Had I known the Forsberg vs Hohnadell battle was going to be so controversial, I would have gladly gone on the mic with Jarod to explain my decision. We explained split decisions or the outcome of one more times in New Jersey, but we had no way of knowing at the time what runs were viewed as controversial or confusing.
So here is my breakdown of the Forsberg vs Hohnadell battle:
Forsberg leading Hohnadell: Forsberg initiates high on the bank and gets very high early until the end of the zone. Hohnadell has a good initiation at the same time as Forsberg, but drops down lower on the bank and has less angle throughout the zone. Forsberg comes off the bank strong and is close on inner clip 1, with Hohnadell right behind him with good mimic. Forsberg enters outside zone 2 early and stays wide throughout the zone. Hohnadell is close to Forsberg entering the zone but corrects his angle multiple times and surges forward and falls back a few times during the entirety of outside zone 2. Forsberg gets close to inner clip 2, with Hohnadell close behind. Forsberg fills outside zone 3 fully all the way around and finishes strong. Hohnadell surges forward and falls back twice but keeps fairly steady angle behind Chris.
Hohnadell leading Forsberg: Hohnadell initiates much lower on the bank than Forsberg did and stays lower throughout outside zone 1. Forsberg initiates with Hohnadell and is on the same line, but a couple of car lengths behind. Hohnadell comes off the bank well and does a good job on inside clip 1. Forsberg is in proximity and mimics perfectly. Hohnadell hits the outside zone marker (drivers were told this wasn’t a deduction in qualifying as long as the tire wasn’t over the line, and it isn’t in tandem either.) and is very close to one tire off, but the replay isn’t conclusive. Forsberg follows closely and also hits the outside zone marker. Hohnadell has an angle correction and surges forward in outside zone 2, while Forsberg is close behind. Hohnadell has great angle as he exits outside zone 2 and crosses inside clip2. Forsberg mimics perfectly and anticipates Hohnadell’s transitions through this sector and is close for outside zone 3. Hohnadell’s angle fluctuates through outside zone 3 (possibly his left rear tire making contact with the banking) and finishes with good angle. Forsberg stays close to the finish.
What set Forsberg apart in this tandem battle was his finesse and smoothness when transitioning, and the consistency of the angle he held through each corner. He was also higher on outside zone 1 throughout the entirety of the zone, which is by far the highest difficulty section of the track.
Hohnadell has improved greatly since he started competing in Formula Drift, and he showed himself to be a serious contender against Forsberg. But during this run, while he was fast, aggressive and stylish, he lacked the refinement and control that Forsberg exhibited in the lead and chase position. Due to the many bobbles, corrections and surges throughout the course, we had to give the win to Forsberg, who demonstrated his ability to drive at the same speed and on sometimes better lines with more vehicle control and finesse.
*I would of posted the DailyMotion video and referenced the time code but the #FDNJ file seems to be broken*