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!
Not in Texas for Formula Drift round 6 this weekend? No worries we got you covered. Just scroll down for the official live stream. We will keep this post pinned to the top of the page for the rest of the day and tomorrow so it will be easy to find. Enjoy!
What is better than a car show with tons of cars, vendors giving away free stuff, and 5 car wide drifting exhibitions? A car show that has all that stuff and is also completely free to get in! That is exactly what Nitto Tire did for a second time at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. Despite the heat, tons of people came out to enjoy the cars, drifting, and wait in line to buy some BBQ. It was all in good fun! I paid a short visit myself to check out some of the talent on deck and it was pretty sweet. Check out the full gallery below and if you missed out on Auto Enthusiast Day this year make a note for next year! Its hard to not recommend a free car show!
Did you check out the live stream of Formula Drift Seattle over the weekend? What a crazy event! There was rain on and off making track conditions super unpredictable and the battles were nuts! There was even a fair share of car carnage when Tyler McQuarrie had a literal run in with the wall during a battle with Justin Pawlak. It was all pretty exciting to watch. In the end though, it was Fredric Aasbo who once again made it to the top of the podium by defeating Alec Hohnadell in the final battle. Justin Pawlak’s car held together after his rough battle with McQuarrie and managed a 3rd place podium finish.
Aasbo’s win gives him a pretty big lead in the points, especially considering that his closest competition Ryan Tuerck failed to make it out of Top 32. With only two rounds left Tuerck really needs to step his game up if he wants a shot at the 2015 Pro Championship title. So, to wrap up the podium once more it was Fredric Aasbo getting the win with Alec Hohnadell in second place, and Justin Pawlak taking third.
Here are the top 5 Pro Championship points standings after round 5:
1st: Fredric Aasbo -373 points
2nd: Ryan Tuerck -297 points
3rd: Odi Bakchis -293 points
4th: Ken Gushi -264 points
5th: Chris Forsberg -261 points
The next round in the Formula Drift Championship will be in Fort Worth, Texas at Texas Motor Speedway. Expect any and all challengers for the Championship to go completely HAM as time is running out for the 2015 season!
If you missed the Formula Drift Japan livestream over the weekend we are here to give you the quick results! Formula Drift Japan was the first international points-paying round of the season and the first step for those seeking the Formula Drift World Championship title. A handful of regulars in the American-based “Pro” series made the trip to Japan including Odi Bakchis, Dean Kearney, “Mad” Mike Whiddet, Robbie Nishida, Daigo Saito, Charles Ng, Masashi Yokoi, Matt Field, and Fredric Aasbo.
However it was seasoned driver and Japanese local Masato Kawabata who took the top podium spot. Odi Bakchis managed second place and Tadahiro Fukada nabbed third place.
Kawabata’s win puts him in first place overall for the Formula Drift International title but if he wants to defend that spot he’ll need to make it out to the next two rounds in Canada and China respectively. Odi’s second place finish combined with his consistent results in the American Pro series puts him in the number one points spot for the Formula Drift World Championship running; but he too will also need to have strong showings in Canada and China but also need to stay consistent in the Pro Series rounds as well to keep his World Championship hopes alive.
The next Formula Drift event will be round 5 of the Pro Series in Washington at Evergreen Speedway.
If you’re reading this then you probably aren’t in Japan right now to watch Formula Drift. The good news is, just as the title of this post suggests, you can watch it all LIVE here! Just scroll down to watch a live feed of Formula Drift Japan!
Here is a bit of personal info about me. I have a niece and nephew. My nephew is 5 and my niece will soon be 14 (God..shes a teenager!). However, back when the original Crazy Kart from Razor was released my niece was 12 and my nephew was 3. That left me with a problem when they came to visit. My niece was big enough to drive the kart but my poor nephew had to watch from the sidelines. Not only was he a bit to small to drive the kart, but the original Crazy Kart has a top speed of 12mph which is way too much speed for a child that young to control. The worst part denying the little guy was his sad face! Ugh, it killed me.
It looks like Razor themselves have seen a few sad faces because they have fixed the “you’re too young to drive this” problem with their new drift kart the “Lil Crazy.” The Lil Crazy can be piloted by children as young as 3 years old. It is much smaller so its a better fit for kids that age, its easier to drive (no “drift handle”), and its top speed is a safe but fun 2mph.
If you want to pick up a Lil Crazy drift kart for your little ones, it can be had for $99 at Toys R Us. For a better look of the Lil Crazy click the thumbnails below for pictures. To see it in action check out the video below as well.
Do you know what is harder than drifting? Drifting in the freakin rain! While typically a crowd pleasing occurrence, drifting in the rain without spinning out is extremely difficult. Throw in the pressure of having judges watch your performance while competing for a championship and the difficulty is increased exponentially. Yet, that is exactly what many drivers had to deal with over the weekend at Round 4 of Formula Drift in New Jersey at Wall Speedway. It was definitely a battle of attrition but it was Fredric Aasbo who came out on top after defeating Dean Kearny in the final battle. This is the second year in a row that Aasbo has earned victory in New Jersey. Tuerck earned third place thanks to his 9th qualifying spot. This podium definitely tightens up the points race, especially with defending champ Chris Forsberg bowing out early with a defeat to Odi Bakchis in the Top 16. Below is your official Formula Drift New Jersey Podium and current top 5 pro championship points standings.
Formula Drift Round 4 “The Gauntlet” New Jersey Results:
1st: Fredric Aasbo
2nd: Dean Kearney
3rd: Ryan Tuerck
Formula Drift 2015 Pro Championship Standings:
1st: Ryan Tuerck – 275pts
2nd: Odi Bakchis – 274pts
3rd: Fredric Aasbo – 268pts
4th: Ken Gushi – 228pts
5th: Chris Forsberg – 225pts
This weekend Formula Drift returned to Florida at a brand new venue in Orlando Speedworld. Many didn’t know what to expect from this new track and this weekend we got the answer: rain and fire. In the days leading up to the event the skies over the track opened up and poured onto the venue which cut practice short for some drivers who weren’t lucky enough to get out while the skies were clear. Once the event hit on Saturday the theme was fire and lots of it as several cars burst into flames including reigning champion Chris Forsberg. Forsberg’s car caught on fire during his final four battle against Ken Gushi. Forsberg won the battle but the fire was so bad that he had to use the cockpit fire suppression system which caused technical problems with his cars electronics forcing him to bow out of the final battle against Ryan Tuerck, handing Tuerck the win. Gushi’s number one qualifying spot guaranteed him third place and his second podium of the year. The official event results and top 5 standings are below. If you want to see all the craziness that happened this round check out FormulaDrift.com/Live and hit the “on demand” button to watch the event!
Formula Drift Round 3 Uncharted Territory Results:
1st: Ryan Tuerck
2nd: Chris Forsberg
3rd: Ken Gushi
Current Top 5 Points Standings:
1st: Odi Bakchis (223 points)
2nd: Ryan Tuerck (208 points)
3rd: Chris Forsberg (189 points)
4th: Ken Gushi (173 points)
5th: Fredric Aasbo (162 points)