Posts Tagged "Fredric Aasbo"

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 6 Texas

10. New Track Layout is Huge Success 
OdiBakchis
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
Screenshot 2015-08-22 13.53.33
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
vaughngittinjr

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.

Read More…

2015 Formula Drift Round 6 Pro Qualifying [RESULTS]

FredricAasbo

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!
OdiBakchis.ChrsiForsberg

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?
ForrestWang.S15Silvia

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
Yokoi

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.

Read More…

2015 Formula Drift Round 5 – Evergreen Speedway [RESULTS]

FredricAasbo

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

 

2015 Formula Drift Round 5 Qualifying [RESULTS]

KennethMoen

Formula Drift qualifying at Evergreen Speedway was an interesting one. It went quickly but so many drivers scored a zero due to the rain and then transition to dry during the weekend. It was a tough one and we just wish that the weather would behave for a weekend already. Here is how they qualified-

1. Kenneth Moen 89
2. Ryan Tuerck 87
3. Fredric Aasbo 87
4. Ken Gushi 85
5. Kristaps Bluss 84
6. Forrest Wang 84
7. Matt Field 81
8. Chris Forsberg 80
9. Alec Hohnadell 79
10. Chelsea DeNofa 79
11. Odi Bakchis 78
12. Justin Pawlak 77
13. Pat Mordaunt 77
14. Michael Essa 77
15. Pat Goodin 76
16. Charles Ng 76
17. Daigo Saito 76
18. Masashi Yokoi 75
19. Dai Yoshihara 75
20. Tyler McQuarrie 75
21. Dean Kearney 74
22. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 74
23. Conrad Grunewald 74
24. Kyle Mohan 73
25. Nate Hamilton 72
26. Jhonnattan Castro 68
27. Mad Mike Whiddett 67
28. Matt Coffman 66
29. Brandon Wicknick 66
30. Dan Savage 64
31. Geoff Stoneback 62
32. Jeff Jones 61

Top 32 Tandem Battle
Left Bracket
Kenneth Moen vs. Jeff Jones
Charles Ng vs. Daigo Saito

Chris Forsberg vs. Nate Hamilton
Alec Hohnadell vs. Kyle Mohan

Ken Gushi vs. Brandon Wicknick
Pat Morduant vs. Tyler McQuarrie

Kristaps Bluss vs. Matt Coffman
Justin Pawlak vs. Dean Kearney

Right Bracket
Ryan Tuerck vs. Geoff Stoneback
Pat Goodin vs. Masahi Yokoi

Matt Field vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Conrad Grunewald

Fredric Aasbo vs. Dan Savage
Michael Essa vs. Dai Yoshihara

Forrest Wang vs. Mad Mike Whiddett
Odi Bakchivs vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr.

2015 Formula Drift Japan Drivers List

FredricAasbo.RSR.ToyotaFT86

Formula Drift Japan is coming up this weekend and is an official Formula Drift World Championship round. Mad Mike Whiddett is listed to be driving a Mazda RX7, Matt Field is listed in a S14, and a ton of Japanese drivers are throw in the mix. Here is the full drivers list –

1. Yuji Saito
2. Mitsuru Yoshioka
3. Hokuto Matsuyama
4. Chiam Benjamin
5. Kenji Takayama
6. Yoshichika Tamagawa
7. Shinichirou Saito
8. Masataka Hawashima
9. Shunnosuke Mito
10. Daisuke Nakamura
11. Masayoshi Tokita
12. Shinji Minowa
13. Tetsuya Hibino
14. Kawabata Masato
15. Tomokazu Hirota
16. Masao Suenaga
17. Takahiro Imamura
18. Toshiharu Kazama
19. Hirohide Tanaka
20. Tsutomu Fujio
21. Tetsuya Iha
22. Inafuku Ryo
23. Yoshinori Shinozaki
24. Shigehisa Sasayama
25. Yuki Inaoka
26. Keiichirou Kadekaru
27. Noritsugu Totani
28. Tadahiro Fukada
29. Yuji Tanaka
30. Kazumi Takahashi
31. Daichi Oshiro
32. Sheng Nian Ng
33. Kazuya Iizuka
34. Michihiro Takator
35. Kiyotaka Yamazaki
36. Toshimitsu Masuda
37. Atsushi Taniguchi
38. Yoshitatsu Kaneda
39. Koji Yamaguchi
40. Yusuke Kusaba
41. Daisuke Hasegawa
42. Tomohiro Nakamura
43. Kenji Yaminaka
44. Kazaya Taguchi
45. Andrew Gray
46. Manabu Fujinaka
47. Kazuki Hayashi
48. Kuniaki Takahashi
49. Charles Ng
50. Daigo Saito
51. Dean Kearney
52. Mad Mike Whiddett
53. Robbie Nishida
54. Masashi Yokoi
55. Matt Field
56. Fredric Aasbo
57. Odi Bakchis

2015 Formula Drift Round 4 in New Jersey [RESULTS]

FredricAasbo

Wow, so Fredric Aasbo survived weather on all fronts to capitalize on another weekend and win the New Jersey Wall Speedway round of Formula Drift back to back. This gives Aasbo two wins on the season and slots him back into a championship chase in a big way. Forsberg spun twice in two runs which I don’t think I have seen in 11 years of watching Formula Drift. The rain came at the end and the European based drivers thrived with Ryan Tuerck sneaking onto the podium for a second time in a row finishing 3rd. Here is how they finished, Top 10 things coming on Monday-

1. Fredric Aasbo
2. Dean Kearney
3. Ryan Tuerck
4. Masashi Yokoi

2015 Formula D Championship Standings – Round 3 Orlando [STANDINGS]

Odi-Atlanta

Despite an early Top 16 exit, Odi Bakchis maintains the lead in the Formula Drift championship due to his two podiums in the first two events. The gap has closed, and Ryan Tuerck now sits second in the championship for the first time since the 2009 season when he ended in second position, with Chris Forsberg close behind in third. Aasbo dropped from second down to fifth due to his top 32 exit, just behind Ken Gushi who has moved up from fifth after back-to-back podiums. All drivers in the top five have two Final Four finishes to their name, showing that consistency will be required to win the championship.

Here’s a look at the top 20 in the points standings so far:

1 Odi Bakchis 223 points
2 Ryan Tuerck 208 points
3 Chris Forsberg 189 points
4 Ken Gushi 173 points
5 Fredric Aasbo 162 points
6 Matt Field 156 points
7 Vaughn Gittin Jr. 139 points
8 Pat Mordaunt 120 points
9 Forrest Wang 108 points
10 Tyler McQuarrie 106 points
11 Alec Hohnadell 105 points
12 Kenny Moen 104 points
T13 Geoff Stoneback 103 points
T13 Masashi Yokoi 103 points
15 Justin Pawlak 95 points
16 Robbie Nishida 87 points
17 Charles Ng 86 points
18 Conrad Grunewald 73 points
T19 Dan Savage 71 points
T19 “Mad” Mike Whiddett 71 points

Odi Bakchis vs. Fredric Aasbo in the Finals – You Decide [VIDEO]

After watching this video a couple hundred times and sharing it with some other pro drifters I cannot seem to determine who was truly at fault for the contact but it does seem to me when you watch this in full screen at 1080 that Fredric Aasbo intentionally makes the car spin once Odi hits him. That is somewhat hard to say either way since Odi made contact with his wheel but you can see him rotating the wheel from the drivers position and the wheel moving (implying to me that suspension wasn’t broken) in the video. Fredric was hit quite a few times in the same area this weekend which makes me lean more towards the favor of Odi Bakchis not being at fault. I am curious to see what you guys all think in the comments.

One thing is for sure, Formula Drift needs to provide judges a better viewing angle in this hairpin other than what the Livestream provided. Our POV in this footage is far better than anything the judges had to look at. Several people in my 10 Things post even chimed in about drivers knocking over clip cones and people missing it but the Livestream view is less than ideal. I think they really need an inside clip camera and one on the outside to watch wheel speeds, e-brakes, and all the other games that clearly went on in that area. Chime in below!

2015 Formula D Round 1 Long Beach – OEM Manufacturers Championship [STANDINGS]

RyanTuerck.2015ScionFRS

With two of three cars on the podium, Scion has taken the early lead in the OEM Manufacturer’s championship. With many cars in the top 16 not being eligible for the OEM Championship due to having a mis-matched engine, Scion has a fairly substantial lead on all other manufacturers. Ford is in second place with a top-8 appearance from Gittin Jr. and a top sixteen finish from Pawlak, and Chevy sits in third place with a top-8 appearance from McQuarrie and a top-32 effort from Grunewald. While Lexus currently sits in fifth place overall thanks to points from Robbie Nishida, this may be the only points they score all season as Nishida is expected to debut his Infiniti G37 at the next round in Atlanta. Last year, Charles Ng’s car wasn’t eligible for manufacturer points due to using a Chevy engine, but the shift to the VR38 engine out of the Nissan GT-R allows him to earn points for Infiniti in 2015.

Here’s how the OEM championship shapes up after the first round of the 2015 Formula D Championship:

1. Scion  – 173 points
2. Ford – 88 points
3. Chevy – 69 points
4. Nissan – 57 points
5. Lexus – 51 points
T6. BMW – 34 points
T6. Infiniti – 34 points
T8. Dodge– 18 Points
T8. Mazda – 18 Points

Advertisement Advertisement