For the second year in a row Formula Drift returned to Texas Motor Speedway and for the second year in a row the event was wild, crazy, and full of controversy. Things kicked off with unexpected weather. With the current heat wave going on in the west coast many expected Texas to be a sweltering affair yet it was the complete opposite! The Thursday night when the teams arrived was frigid and going into Friday there was actually a significant downpour. The rain came down so hard that it actually delayed qualifying. Eventually the show had to go in even in the rain which caused many drivers to struggle in their qualifying runs. Forrest Wang however, proved to be an exception and threw down an insane run which netted him the number one qualifying spot.
Forrest’s qualifying run was significant for two reasons: the first is that it was just one heck of a performance in less than ideal situations. Secondly, it automatically meant that Chris Forsberg, who is the championship points leader and had consistently been on every podium since the beginning of the season would have to work a lot harder to keep his streak going but more on that later.
Through out the night during battles there were collisions, DNFs, tow-offs, and calls that some fans did not agree with all of which made the event all the more interesting. However, the point that things really got real was when Chris Forsberg went up against Fredric Aasbo (who is second place in championship points) in the final four. Chris did not win #1 qualifier so the only way for him to keep up his podium streak and keep a comfortable points lead in the championship was to make it to the final battle. As you may have figured out from the title of this post, things did not work out well for Chris Forsberg. During his follow run against Aasbo, Forsberg’s 370Z made contact with Aasbo’s Scion tC. The Judges ruled the contact to be Forsberg’s fault which gave Aasbo the win.
Aasbo went on to defeat Odi Bakchis in the final and get the win. Now Chris Forsberg’s almost “sure thing” championship run has quickly turned into a unstable “maybe” as now Fredric Aasbo is less than 30 points behind Forsberg going into the final round at Irwindale. Vaughn Gittin Jr., Odi Bakchis, and Kenny Moen are all mathematically eliminated from title contention so Irwindale will be all about Forsberg and Aasbo. Chris Forsberg will definitely need to put on a stellar qualifying performance at Irwindale and make sure he out performs Fredric Aasbo at all costs to ensure a title. Aasbo will be tasked with the same. How will it turn out? Who can tell?
One thing is for sure. Everyone at the “House of Drift” and watching on the livestream will be biting their nails all the way to the conclusion! If you want to see how the final four of Formula Drift Texas went down you can watch the video below.