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10 Things I Learned About Formula Drift Orlando

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10. Can Jhonnattan Castro Keep Finding that Potential?
The last time I remember Castro driving this good was at Homestead in Miami two season ago. He actually looked solid and consistent out of the box and it wasn’t the biggest shock to me when he took out Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Top 16. Jhonnattan needs to spend some serious time figuring out why he manages to drift so good in Florida. I cannot figure out if its because he is close to home, the humidity, his family/friends around, or just a random round he focuses in on drifting. He has the driver ability and talents in my eyes. Now, he just needs to dig up what makes him more focused and repeat repeat repeat.

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9. Chris Forsberg’s 370z Looked Slow and Off the Pace
This season seems to of left behind Chris Forsberg’s 370z in terms of pace and speed around the course. All weekend at Orlando Speed World his car looked visually slower than some other teams on the grid. This was highlighted in a major way with his battle against Kristaps Bluss in the Final Four. If you watch the runs, Forsberg enters on Bluss door but then the BMW just powers through the course and speeds up at angle around the bank and Forsberg’s 370z cannot seem to do that. The car isn’t so slow that is belongs in Pro 2 or anything but his speed while drifting could make the difference between a third championship and finishing fourth place.

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8. Drifting without Tires
The rule changes with a tire debead seemingly have confused about 90% of Formula Drift fans out there. I will try and clear it up quickly but it might require its own follow up post. Last year the rule was – a tire debead at anytime in a tandem battle resulted in a loss. In 2016, the rules state you cannot fix a tire debead but it does not result or impact a zero score. So, for example, Jeff Jones in qualifying lost a tire and kept drifting around the course. He was given a 70 for his run and the tire had no impact directly on the score but you have to imagine it slowed him down impacting his score from him having say, four tires. So, if you are in the first part of a tandem battle, you lose, because a car without a tire doesn’t pass tech to run again. If its the second run of a battle and you can keep going then its fair game. Now, here are the list of battles impacted by this rule. I respect Formula Drift for putting a line in the sand and I think teams need to figure out other ways than running 11 PSI in tires to get grip out of the car. Also, in the case of JTP – let the dude put air in his tires for crying out loud after contact and deflation.

1. Nate Hamilton Pro 2 Top 16 Battle (Loss Due to Tire Debead)
2. Mad Mike Whiddett Top 32 Battle versus Ken Gushi (Loss Due to First Round)
3. Fredric Aasbo Top 16 Battle vs Kyle Mohan (Loss Tire in follow and still won)
4. Justin Pawlak Top 16 Battle after contact with Forsberg (Ran but Spun Due to Low Tire Pressure)
5. Fredric Aasbo Final 4 Battle with Tyler McQuarrie (Lost on First Run and Tire Remounted)

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2016 Formula Drift Championship Standings – Round 3 Orlando [STANDINGS]

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Fredric Aasbo pushes himself into prime position to defend his 2015 championship by winning the event in Orlando, jumping into first place in the overall standings. Gittin Jr. fell to second due to his top 16 exit, while Forsberg moved up into third place overall with his second podium of the season.

Here’s a look at the Top 16 Formula Drift standings after 3 of 8 events:

1 Fredric Aasbo 206 points
2 Vaughn Gittin Jr. 194 points
3 Chris Forsberg 168 points
4 Odi Bakchis 153 points
5 Tyler McQuarrie 150 points
6 Ken Gushi 133 points
7 Kristaps Bluss 132 points
8 Chelsea Denofa* 122 points
9 Dai Yoshihara 120 points
10 Alec Hohnadell 116 points
T11 Matt Field 105 points
T11 Ryan Tuerck 105 points
13 Michael Essa 103 points
14 Forrest Wang 102 points
T15 Kenneth Moen 101 points
T15 Patrick Mordaunt 101 points

*Updated to reflect the removal of tandem points due to tire issue

2016 Formula Drift – Round 3 Orlando [RESULTS]

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After an early top 32 exit in Atlanta, Aasbo took the championship lead by winning in Orlando. The final battle between Aasbo and Kristaps Bluss was a bit lackluster as Bluss went off course in his lead run, but at least we had a final run compared to last year. The win is the first for Nexen Tire, which is the 12th different tire company to earn an event win in Formula Drift. Chris Forsberg earned the final rung on the podium over Tyler McQuarrie by virtue of qualifying higher. Bluss is the 39th driver to earn a Formula Drift trophy over the years.

Here are the final results from Atlanta:

1st – Fredric Aasbo – Rockstar Energy Drink Nexen Tire Scion tC
2nd – Kristaps Bluss – HGK Racing Achilles Tire BMW E46
3rd – Chris Forsberg – NOS Energy Drink Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z
4th – Tyler McQuarrie – Mobile 1 Chevy Camaro

Kelsey Rowlings – Formula Drift Pro 2 [INTERVIEW]

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*Editors Note*: This interview got lost in SPAM so it was delayed and I didn’t find out she filled it out until I was at Road Atlanta. So keep in mind she wrote these answers before starting off her Pro 2 season. Here is the interview in its entirity now before Round 2 in Orlando.

 

1. Who are you and how did you get your Pro 2 license?
I earned my Pro 2 license through the Three Palms Drift Pro Am series where I placed 2nd overall. I also competed in the Streetwise Drift Pro Am series where I placed 4th overall. I also have competed in select XDC and Lone Star Drift Pro Am events.

2. Can you give us a break down of your car and what sponsors you have on board?
We have a great car and a great group of Partners this year. Kaizen Performance helped us swap the supercharged Ford Performance Parts 5.0 Aluminator NA crate engine into our 240sx. Several other companies helped make this build possible: Vibrant Performance, BC racing NA, Haltech ECU, Canton Racing, Deatschwerks, ACT clutch, Traklite wheels, Thunderbolt Racing fuel, Champion Spark Plugs, Enjuku Racing, Wilwood disc brakes, SPL Parts, Fuel Safe, Sparco USA, Mishimoto, Achilles Radial, Sway Gear, Expert Car Care, Mazworx, SPA Technique and Guardian Wraps

3. What track are you most excited about and most nervous to tackle this season?
I’m most excited for Road Atlanta. It was the first formula drift event I ever attended back in 2009 and I have been every year since that first year. I always told myself that I would drive that track someday, and the time has finally arrived!

4. Can you name one drifter you really want to see in a battle in Pro 2 this year?
I’m honestly excited to battle everyone. I really want to see how our new car stacks up with the rest of the competition.

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5. Who is your favorite drifter in the world and who to you derive driving inspiration from?
I’m very indecisive, so I have several favorite drivers. Some include, Frederic Aasbo, Robbie Nishida, and Chelsea DeNofa

6. Who do you think will win the Formula Drift Pro Championship this season?
I feel like Ken Gushi is looking extremely strong this year, but if Chelsea DeNofa can keep his car running well, I think he may also be a contender.

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7. What is one hurdle or headache you ran into during the off-season gearing up for Pro 2?
Building the car was definitely a struggle. It was a lot of R&D and trial and error to complete a new swap in just four months!

8. What advice can you give to the upcoming Pro 2 drivers who are currently in Pro Am?
I would say to double or even triple the budget you have in mind. There will always be the mechanical failures you didn’t count on, or that trailer spare that you were forced to buy on the road because you already blew your last 2 spares. We blew up our dog box in testing and it was definitely a cost we weren’t ready for at the beginning of the season.

2016 Formula Drift – Round 2 Atlanta – QUALIFYING [RESULTS]

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. laid down a fantastic qualifying run, earning the top spot on Friday in Atlanta. Due to only 31 drivers earning a score in qualifying, Gittin Jr. will have a bye in the first round of tandem. Andy Gray and Tanner Foust made their season debuts in Atlanta, while Robbie Nishida and ShengJun Zhang missed the round. Charles Ng drove in practice, but had electrical issues on both qualifying runs and did not earn a score.

Here’s a look at how qualifying finished up at Road Atlanta:

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
2. Fredric Aasbo
3. Matt Field
4. Chris Forsberg
5. Odi Backhis
6. Dai Yoshihara
7. Tanner Foust
8. Justin Pawlak
9. Tyler McQuarrie
10. Chelsea DeNofa
11. Mad Mike Whiddett
12. Forrest Wang
13. Dean Kearney
14. Michael Essa
15. Ryan Tuerck
16. Geoff Stoneback
17. Matt Coffman
18.  Alec Hohnadell
19. Ken Gushi
20. Pat Mordaunt
21. Jhonnattan Castro
22. Alex Heilbrunn
23. Kenneth Moen
24. Kristaps Bluss
25. Juha Rintanen
26. Kyle Mohan
27. Pat Goodin
28. Cameron Moore
29. Andy Gray
30. Faruk Kugay
31. Jeff Jones

Here’s the tandem ladder, for those following at home:

Vaughn Gittin Jr (bye)
Geoff Stoneback vs Matt Coffman
Justin Pawlak vs Juha Rintanen
Tyler McQuarrie vs Kristaps Bluss

Chris Forsberg vs Andy Gray
Dean Kearney vs Pat Mordaunt
Odi Bakchis vs Cameron Moore
Forrest Wang vs Jhonnattan Castro

Fredric Aasbo vs Jeff Jones
Ryan Tuerck vs Alec Hohnadell
Tanner Foust vs Kyle Mohan
Chelsea Denofa vs Kenneth Moen

Matt Field vs Faruk Kugay
Michael Essa vs Ken Gushi
Dai Yoshihara vs Pat Goodin
Mad Mike Whiddett vs Alex Heilbrunn

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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