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!
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)
Can’t make it to Florida for Formula Drift this weekend? No worries! Watch it now, live, right here! Scroll below! Also for live updates we recommend these twitter accounts: @OMGDrift, @WreckedMagazine
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 DailyMotion.com/Driftstream 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:
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!
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!
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…