There were a lot of expectations going into Round 3 of the 2009 Formula D season. New Jersey’s Wall Speedway is considered to be the “home track” of Drift Alliance members Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tureck (both of which already have one win so far this season) and many expected domination from either or both drivers. Also it was thought that some of the top guys in new cars (Tanner Foust, Rhys Millen, Dai Yoshihara) would have their rides dial’d in by now and ready to rock. However this wasn’t the reality of the situation at all.
In the most shocking news of the round, two-time champ Tanner Foust failed to make the top 32 for the first time ever as he spun during both of his qualifying attempts. Crazy stuff huh?!
If that wasn’t surprising enough hometown hero Ryan Tureck didn’t make it out of the top 32. He was taken out by Joon Maeng AKA “the nicest person in the universe”! Dai Yoshihara also failed to make it past the top 32 as he was defeated by now privateer Taka Aono. Chris Forsberg made it to the Great 8 but fell to Tyler McQuarrie. While all those guys were having trouble Ken Gushi seemed to finally find his groove in his RWD converted Scion tC. Gushi battled all the way to the semi-finals.
The story of the day though was Darren “DMAC” McNamera. He sliced his way through Jeff Jones, Ryuji Miki, and Samuel Hubinette to get to the semi-finals where he ended Ken Gushi’s winning streak.
When the dust settled Formula D saw its first all Falken Tire podium. With DMAC finishing first, Vaughn Gittin Jr finishing second, and Tyler McQuarrie taking third. Its good to see Falken have that kind of success after all the effort they’ve put into their team.