Formula Drift made its return to the Garden State over the weekend and filled Wall Speedway with plumes of smoke and the carcasses of slayed tires. Despite its Irwindale-esque looks and layout Wall Speedway can be very tough on cars, mostly because of its harsh transition from the bank on to the very flat infield section of the course; the impact of which have killed many-a-suspension. Because of this, the Wall Speedway round has earned the nickname “The Gauntlet”. So, who better to conquer the Gauntlet than Fredric “The Norwegian Hammer” Aasbo?!
Yes, Fredric earned the first Formula Drift win of his career over the weekend by taking down the likes of Tony Angelo, Forrest Wang, Darren McNamara, Charles Ng, and finally Chris “The Force” Forsberg in the final battle. Although despite being defeated by Aasbo, Chris Forsberg was all smiles because his second place finish combined with Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s defeat at the hands of Dean Kearney in the Top 16 means that Chris has taken a commanding lead in the championship points battle. Vaughn Gittin now sits in third place 65 points back from Forsberg’s 353 point total. Aasbo, on the other hand has climbed to second place in the points but is still a distant 59 points back from Forsberg.
With three rounds left All Chris Forsberg needs to do is remain consistent, keep getting on the podium, and he has a very good chance of becoming a 2 time Formula Drift Champion. If Vaughn Gittin Jr or Fredric Aasbo want a shot at the title they will need to get some wins or at the very least make sure they finish ahead of Forsberg for the remainder of the season. Considering Chris’ performance thus far, that will be a tall order! I can’t wait to see how it all shakes out!
Again here is your Formula Drift New Jersey Podium:
1st: Fredric Aasbo
2nd: Chris Forsberg
3rd: Aurimas AKA “Odi” Bakchis