Formula Drift had quite the event in Texas over the weekend. The 6th round of the pro 1 championship and 7th round of the world championship seemed to be riddled with controversy and surprises. We’ll start with some surprises. A few seasoned veterans were taken out early by privateer drivers. For example, Tyler McQuarrie fell to Kristaps Bluss and his V8 powered BMW in the top 32. James Evans in the Sikky 350Z managed to move on past Vaughn Gittin Jr but that was mostly due to Vaughn having an argument with a wall, and losing. Either way, its pretty shocking to see names like McQuarrie and Gittin go out that early.
It was when the top 16 started that things got really crazy. It seems that there was more OMT calls in this event than in any other event in the history of Formula Drift. The guys at Wrecked Magazine are still working out the math on that but safe to stay there was a ton of OMT (One More Time) calls where some felt that there shouldn’t have been. This caused the event to go on much longer than anticipated as the OMT calls continued into the final four which came down to Ken Gushi vs Daigo Saito and Chris Forsberg vs Masashi Yokoi.
Gushi managed to defeat Saito (no easy task) to move on to the final and Yokoi (a new crowd favorite) defeated the reigning champ Chris Forsberg. Gushi and Yokoi battled hard but it was Yokoi who came out on top. Forsberg managed to nab 3rd spot on the podium, landing some decent points.
Fredric Aasbo still has a very comfortable points lead going into the final round at Irwindale in October but he still has more than a few contenders. It should be exciting to see how it all shakes out!
We’ll see you in at Irwindale!