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2017 Formula Drift End of Season awards

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Formula Drift announced their annual awards at a special awards banquet over the weekend. Special thanks to Formula D ProAm partner US Drift for posting these on their Facebook page.

Here’s a look at all the awards that were handed out:

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Fan Favorite Car of the Year: “Chucky” Ola Jaeger
Fan Favorite Driver of the Year: Dirk Stratton
Ace of the Year: Kevin Lawrence
Rookie of the Year: Travis Reeder

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Fan Favorite Car of the Year: Kristaps Blušs
Fan Favorite Driver of the Year: Kristaps Blušs
Best Personal Style: Ken Gushi
Best Drifting Style: Chelsea DeNofa
Hard Charger: Jhonnattan Castro
Spotter of the Year: Amy Bakchis (Aurimas Bakchis (Odi))
Spirit of Drifting: Robbie Nishida
Crew of the Year: Worthouse Drift Team (Piotr Więcek / James Deane.)
Crew Chief of the Year: Alex (James Deane)
Team Manager of the Year: Brian Bridges (Bridges Racing)
Most Improved Driver (31st [2016]- 20th [2017]): Jeff Jones
Comeback of the Year: Aurimas Bakchis
Top Qualifier of the Year: James Deane
Ace of the Year (29 wins – 3 losses / 90.6%): James Deane
Rookie of the Year: Piotr Więcek
Most One More Times (7): Odi Bakchis
Automotive Manufacturer Champion: Toyota Racing
Tire Manufacturer Champion: Falken Tire
Third Place Season: Odi Bakchis
Second Place Season: Fredric Aasbø
First Place Season: James Deane

2016 Dominican Drift Series – Round 1 [RESULTS]

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2016 marks the seventh year of the best Drift championship across the Caribbean area and Latin America, the Dominican Drift Series, which now has a new sponsor, Achilles Radial. Jose Sobrino and his S15 V8 Turbo qualified first and took the victory at Round 1 last March in a sold out event at the Autodromo Sunix (Also known as Autodromo Las Americas).

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Eugenio Alfau, a veteran of the series, was back in action on board of the E36 2JZ from Arias Racing. He went on to qualify in 12th place and go all the way to Top 8.

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Daniel Quiros from Costa Rica is now driving for DACD Drift and their new E46 M50 Turbo (Hulk 2.0) after 2 seasons running his personal Nissan S13 with a 2JZ engine.

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After qualifying 8th, Quiros had a great Top 16 battle with Rafael Adames and his renewed 1JZ 240SX. He then met Jose Sobrino in Top 8 to end his weekend.

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We saw a more focused Joselo Baez in his 1JZ S13 but after qualifying 10th he fell short to advance into the Top 8 after a OMT battle with Omar Castellanos.

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Omar met 2012 champ and fellow BMW driver Juan Almonte who qualified 2nd, Almonte got the victory and went to top 4.

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2015 Champion, Nathael Jimenez qualified 6th but had mechanical problems with his E46 and was out of competition in the Top 16.

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Jhonnattan Castro is back for the 2016 season with his SR20 powered Nissan 240SX ! He qualified 5th but his car also had mechanical problems and could take part of the tandem battles.

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Victor Madera and his Silvia V8 looked confident in practice but like Nathael and Jhonnattan his car had mechanical problems just before the qualifying.

It was really frustrating for them to sit back and watch from the sidelines but we know the trio will be back stronger from Round 2.

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For us the driver of the day was Sasha Parra, he looked more aggressive and with a new “pedal to the metal” attitude that landed him in 3rd place of qualifying.

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Parra went to battle with Luis Guerrero for the last spot of the podium, after a great battle Luis ended 3rd overall.

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The final battle was between Jose Sobrino and Juan Almonte and after a OMT battle Sobrino went home with the win of Round 1 of the 2016 Dominican Drift Series Championship.

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Round 2 of the Dominican Drift Series is on July 3 which promises to be even better with more confirmed drivers and awesome battles.

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Photos credits: Gustavo Arbona/Diego Jimenez/Efrain Arias

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Jhonnattan Castro Shows Off Toyota 86 Livery for 2016 Formula Drift

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We provided an update on Instagram showing off the build in progress for Jhonnattan Castro’s 2016 Formula Drift build. He has released his livery for the 2016 season showing off Nexen Tire as a main sponsor for the new season. His program will be run by Papadakis Racing and carry sponsors such as Gerdau Metaldom, KW and Advan Racing.“It is our pleasure at Papadakis Racing to partner with Jhonnattan Castro and Nexen Tire with our organization,” said Stephan Papadakis. Time will tell how well Jhonnattan can do with this new setup for the 2016 season.

Jhonnattan Castro Shows off Toyota FR-S for 2016 Formula Drift Season

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Earlier this year we broke the story that Jhonnattan Castro was no longer going to be a driver for Chris Forsberg Racing.I always felt like the Dominican Republic driver would have something up his sleeve for 2016 and here it is! Jhonnattan took to social media to post a Toyota FR-S clearly in progress just 43 days before Long Beach. The car does have a long way to go but we have even more juicy rumors to share about this project! From what we hear, Jhonnattan Castro will be on Nexen Tire for the 2016 season. The engine will be a 2JZ turbo setup to help push the car along the 2016 season and keep the car eligible for manufacturers championship. The rumor that got me the most was that the car/team/crew chief was falling under the likes of 2015 champion Stephan Papadakis. WOW, if all that is true it will be interesting to see how Castro performs in this upcoming season.

Dominican Drift History: The Pioneers of Drifting in Latin America

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We all know that there’s a country in the middle of the Caribbean called Dominican Republic that produces some of the best baseball players in the world but a not well known fact about this country is it’s Motorsport history. It doesn’t matter if it’s Karting, Touring cars, Drag Racing or Drifting for sure you’ll find the Dominican flag in drivers list.

Quick fun facts: The first Latino to win the IMSA GTO championship was in 1980 by a Dominican (Luis Rafael Mendez) and The Fast and Furious saga was inspired by a magazine article (VIBE) named “Racer X” about a Dominican Import drag racer called Rafael Estevez (DRT Racing in NYC).

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In 2007-2008 a bunch of local drift “pioneers” felt the need to organize themselves to have proper access to local tracks and different venues across the Dominican Republic and in early 2008 the Dominican Drift Drivers Club (Club Dominicano de Corredores de Drift) was founded and led by current president Carlos Rodriguez.

Around that same time a couple of events between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic were taking place but in order for the sport grow we needed something else.

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A “drift only track” was built on a old airport in the middle of Santo Domingo and in November of 2009 the Dominican Drift Series (Serie Dominicana de Drift) was born in a huge event with thousands of fans in attendance.

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10 Things I learned From Formula Drift Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway

10. Daigo Saito’s Perfect Irwindale Record Comes to An End at 16 Wins

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Part of me was starting to think that Daigo Saito would retire before losing at Iwindale Speedway. Sadly, a Top 16 battle with champion Fredric Aasbo after a riveting OMT battle saw Daigo Saito finally fall at the House of Drift. This puts his career track record for Irwindale Speedway at a whopping 16-1. Never has one driver been so dominate in Formula Drift history at one track and I hated to watch his undefeated record come to an end.

9. Mad Mike Whiddett Nailed It This Weekend

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Mad Mike Whiddett looked pretty solid at Irwindale this weekend. His return to Formula Drift in general had much more impact than his first season and I hope he returns for 2016. He made quite a run this weekend at Irwindale Speedway finally losing to the champion in the Great 8. He easily disposed of Ryan Tuerck and James Evans putting him firmly in 19th for the championship. Not a bad result considering he missed Long Beach and New Jersey.

8. Struggling Drivers Don’t Rise to Occassion at Irwindale

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The bottom of the Pro list is where a ton of drivers needed to put down big performances to stay in the Pro series or at least put up points to prove they have what it takes still to compete. Dave Briggs suffered a malfunction and was eliminated early, Joon Maeng couldn’t get a score good enough to place in the Top 32 for qualifying, and Nikolett Szanto didn’t even turn a wheel. A pretty sad showing that was amplified by Mats Baribeau who crashed during qualifying and didn’t make the Top 32 as well. It will be sad to not see some of these guys in the Pro ranks for 2016, especially since I think most issues they had were mechanical.

7. Irwindale Speedway Might Not Be Going Away

Nobody really wanted to speak either way 100% but from what I gathered it is a high probability (over 50%) that Irwindale Speedway will host Formula Drift next year and possibly a few years after that with some luck. Either way, we took on a special project at Wrecked Magazine to pay tribute to the House of Drift which will come out later this month. We talked to drivers and fans about their personal favorite moment from the tracks history.

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Jhonnattan Castro Shows Off E3 Spark Plugs on 370z As Title Sponsor

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My favorite Dominican on this planet, Jhonnattan Castro, brought his refreshed Nissan 370z into tech inspection this morning. Castro continues to be a part of the Chris Forsberg Racing team moving into this new season. We are most excited about his new sponsorship deal with E3 Spark Plugs for his new 2015 season. He is a driver I continue to see raw talent and abilities in the more I see him drive. His tandem battle last season with Vaughn Gittin Jr. about made me lose my mind in Miami.

CDCD Round 4 Crowns Jhonnattan Castro Champion

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The best Caribbean drift series wrapped up the 2014 season at Autodromo Mobil 1 with Round 4. Formula Drift star Jhonnattan Castro wound up taking home the championship for the season!The Rookie of the Year for the 2014 drift season was Daniel Quiros from Costa Rica who really performed at a high level for the year in the Dominican. You can follow along at what happened in detail at CDCD over at Boostiao.com.

2014 CDCD Season Results:
1st. Jhonnattan Castro
2nd. Victor Madera
3rd. Nathael Jimenez

My Trip to the Dominican Republic for CDCD Round 3 [RECAP]

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I hopped on a plane to Santo Domingo without much expectation or information about drifting in the Dominican Republic. Jhonnattan Castro, running in Formula Drift, was the extent of my knowledge of drifting in the Caribbean as a whole. That is about as much information as most of you I would imagine. So I packed a couple things and hit LAX for a long journey to the Dominican. My first stop was JFK where I had a couple hour layover and linked up with Formula Drift judge Brian Eggert who was guest judging the same event.

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Here we are on the plane leaving from JFK. Brian was slated to be a guest judge for the weekend and he also didn’t know very much about the Dominican Republic series. So basically we were flying to the Caribbean and we didn’t know anything other than that Carlos, the series owner, was going to pick us up from the airport. We landed and were taken out to Boca Marina for some fish and then headed to Autodromo Mobil 1 to watch practice.

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The track itself sits right outside Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, and also is placed right along the gorgeous Caribbean Ocean. The far left of the course is a drag strip and part of the larger grand prix course here which the drifters do not use. The drifting starts right at the pit out area and heads towards the ocean around that big turn making an S onto the far right straight. Then the drifters take the kart track turn in to finish off the course with a slow technical element and shut down once they get back to the far straight.

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2014 Dominican Republic’s CDCD Round 3 at Autodromo Mobil 1 [RESULTS]

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So I took a long trek to the Caribbean to check out Round 3 of the CDCD series in the Dominican Republic. The drifting was above par and beat all of my expectations but more on that when I write up my complete review. Jhonnattan Castro  made a great showing and drifted into the finals but was unable to compete due to a clutch issue before the final round. Here is how the podium wrapped up with Puerto Rican and Formula Drift Pro Am driver taking home first place:

1. Luis Lizardi
2. Jhonattan Castro
3. Juan Almonte
4. Victor Madera
Rookie of Event. Daniel Quiros

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