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What it takes to win in 2015: Chris Forsberg


Current standings:

1. Fredric Aasbo 428 Points
2. Ken Gushi 348 Points
3. Ryan Tuerck 332 Points
4. Chris Forsberg 331 Points

Each year, we like to give the fans a quick guide of what to expect entering the final event of the season. This year’s final championship standings are much less interesting than in past seasons, but there is still a chase to discuss due in large part to Aasbo’s Elite 8 exit in Texas.

For current champion Chris Forsberg, sitting 97 points behind Aasbo with only a maximum of 107 points available in an event is not an ideal situation. As soon as Aasbo turns a wheel on a qualifying pass, he will earn 1 point which reduces the potential points available to 106 points. If Aasbo does qualify for Saturday’s Tandem ladder, which he has done in every round since joining the Papadakis Racing team in 2011, Forsberg will be statistically eliminated. Aasbo would earn 18 points for qualifying even in 32nd position (16 for making the top 32, 1 point for making a qualifying pass, and 1 point for qualifying anywhere from 17th to 32nd), and even if Forsberg were to win the event (100 points) and earn top qualifier (6 points for qualifying position + 1 point for making a qualifying pass), he would only make up 89 championship points.

However, this is drifting, and crazier things have happened. Last year, the Papadakis Racing team had to swap a fresh motor into Aasbo’s car as they had issues late in the final practice before qualifying. Should Aasbo have mechanical issues or even crash in his first qualifying pass, the pressure on the second qualifying pass could be quite intimidating.

Even if the unthinkable were to happen and Aasbo misses qualifying for the Top 32 tandem ladder, Forsberg would need to win the event to overtake Aasbo. Anything less than a win would leave him short of overtaking the 97 points he needs to bump Aasbo. If Forsberg were to overcome the miracle, he would become the first three-time Formula Drift champion, and the first back-to-back champion since Tanner Foust in 2008.

As a reminder, here’s a look at how Championship Points are awarded in 2015: Read More…

Formula Drift World Championship Cancels Last Round in China


I have been pretty vocal on how I think the validity of the Formula Drift “World Championship” was kind of a joke or a really low starting point (I get you have to start somewhere) for the premiere drift series in the world. After ignoring Europe and only visiting Canada, Japan, and China it seemed like the World Championship was a lack luster award to pursue. Now due to circumstances out of Formula Drift’s control, China has been canceled.

I did confirm with Ryan Sage that the Formula Drift World Championship final round will now be Irwindale Speedway. It is most likely the World Championship Award Ceremony will also be held there. Looks like Fredric Aasbo can easily take a double championship next weekend. This sure makes the new course layout and the pressure for him to qualify step up a level or two.


Here is the series PR regarding the matter –

Long Beach, Calif. – September 29, 2015 – Formula DRIFT announced today the cancellation of the final round of the World Championship that was originally scheduled for December 2015 in southern China.

The Formula DRIFT team has been working very hard to make this event a new and exciting part of our Series, but unfortunately Irena World and Goldenport Enterprises did not meet their contractual obligations. Our ability to operate events depends on the mutual effort of our partners and without that, we cannot put our sponsors, teams and employees at any unwarranted risk.

Due to the cancellation, Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway will be the final round of the World Championship and will be worth double points for the World Championship contenders. We will also still honor our World Championship prize purse.



2015 Formula Drift World Championship in Canada [GALLERY]






Formula Drift Canada brought most of the big American stars over to compete in the World Championship Round. Jeremy Glover was on the scene for us in Canada capturing the performances of local and international drivers.

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2015 Formula Drift World Championship in Canada [RESULTS]


The new Formula Drift World championship wrapped up its second event in Canada with an international podium. Some World Championship drivers went missing including Daigo Saito who was off playing with his Lamborghini in Japan instead of driving in Canada. Fredric Aasbo seemingly has a great shot at winning the World Championship after a solid performance in Canada. Here is how the podium finished up-

1. Fredric Aasbo
2. Tomy Boisvert-Bellemare
3. Matt Field

2015 Formula Drift Canada World Championship Round 8 Qualifying [RESULTS]


Fredric Aasbo continues to extend his lead in the Formula Drift World Championship, taking the top qualifying spot at Autodrome Saint-Eustache. Canadian Jeff Laflamme held it down for the Canadian contingent, out-qualifying the rest of the pack in second with fellow Canadian Pat Cyr in third and Matt Field marking the highest qualified American at fourth. Unfortunately, fan favorite Daigo Saito did not make the trip and looks to be in Japan right now showing off his Lamborghini instead.

Here’s a look at the qualifying results as well as the tandem brackets:

1. Fredric Aasbo
2. Jeff Laflamme
3. Pat Cyr
4. Matt Field
5. Odi Bakchis
6. Robbie Nishida
7. Marc Landreville
8. Charles Ng
9. Mats Baribeau
10. Simon Shaffner
11. Tommy Bellemare
12. Forrest Wang
13. Jonathan Guitard
14. Dean Kearney
15. Miro Ovcharik
16. Alex Grosselin
17. Youri Levesque
18. Alec Hohnadell
19. Kevin Morin
20. Danny Bernier
21. Andy Gray
22. Jonathan Thiffault
23. Bob Patinka
24. Francis Doyan
25. Francis Tasse
26. Stephen Van Sleuwan
27. Alex Blanchette
28. Marc-Antoine Demers
29. Martin Langlois
30. Riley Sexsmith
31. Eric Belanger
32. Patrick Gauthier

Left Bracket:
Fredric Aasbo vs. Patrick Gauthier
Alex Grosselin vs. Youri Levesque
Charles Ng vs. Francis Tasse
Mats Baribeau vs. Francis Doyan
Matt Field vs. Martin Langlois
Jonathan Guitard vs. Danny Bernier
Odi Bakchis vs. Marc-Antoine Demers
Forrest Wang vs. Andy Gray

Right Bracket:
Jeff Laflamme vs. Eric Belanger
Miro Ovcharik vs. Alec Hohnadell
Marc Landreville vs. Stephen Van Sleuwan
Simon Shaffner vs. Bob Patinka
Pat Cyr vs. Riley Sexsmith
Dean Kearney vs. Kevin Morin
Robbie Nishida vs. Alex Blanchette
Tommy Bellemare vs. Jonathan Thiffault

Formula Drift World Championship contenders will grow – FD Canada Drivers List


Prior to this weekend’s Formula Drift Canada round, only nine drivers had qualified for the World Championship by driving in the Formula Drift Japan round. In order to be in contention for the World Championship title, drivers must drive in one of the three international rounds (Japan, Canada, and the yet TBD China round). However, the China round is invite-only, so drivers really only had two options. After the Texas round, here’s the current standings in the World Championship among the 9 drivers who are in contention:

Fredric Aasbo – 480 Points
Odi Bakchis – 396 Points
Masashi Yokoi – 309 Points
Matt Field – 263Points
Daigo Saito – 257 Points
Dean Kearney – 205 Points
Charles Ng – 175 Points
Robbie Nishida – 144 Points
“Mad” Mike Whiddett – 141 Points

The drivers list for this weekend’s round contains an additional four names that will be added to this list.

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10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 6 Texas

10. New Track Layout is Huge Success 
The old track was a bag of crap with a single entertaining element when some of the guys would do wild entries into the sweeper (see Odi from 2014 above). The new track layout is a huge improvement, so I would like to applaud Formula Drift for making this switch. Texas still managed to bring more controversy than other rounds of the series even though it was ran in reverse. Even though this track produced the longest Top 16 in series history, I do like running this layout way more. The complexity of this layout really separates the men from the boys.

9. Two Painful Championship Slips
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Watching Odi Bakchis and Matt Field fall out of the championship due to random mechanical failures was a tough one to watch. Odi Bakchis lost his wheel studs in the Dean Kearney Top 32 battle which all but removed him from any championship hope. This coming after he produced at a high level throughout the last five rounds of the season. This mishap also really hurts him in the World Championship race where him and Aasbo are the two major contenders to win it all.

Matt Field earlier in the weekend suffered engine issues and rushed to qualify which didn’t workout so well and he got a 0. Sad to see these guys dominate all season and fall short towards the end of the 7 round series. You do need a decent amount of points from each event to win making it a marathon instead of a sprint.

8. Formula Drift Safety is Solid

While most fans have been harping on the negatives of this weekend I would like to point out that the safety in this series is phenomenal. The biggest fear I see in drifting is the potential of hitting the car at an odd angle into a wall or breaking on a bank and flying into the wall. Most accidents that look tame to the naked eye cause the worst results due to all the force and impact being put onto the drivers body from one point of impact. If you see an accident that looks wild with spinnings and multiple contact points, the driver tends to be in good shape. This crash with Vaughn was another testament to HANS and the team who built his car. Video of crash on FB. A look over at Indy this weekend shows the true dangers of motorsports and how lucky Vaughn is to be in great shape.

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2015 Formula Drift Round 6 Pro Qualifying [RESULTS]


Qualifying came down to the last two runs which saw Chris Forsberg steal first from Justin Pawlak with a 90 and then Aasbo followed up with a 94. The championship is all up for grabs this weekend for the most part and it is basically Aasbo’s to lose. A top qualifying spot (his first of the year) isn’t a bad start to making that happen. Here is how everyone finished –

1. Fredric Aasbo 94
2. Chris Forsberg 90
3. Justin Pawlak 89
4. Ken Gushi 85
5. Kenneth Moen 84
6. Masahi Yokoi 84
7. Matt Coffman 84
8. Daigo Saito 84
9. Vaughn Gittin 83
10. Alec Hohnadell 82
11. Mad Mike Whiddett 82
12. Tyler McQuarrie 82
13. Ryan Tuerck 81
14. Dai Yoshihara 81
15. Forrest Wang 81
16. Odi Bakchis 80
17. Dean Kearney 78
18. Chelsea DeNofa 78
19. Rapper Dan Savage 76
20. Nate Hamilton 76
21. Kristaps Bluss 76
22. Mats Baribeau 75
23. Conrad Grunewald 75
24. James Evans 74
25. Marc Landerville 73
26. Charles Ng 73
27. Pat Goodin 72
28. Michael Essa 70
29. Jeff Jones 69
30. Jhonnattan Castro 69
31. Robbie Nishida 68
32. Kyle Mohan 68

Top 32 Bracket (Left)
Fredric Aasbo vs. Kyle Mohan
Odi Bakchis vs. Dean Kearney
Diago Saito vs. Marc Landerville
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. James Evans
Ken Gushi vs. Jeff Jones
Ryan Tuerck vs. Nate Hamilton
Kenneth Moen vs. Michael Essa
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Kristaps Bluss

Top 32 Bracket (Right)
Chris Forsberg vs. Robbie Nishida
Forrest Wang vs. Chelsea DeNofa
Matt Coffman vs. Charles Ng
Alec Hohnadell vs. Conrad Grunewald
Justin Pawlak vs. Jhonnatan Castro
Dai Yoshihara vs. Rapper Dan Savage
Masahi Yokoi vs. Pat Goodin
Mad Mike Whiddett vs. Mats Baribeau

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 5 Seattle

10. Championship Dreams Shattered Left and Right!

This Seattle event marks the first time I watched so many big names and championship hopeful drivers go down for the count so early in the weekend. First, it was Ryan Tuerck going out to Stoneback in the Top 32 with a mechanical failure. Then Vaughn Gittin Jr. defeats Nitto teammate Odi Bakchis in the Top 32 putting the #1/#2 championship drivers out with 16 points + qualifying for the weekend. Then Top 16 swept up Chris Forsberg and Ken Gushi cleaning the slate of all the forward momentum from this season for those four drivers. Fredric Aasbo side stepped all the land mines and took home first place and built a huge gap in the championship for himself leaving the next two rounds a big mystery.

9. Forrest Wang Being Faulted for Inactive Chase, HUH?

Who knew that Mad Mike was that fast or Forrest Wang was that slow? The inactive chase penalty against Forrest Wang seemed beyond harsh to me. The judges need to wake up please! You cannot fault a guy for inactive chase when he is driving his ass off but his car is just beyond slower than another car (see Faruk Kugay vs. Alex Heilbrunn in Pro 2 for same stupid call). The inactive chase was made for the penalization of cupcaking when one driver has a dominant lead and then doesn’t chase. I always recall Jim Guthrie vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. at Wall Speedway as a perfect utilization for this. You cannot punish people for not building drag car/rocket ships or I guess now you can do just that…. I never got the impression Wang was cup caking around the course. I think it was a tough way to end a great Top 32 battle. Not sure if I have a better answer for this one but it just feels like a bad beat in my gut.

8. Yokoi Is the New Chelsea DeNofa

This guy has the most insane tandem follow runs of this season. I wish drivers would get out of his way so he could keep winning. His first battle with Pat Goodin was wild and I think he edged out Goodin in the end but judges went OMT. His chase on the OMT was just balls deep insane but sadly he made contact with Goodin and lost. Sound like someone else you know? Yes, Chelsea DeNofa who at times performs the best tandem follow runs the world has ever seen but mostly to a detriment in the end. Can Yokoi overcome that issue and continue to put on a show that is entertaining everyone while running clean? I guess time will tell us but he is looking more serious round by round in that chromed out 2JZ powered S15 Silvia.

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2015 Formula Drift Round 5 – Evergreen Speedway [RESULTS]


Fredric Aasbo survived mixed wet and dry conditions to take home his third win of the season and a substantial lead in the championship. Alec Hohnadell drove like a maniac to take home his first career Formula D podium, with Justin Pawlak surviving a wild battle with Tyler McQuarrie in the Top 8 to take home 3rd Place. Pat Goodin missed out on his first podium spot due to being the lowest qualified driver in the final 4, but can hang his hat on a career best finish.

Here’s the results:

1st – Fredric Aasbo – Rockstar Energy Drink Hankook Tire Scion tC

2nd – Alec Hohnadell – Get Nuts Labs Nissan S14

3rd – Justin Pawlak – Roush Performance Carcrafters Ford Mustang