Here is one awesome qualifying lap from Forrest Wang at Formula Drift Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway. His minimal steering corrections and big angle make for one awesome lap around the House of Drift. Sit back and watch this one over and over again.
Shortly after wrapping up the 2014 drifting season here in New Zealand we were back at it again for 2015! The Demon Energy D1NZ series stopped by at Manfeild Raceway in the lower North Island for Round 1 of competition. With high speed entries, smooth flowing corners and large runoffs this would be a chance to really test the cars – many of which receiving new setups during the off-season.
One of those would be Fanga Dan Woolhouse in his Century Batteries Holden Commodore. The new VE chassis has been in the works for a while now – built as a serious championship contender to the tune of well over 600hp. However later in the day a broken axle meant the new car would not go on and instead Fanga would borrow Ben Jenkins’ Pro-Am S13, driving well but without the necessary pace for a round win.
Similarly the current D1 champion Gaz Whiter was not driving his usual high power LS7 Silvia. Shipping that car to Australia for World Time Attack meant Whiter would borrow an RB powered C33 Laurel last used in competition back in 2007. Even with Whiter’s experience and driving ability the team knew it would be a challenge come battle time, and unfortunately electrical problems took him out of the game early.
Forrest Wang wound up being the highest ranked Garrett Turbo driver to finish the 2014 Formula Drift season. He had an outstanding performance this season with two podiums at both Texas Motor Speedway and Irwindale to put him overall in 5th. The Garrett Turbo Life Cup also comes with a solid $3,000 payout.
Wrecked Magazine is heading to Ohio this weekend to enjoy Street Life Tour. Saturday will be an awesome drifting qualifying and competition that has seen big name drivers perform well over the last couple years. We have documented some actions from the show like James Evans 350z crash. We will have some good coverage coming up next week!
Qualifying from Wall Speedway is in! One of the biggest (if not biggest) grid we have seen at Wall in history. Also, never have we seen so many ties in Formula Drift history. Almost 75% of drivers were on a point style that came down to style (style points denoted on tiebreakers. Style ties were broke by championship rank.) Here is how they finished up:
1. Chris Forsberg – 93
2. Chelsea DeNofa – 92
3. Michael Essa – 90
4. Dai Yoshihara – 89
5. Odi Bakchis – 87 (46 Style)
6. Tyler McQuarrie – 87 (45 Style)
7. Fredric Aasbo – 87 (44 Style)
8. Kenneth Moen – 85
9. Conrad Grunewald – 84 (43 Style)
10. Forrest Wang – 84 (41 Style)
11. Kyle Mohan – 83
12. Matt Field – 82 (42 Style)
13. Ryan Tuerck – 82 (41 Style)
14. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 82 (40 Style)
15. Darren McNamara – 79 (42 Style)
16. Robbie Nishida – 79 (40 Style)
17. Marc Landerville – 79 (32 Style)
18. Pat Goodin – 78
19. Dennis Mertzanis – 76
20. Daigo Saito – 75 (37 Style)
21. Mats Baribeau – 75 (35 Style)
22. Justin Pawlak – 74 (35 Style)
23. Jhonnathan Castro – 74 (35 Style)
24. Karl Osaki – 74 (33 Style)
25. Ken Gushi – 73 (36 Style)
26. Tony Angelo – 73 (36 Style)
27. Charles Ng – 72 (36 Style)
28. Ryan Kado – 72 (33 Style)
29. Dave Briggs – 72 (32 Style)
30. Dean Kearney – 70 (37 Style)
31. Patrick Mordaunt – 70 (32 Style)
32. Joon Maeng – 68
Chris Forsberg vs. Joon Maeng
Robbie Nishida vs. Marc Landerville
Kenneth Moen vs. Ken Gushi
Conrad Grunewald vs. Karl Osaki
Dai Yoshihara vs. Dave Briggs
Ryan Tuerck vs. Daigo Saito
Odi Bakchis vs. Ryan Kado
Matt Field vs. Mats Baribeau
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Patrick Mordaunt
Darren McNamara vs. Pat Goodin
Fredric Aasbo vs. Tony Angelo
Forrest Wang vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Michael Essa vs. Dean Kearney
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Dennis Mertzanis
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Charles Ng
Kyle Mohan vs. Justin Pawlak
We take a detailed look at the variety of Chevrolet V8 engines in the Formula Drift series. The guys at SDparts.com really wanted us to highlight the variety of setups in the series so we walked around the paddock and did some quick interviews. Charles Ng shows off his Infiniti G37 with a Vortech Supercharged LS1 engine swap. Then Dennis Mertzanis pops the hood of his Hyundai Genesis to show off a Vortech Supercharged LS7 setup that is making 1000hp! Wrapping up Part 1 is Pat Goodin who brings out a turbocharged LQ9 engine setup into his Nissan 240sx.
10. Car-to- Car Contact is Becoming More Common
This is the best car -to-car contact of the season to date! Chelsea DeNofa just managed to connect with Tyler McQuarrie wheel-to- wheel, throwing him airborne. Do you remember the accident that happened when these guys met at Wall Speedway in 2012? In case you don’t, here is the video. Quite a bit of other car -to-car contact happened this weekend, including some nice banging around with Matt Field and Chris Forsberg in the Final Four. Keep an eye on this to be a theme through 2014.
9. Matt Field Deserves a Tip of the Hat
I will never forget the day the world discovered Matt Field as a serious American drifter. It was back at Irwindale Speedway when he sent Daigo Saito into a two OMT battle before finally losing to Saito. Something interesting I have noticed since then is Field does exceptionally well at new tracks where all drivers start without data. Look back to 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway and this weekend at Homestead. This tells me, as he drives these tracks and learns what he needs to make things work, he will be a championship contender.
Formula Drift and the House of Drift Irwindale Speedway have launched Thursday night drifting! All on track drifting will be under the control of the same officials and tech staff as the professional Formula Drift series. Entrants of the Thursday night Irwindale events will be grouped into three skill divisions based on experience. There will be three courses set up, each progressively faster and more difficult with the final course being the full Pro Drift course that is used for the series when it visits Irwindale.
“We’re very excited about being able to offer drivers a chance at some very important practice time at Irwindale, and just as pleased that we’ll be able to have our great fans out for an insider’s behind-the-scenes look at the art of Drifting 2014,” said Jim Liaw. Thursday night sessions will be open to the public. Admission to the track grandstand will be $10 and parking is free. Fan gates will open at 4:00pm and the Drift sessions will run until 9:00pm
Irwindale Formula Drift 2014 Schedule