Posts Tagged "Chris Forsberg"

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

2014 Formula Drift Round 5 at Seattle [RESULTS]

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Evergreen Speedway in Seattle delivered another classic event. A new driver on the podium and Chris Forsberg breaking another Formula Drift record over the weekend. Fredric Aasbo finished in 4th just behind Chris keeping the championship as close as he can manage as well. The all Irish final bout was pretty wild as well. Here is how they finished:

1. Darren McNamara
2. Dean Kearney
3. Chris Forsberg
4. Fredric Aasbo

2014 Formula Drift Round 5 Qualifying at Evergreen Speedway [RESULTS]

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Qualifying has wrapped up at Evergreen Drift today with a new top qualifier for the season. Darren McNamara took top spot with a new look in his S14. Falken has figured something out this season apparently. Daigo Saito failed to even get a score finishing with a 0 and going home another weekend. Here is how they qualified and Top 32 match ups.

1. Darren McNamara
2. Robbie Nishida
3. Odi Bakchis
4. Chris Forsberg
5. Ryan Tuerck
6. Fredric Aasbo
7. Justin Pawlak
8. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
9. Chelsea DeNofa
10. Conrad Grunewald
11. Jhonnattan Castro
12. Tyler McQuarrie
13. Pat Goodin
14. Forrest Wang
15. Charles Ng
16. Daijiro Yoshihara
17. Geoff Stoneback
18. Dean Kearney
19. Michael Essa
20. Matt Field
21. Ken Gushi
22. Kyle Mohan
23. Ryan Kado
24. Joon Maeng
25. Kenneth Moen
26. Karl Osaki
27. Nate Hamilton
28. Mike Pollard
29. Matt Coffman
30. Carl Rydquist
31. Taka Aono
32. Tony Angelo

Left Bracket-
Darren McNamara vs. Tony Angelo
Daijiro Yoshihara vs. Geoff Stoneback
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Kenneth Moen
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Joon Maeng
Chris Forsberg vs. Matt Coffman
Pat Goodin vs. Matt Field
Ryan Tuerck vs. Mike Pollard
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Ken Gushi

Right Bracket-
Robbie Nishida vs. Taka Aono
Charles Ng vs. Dean Kearney
Justin Pawlak vs. Karl Osaki
Conrad Grunewald vs. Ryan Kado
Odi Bakchis vs. Carl Ryqduist
Forrest Wang vs. Michael Essa
Fredric Aasbo vs. Nate Hamilton
Jhonnattan Castro vs. Kyle Mohan

Takata Racing Harnesses Shows off Formula Drift Team [VIDEO]

The team at Takata Harness put together a highlight reel video of their team in action at Formula Drift New Jersey. Tons of Formula Drift teams have turned to the product over the last couple seasons in Formula Drift as safety concerns have grown. We even put the classic green Takata Harness setup in our Project V8240sx back in the day!

Garage Tours with Chris Forsberg – Episode 1 at MA Motorsports [VIDEO]

The new NetworkA show is has arrived with Chris Forsberg as your host. Episode 1 he didn’t have to travel far deep into Maryland visiting the shop who services his Formula Drift car MA Motorsports. They even showed off how to they make Awesometron 5000 knuckles in house! Walking around this shop was fun but we cannot wait to see more unique shops as he travels across the nation!

2014 Triple Crown Drift Week at Pikes Peak Intl. Raceway [RESULTS]

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I managed to watch this whole event on LiveStream minus the Pro Am battles. The course was huge and the drivers were all judged by a panel including Chris Forsberg, Odi Bakchis, and Corey Hosford. Brandon Wicknick was in a loaner SR20 Nisasn 240sx and looked pretty solid until he was eliminated by Forrest Wang (video of battle below). The Colorado drift scene actually impressed me over the weekend with some of the young talent they have which was full on display. Here is how the Pro podium finished up:

1st. Forrest Wang
2nd. Frank Cundari
3rd. Kasey Kole

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Full List of LiveStreams Showing Drifting This Weekend


Morning: King of Europe Round 3 @ Lydden Hill UK (6:00am PST / 9:00am EST)
47 drivers will take on one of the UK’s toughest drift tracks this weekend known as Lydden Hill. Francesco Conti looks to defend his current hold he has on the championship while others plan to knock him down.

Watch Here: http://www.kingofeurope.net/live/

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Afternoon: Drift All-Stars Round 2 @ Sosnova Circuit (11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST)
You can see some of the top European talents all come together in the Czech Republic in the afternoon in America. The event kicks off at 8:00pm local time and by some Google research I found that Czech was a -9 from America (you probably want to check my math and logic before banking on the event starting when I have it listed). You will see James Deane, Dmitriy Illyuk, Nigel Coffer, and Piotr Więcek all banging doors on this impressively laid out road course. Keep an eye out for Benjamin Boulbes (pictured above) who is looking to make a strong showing in the main event as well.

Watch Here: http://live.drift-allstars.com/
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Evening: Triple Crown Drift @ Pikes Peak (2:00pm PST / 5:00pm EST)
To finish off the big drift Saturday you can watch some good old American drifting at Pikes Peak International Raceway. We haven’t found an official drivers list but Formula D driver Matt Field won the round last year and Tony Angelo found his way to the podium. We do know that Chris Forsberg and Odi Bakchis will be in attendance for the event tomorrow as well. The drift event will be streamed on this website for free tomorrow.

Watch Here: http://watchtcs.com/index.asp.html

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Night Cap: Streetwise Drift Round 2 @ Orlando Speed World (4:30pm PST / 7:30pm EST)
Streetwise Drift Pro Am Round 2 appears to be the only Formula Drift Pro Am event of the weekend with a Livestream. The 4:30/7:30 kick off denotes Top 16 but they will also air all the practice runs so you can pretty much tune in all day and see drifting from OSW. Plenty of familiar Pro Am level drivers will be in competition fighting for a Formula Drift license.

Watch Here: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1430667/events/3127168

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Sunday Morning: Irish Drift Championship Round 3 @ Mondello Park (4:00am PST / 7:00am EST)
The early morning drift fans will be treated to some amazing drifting at Mondello Park for IDC Round 3 Global Warfare. This is the closest track to Dublin and has some of the best fans you can find in Europe. If you need another reason to wake up early tomorrow is that you can find Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, Darren McNamara and Dean Kearney who American drift fans might be familiar with. The Irish drivers really have some local talent that will be on display as well.

Watch Here: http://www.irishdriftchampionship.com/livestream/#

Chris Forsberg Shows In Car Footage versus Odi Bakchis [VIDEO]

The Internet, and more importantly, our Instagram and Facebook page seemed to fire up quite a debate on weather or not Odi Bakchis and Chris Forsberg made contact in the Final Four battle at Formula Drift New Jersey. Wow, that wheel just gets ripped out of his hands once the two cars make wheel to wheel contact! Chris was pretty luck to not break his hand on that one. Below we have an image sequence of the tandem run and contact before they touch and a recap of what was shown on the Livestream.

 

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