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2014 Just Drift Top Drift Round 3 [GALLERY]

BlakeOlssenJustDrift.BMW STR.240sxSit back and flip through our gallery from Just Drift Round 3 shot by Matt Ulfelder. The California Pro Am series has some drivers going all out this season and now still find the championship rankings super tight after three rounds. Enjoy the excellent pictures from the gallery link below!

 

Source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=417

Thursday Night Drift at Irwindale: Everything You Need to Know

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Many people spend their entire youth dreaming of the possibility of being able to drive at the House of Drift. Now, Formula Drift (FD) has decided to make many enthusiasts’ dreams come true. As you may have already heard, FD recently announced a schedule for 2014 at Irwindale Speedway, which is open to the general public and amateur drifters.

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Jim Liaw, FD Co-Founder, gave us a great interview during the event. We covered topics involving the speculation of a potential Pro 3 series sprouting out from this, FD’s intentions behind the creation of the events, track layout, and simple steps on signing up to drive.

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2014 Vegas Drift Round 4 Introduction and Top 16 [RECAP]

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Just in time for Round 4 of the Vegas Drift Pro Am Championship at the Outside Road Course of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, new pavement was laid down and would look to shake things up in the points. As grip increased, so did the excitement and close calls which lead to a great event at the end of the day!

Four days prior to Round 4 on Saturday Las Vegas Motor Speedway finished repaving the surface of the Outside Road Course. Not only that, but parts of the former course were laid back down with fresh pavement and allowed Vegas Drift staff to create a new, exciting course that would be very D1 styled as it was fast, short, and deceivingly technical.

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Drivers would charge down the straight, heading towards the “Alamo”. They would then initiate into drifting right on the edge of the pavement just a few feet from the retaining wall. This double apex turn would lead to the first clipping point and continue the right hand turn. Immediately the drivers would have to transition to a right-left s-turn with two front clipping points for each before apex ending the course on the last straight.

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Event Recap from Formula Drift Pro Am series Vegas Drift Round 3

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The weather is starting to get hot, but the temperature was perfect for the third round of the Vegas Drift Formula Drift ProAm championship! That didn’t mean the action wasn’t hot as there were multiple one more times and some great battles. Here is your coverage of Vegas Drift!

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Vegas Drift is unique to the Formula Drift ProAm world in that there is a guest judge from Formula Drift media at every round. Gary Garger of Everything Drift would be the 5th man on the 5 judge panel that included Patrick Mordaunt, Odi Bakchis, Forrest Wang, and Danny George. To make judging more accurate, two judges sit near the finish area of the track while the other three judges are at the RV. These two judges would make or break calls all day long and we’ll get into the advantages in another story.

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2014 Vegas Drift Pro Am Round 1 at LVMS

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Vegas Drift started their season early this year, opening with Vegas ProAm Round 1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend on January 18, 2014. Nick Dizon of Vegas Drift had the genius idea of hosting the first round in the winter months, enabling drivers to give all instead of underperforming due to the sweltering Vegas spring and summer heat. Also another genius idea, was the addition of a “media judge” to the judging panel. Each round, this would give a seasoned media personality a chance to experience the tough decisions a drift judge has to make. This round, I would be that guy, and let me tell you, judging isn’t as easy as I thought it was!

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A large group of 49 drivers from all over the continent registered and gave their all to get some points early in the season. Once qualifying was all said and done, 16 skilled drivers moved on to the Top 16 competition.

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Kasey King and Alex Heilbrunn were the first pair of drivers to go out and battle. Kasey was able to defeat Alex and move on to the Great 8.

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The next pair out were Mike Fulkerson and Joe Tardiff. Joe’s V8 S13 suffered mechanical issues in the drive train, so Mike Fulkerson moved on to the Great 8 with ease.

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2011 Vegas ProAm competitor and former Formula Drift license holder, Mauricio Ornelas, took to the track against Ethan Hunter. Ethan Hunter was able to put together a solid enough run to defeat Mauricio and move on to the 8.

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16 year old Riley Fremont took on Brian Saip, and moved on to fight again. Riley is a driver to watch as he grows and gains experience.

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Wild man AJ Galant faced Brandon Patterson, who amazingly hasn’t seen any track time for 2 years. AJ fought hard, but it was Brandon who moved on to the Great 8.

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Faruk Kugay and George Kiriakopoulos lined up and took to drifting. The judges awarded Faruk the win after a short battle.

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All the way from Washington, Cameron Moore faced Mikey Stark in an exciting battle, and went “One More Time” twice, until Cameron was decided the victor by nearly a hair.

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Freshly FD licensed Spike Chen went head to head with Josh McQuire. Spike was able to impress judges and keep moving forward in the competition.

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Moving on into the Great 8, Mike Fulkerson would face Kasey King. Fans of Mike were concerned that being underpowered, he wouldn’t be able to take out Kasey. Mike Fulkerson did just that, and grabbed a spot in the Final 4.

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The next battle in the Great 8 was Riley Fremont against Ethan Hunter. Riley straightened on his lead run, which gave Ethan a for sure win and moved him on.

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Brandon Patterson met Faruk Kugay at the line and continued his streak after Faruk put rubber in the dirt coming out of the last turn.

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Spike Chen and Cameron Moore created a stir when there was car to car contact at the beginning of the run. Spike left the track, but came back to battle Cameron twice after a OMT call by the judges. Spike Chen was able to move on after Cameron suffered mechanical failure from beating on his car all day.

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Spike Chen hit the track shortly after his battle with Cameron Moore to meet with Brandon Patterson in the battle that would take the winner to the fight for 1st place. Things didn’t go as Spike had planned, with Brandon knocking him out and sending him to fight in the battle for 3rd place with the loser of the next pair.

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Mike Fulkerson and Ethan Hunter went OMT in their battle to Final 4. Fulkerson would knock Hunter out, sending him to the 3rd place battle against Spike Chen .

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Wasting no time as the sun had set on Vegas, Spike Chen and Ethan Hunter took to battle with 3rd place on the line. The judges awarded Spike with the win, earning him 3rd place in round 1.

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In one last battle, Mike Fulkerson met Brandon Patterson in a heated driving match for 1st place. In the end, Mike Fulkerson was not able to hold off hard charging Brandon Patterson, and took 2nd place.

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Here is the bracket above breaking down all the tandem battles from Round 1 (full size link here). Below is how the Top 16 qualified with the driver location and score.
Qualifying Order / Car Number / Location / Score
1 41 Heilbrunn, Alex California 85
2 48 Gallant, AJ Nevada 82
3 7 Stark, Mikey Nevada 81.3
4 38 Ornnelas, Mauricio California 81.2
5 16 Saip, Brian Nevada 81.1
6 40 Chen, Spike California 76
7 25 Kugay, Faruk California 73
8 27 Tardiff, Joe California 72
9 29 Fulkersen, Mike Utah 71
10 219 Kiriakopoulos, George Nevada 70
11 63 Mcguire, Josh California 69
12 17 Fremont, Riley South Dakota 69
13 37 Hunter, Ethan Colorado 68
14 33 Moore, Camron Washington 66
15 21 Patterson, Brandon California 64
16 8 King, King Colorado 64

Forrest Wang 2013 Review and Drifting at Get Nutz Lab [VIDEO]

We put together these two videos that recently came out based around Forrest Wang. The top video is Forrest Wang’s 2013 season in review which saw a top level performance from Forrest in his S14. He even managed to land his first podium in Formula Drift history. His 2014 season could look to be his best with the large amount of seat time he is managing to get in Las Vegas and at his shop.

The second video is a perfect example of what we are talking about with his prospects of the 2014 season. The video put together by LoreninHD shows off the amazing facility Forrest Wang and friends have access to just behind his shop. This video also features George Kiriakopoulos and Danny George sliding around the Get Nutz lab drift course in the short video. It sure seems like the Las Vegas group of drivers are onto something and progressing forward in Formula Drift.