Posts Tagged "Fredric Aasbo"

The Third Place Battles You Missed in Formula Drift 2014

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Due to a rule change in Formula Drift this season the series no longer has a battle for third place to determine the last spot on the podium. In fact, third and fourth place now both get 64 points for the weekend and one driver is guaranteed a podium once he wins his Great 8 battle. Here are the seven battles you missed this year due to the rule change:

Long Beach- Justin Pawlak vs. Michael Essa
Atlanta- Chris Forsberg vs. Robbie Nishida
Miami- Kenneth Moen vs. Matt Field
New Jersey- Odi Bakchis vs. Charles Ng
Seattle- Chris Forsberg vs. Fredric Aasbo
Texas- Chris Forsberg vs. Forrest Wang
Irwindale- Chris Forsberg vs. Forrest Wang

David Moore Takes on Formula Drift Irwindale with Massive [GALLERY]

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Watch as the final round of Irwindale Speedway goes down in this massive 2,000 photo gallery (56K WARNING) which produces some fantastic images on the track, off the track, and a big championship celebration from Chris Forsberg as he won his second championship.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=439

2014 Formula Drift Australia at World Time Attack [RESULTS]

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Formula Drift Australia wrapped up during the World Time Attack event over the weekend which only saw one international superstar/Formula Drift driver manage to land on the podium. It was Fredric Aasbo who was looking unbeatable all weekend until his car suffered a mechanical failure locking him into third place. You can go back and watch the whole event via Livestream.com here or you can just glance below at the results:

1st- Levi Clarke
2nd- Nick Coulson
3rd- Fredric Aasbo

10 Things I Learned About Formula Drift Irwindale Last Weekend

10. The Best Formula Drift Event in History

FormulaDriftIrwindale This is the first time in Formula Drift history the championship came down to the last battle. A sold out Irwindale Speedway cheered and screamed as tandem battles wound up in crashes, door banging, and dramatic endings. Fredric Aasbo even beat Chris Forsberg in the Final Four but just fell short of his first championship by losing to Daigo Saito.

9. A Championship Based on Qualifying
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I will be one of the first people to admit or complain about how boring qualifying is when you look at the big picture of the sport. It drags on, has a slow pace, and generally doesn’t entertain like tandem competition. However, Fredric Aasbo lost the championship based on him qualifying consistently worse than Chris Forsberg this season making it quite impactful overall. Fredric even won more tandem battles through the season and successfully beat Chris Forsberg on several occasions to show he could of earned it but qualifying seems to be his glaring mistake for the season.

8. Dean Kearney Keeps Making this Dodge Viper Work
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Dean is one of the drivers who just kept improving throughout the 2014 season and he continued to impress me at Irwindale. He banged up the car a few times and after talking to him at Irwindale, he shared with me that his tandem battle versus Dai Yoshihara was done without front brake rotors (basically no front brakes) which resulted in his tandem follow error. It is pretty amazing how he makes this big boat work around the Formula Drift courses in the modern era.

7. Pro 2 Had Some Positives and Negatives
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Some of the Pro 2 battles this weekend delivered top billing and a huge crowd reaction for some battles while one tandem battle in particular was the worst professional drift tandem sequence I had seen in my life. In six laps due to two One More Times we had four spins and three inactive chase runs. All and all I would consider Pro 2 a success and will be interested to see how it grows for 2015, especially with the new influx of drivers who couldn’t make the 32 cut.

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2014 Formula Drift Ace of the Year – Fredric Aasbo

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This award is given to the driver with the most head to head tandem victories over a season. Fredric Aasbo took home the most in 2014 winning 25 of his 30 matches across 2014. It must be a bitter sweet victory to think you won more tandem battles than the champion but fell just short even after beating him so many times in one season.

2014 Formula Drift Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway [GALLERY]

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A wild end to the 2014 Formula Drift season is here! Justin Kaehler covered from the main event at Irwindale Speedway. The tandem battles and championship kept everyone entertained to the very very end as Daigo Saito defeated Fredric Aasbo in the finals. Follow the link below and enjoy the gallery.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=438

2014 Formula Drift Fan Vote – Driver of the Year – Fredric Aasbo

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Fredric Aasbo won the fan voting award for favorite driver this season. He is now a TV star and has drift cars in Asia + Europe along with his Formula Drift program. It makes sense he wins the fan favorite driver award as his international profile grows and grows.

2014 Formula Drift Team Manager of the Year – Stephan Papadakis

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Team Manager of the Year is probably an understatement for what Stephan Papadakis has done for his team this season. He lead his crew through two very clutch engine swaps before qualifying (if either engine swap was unsuccessful Fredric Aasbo would of been far from winning a championship at Irwindale). Stephan has built an insane four cylinder engine in a FWD Scion tC that is RWD converted to compete  with the biggest top dogs in drifting. This POV video with data shows just how insane this car works.

2014 Formula Drift Championship [RESULTS]

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All seven rounds of Formula Drift are in the books for 2014. Chris Forsberg ends up the 2014 champion but a margin of just 11 points which came down to the very last tandem battle of 2014. Daigo Saito finally had a motor hold together and was able to make a huge jump in the championship points as well. All Top 32 drivers are given a Pro license for next year while 33 and beyond are relegated into Pro 2. Here is how they finished:

1. Chris Forsberg
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
4. Odi Bakchis
5. Forrest Wang
6. Kenneth Moen
7. Darren McNamara
8. Dean Kearney
9. Justin Pawlak
10. Conrad Grunewald
11. Robbie Nishida
12. Ryan Tuerck
13. Ken Gushi
14. Daigo Saito
15. Matt Field
16. Michael Essa
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2014 Formula Drift Round 7 – Final Fight – Irwindale Speedway [RESULTS]

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Daigo Saito just won his third straight Final Fight Irwindale Speedway round which has to be some kind of record I imagine. After his mishap in qualifying Daigo turned it around and had an awesome weekend in competition. His final battle with Fredric Aasbo also determined the championship for Forsberg. Here is how the event finished up:

1. Daigo Saito
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Forrest Wang
4. Chris Forsberg