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A Complete Review of Just Drift’s Top Drift Round 1

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The Top Drift Pro Am 2014 season kicked off this past weekend, March 30, on the balcony of Willow Springs in Rosamond, California. The morning of the main event was cloudy outside with icy winds. Many of us were expecting some rain, but it just didn’t happen. The clouds moved out pretty quickly, while the drivers set off for practice in the first three hours of the day.
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After lunch, qualifying began, with somewhere around 60 drivers competing for the top podium. After a few hours of qualifying (there were a lot of drivers), the Top 16 was set.
The first battle starred Alex Heilbrunn and Darin Burgess. Alex took the win in his forrest green s13 coupe.

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Eric Martinez went up against Mike Bolanos in the second battle. Martinez managed to take victory over Bolanos’ red s13.
Donovan Brockway faced off with Adam Knapik in the third battle. They stuck fairly close to each other, but Brockway managed to walk away with the win.

In the fourth battle, Daniel Giraldo faced Tyler Page-Howell. Giraldo kept a small gap on his lead run, and stuck close on the follow. He had a great line through both runs and won the match.

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Battle five featured Spike Chen, who has been on the podium twice up to this point in the 2014 season, versus Kyle Lumm, the Socal Sidewayz 350Z driver from San Diego. Kyle dirt dropped on the second run, and Spike Chen moved on to the Great 8.

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Jason Kim and Cody Sarem battled it out on the tarmac in the sixth face-off. Jason Kim took the win over Cody Sarem, who spun first on the entry during the lead run, and then going into turn 2 on the follow run, spun again.

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Dan Burkett faces Drew Ostrowski in the seventh round. On the first run, Ostrowski hit the cones upon entry in his Lexus SC300. Burkett took the win in his FC RX7.
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The final battle of the Top 16 came down to Adam Levi and Joe Tardiff. This battle was especially tough to decide a victor. After two “One More Time’s”, Adam Levi took victory over the black sc300. Tardiff spun right at the entry behind the green building.

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The tournament moved right into the Great 8 from there. First up was Alex Heilbrunn versus Eric Martinez. They had a good run, but Heilbrunn took the win, and ended the competition for the SC300.

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Next up was Daniel Giraldo in his white AE86 versus Donovan Brockway. Daniel pulled away with the better flow and took the win over Brockway’s E30.

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Spike Chen went up against Jason Kim in the third Great 8 battle. Both had solid runs, but it seems like Spike Chen was just a little cleaner with way more power and took the win.

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Dan Burkett and Adam Levi had the final bout of the Great 8. The two stuck together and were unbelievably close during both runs, but Dan Burkett managed to gain victory over Levi.

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The final 4 began. First off were Spike Chen and Dan Burkett. Dan spun into the dirt in the second turn and Chen took the win, assuring him his third podium finish of the season.

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Alex Heilbrunn went up against Daniel Giraldo, but both cars experienced difficulty and they both took a 5 minute break. It was a race to see who could finish their car. Miraculously both cars were good enough to race within the 5 minutes. Heilbrunn had lost 3rd gear and Daniel Giraldo broke his shifter lever. Alex Heilbrunn took the win against the Hachi Roku.

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Next up, Daniel Giraldo and Dan Burkett duked it out for 3rd place. Giraldo took the win for that, which left us with the undecided factor of the 1st place finisher.
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Alex Heilbrunn and Spike Chen, two extremely aggressive drivers, lined up for the winner’s race. It was a heated run, with both drivers choosing aggressive lines; they did an amazing job at staying glued to each other’s doors. When the time for podium came, it was decided that the winner is Alex Heilbrunn! Spike Chen came in second, and Danny Giraldo in third place.

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It was amazing to see all of the drivers efforts in the top 16 and qualifying. There was so much smoke being made (mostly by Heilbrunn and Chen), and it was a hot, long weekend. The battles got really aggressive, and it is quite impressive for Alex Heilbrunn to take the win with a missing 3rd gear, as well as for Daniel Giraldo to come back after flux welding his shifter to take 3rd place. I was blown away by the hard work and dedication of the drivers and I can’t wait to see what Round 2 will bring us!

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2014 Formula Drift Round 1 Main Gallery Part 1 [GALLERY]

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Check out the first set of images from our Round 1 main event at Long Beach shot by Justin Kaehler. He captured a ton of the excitement going on to kick off the 11th season of Formula Drift on track and in the paddock. Check out all of his images!

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Starting at 12pm PST / 3pm EST you can tune into the @wreckedmagazine Twitter stream to get live qualifying updates and results. Through the whole #fdlb weekend you can get updates via our Twitter feed in case you are unable to tune into the Livestream!

 

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Corey Hosford and Luke Pakula Announce No Plans to Run in 2014

Corey Hosford and Luke Pakula both took this week to announce and confirm a lack of presence for both of them in 2014. Luke Pakula announed on Facebook his plans for Pro 2 in 2015 with a new S14 while Corey release a video seen above. Its a shame to lose both drivers for this season but we have a ton of 2014 rookies ready to fill shoes of these two for the new drift season.

 

Luke Pakula via Facebook:
Dear family, friends, fans and sponsors … alot of you have been messaging me in the past few weeks asking about my 2014 Formula D plans … well I apologize about not keeping you all posted but I will not be competing in Formula D this season. I have begun to part out my AE86 with hopes to finish up my S14 that I feel will be more suitable to my driving style and will be capable of taking me further. I plan to return to compete in Formula D Pro 2 in 2015. I hope you all continue to follow me through because I assure you that this is not the end of me! The mark in 2013 has been made and I can’t wait to come back out with another bang!

Tyler Wolfson – Wrecked Weekly Episode #20 [VIDEO]

This weeks Wrecked Weekly gets us a sit down with Tyler Wolfson, a rookie heading into Formula Drift for the first time. Tyler has a Mazda RX-7 which he has retained the 1.3L rotary engine which is pushing out just over 600hp for the 2014 season. Tyler is bringing a large group of sponsors into the series for 2014 including Hawk Brake Pads and Konig Wheels. His title sponsorship comes from the tire company GT Radial who is also a rookie in Formula Drift where they are set to debut their new SX2 tire.

2014 Formula Drift Long Beach Media Day [GALLERY]


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A complete 250+ image gallery showing off all the new rides for 2014 and some on track drifting action from the big Long Beach Grand Prix media day event. Don’t miss this action that has everyone fired up for Round 1 coming up over the weekend.

 

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Chris Forsberg’s 1000hp Nissan 370z Goes to the Dark Side

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Drifting.ChrisForsbergChris Forsberg has kept his 2014 Formula Drift car under wraps for the best part of the off-season. His NOS partnership was reduced to an associate level but he brought on several new partnerships including Champion Spark Plugs for 2014. The infamous orange Z has now gone the way of the dark side with a carbon fiber and matte black finish. The car still retains a Nissan engine and now makes 1000hp with the assistance of some nitrous. Check out all the cars from Media Day in our gallery below.

 

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2014 Just Drift Top Drift Round 1 at Balcony [GALLERY]


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Here is the gallery coverage from Round 1 of Just Drift’s Top Drift series. The event took place at Balcony and watched Alex Heilbrunn dominate the competition in his green S13 smoke machine. Follow the action at Willow Springs International Raceway by clicking through the gallery below!

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Odi Bakchis and Ryan Tuerck Make Contact at Formula Drift Media Day

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The incident that left Ryan Tuerck’s Scion FR-S looking worse for wear was made by contact from behind by Odi Bakchis. Reports have told us that Odi had a power steering failure which caused him to slide into Ryan Tuerck creating this much damage to him. Ryan ended up towing his car off on a tow truck to get fixed locally. Odi’s car took way less damage in the whole bang up as well and he should be good to go for Friday without any issues.

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Joon Maeng Testing at Willow Springs – Shows off New Partner Maxxis Tire

Joon Maeng shows off his S13 Nissan 240sx at Willow Springs now on Maxxis MA-Z1 tires. This quick Instagram video doesn’t show much of the car in drifting action but nice to see Joon is getting some serious test time in with the new Maxxis tires before Round 1.