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
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Vaughn Gittin Jr. Got his second Formula Drift win in a row (this season) over the weekend at Formula Drift Miami. He went toe-to-toe against the likes of Danny George, Jhonnattan Castro, Fredric Aasbo, and Kenny Moen to get to the final battle where he faced off against his good friend, championship points leader, and Drift Alliance brother, Chris Forsberg. He managed to get the better of Forsberg in the final battle to get the win but due to Forsberg’s consistent appearances on the podium he still leads in overall points but has only a small 10 point margin over Vaughn. The season is just about reaching its halfway point and its already looking like it will be a tight Drift Alliance battle for the top spot. Forsberg will really need to get more wins under his belt to keep Vaughn Gittin Jr. at bay. All Vaughn needs to do is stay consistent (which he is more than capable of doing) and wait for Forsberg to make a mistake and he could easily own the championship fight.
Next up is round 4 in New Jersey at the famous Wall Speedway. This is a car-killing track where just about anything can happen. Will Vaughn be able to pull ahead in the points or will Chris hold on? Will another challenger upset the points battle by getting the best of both of them? We will find out in about three weeks or so!
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One of the reasons why everyone loves drifting (besides the fact that it looks cool) is that the act of drifting itself can actually go beyond the machinery used to do it. Drifting is a maneuver so it theoretically can be done in any vehicle capable of executing that maneuver right? So, really it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise when I tell you that a group of people in Taiwan have modified adult sized tricycles and drift them on downhill togue roads at high speeds with nothing but a few pieces of dirt bike armor for protection. Wait, that does surprise you? Oh, well…whatever check it out its awesome!!
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We’ve been promising it all week and it is finally here. All of our (best) pictures from the on track action from Formula Drift round one on the streets of Long Beach last weekend. In the gallery below we have 200 pictures of sideways cars with smoke around them! What more could you want! We hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we enjoyed shooting them. Although deleting all the bad pictures was kind of a pain. We seriously took over 1,000 pictures! 1,000! That’s a lot of shots! Anyhow I am starting to get off track here, just scroll down for the embedded facebook gallery and check out all of our shots. We hope you like them!
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The 2014 Formula Drift season has officially started and it started with a bang, or perhaps more of a high pitched wail of tires scrubbing asphalt. The first round saw the debut of new cars, new liveries, and new rules including the controversial removal of the third place battle. Instead, third place is now determined by the higher qualifier among the two semi-finalists. Which pretty much means if you are the number one qualifier at an event and you make it to the final four you are guaranteed a podium spot. Which is exactly how it shook out for 2013 Formula Drift champion Michael Essa. Meanwhile Chris Forsberg (who lost NOS Energy Drink as a main sponsor but retains them as an associate sponsor) took on Kenny Moen who drove like a man possessed all weekend. However, Chris Forsberg turned out to be the exorcist and put Moen to rest, going on to win the first event of the season. I could describe all the craziness that went down but I figured it would be better to show you. So if you have a spare two hours and missed the event over the weekend just scroll down and you can watch the whole event from the Top 16 on thanks to the DriftStream! Also stay tuned for tons of pics from the track action and the Offset Kings car showcase!
Top 16 to Finals – Formula Drift Long Beach 2014 by driftstream
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The 2014 Formula Drift season kicks off tomorrow and as I played the “silly season” game with my friends I had Chris Forsberg as a strong championship contender this year. He was just shy of it last year and he isn’t switching things up with a new car so he has experience and consistency on his side. Although I had to wonder, why not switch to a new platform? Also, what was up with the new “carbon fiber ninja” livery? I posed these questions to the man himself at the Formula Drift Long Beach media day. To hear it all from “The Force” just scroll down below and watch!
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The 2014 Formula Drift season kicks off this weekend in downtown Long Beach and one of the favorite things for my fellow journalists and other colleagues to do is hang around at media day and BS about things like who we think will win the title before the season starts, liveries that we like, liveries that we hate, and we usually end up going off on some other motorsport tangent like F1. As you can imagine this is a pretty fun activity, but its beyond fun when Wrecked Magazine creator/editor in chief Joey Redmond joins in. Seriously, this dude’s filter is seriously clogged and its marvelous. Despite knowing him for a while I am still surprised by some of the things that come out of his mouth so this year I figured I needed to get some of this on film. So, below we present to you “Drift Opinions” with Joey Redmond… DISCLAIMER: The opinions reflected in the video below do not necessarily reflect the opinions of MotorworldHype and its affiliates (if we had any) also we had some audio problems so the background noise is a little loud, blah blah blah… Ok scroll down and watch then commence flaming!
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What happens when you combine Chris Forsberg, an Infiniti M35 drift car, a large empty warehouse, and expressed permission? Awesome happens… Bare witness below in the latest episode of Drift Garage.
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