The first Formula Drift season is almost over with the penultimate round taking place over the weekend in Texas. James Deane and Fredric Aasbo came into the weekend continuing their fight for the 2018 championship. However, there are still plenty of spoilers in place, especially Deane’s teammate Piotr Wiecek who ended up winning the weekend out right.
The weekend starting off interesting with rain coming during Top 32 qualifying. Though it wasn’t enough rain to cause a stoppage or delay to the event so the better half of qualifying took place on a wet Texas Motor Speedway track, causing many drivers to change their approach.
Though it shouldn’t be a surprise that James Deane managed to nail the number one qualifying spot as he is quite used to drifting in damp weather.
By Saturday the rain clouds cleared up and battle begun. With James winning the number one qualifier he also got a bye run in Top 32 which instantly placed him into Top 16.
From there Deane faced Ken Gushi, then Dai Yoshihara in the Great 8 and his championship rival Fredric Aasbo in the final four, defeating him to make it to the final battle.
On the other side of the bracket Piotr had a little more work to do as he did need to fight his way out of Top 32 by defeating Kevin Lawrence. From there he battled Matt Field in Top 16, Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Great 8, then he faced Vaughn’s teammate Chelsea DeNofa in the final four before eventually having to battle his own teammate James Deane in the final.
After a tough match up it was Piotr who came out on top for this round earning his first victory of the season.
Though it could be argued that the real winner was James Deane as he maintains a 49 point lead in the championship over Aasbo going into the final round at Irwindale which is set to take place in just about a month from now.
Will James Deane successfully repeat as champion? Or will Aasbo or Piotr Wiecek find a way to wrestle the championship away at the last minute? I’m looking forward to finding out!
Formula Drift Round 7 Bracket: