Formula Drift Hype: Ryan Tuerck Wins Round 3 In Orlando (Quick Recap)

Posted on 06.08.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


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 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)

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Formula Drift Hype: Round 2 Atlanta Results

Posted on 05.11.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Did you miss Formula Drift in Atlanta over the weekend?  If so, you definitely missed out.  This round was CRAZY!  There were mullets everywhere, cars hopping over other cars, stuff caught on fire.  It was nuts!  I won’t go into everything that happened but if you want to see it all just head to and check if they posted up the replay.  If you just want to know who won then I have all that info right here.  As you can see in the picture Odi Bakchis took the top spot followed by Ken Gushi (who happened to be driving like a mad man that day), and Chris Forsberg rounding out the podium.

Odi’s win launches him to the top spot in the points standings with Fredric Aasbo right behind him and reigning champ Chris Forsberg sitting in third.  Just below is the points break down:

1 Aurimas Bakchis 187.00
2 Fredric Aasbo 143.00
3 Chris Forsberg 106.00
4 Ryan Tuerck 103.00
5 Ken Gushi 102.00

The points spread is pretty crazy despite this only being the end of round 2 of a seven round season.  Will Odi continue to rocket ahead of the pack? Or could Forsberg, Tuerck, or Gushi claw their way up and become more of a threat?  The next round of Formula Drift is in Orlando on a brand new track so things could get shaken up significantly.  Stay tuned!

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Event Hype: Formula Drift Long Beach Gallery 2. Juicy, Smokey, On Track Goodness!

Posted on 04.15.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


It took some time but I can finally give you my 100 picture plus on track gallery of all the action from Formula Drift last weekend!  Hopefully you like them!  I have condensed the gallery down from over 1,000 plus shots!  Crazy huh?  Anyhow scroll below for the full gallery.  Note: the gallery is Facebook-based so you’ll need to be signed in to view it!  Ok, that’s enough talking.  Enjoy!

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Hype Video: Watch Vaughn Gittin Jr Hoon A Ford F-150 Drift Truck On City Streets

Posted on 04.13.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


One of my favorite things about Formula Drift Long Beach is that the course is actually made up of real city streets.  Granted they are closed off for the events but, its kind of cool to know that the same streets I drive on also double as a battle ground for race cars and drift cars alike.  That’s why it was extra cool when Vaughn Gittin Jr decided to put on an impromptu hoon session in his “ultimate fun haver” Ford F-150 drift truck during the opening ceremonies for Formula Drift.  If you ever wanted to know if it was possible to hoon a massive truck then simply watch the video below for your answer.  Spoiler alert: yes, yes it is possible…


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Drift Hype: Formula Drift Round One (Quick Results)

Posted on 04.13.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Were you unable to make it out to Formula Drift Long Beach over the weekend?  Did you also miss the live stream?  Well, let me first say that you’re doing it wrong.  OK, now that’s out of the way I will give you the gist of the results.  Actually, you can figure that out just by looking at the picture above but if for some reason you can’t tell who those people are then its all laid out for you below!


Formula Drift Round One “Streets Of Long Beach” Results:

1st: Fredric Aasbo
2nd: Odi Bakchis
3rd: Ryan Tuerck

It was one heck of an event!  Stay tuned for an event wrap up as well as a full gallery coming soon!

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Formula Drift Hype: Dai Yoshihara Reveals 2015 Livery (Video)

Posted on 04.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


He’s been teasing it on his Instagram account all week but, Dai Yoshihara has finally revealed the full livery of his Subaru BRZ Formula Drift car.  The new livery continues the Falken Tire design (as they are still a co-sponsor) but rather than teal and blue the new color scheme is white and blue to match Dai’s new sponsor Turn 14 Distribution.  For some video of Dai breaking in his new livery scroll below for a one minute rip session produced by GT Channel.  What do you think of Dai’s new livery?  Let us know in the comments or tweet us at @MotorworldHype.

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Formula Drift Hype: Dai Yoshihara Teases New Livery For 2015

Posted on 03.30.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


The Formula Drift season fast approaches and with it come leaks, teasers, and reveals of all the new drift car liveries.  A few hours ago the 2011 Formula Drift champion posted a teaser image to instagram of the new livery on his Subaru BRZ.  Most already knew it wouldn’t be the familiar blue and teal of Falken Tire as they have stepped out of team ownership, yet Falken Tire and Discount Tire are still supporting Dai as their stickers are clearly visible in the image.  What we don’t know is who Dai’s new main sponsor is.  This will probably come to light in the coming days but for now this is all we get.  Aesthetically speaking though, from what is visible so far the new livery design looks pretty good!

As soon as we know more we’ll let you know right away.  What do you think of Dai’s new livery?  Yay or nay?  Who do you think Dai’s new main sponsor is?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

[Source Dai Yoshiara instagram]

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Hype News: Formula Drift Becomes A No Drone Zone (Video)

Posted on 03.18.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


The 2015 Formula Drift season starts in less than a month and millions of drift fans (including me) all over the world are getting excited.  As a member of the media I have seen many outlets use all types of innovative and enterprising ways to capture the fast sideways action.  It started with elaborate mounts for DSLR cameras being placed everywhere from on cars to fences near clipping points.  The advent of the GoPro camera made such placement much easier and even more creative.  However, what really took off (pun loading in 3, 2, 1…) was the use of camera drones.

If you are unfamiliar with what a camera drone is, think of it as a very powerful RC helicopter but with several props and is capable of hovering several hundred feet in the air.  These drones typically come with gimbals that can be equipped with GoPro cameras or DLSR cameras and allow for gaining very high quality aerial footage.  Such drones are being used for everything from Hollywood productions to capturing news.  They have become quite popular due to their ease of use and the fact that relative to hiring a real helicopter for camera work, a drone is dirt cheap!

Because of these factors drones started to become common place at Formula Drift events for the last two seasons.  At the Irwindale finale last year I remember seeing at least three drones hovering over the track and doing fly-bys of the grandstands as fans waved to them.

Although, it looks like starting this season that kind of thing will just be a memory.  Formula Drift has recently sent out an email to all media reps detailing new guidelines and rules for the 2015 season and one of them is that all Formula Drift events are officially “No Drone Zones” as in drones will no longer be allowed.  While this rule doesn’t affect my ability to cover Formula Drift events it may affect others and it confused me as to why Formula Drift would move to ban drones after allowing them for the last few seasons.  Especially since (to my knowledge) I have never heard of any major accident or incident at a Formula Drift event involving a drone.  I decided to do some digging and while there is no official statement from Formula Drift on why they created the new rule, a source close the organization provided some insight.

According to the source this move is mostly pre-emptive and that regardless of the past, drones are still a “liability” and can “cause distraction”.  Also, just because there hasn’t been any major drone crashes yet does not mean it can’t happen.  Can you imagine the fallout if a rookie drone pilot crashes a big drone with sharp spinning blades into the packed grandstands at Irwindale or Long Beach? Which is likely the other reason for the ban the source cited as allowing drones in an official capacity would significantly raise insurance costs for Formula Drift.

When looking at things from that point of view this new rule makes much more sense.  Although that’s just my opinion?  What do you think?  Is it smart for Formula Drift to put the kibosh on drone cameras before something horrible happens?  Or do you think they are over reacting?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us @MotorworldHype.  If you want to see what a camera drone looks like in action, check out a quick video feature below we did on a pair of drone pilots filming round 1 at Long beach a few years back.

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Hype Video: Falken Tire Says Goodbye To Formula Drift In Latest GTChannel “Controlled Chaos” Episode

Posted on 11.24.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments



Starting in 2015 Falken Tire will no longer be a team owner in Formula Drift which effectively disbands “Team Falken” in the sport.  This ends a relationship with Formula Drift that has pretty much spanned the series existence.  Falken intends to remain a part of drifting through sponsorships but that will be the extent of their involvement.  In the latest episode of “Controlled Chaos” from GT Channel, members of Team Falken reflect on their time in the sport, how Falken and drifting changed their lives, and their plans for the future.  The episode provides some rare insight into the personal lives of some of the Team Falken drivers and sheds a light of realism on just how hard it is to make it in this sport and how important it is to them.

In the case of Justin “JTP” Pawlak, he explains that before drifting he wasn’t on the best path in his life and was involved in things that got him into trouble.  Once he fell in love with drifting and then went on to join Team Falken his life changed completely.  He went from getting into trouble to now owning a house and having his own family.  Dai Yoshihara explains that he has some serious decisions to make as he was recently married and is himself an expectant father.  Dai says that drifting/driving is the only thing he feels he knows how to do well so he will do what he can to remain involved in the sport but at the same time has to make sure he makes the best choices for his family.

This is a very real, honest, compelling look at just how much Falken has influenced the sport, their drivers, and their team.  You may need a tissue for this one!  Watch the full episode below.

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Hype Video: Dai Yoshihara Answering Fan Questions Is Delightfully Awkward

Posted on 10.24.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


In a new feature just posted on the GT Channel YouTube page, Falken Tire driver and Formula Drift veteran Dai Yoshihara is given questions from his fans and some of his answers are pretty funny.  Ever wanted to know who Dai’s favorite teammate is? What about what Dai would want to do if he wasn’t drifting?  What about his favorite chassis to drift or what motorsport other than drifting he is interested in?  His answers may surprise you!  Check out the Q&A below and enjoy!

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