Posts Tagged "Fredric Aasbo"

Maximum Driftcast – A Podcast about Drifting

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If you haven’t caught the Maximum Driftcast then you should check it out on iTunes or however you consume your daily podcasts. The show features three hosts (Corey Hosford, Paco Ibarra, and Sam Nalven @ Drift Idiot) and normally a guest to talk about drifting for just over an hour. Wrecked Magazine got a nice shout on Episode 9 I just tuned into so I figured I would return the favor. They just had Chelsea DeNofa hop on the most recent show to talk about his win at Long Beach.

 

Listen and Subscribe: http://www.maximumdriftcast.com/

Say Howdy Get Rowdy Season 4 Part 3 – Chelsea Wins [VIDEO]

This is a great tribute to cap off his first winning Formula Drift event. I have loved the Say Howdy Get Rowdy videos for years now and Chelsea’s win makes this extra special. The videos this year moved over to the BC Racing YouTube page so make sure you subscribe to not miss an episode. We shared some older episodes on Facebook or you can watch them here.

Part 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SDja26k7-s
Part 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R4u_5mYFug

2016 Formula Drift Motegi Super Drift Challenge [RESULTS]

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The Motegi Super Drift during the Long Beach Grand Prix had a pretty weak drivers list of 11 that included some Pro 2 drivers to make the field larger than a Top 8. The podium was swept by three drivers who are starting a 2016 season with a new tire company. The final four saw Michael Essa versus Odi Bakchis (#1 qualifier) in the battle of the show that Odi was given the edge on and advanced into the finals. Matt Field made easy work of Dean Kearney in the Final Four with a big mistake from Dean pushing him into the finals.

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The $25,000 payout is a nice chunk in the wallet for the top Formula Drift drivers. Here is how the event finished up:
1. Matt Field
2. Michael Essa
3. Odi Bakchis
4. Dean Kearney
5. Kyle Mohan
6. Jeff Jones
7. Ryan Litteral
8. Fredric Aasbo
9. Justin Pawlak
10. Trenton Beechum
11. Alex Heilbrunn

2016 Formula Drift Round 1 Streets of Long Beach [GALLERY]

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Here is a great Formula Drift Long Beach gallery from our long time shooter Justin Kaehler. He compiled a great 200+ shots of the action through the rain and dry Top 32 tandem. Follow the link below to follow along and view some great shots of the event.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=468

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Long Beach

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10. The MVP of the Weekend – The Weather
The biggest game changer of the weekend in Long Beach was the rain. I was on site this weekend and when the rain started it was unbelievable how much oil and junk came up from the parking lot. Keep in mind, turn 9 through 10B are basically parking spaces used by the convention center and aquarium on a daily basis. The large issue at hand wasn’t just the rain but the oils and things it took up from the ground. If I would have known people would claim that Formula Drift cannot be done in the rain – I would have taken pictures of this gross water. Let’s keep in mind that it also doesn’t frequently rain in Southern California so the amount of junk coming up from the pavement was huge in scale. The ground was so inconsistent that huge zero traction patches were found across the course where the driver would basically become a passenger as several described it to me in the car. I am one of the first people to criticize Formula Drift when I think they do the wrong thing and everything this weekend was handled perfectly. The drivers wanted a set qualifying and nobody spoke up against it from what I saw and heard in the drivers meeting. With just 32 teams it just happened to work out and lead to the best Top 16 in Formula Drift history.

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9. Kyle Mohan Debuts Most Exciting New Car with his Mazda MX-5
It was pretty clear to me that Kyle Mohan debuted the most exciting new car of the 2016 season. The pre-season buzz when I released his Mazda MX-5 to the public was huge. The car didn’t quite looked dialed in and was very snappy over the race weekend. Long Beach is very different from the other seven courses coming up so I am trying not to read too much into his performance. For him to be a contender in 2016, the car seems like it needs some work. Also, while he is working on the car I think he should invest in some wide body front fenders.

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8. Cameron Moore Was Best Rookie on the Weekend
The rookie class of 2016 is sitting in a five way tie for Rookie of the Year right now since they all lost in Top 32 and no qualifying points were issued for the weekend. Cameron Moore looked most likely to win his Top 32 battle against Chris Forsberg. He did a really impressive follow run and spun on his lead run that most likely would’ve earned him at least an OMT if he kept pedaling around the course. Cameron Moore impressed me with his ability to handle the wet conditions better than most people in the paddock. I know he hails from the Pacific Northwest so he might not even know what the sun looks like yet. He looked comfortable and uninitiated being in the main event so I will keep my eye on him over the next couple rounds of Formula Drift.

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2016 Formula Drift Round 1 – Long Beach [RESULTS]

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The 2016 season is in the books after a crazy Round 1 weekend that fought weather at every turn. A first time ever canceled qualifying led into the best and most balanced bracket of all time in Formula Drift history. I will spare you my plea to cancel qualifying for good and focus on this amazing event. Chelsea DeNofa became the champion killer after beating three former champions to win his first event. Chelsea DeNofa becomes the 23rd unique driver to win a Formula Drift event and the 38th unique driver to earn a podium. DeNofa previous best finish was 4th place. Here is how the final four stacked up:

1. Chelsea DeNofa
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Ken Gushi
4. Odi Bakcihs

2015 Formula Drift Long Beach Condensed Top 16 to Final [VIDEO]

Some saint in the universe took the long and dragged out Formula Drift Round 1 event from 2015 and edited it down to a strong 27 minutes. Watch every run from the Top 16 to podium in 27 minutes with no breaks, gaps, or commercials. In case you are just itching for qualifying to happen tomorrow I think this is a nice hold over. I watched it today and it just flew by.

Nexen Tire Announce Ken Gushi and Fredric Aasbo

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Nexen Tire is making a big return back to the Formula Drift championship in 2016. They have officially announced that Fredric Aasbo and Ken Gushi will be on the Nexen Tire team for the new season. In February we announced that former champions would be heading to Nexen Tire and it looks like we nailed Aasbo making the move! Pretty exciting that Ken Gushi has made the jump to a new tire for the 2016 season. Assuming the tire is decent quality, he has a serious chance at a 2016 championship run after watching him perform last season.

Two Formula Drift Champions Are Joining Nexen Tire [RUMORMILL]

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The paddock has been buzzing about the big driver signings that Nexen Tire has been doing behind the scenes this during this off-season. We have heard big time rumors of two former Formula Drift champions coming to Nexen Tire over and over again and now we can all but confirm it. This photo was taken by @richardundie during the Leadfoot Festival in New Zealand. It shows Tanner Foust as one of the two champions we have heard big time rumors of moving to Nexen Tire. The other champion moving to Nexen Tire is Fredric Aasbo which seems like a natural link with Rockstar Energy and the Papadakis Racing umbrella/link between the two teams. I haven’t spoken to anyone who has tested the new Nexen Tire but I have heard they are “on quality” with the big toy tires of the sport. Thanks for the tip Case182!

Toyota to Carry on Formula Drift and Chase Back to Back Championship

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The former Scion brand and Ken Gushi has taken to the Internet and announced that they will be racing in 2016. It will be interesting to see if this corporate restructure takes a hit on budget and limits the programs of Aasbo or Gushi. Ken Gushi did confirm that he will still receive support for Formula Drift in 2016 with his Tweet posted below. I think Aasbo is set for a repeat championship or Gushi could easily land his first Formula Drift championship under the big caveat of what will change with each program and the money coming into it.

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