistically left in the championship being on Hankook Tire, it makes sense that they are atop the Tire Manufacturer standings. With a 214 point lead over Nitto Tire, and only 197.5 points available for qualifying 1/2 and finishing 1/2, there’s no way for Nitto Tire to take over the lead even if every Hankook Tire driver fails to qualify at Irwindale. Aasbo’s win combined with Forrest Wang’s 3rd place finish in Texas gave Hankook Tire an additional 178.5 points, and they are well on pace to break 1,055.5 points they earned last season (although the championship points structure has changed substantially). Nitto Tire still sits in second place, with Achilles Tire still holding onto third place.

Here’s the standings after 6 of 7 events in the Formula D Championship:

1. Hankook Tire – 962.5 Points
2. Nitto Tire – 748.5 Points
3. Achilles Tire – 647 Points
4. Falken Tire – 592.5 Points
5. Maxxis Tire – 347 Points
6. Yokohama Tire – 255 Points
7. Kenda Tire – 154.5 Points
8. GT Radial – 141.5 Points

2014 Formula D Championship Standings – Round 6 Texas [STANDINGS]

 

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Heading into the final event, it is now officially a two-horse race. Had Aasbo been eliminated in the top 16, there was a potential for Chris Forsberg to clinch the championship entirely in Texas. With Forsberg losing to Aasbo in the Final 4, and Aasbo going on to win the event, the championship chase is now tighter than it has been nearly all season. Odi Bakchis also jumped from 6th in the championship to 4th by earning his second podium of the season, while Wang jumps from 10th to 8th with his second career podium finish.

Here are the point totals after Texas Motorspeedway’s 6th round of Formula D competition:

1. Chris Forsberg                 493 points
2. Fredric Aasbo                  467 points
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.            359.5 points
4. Odi Bakchis                      328 points
5. Kenneth Moen                 293 points
6. Darren McNamara         280.5 points
7. Justin Pawlak                  259.5 points
8. Forrest Wang                  257.5 points
9. Dean Kearney                 252 points
10. Ryan Tuerck                  213 points
11. Conrad Grunewald       211.5 points
12. Robbie Nishida             208.5 points
13. Ken Gushi                      192.5 ponts
14. Tyler McQuarrie           188.5 points
15. Michael Essa                 183.5 points
16. Chelsea Denofa             172.5 points
17. Matt Field                      170.5 points
18. Pat Goodin                    157.5 points
19. Charles Ng                     154.5 points
20. Jhonnattan Castro      143 points

2014 Formula Drift Round 6 – Texas Motorspeedway [RESULTS]

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Formula D Texas had many confusing interesting judging calls, the finals came down to Fredric Aasbo in his Hankook Tire Scion tC and Odi Bakchis in the Feal Suspension Nitto S14. Aasbo edged out Bakchis for the win. Forrest Wang earns third place due to qualifying 1st overall, while Chris Forsberg is stuck in 4th place, breaking his amazing streak of podium finishes (the longest streak in FD history) due to the removal of the 3rd place tandem battle. For both Wang and Bakchis, this is their second career podium, while this is Aasbo’s 2nd career win and 7th career Formula D podium.

EDIT – If you missed the top 4, you can watch the replay on DailyMotion

Here’s the final results:

1st – Fredric Aasbo – Hankook Tire Scion tC
2nd – Odi Bakchis – Feal Suspension Nitto S14
3rd – Forrest Wang – Get Nuts Labs Hankook S14
4th – Chris Forsberg – Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z

2014 Formula Drift Round 6 Texas Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Wow, a pretty wild qualifying session that barely avoided the rain thanks to a delay due to asphalt chunking up off the track. Here is how they finished up with Forrest Wang dropping an insane top qualifying run:

1. Forrest Wang – 94
2. Chris Forsberg – 89
3. Chelsea DeNofa – 88
4. Dean Kearney – 87
5. Odi Bakchis – 86
6. Fredric Aasbo -86
7. Daigo Saito – 83
8. Ken Gushi – 82
9. Dai Yoshihara – 82
10. Ryan Tuerck – 81
11. Michael Essa – 81
12. Tyler McQuarrie – 80
13. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 80
14. Pat Goodin – 77
15. Jhonnattan Castro – 77
16. Conrad Grunewald – 77
17. Geoff Stoneback – 76
18. Ryan Kado – 75
19. Kenneth Moen – 74
20. Matt Field – 73
21. Matt Coffman – 73
22. Justin Pawlak – 73
23. Robbie Nishida – 71
24. Joon Maeng – 70
25. Kyle Mohan – 69
26. Marc Landerville – 68
27. Darren McNamara – 68
28. Charles Ng – 68
29. Taka Aono – 67
30. Karl Osaki – 67
31. Juha Rintanen – 66
32. Will Parsons – 66
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Is the Missile Crisis Now Over?

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This has been a dark month for drifting around the United States. The Nissan 240sx is going to soon cost more than a brand new BMW it would seem and missile cars are no longer officially cool judging by Chris Forsberg’s S13 refresh. The missile car movement in America has really been headlined by the Drift Alliance and the Clubloose/New Jersey drift scene. Chris Forsberg has now taken his beaten up missile car and put some styling into it. Some fresh paint, bash bars, a body kit, and Seibon Carbon all came together to give the car a new look. It’s time to paint that 400 colored 240sx one solid color guys, sorry! Who supports the movement to make drift cars look good again?

Chris Forsberg vs. Tony Angelo and a Taser [VIDEO]

Chris Forsberg hopped in his missile car and headed out to Englishtown Raceway to complete the first taser drift challenge. Drift Alliance teammate sat in the passenger seat of his missile car zapping him with a taser in the throttle leg, heart, and shifting arm as he attempts to drift around a course.

Formula Drift Insider Returns for 2014 with Episode 1 [VIDEO]


The beginning of the 2014 Formula Drift Insider highlights the way the championship was won last season by Michael Essa with some controversy. The video takes Chris Forsberg into the new season who managed to kick off the year with a win. This Insider checks out a behind the scene look at the start of this 2014 drift season. 

10 Things I Learned From Formula Drift Round 5 This Weekend

10. Falken Finally
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You probably haven’t been keeping track but it has been a long time since Falken landed on the podium much less won an event. You would have to go back in time to June 2013 to find them on the podium at Wall, New Jersey before this weekend. Hell, the last event won by a Falken driver was Dai Yoshihara in 2013 at Streets of Long Beach. If you want to get even uglier with the math, it was back in 2012 when an actual teal/blue Falken car won an event. Have they turned around a new leaf? Is 2015 the season Falken takes back control of Formula Drift?

9. JEFF JONES! Jeffjones

I will also mention Jeff in #8 but he looked awesome this weekend. It’s always nice to see some solid progression from drivers we see year after year. He snags his first podium in Pro 2! He did fail to qualify for Pro so we didn’t get to see him turn it on Saturday afternoon which was a bummer.

8. Pro 2 Made a Poor Return for Round 2 
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Formula Drift Pro 2 set the drifting world abuzz with its debut in Miami. Round 2 of the series was a little less glamorous and exciting for some odd reason or another. The driving just seemed a bit off and we rarely caught a close battle around the track. Even the local northwest drivers tended to disappoint a bit throughout the weekend. Some drivers did stand out like Rapper Dan Savage, Jeremy Lowe, and James Evans. Even more impressive was Jeff Jones who looked the best I have seen him in his Formula Drift career over the Pro 2 weekend finishing in 2nd place. Read More…

2014 Formula D Championship Standings after Seattle [STANDINGS]

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Despite qualifying fourth (ahead of both Fredric Aasbo and Vaughn Gittin Jr) and earning an incredible fifth consecutive podium, Chris Forsberg’s lead on the championship remains unchanged from the 59 points it stood at after New Jersey due to this year’s points structure. Both Forsberg and Aasbo earned 4.5 points for qualifying (4th thru 8th qualifiers earn the same amount of points), and although Forsberg earned a spot on the podium in front of all of the cameras while Aasbo remained on the sideline in 4th place, the elimination of the 3rd place battle gives both 3rd and 4th place drivers the same amount of points. Vaughn Gittin Jr fell from just 65 points behind to 113 points behind due to his early Top 32 exit, while Kenneth Moen fell from 111 points behind to 146 points behind after his top 16 exit, nearly eliminating him from the championship chase.

The top qualifier effort combined with the win (a perfect slate for only the seventh time in history and the first time since Long Beach 2013) moves McNamara up from eighth to fifth in the championship table.

Here’s how the points stack up after five of seven rounds of competition.

1. Chris Forsberg                 421.5 points
2. Fredric Aasbo                  362.5 points
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.         308.5 points
4. Kenneth Moen                 275.5 points
5. Darren McNamara        263 points
6. Odi Bakchis                      243.5 points
7. Justin Pawlak                  226 points
8. Dean Kearney                215.5 points
9. Robbie Nishida               191 points
10. Forrest Wang                   183.5 points
11. Conrad Grunewald       176.5 points
12. Michael Essa                    164.5 points
13. Ryan Tuerck                  162 points
14. Ken Gushi                        156 ponts
15. Tyler McQuarrie            153.5 points
16. Matt Field                       153 points
17. Charles Ng                   137 points
18. Chelsea Denofa               134.5 points
19. Kyle Mohan                   124 points
20. Daijiro Yoshihara      122.5 points