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FORMULA DRIFT NJ VISITED BY ENERGY & COMMERCE CHAIRMAN FRANK PALLONE

Politician’s visit important to the continuation of motorsports in the US with the  PM Act

It’s not every day a politician visits a Formula DRIFT event but Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) attended the recent event at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey to show his support for the motorsports community. More precisely, to show support for the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act.

As the chairman of the US House Energy Commerce Committee (EC), which has jurisdiction over the RPM Act, Rep. Pallone’s support is critical to the motorsports industry and for efforts to pass the bill in 2022.

For those who don’t know, he RPM Act (H.R. 3281/S.2736) is bipartisan legislation that would protect the future of racing. Its aim it to clarify in federal law that it is not illegal to modify and convert a street vehicle into a dedicated race car. And the reason for the urgency is that the House and Senate must pass the RPM Act by January 3, 2023, in order for it to become law during the 117th session of Congress.

During his visit to Englishtown, Rep. Pallone met with New Jersey-based PROSPEC drivers Ricky Hoffman, Alex Jagger, and Matthew Bystrak. All of them helped convey the importance of passing the RPM Act because it critically affects their ability to compete in modified street vehicles.

The Congressman watched the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship where drivers competed in cars the EPA currently regards as illegal. By passing the RPM Act, it would eliminate any uncertainty surrounding street vehicles and their modification for track use. Conversely, the absence of the RPM Act could eventually lead to the end of production car-based motorsports in the US.

Chairman Pallone was encouraged to visit the event by members of Performance Racing Industry (PRI), including Formula DRIFT’s own Jim Liaw. In addition to the drivers, they all met with Englishtown Raceway owner Mike Napp and members of New Jersey-based racing businesses.

For more information on the RPM Act and how to contact your federal representatives in order to express your support, please visit saveourracecars.com

Article source: https://news.formulad.com/2022/fd-news/formula-drift-nj-visited-by-energy-commerce-chairman-frank-pallone/


TORQUE DRIFT 2 WHITELIST OPENS FOR FIRST NFT ASSETS FOR THE GAME, INCLUDING FREE ASSETS TO BE AIRDROPPED

SYDNEY – 21 June, 2022: Grease Monkey Games, an Australian-based multi-platform video game studio and a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, is pleased to announce that their Torque Drift 2 whitelist is now open until 7 July 7pm PST. Join the whitelist and secure your opportunity to mint Premium Keychains, available exclusively to the whitelisted members, as well as a free airdrop of Standard Keychain.

Torque Drift 2 is the newest addition to Grease Monkey Games’ popular motorsport game portfolio and the REVV Motorsport ecosystem. The game represents the next generation of motorsports products leveraging blockchain technology, where fully functional and playable NFTs are a core feature used to deliver true digital ownership of game assets to players, including play-and-earn and the trading of items on secondary marketplaces. Official Formula DRIFT NFTs will be available in Torque Drift 2 for players to own, trade, and earn.

Users who join the whitelist will be airdropped a free, limited-edition Standard Keychain NFT on 14 July (PST).

Keychains in Torque Drift 2 serve as record holders of a player’s in-game achievements, similar to the trophy system in some other games. The Standard Keychain NFT will have the logo of the smirking Grease Monkey, a design that will be made available only during this whitelist period. This utility NFT can hold 8 ornaments (up to 16 with purchasable in-game keychain extender) in-game and will be shown on player’s profile customisation options. Keychains can also be spotted in a player’s garage, on their race suit belt during matchmaking, and in their car’s ignition during driving.

Standard Keychain NFT owners have the opportunity to mint Premium Keychain NFTs that will unlock further benefits, including a complimentary bobblehead NFT to be airdropped in August, unique in-game player titles, paint jobs and decals, access to member-only sales and an exclusive VIP discord channel.

While Standard Keychain NFT will be airdropped to all whitelisted members, Premium Keychain NFTs are limited in quantity, making this the most exclusive Torque Drift 2 NFT asset to date. The exact quantity and pricing of the Premium Keychain will be announced at a later stage, along with other exciting news for Torque Drift 2.

To join the whitelist, please visit torquemotorsport.io. The whitelist will close on 7 July 2022 at 7 p.m. (PST).

Grease Monkey Games is preparing continuous releases of interactive experiences for Torque Drift 2, including a tuning garage coming in Q3 2022, with the full release of the game expected in 2024.

Article source: https://news.formulad.com/2022/fd-news/torque-drift-2-whitelist-opens-for-first-nft-assets-for-the-game-including-free-assets-to-be-airdropped/


REEDER CLAIMS HIS FIRST WIN AT FORMULA DRIFT PRO ROUND 4 IN NEW JERSEY, BRUTSKIY WINS PROSPEC

Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ hosted the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 4: Type S The Gauntlet presented by AutoZone and Round 2 of the Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship. It was only the second time the series had visited the purpose-built drift arena; the first of its kind in the US.


After the tornado-ravaged round in Orlando, FL, the teams were relieved to qualify under blue skies. And with New Jersey representing the half-way point of both Championships, it was important for drivers to score well if they wanted a chance of claiming their respective title.

 

PROSPEC QUALIFYING
After qualifying third at the opening round in Orlando, Tommy Lemaire (Canada) was disappointed by his 17th place finish after experience technical problems with his Mspek TLO Nissan S14.5. However, the car was repaired and ready for action in Englishtown, enabling the Canadian to set a 93-point run and take the top spot. As a further boost, Lemaire would get a bye run through the Top 32 competition heats after Lukas Torno (Brazil) was unable to complete a run in his FC AutoLabs BMW M3.

Second place in FCP Euro Qualifying went to double and defending PROSPEC Champion, Dmitriy Brutskiy. He also had a disappointing opening round, qualifying 11th and finishing 12th. However, in New Jersey Brutskiy delivered a 91-point qualifying run in his DriftHQ / Link ECU / ISC Suspension / Enkei Wheels BMW M3 with Royal Purple. This placed him second thanks to an additional two style points over Alex Jagger (USA), who also received a 91-point score in his Forsberg Racing Nissan 370Z.

In the case of a tie, drivers are separated by their respective scores in first style, then angle and finally line. It was Brutskiy’s superior style score that gave him the lead over Jagger.

The top Rookie qualifier was Robert Thorne (USA) who scored 81 points, placing his ASMotorsport / Kats Coin BMW M3 in 5th place.

As always, all FD PROSPEC teams must use Link ECU engine management as well as GT Radial tires supplied and fitted by TireStacks.com. Teams are also eligible for contingency programs from series sponsors Throdle, FCP Euro and Royal Purple, provided they meet defined criteria.
 
PROSPEC COMPETITION
Continuing its new 2022 schedule, Round 2 of the Link ECU PROSPEC Championship was split across two days, with the Top 32 taking place on Friday evening and the Top 16 heats through to the Final completed on Saturday morning. But unlike the turbulent weather at Round 1, the track was drenched in sunshine, providing consistent runs across both days.

Familiarity with the Englishtown course thanks to regular competition was undoubtedly a factor in Brutskiy’s change of fortunes. He was able to precisely place his BMW, consistently hitting the Outside and Inside Zones. However, his weekend wasn’t without drama.

In his Top 16 heats, Brutskiy spun on his chase run, quickly followed by Evan Bogovich (USA) spinning his Feal Suspension Nissan S14 in the next zone. Initially it appeared Brutskiy had collided with Bogovich, triggering the spins but the drone replay showed the Nissan driver off the power in Outside Zone 2 (OZ2), giving Brutskiy nowhere to go.

Progressing to the Top 8, Cory Talaska (USA) in the Blank Canvas / SLR Speed E36 BMW M3 was simply unable to match Brutskiy’s lines. A pattern that was repeated in the Top 4 against Jagger. It was an intense battle, and Jagger fought hard to reach the heat, but he couldn’t run as deep into each zone as the defending champion.

In the Final, Brutskiy’s opponent was Link ECU PROSPEC Rookie Robert Thorne (USA) who was guaranteed a podium at only his second FD event. The driver of the ASMotorsport / Kats Coin BMW M3 has successfully translated his GT racing experience to drift and is in the process of establishing an impressive reputation.
In the Final, Brutskiy again attacked the course, placing his rear wheels at the extremities of the outside zones. But Thorne wasn’t a passive spectator; he crowded the double Champion through OZ2 and OZ3 to put himself in a strong position for the second run. Unfortunately, in the heat of the moment, Thorne was untidy in OZ1, needing to correct his line, which unsettled him into OZ2 and resulted in heavy contact with the wall at OZ2. Thorne completed his lead run but not without numerous corrections. And as Brutskiy adjusted his line and speed to compensate for Thorne’s wobbles, he’d done enough to take the win.
Having started the day 12th in the Link ECU PROSPEC Championship standings, Brutskiy left New Jersey fourth and with his third title now a more realistic prospect.

“The weekend went as planned!” Brutskiy told us after stepping off the podium. “I was very nervous before each battle and I had a shoulder injury from a dirt bike accident last week that limited my movement. I was just glad to be here – this is one of the best wins I’ve had. I’m looking forward to winning another Championship and it feels like a miracle to be back on the podium.” 

Thorne’s second place puts the Rookie top of the Championship table, while Lemaire converted his top qualification position into a third place finish after battling mechanical issues throughout the competition. He jumped from 17th overall to seventh.

Andy Hateley (USA) was the championship points leader after the opening round. However, his Hateley Motorsports BMW E46 suffered engine problems, which meant he was unable to initiate a drift in his Top 16 battle against Lemaire. Hateley finished 14th, dropping him to third in the table.

PRO QUALIFYING
Once again, the KN Qualifying session for the FD PRO Championship couldn’t have been closer. Seven drivers scored more than 90 points and 18 were within ten points of the leader, Chelsea DeNofa (USA).

DeNofa scored 94 points in his Pennzoil / BC Racing Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD and was one of three drivers with the same overall score. He claimed the number one position from second place Michael Essa (USA) in the FCP Euro / Liqui Moly / GT Radial BMW M3 by a single style point.

Similarly, Dylan Hughes (USA) scored 94 points in his DHR / Royal Purple / Falken Tire BMW. And while Essa had the same style score as Hughes, Essa got the nod thanks to two extra points for drift angle.

Defending Champion and 2022 FD PRO points leader, Fredric Aasbo (Norway), only scored 88 points in his Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra. It placed him in eighth position and gave him a challenging path to the Final, but nobody would be surprised to find him there on Saturday.

The top Rookie was Nick Noback (USA) who reminded everybody of his 2021 PROSPEC form with a spectacular 93-point run in his KoruWorks E46 BMW. It placed him fourth overall and in a very strong position for the competition heats.

Thirty-six drivers attempted to qualify for the Top 32 competition heats, which meant four would be eliminated in the Knockout Qualifying Format (KQF), which sees the bottom eight drivers run a second time. Unfortunately, KQF saw the demise of Josh Reynolds (USA) and Kyle Mohan (USA) with technical issues, while Jhonnattan Castro (Domincan Republic) and Josh Love (USA) failed to score sufficient points to continue.

PRO COMPETITION
At the halfway stage in the 2022 Formula DRIFT PRO Championship, the leading drivers knew they had to make an impact at Round 4: Type S The Gauntlet presented by AutoZone. Everybody was happy to escape the tumultuous weather in Orlando but the warm, dry conditions in New Jersey presented their own challenge. The constant radius turns of the figure-8 Englishtown course allows the drivers to position their cars intimately close to one another at very high speeds. It results in spectacular action but mistakes can have savage consequences, as Matt Field (USA) and Ryan Tuerck (USA) would painfully discover.

While the established drivers were trying to mount a championship challenge, several of the newer names snuck in the back door and grabbed the silverware from under their noses. The Final was fought between two drivers who’d never been in a FD PRO Final or even stood on the podium. Interestingly, both use BMW M3 race cars with Chevrolet LS V8 engines; a combination that is becoming increasing popular throughout the FD series.

The well-deserved winner was Travis Reeder (USA) who pushed the Travis Reeder Motorsports / GT Radial BMW M3 to its limits and beyond. Having qualified in 29th and experienced the uncertainty of KQF, he lined up against Rookie Nick Noback (USA) in the Top 32. It was a great pairing, with the judges unable to separate them after two runs, requesting they go One More Time (OMT). Repeating the process didn’t make much difference; neither driver was prepared to yield but Reeder took the decision thanks to a better lead run.
In the Top 16 it was rinse and repeat as the judges again requested OMT in his conflict with Kazuya Taguchi (Japan) in the ISR UpGarage / GT Radial Scion FRS. Both men hit their marks in the lead and shadowed their opponent on the chase but again, Reeder emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins.

In the Top 8, Reeder received a bye run after his scheduled opponent, Tuerck, was unable to start the heat. In the Top 16, the driver of the Rain-X / Nitto Tire Toyota GR Corolla had been slammed into the barriers by a hard-charging Branden Sorensen (USA). The teenager knew he needed to pressurize Tuerck and surged into OZ2. Unfortunately, Sorensen’s momentum into a deceleration area punted the GR Corolla hard enough to damage all four corners. Unable to repair his car in the allotted time, Tuerck was sidelined and Reeder faced top qualifier and drifting demigod, DeNofa in the Top 4.

As expected, DeNofa’s lead run was at hyper-speed. He hit his lines and ran deep through each zone. And while the crowd was mesmerized by the Mustang RTR driver, the replay showed Reeder mimicked every move. As the two drivers lined up for the second run, the pressure was on DeNofa to somehow exceed Reeder’s performance or pressurize him into a mistake. However, DeNofa ran shallow in OZ1 and OZ2 before making a significant correction in OZ3. And Reeder was the shock winner. Or the shocked winner, to be precise, because he didn’t seem to believe the result against a driver he admired so much.

Reeder’s opponent in the Final was Rome Charpentier (USA) who qualified his Garagistic / Federal Tires / imaginegarage E36 BMW in 14th place and appeared equally bemused by his progress.

His weekend started with a Top 32 contest against Dean Kearney (Ireland) in the Hyper NFT / Daily Driven Exotics (DDE) Dodge Viper. Their first run was intense, the Viper colliding with Reeder’s BMW after they crossed the finish line. The damage required a wheel change and suspension check but with the repairs done and his focus undoubtedly distracted, Charpentier fought back and won on a split decision.

He then defeated the on-form Hughes in the Top 16 by another tight decision before eliminating Justin Pawlak (USA) in the Top 8; Pawlak over-rotating his 2022 Falken Tire Ford Mustang in OZ3 while chasing Charpentier.

Charpentier fiercest combatant was Matt Field (USA), who had been shunted into the OZ2 barriers by Mike Power (USA) during their Top 32 heat. The collision did considerable damage to the Drift Cave / Falken Tire C6 Corvette but the team had pieced together a competitive car by the Top 4.

With their first two runs resulting in OMT, Charpentier eventually received the judge’s decision by a tiny margin as both men fought for dominance.
By the Final, Reeder and Charpentier had defeated determined opponents and were guaranteed their first FD PRO podium, but who would occupy the top step?
On the first run, with Charpentier setting a blistering pace, Reeder was on the ragged edge as he grappled for proximity, tapping his rival at Inside Clip 1 and rubbing front tires yards from the finish line. The second contact sent Charpentier spinning across the grass; the incident seemingly locking the engine, requiring a tow to the pits.

With several teams jumping in to diagnose and resolve the malfunction, and a maximum of 10min plus a 5min Competition Time Out available, repair seemed impossible. And then the LS miraculously sparked into life and Charpentier returned to the starting line for his chase run.

It’s worth remembering that with Reeder at fault, Charpentier would have been declared the winner if he’d been unable to repair the car. And that by returning to the line without knowing if the engine would run properly, Charpentier put everything on the line.

Wanting to win decisively, Charpentier harassed Reeder around the entire course but couldn’t find the proximity he’d shown in previous heats. We’ll never know if it was the result of the engine problems but Reeder was awarded the win on a split decision and a new name was added to the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship history book.

After graduating from PROSPEC and developing both his program and driving style for the past four years, a delighted Reeder spoke to us after receiving his carbon fiber trophy. “This was, by far, the longest drift event I’ve ever been in. It feels like I’ve driven more runs than the last three rounds combined. We had a hard Top 32 with One More Time and a hard-fought Top 16 with One More Time. We got to the Top 4 against Chelsea and knew it was going to be hard – I’ve looked up to him for the longest time and wouldn’t be here without him – and to put him back in his trailer gives me ultimate bragging rights for life. He’s the best ever, and RTR even gave us nitrous to put him away because we’d run out!” an emotional Reeder told us.

“Going into the Final we thought we’d lost. I drove a little too hard and ran Rome off the track. It was a difference in speed but I tried to remain calm and focus on a good lead run. I honestly didn’t think I’d get the decision but I can’t say enough about my team and sponsors – they’ve always supported me and I’m so grateful for that.

“It’s four years since we’ve been on the podium in PROSPEC and we’ll try to do it again. I was crying like a little girl out there. To get a PRO trophy is absolutely unbelievable. It’s totally been worth the wait, the stress and the hard work.”

Reeder’s win elevated him one place to seventh in the Championship, while Charpentier catapulted himself to ninth from 16th. Finishing third, DeNofa has risen from seventh to fifth in the 2022 Championship, and fourth place Field has taken the FD PRO Championship points lead by a narrow four-point margin over defending Champion, Aasbo.

Top Rookie was Daniel Stuke (USA) who qualified tenth in the Stuke Racing / MspeK Performance Nissan S14.9 and finished 11th. The result moved him to tenth in the overall standings.
After Round 4, Toyota leads the 2022 Formula DRIFT PRO Auto Cup and Falken heads the Tire Cup.

For the final word, we again turn to Formula DRIFT President, Ryan Sage: “What an incredible outcome tonight with two independent drivers taking the top two places. We also saw Chelsea DeNofa climbing back up the table and Matt Field taking the PRO Championship lead, shaking everything up halfway through the season. Meanwhile, Dmitriy Brutskiy returned to winning ways in PROSPEC as he attempts to claim a record third Championship in a row. We can’t wait to see how these story lines develop at next month’s St Louis round!”

2022 FORMULA DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
 
ROUND 4 FD PRO TOP 16 DRIVER POINTS

 
2022 FD PRO TOP 16 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

2022 AUTO CUP TOP FIVE STANDINGS

 
2022 TIRE CUP STANDINGS

 
ROUND 2 FD PROSPEC TOP 16 DRIVER POINTS

 
FD PROSPEC TOP 16 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

 
NEXT ROUND
World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, IL will host the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 5: Crossroads on July 14-16 as well as the Round 3 of the Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream

Article source: https://news.formulad.com/2022/featured/reeder-claims-his-first-win-at-formula-drift-pro-round-4-in-new-jersey-brutskiy-wins-prospec/


COMPETITION RESULTS FROM ROUND 4 OF 2022 FORMULA DRIFT PRO AND ROUND 2 OF PROSPEC CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NEW JERSEY

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Location: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ
Event: Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 4: Type S The Gauntlet presented by AutoZone and Link ECU PROSPEC Championship Round

RESULTS FROM FD PRO ROUND 4

  • Travis Reeder (USA) – Travis Reeder Motorsports /  GT Radial BMW M3
  • Rome Charpentier (USA) – Garagistic / Federal Tires / imaginegarage E36 BMW
  • Chelsea DeNofa (USA) ­– Pennzoil / BC Racing Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD

RESULTS FROM FD PROSPEC ROUND 2

  • Dmitriy Brutskiy – DriftHQ / Link ECU / ISC Suspension / Enkei Wheels BMW M3 with Royal Purple
  • Robert Thorne (USA) – ASMotorsport / Kats Coin BMW M3
  • Tommy Lemaire (Canada) – Mspek TLO Nissan S14.5

 
PRO NOTES

  • Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown is the first dedicated drift arena in the USA. The fast figure-8 layout produced both incredibly close battles and a degree of carnage throughout the thrilling competition heats
  • The weather was warm and dry
  • Both FD PRO Finalists had never been in a FD PRO Final or stood on the podium. Both drive BMW M3s with Chevrolet LS V8 engines
  • Winner Reeder has been an FD PRO driver for four years. He qualified 29th and the win moved him up one place to seventh in the Championship
  • Reeder had two One More Time battles on his way to the Final and was delighted to have beaten the highly-rated DeNofa in the Top 4 heats
  • Second-place Charpentier qualified 14th and the result has catapulted him from 16th to ninth in the title race
  • Finishing third, DeNofa has risen from seventh to fifth in the 2022 Championship
  • Finishing fourth, Matt Field (USA) has moved to the FD PRO Championship points lead with his Drift Cave / Falken Tire C6 Corvette
  • Field has a narrow four-point lead over former points leader and defending Champion, Fredric Aasbo (Norway) driving the Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra. Aasbo was knocked out of the Top 8 by DeNofa
  • Top Rookie Daniel Stuke (USA) qualified tenth in the Stuke Racing / MspeK Performance Nissan S14.9. He finished 11th and is tenth in the overall standings
  • After the Round 4, Toyota leads the 2022 Formula DRIFT PRO Auto Cup and Falken narrowly heads the Tire Cup
  • PROSPEC competition was split across two days, with the Top 32 heats taking place on Friday evening and the Top 16 to the Final completed on Saturday morning
  • Perfect weather accompanied both PROSPEC competition sessions
  • All PROSPEC teams must use Link ECU engine management as well as GT Radial tires supplied and fitted by TireStacks.com
  • Throdle, FCP Euro and Royal Purple contingency programs are available for PROSEPC competitors who meet the defined criteria
  • Brutskiy returned to his 2020/21 Championship-winning form, qualifying second and taking the Round 2 win. After a disappointing Round 1, he’s pulled himself up to fourth in the 2022 Link ECU PROSPEC Championship standings and has his sights on a third title
  • Top Rookie Thorne has successfully converted his GT racing experience to Formula DRIFT. He qualified fifth and finished second in only his second FD event. Not only was this his first FD podium, remarkably he’s now leading the title race
  • Third-place Lemaire qualified first but battled mechanical problems throughout the competition heats. It began with broken suspension sustained during warm-up, which possibly contributed to a power steering failure before the Top 8. However, he persevered and sits seventh in the Championship table
  • Andy Hateley (USA) was the championship points leader after the opening round but engine problems with his Hateley Motorsports BMW E46 meant he finished 14th and has dropped to third in the table

ROUND 4 FD PRO TOP 16 DRIVER POINTS

2022 FD PRO TOP 16 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

 
2022 AUTO CUP TOP FIVE STANDINGS

2022 TIRE CUP STANDINGS

ROUND 2 FD PROSPEC TOP 16 DRIVER POINTS

FD PROSPEC TOP 16 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

 
FORMULA DRIFT NEW JERSEY RECAP
A recap of all the action from FD NJ with event images will be available on Monday

NEXT ROUND
World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, IL will host the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 5: Crossroads on July 14-16 as well as the Round 3 of the Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream

Article source: https://news.formulad.com/2022/fd-live/competition-results-from-round-4-of-2022-formula-drift-pro-and-round-2-of-prospec-championships-in-new-jersey/


QUALIFYING RESULTS FROM ROUND 4 OF 2022 FORMULA DRIFT PRO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NEW JERSEY

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Friday, June 10, 2022
Location: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ
Event: Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 4: Type S The Gauntlet presented by AutoZone

RESULTS FROM FD PRO QUALIFYING

  1. Chelsea DeNofa (USA) – Pennzoil / BC Racing Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD
  2. Michael Essa (USA) – FCP Euro / Liqui Moly / GT Radial BMW M3
  3. Dylan Hughes (USA) – DHR / Royal Purple / Falken Tire BMW

NOTES

  • The Englishtown track features a purpose-built drift arena and tiered grandstand seating to provide spectators with an excellent view of all the action
  • The weather was perfect; sunny and warm
  • The KN Qualifying session for the FD PRO Championship was again extremely close. Seven drivers scored more than 90 points and 18 were within ten points of the leader
  • The top three drivers all scored 94 points. In the event of a tie, the drivers are separated by their score for style. If the style points are the same, then it goes to the score for angle, and finally line
  • Top qualifier DeNofa took the #1 position by a single style point over second-place Essa
  • 2013 FD PRO Champion Essa had the same style score as third-placed Hughes, but got the nod thanks to two extra points for drift angle
  • Defending Champion and 2022 FD PRO points leader, Fredric Aasbo (Norway) scored 88 points in his Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra and placed eighth
  • The top Rookie was Nick Noback (USA) who scored a spectacular 93 points in his KoruWorks E46 BMW and placed fourth overall
  • Thirty-six drivers attempted to qualify for the Top 32 competition heats, which meant four would be eliminated in the Knockout Qualifying Format (KQF), which sees the bottom eight drivers run a second time.
  • After KQF, Josh Reynolds (USA) and Kyle Mohan (USA) were eliminated after technical issues, while Jhonnattan Castro (Domincan Republic) and Josh Love (USA) failed to score sufficient points to continue

ROUND 4 TOP 16 FD PRO QUALIFYING

BRACKET FOR ROUND 4 FD PRO COMPETITION HEATS 

FORMULA DRIFT NEW JERSEY RECAP

Competition results from the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 4: Type S The Gauntlet presented by AutoZone and the FD Link ECU PROSPEC Championship Round 2 will be available on Saturday. A recap of all the action from FD NJ with event images will be available on Monday

 

NEXT ROUND

World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, IL will host the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 5: Crossroads on July 14-16 as well as the Round 3 of the Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream

Article source: https://news.formulad.com/2022/fd-live/qualifying-results-from-round-4-of-2022-formula-drift-pro-championships-in-new-jersey/


QUALIFYING RESULTS FROM ROUND 2 OF 2022 FORMULA DRIFT LINK ECU PROSPEC CHAMPIONSHIP IN NEW JERSEY

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022
Location: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ
Event: Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship Round 2

RESULTS FROM FD PROSPEC QUALIFYING

  1. Tommy Lemaire (Canada) – Mspek TLO Nissan S14.5
  2. Dmitriy Brutskiy – DriftHQ / Link ECU / ISC Suspension / Enkei Wheels BMW M3 with Royal Purple
  3. Alex Jagger (USA) – Forsberg Racing Nissan 370Z

NOTES

  • Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown hosts the second round of the 2022 Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship as well as Round 4 of the FD PRO Championship
  • The Englishtown track is the first dedicated drift arena in the USA, featuring tiered grandstands to ensure fans catch all the action
  • The weather was warm and dry, so wasn’t a factor during qualification
  • Formula DRIFT reintroduced championship points for the top three drivers in the FCP Euro Knockout Qualifying to reward a consistent weekend performance
  • All PROSPEC teams must use Link ECU engine management as well as GT Radial tires supplied and fitted by TireStacks.com
  • Throdle, FCP Euro and Royal Purple contingency programs are available for PROSEPC competitors who meet the defined criteria
  • Top qualifier Lemaire scored 93 points and will benefit from a bye run through the Top 32 competition heats
  • Second-place Brutskiy and third-place Jagger both scored 91 points, with two additional style points putting Brutskiy on top
  • Two-time and reigning PROSPEC Champion Brutskiy will be hoping for a better weekend than the opening round in order to mount a defense of his title
  • Top Rookie qualifier was Robert Thorne (USA) who scored 81 points, placing his ASMotorsport / Kats Coin BMW M3 in fifth place
  • 32 drivers qualified for positions in the Top 32 competition heats. Unfortunately, Lukas Torno (Brazil) was unable to complete a qualifying run and was eliminated, resulting in Lemaire’s bye run

ROUND 2 TOP 16 PROSPEC QUALIFYING

BRACKET FOR ROUND 2 FD PROSPEC COMPETITION HEATS 

FORMULA DRIFT NEW JERSEY RECAP

Qualifying results from the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 4: Type S The Gauntlet presented by AutoZone will be available tomorrow. Competition results from the FD Link ECU PROSPEC Championship and FD PRO will be available on Saturday. A recap of all the action from FD NJ with event images will be available on Monday

 

NEXT ROUND

World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, IL will host the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 5: Crossroads on July 14-16 as well as the Round 3 of the Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream

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HUGHES CLAIMS FIRST WIN AT FORMULA DRIFT PRO ROUND 3 IN ORLANDO, HATELEY WINS PROSPEC

With its unique character, the figure-8 Formula DRIFT course created from the Orlando Speedworld banked oval track challenges the drivers to explore the limits of the track while anticipating the bumps caused when leaving and rejoining the banking. Equally challenging was the weather, which provided plenty of distractions during the weekend.

Thrown into this cauldron were the Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC teams for the opening round of their 2022 season, while the PRO teams would fight it out to win Round 3: Type S Scorched presented by AutoZone.

PROSPEC QUALIFYING

As the entry point to Formula DRIFT, the series has been working to build the stature of the Link ECU PROSPEC Championship while also helping control costs. To this end, all the teams must use Link ECU engine management as well as GT Radial tires, which are supplied and fitted by Tire Stacks at every round. This year also sees FCP Euro and Royal Purple offering generous contingency programs for PROSPEC competitors who meet defined criteria, helping to support the teams.

The opening round raised a lot of questions; most notably whether anybody could unseat two-time and reigning Champion Dmitriy Brutskiy. He had again chosen to remain in the feeder series rather than take advantage of the PRO license he automatically received as one of the top four PROSPEC drivers. Brutskiy felt he didn’t have a program that would allow him to be competitive in FD PRO, choosing to remain in PROSPEC to gain more experience and attract sponsors.

When it came to qualification, Brutskiy could only post a 78-point run in his DriftHQ / Link ECU / ISC Suspension / Enkei Wheels BMW M3 with Royal Purple, placing him in 11th place.

The number one qualifier was Andy Hateley (USA) who debuted the Hateley Motorsports BMW E46. He scored 92 points, significantly higher than any other driver, and received three PROSPEC Championship points for his effort.

His closest rivals were Rich Whiteman (USA) who put his Freedom Motorsportz Toyota JZX100 in second place with a very respectable 88 points. He was narrowly ahead of third-placed Tommy Lemaire (Canada) who scored 87 points in the Mspek TLO Nissan S14.5.

The top Rookie qualifier was Richard Advani (India). Driving the HP Chasers Racing Drift Corvette, he scored 69 points and placed 18th.

A full field of 32 drivers attempted to qualify for the Top 32 competition heats. Provided everybody completed a clean run, all would qualify. However, under the Knockout Qualifying Format, the bottom eight drivers must run a second time to fill the final places. After the dust settled, everybody qualified except Jack Davis (USA) who failed to complete a run in his JDavis Drifting BMW E36. His elimination meant Hateley got a Top 32 bye run.

PROSPEC COMPETITION

The competition heats for Round 1 of the Link ECU PROSPEC were split across two days, with the Top 32 taking place during a lightning storm on Friday evening. In addition to a wet track, drivers, spectators and event staff experienced numerous safety delays as lightning approached the track. Fortunately, Top 16 competition continued on Saturday morning in hot and humid conditions but on a dry track.

Following his impressive qualifying form in the new Hateley Motorsports BMW E46, Andy Hateley (USA) made it a perfect weekend, winning the opening round in dominant style.

With a bye run in the Top 32, Hateley avoided the wet conditions but had a tough battle against Steve Misko (USA) in the Top 16. The heat began with Hateley putting down a strong lead run while Misko shadowed him in the Misko Motorsports Nissan S14, compromising his line occasionally to maintain admirable proximity. On the second run, Hateley struggled to achieve the same proximity but the livestream replay revealed Misko hesitated when initiating for the first turn, causing Hateley to lift off.

With the culprit identified, Hateley progressed to face Derek Madison (USA) in the Top 8. It was a similar story, with the BMW driver setting a good lead run and Madison cutting corners to stay close in the Fuelab Fuel Systems / Team Infamous Nissan S14. And in the chase position, Hateley again dropped back after Madison had to correct his line, causing the chase driver to lift.

As if experiencing  some kind of Groundhog Day, the pattern was repeated in the Final 4 against Evan Bogovich (USA) in the Feal Suspension Nissan S14. Hateley had a good lead run, Bogovich shadowed him, then Hateley had to lift off before initiating after Bogovich appeared to miss a gear.

In the Final, Hateley met a very determined Ben Hobson (USA) ­driving the Automotive Innovations / Koruworks / Motegi Racing Nissan S14.5. This would be Hateley’s fourth BMW / Nissan contest, which he won thanks to great lead run forcing an error from his opponent. In the chase position, Hobson went hard into Outside Zone 1, resulting in a major correction. With Hateley having a clean second run, he proudly climbed to the top step of the podium and received his very first FD Link ECU PROSPEC winner’s trophy.

Hateley joined Formula DRIFT in 2006, dipping in and out of the series over the ensuing years. He returned in 2014 driving his trademark E30 BMW and, despite missing the 2016 season, he’s become a fixture of the PROSPEC paddock ever since. A delayed engine build for his E46 BMW and his sick dog, Gonzo, persuaded Hatelely to miss the second half of the 2021 season. However, he’s returned with a new car and has finally enjoyed the fruits of his labor.

Unable to fully comprehend the momentous occasion, Hateley reflected on the success: “Our game plan was to nail the best qualifying lap we could because we were running out of tires. In the heats, we knew we’d be at a disadvantage in the chase, especially in Outer Zone 2 so we put everything into the lead run and it really worked,” Hateley told us after the podium. “I’d done a lot of laps in the simulator before the event and figured out my game plan for the tandem battles, which was to mimic drivers after they initiated and make my own initiation because the simulator showed I was making too many mistakes otherwise. But after all that, I still can’t believe I’ve won. I hasn’t fully registered, although it started to sink in when I hugged my Dad. It’s taken 15 years to get to this spot and we’re going to continue pushing harder to go higher. I can’t let this be the peak!”

Third-place went to Bogovich thanks to a superior qualifying position over fourth place Robert Thorne (USA) driving the ASMotorsport / Kats Coin BMW M3. Thorne was the top Rookie finisher and sits fourth in the PROSPEC standings

Reigning PROSPEC Champ Brutskiy finished 12th after a challenging weekend. His fellow competitors will do well not to count him out of the Championship battle.

PRO QUALIFYING

With the KN Qualifying session taking place on Friday afternoon, the majority of teams qualified on a dry track. Unfortunately, some of the lower ranking drivers had to deal with rain, as did the bottom eight who ran for a second time in the Knockout Qualifying Format (KQF).

Following his win in Round 2, the 2015 and 2021 FD PRO Champion Fredric Aasbo (Norway) set the benchmark with a 94-point qualifying run in his Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra. He gave the rest of the field a target to aim for and one they couldn’t hit.

Chelsea DeNofa (USA) got incredibly close with a 93-point run in the Pennzoil / BC Racing Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD. While Travis Reeder (USA) was a whisker away, scoring an identical 93 points in the Travis Reeder Motorsports /  GT Radial BMW M3. DeNofa placed second thanks to a single style point.

Championship contender Matt Field (USA) could only qualify ninth in the Drift Cave / Falken Tire C6 Corvette, and Chris Forsberg (USA) – runner-up at the previous round – scored 79 points and was relegated to KQF.

The top Rookie qualifier was Ola Jaeger (Norway) who qualified 18th with an 86-point run in the Team Japan Auto / Nexen Tire Toyota Supra.

With 36 drivers attempting to qualify for the Top 32 competition heats, the bottom eight would run a second time to stay in the competition. Forsberg was among them but a dazzling 89-point run secured his place, albeit in 29th position.

Sadly, Simen Olsen (Norway), Joshua Love (USA), Kyle Mohan (USA) and Joao Barion (Brazil) were eliminated from the competition heats.

PRO COMPETITION

One thing dominated FD PRO Round 3: Type S Scorched presented by AutoZone: the weather!

Rain should be expected in Florida; thunder and lightning isn’t unprecedented; but it was a tornado warning that had everybody on their toes. However, Formula DRIFT is an all-weather sport and the show goes on, albeit with safety delays to clear the metal grandstands and livestream camera towers when the lightning came too close for comfort.

Through it all, Dylan Hughes (USA) embraced the challenges and emerged victorious in the DHR / Royal Purple / Falken Tire BMW, fulfilling the promise he’d shown since graduating from PROSPEC in 2019.

Having qualified in sixth position with a strong 91-point run, Hughes faced a wet track for the first time this weekend in the Top 32 heats. His opponent was Federico Sceriffo (Italy) who was enjoying greater success in 2022 thanks to a new single-turbo V12 set up on his “Fiorella” Ferrari 599 GTB. However, Sceriffo misjudged the start-line procedure for the first run and failed to launch, handing Hughes a massive advantage: something he couldn’t overcome despite a good lead run.

Progressing to the Top 16, Hughes faced another V12-engined supercar. This time it was the twin-supercharged 2022 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage driven by Darren Kelly (New Zealand). However, the Kiwi was frantically working on the supercar after a collision with Alec Robbins (USA) in the previous round. Unable to replace a suspension A-arm in time, and unwilling to risk the car against the concrete walls surrounding the banked oval, Kelly was forced to retire and Hughes advanced.

With the drenched track finally dry during the Top 16, Hughes was greeted by a tornado warning moments as he lined up for his Top 8 battle with qualifying star and close friend, Travis Reeder. As staff and spectators scurried for cover from gusting winds that preceded torrential rain followed by a thunderstorm, the two BMW drivers were sent back to their pits while the situation was assessed. As officials continued to instruct fans to seek shelter, Hughes and Reeder emerged from the pits to take sighting laps. Unintimidated by standing water and sideways rain, Reeder set a decent lead run given the conditions, while Hughes mimicked his lines from a distance, cutting Outside Zone 2 (OZ2) to close the gap over the finish line.

With Hughes taking the lead, Reeder knew he just needed to maintain better proximity than Hughes to take the win. Drifting down the banking, he miscalculated the standing water and was forced to straighten. Undeterred, Reeder re-initiated his drift but again straightened and eventually spun in OZ2. His valiant effort was unrewarded and Hughes headed to a Top 4 encounter with Matt Field.

Refusing a sighting lap, Hughes led the first run but made contact with a hard-charging Corvette as he flicked the car to initiate into the first turn. With his rear bumper dragging, Hughes continued the run as Field spun out in OZ1. With an incomplete run against him, Field held nothing in reserve on his lead run but Hughes just had to finish cleanly to reach the Final where his adversary would be Forsberg, who overcame his qualifying problems to go for gold.

The Nissan Z driver had battled and beaten Jhonnattan Castro (Dominican Republic) in the Top 32, Dan Burkett (USA) in the Top 16, Rookie Daniel Stuke (USA) in the Top 8, and slugged it out with Aasbo in the Top 4.

Despite deteriorating track conditions under driving rain and lightning strikes, both men declined a sighting lap and went for glory. Both set lead runs that mocked the rain, hitting their marks with dazzling skill.

With the cars pulled up to the podium, the drenched drivers discovered Hughes had been victorious; an announcement that was quickly followed by a tearful downpour from the winner. As only his third podium, this was Hughes’ first FD PRO victory and he was quick to credit Forsberg with his success: “I worked for [Chris Forsberg] for a long time and he taught me pretty much everything I know about drift, so to battle him in the Final was sick and I’m super-happy with the result,” Hughes told us. “Overall it was an insane weekend and finishing the event after this insane weather was incredible. This was a day I’ve dreamed about since I started working with Chris in 2014. He’s been a mentor and to be able to come out on top is unbelievable. At the end of today, I definitely don’t hate the rain as much as I used to… Hopefully we can continue this momentum and hope for more rain at the next round!”

Hughes climbs to fifth in the FD PRO Championship standings, Forsberg is in third overall, Field’s fourth place on the night keeps him second in the Championship behind third-placed Aasbo who retains his lead of the FD PRO title chase. The top Rookie at FD ORL was Stuke who finished 8th in the Stuke Racing / MspeK Performance Nissan S14.9.

After the Round 3, Toyota leads the 2022 Formula DRIFT PRO Auto Cup and Falken heads the Tire Cup.

For the final word, we again turned to Formula DRIFT President, Ryan Sage: “This was definitely the most ridiculous event we’ve ever held in terms of weather. Rain is easy to deal with but when you have a tornado warning, lightning strikes, and you have to pull people out of the grandstands for safety, it makes it very challenging. But at the end of the day it was really cool to see Dylan Hughes on the podium as the student became the teacher. It was a great way to cap off a truly memorable event and we’re all hoping the next round in Englishtown will be considerably drier!”

 

2022 FORMULA DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

 

ROUND 3 FD PRO TOP 16 DRIVER POINTS

 

2022 FD PRO TOP 16 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

2022 AUTO CUP TOP FIVE STANDINGS

 

2022 TIRE CUP STANDINGS

 

ROUND 1 FD PROSPEC TOP 16 DRIVER POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

 

NEXT ROUND

Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ will host the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 4: Type S The Gauntlet presented by AutoZone on June 9-11 as well as the Round 2 of the Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream.

Article source: https://news.formulad.com/2022/featured/hughes-claims-first-win-at-formula-drift-pro-round-3-in-orlando-hateley-wins-prospec/


COMPETITION RESULTS FROM ROUND 3 OF 2022 FORMULA DRIFT PRO AND ROUND 1 OF PROSPEC CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ORLANDO

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022
Location: Orlando Speedworld, Orlando, FL
Event: Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 3: Type S Scorched presented by AutoZone and Link ECU PROSPEC Championship Round 1

RESULTS FROM FD PRO ROUND 3

  1. Dylan Hughes (USA) – DHR / Royal Purple / Falken Tire BMW
  2. Chris Forsberg (USA) – NOS Energy Drink Nissan Z on GT Radials
  3. Fredric Aasbo (Norway) – Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra

RESULTS FROM FD PROSPEC ROUND 1

  1. Andy Hateley (USA) – Hateley Motorsports BMW E46
  2. Ben Hobson (USA) ­– Automotive Innovations / Koruworks / Motegi Racing Nissan S14.5
  3. Evan Bogovich (USA) – Feal Suspension Nissan S14

PRO NOTES

  • Weather played a huge part in the FD PRO event. The Top 32 started in heavy rain although the track dried for the Top 16. However, a tornado warning was issued during the Top 8, accompanied by high winds, torrential rain, thunder and lightning. The drivers chose to continue running since Formula DRIFT doesn’t stop for a little weather! (safety permitting)
  • This was the first FD PRO Championship win for Hughes and only his third podium. He was delighted to face Forsberg in the Final since he worked with Chris in 2014. “I learned everything I know about drifting from Chris Forsberg,” Hughes said. He climbs to fifth in the FD PRO Championship standings
  • Forsberg narrowly missed out on the FD ORL win as he continues to develop the brand new Nissan Z. He climbed to third in the standings
  • Aasbo placed third and retains his lead of the Championship. Matt Field (USA) was fourth in the Drift Cave / Falken Tire C6 Corvette and remains seccond in the standings
  • Top Rookie was Daniel Stuke (USA) who finished 8th in the Stuke Racing / MspeK Performance Nissan S14.9
  • After the Round 3, Toyota leads the 2022 Formula DRIFT PRO Auto Cup and Falken heads the Tire Cup

PROSPEC NOTES

  • Link ECU PROSPEC competition heats were split across two days, with the Top 32 taking place during a lightning storm on Friday evening, which resulted in a wet track and numerous delays for spectator safety. Top 16 competition continued on Saturday morning in hot and humid conditions
  • After missing part of the 2021 season to care for his dog and wait for his engine to be built, Hateley dominated the event in his new Hateley Motorsports BMW E46. Qualifying first and winning the Final against Hobson, this was Hateley’s first PROSPEC win since he first joined the series in 2006
  • Bogovich took third thanks to a superior qualifying position over fourth place Robert Thorne (USA)
  • Thorne, driving the ASMotorsport / Kats Coin BMW M3, was the top Rookie finisher and sits fourth in the PROSPEC standings
  • Reigning and double PROSPEC Champion Dmitriy Brutskiy finished 12th in the DriftHQ / Link ECU / ISC Suspension / Enkei Wheels BMW M3 with Royal Purple after a challenging weekend

ROUND 3 FD PRO TOP 16 DRIVER POINTS

 

2022 FD PRO TOP 16 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

2022 AUTO CUP TOP FIVE STANDINGS

2022 TIRE CUP STANDINGS

ROUND 1 FD PROSPEC TOP 16 DRIVER POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

 

FORMULA DRIFT ORLANDO RECAP

A full recap of the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 3: Type S Scorched presented by AutoZone and Round 1 of the Link ECU PROSPEC Championship will be available with event images on Monday

 

NEXT ROUND

Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ will host the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 4: Type S The Gauntlet presented by AutoZone on June 9-11 as well as the Round 2 of the Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream.

Article source: https://news.formulad.com/2022/fd-news/competition-results-from-round-3-of-2022-formula-drift-pro-and-round-1-of-prospec-championships-in-orlando/


QUALIFYING RESULTS FROM ROUND 3 OF 2022 FORMULA DRIFT PRO CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ORLANDO

EVENT DETAILS

  • Date: Friday, May 20, 2022
  • Location: Orlando Speedworld, Orlando, FL
  • Event: Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 3: Type S Scorched presented by AutoZone

RESULTS FROM FD PRO QUALIFYING

  • Fredric Aasbo (Norway) – Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra
  • Chelsea DeNofa (USA) ­– Pennzoil / BC Racing Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD
  • Travis Reeder (USA) – Travis Reeder Motorsports / GT Radial BMW M3

NOTES

  • The banked Speedworld oval track runs a figure-8 course with small bumps the drivers must anticipate when leaving and rejoining the banking
  • Warm, humid weather greeted the PRO drivers for KN Qualifying, with rain arriving for the final runs and the Knockout Qualifying Format
  • Top qualifier Aasbo comes to Orlando leading the FD PRO Championship after his Round 2 win. His 94-point run has put him in a strong position for the competition heats
  • DeNofa scored 93 points, displaying all the aggression that makes him a fan favorite. However, Reeder came from nowhere to score an identical 93 points, missing second place by a single style point from the judges
  • Top Rookie qualifier was Ola Jaeger (Norway) who qualified 18th with 86 points in the Team Japan Auto / Nexen Tire Toyota Supra
  • Competition was extremely tight at FD Orlando, with the top ten drivers scoring 90 points or better, and 22 drivers within ten points of Aasbo
  • 36 drivers attempted to qualify for the Top 32 competition heats. Under the Knockout Qualifying Format, the bottom eight drivers must run a second time to fill the final places
  • After KQF, Simen Olsen (Norway), Joshua Love (USA), Kyle Mohan (USA) and Joao Barion (Brazil) were eliminated from tomorrow’s competition heats

ROUND 3 TOP 16 PRO QUALIFYING

BRACKET FOR ROUND 3 PRO COMPETITION HEATS 

FORMULA DRIFT ORLANDO RECAP

Competition results from Round 1 of the Link ECU PROSPEC Championship and Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 3: Type S Scorched presented by AutoZone will be available tomorrow. A recap of all the action from FD ORL with event images will be available on Monday

 

NEXT ROUND

Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ will host the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 4: Type S The Gauntlet presented by AutoZone as well as Round 2 of the Link ECU PROSPEC Championship on June 9-11. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream

Article source: https://news.formulad.com/2022/fd-news/qualifying-results-from-round-3-of-2022-formula-drift-pro-championships-in-orlando/


QUALIFYING RESULTS FROM ROUND 1 OF 2022 FORMULA DRIFT LINK ECU PROSPEC CHAMPIONSHIP IN ORLANDO

EVENT DETAILS

  • Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022
  • Location: Orlando Speedworld, Orlando, FL
  • Event: Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship Round 1

RESULTS FROM FD PROSPEC QUALIFYING

  1. Andy Hateley (USA) – The Habanero
  2. Rich Whiteman (USA) ­– Freedom Motorsportz / Auto Rim Shop Toyota JZX100
  3. Tommy Lemaire (Canada) – Mspek TLO Nissan S14.5

NOTES

  • Orlando Speedworld hosts the opening round of the 2022 Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship as well as Round 3 of the FD PRO Championship
  • The Speedworld track features a banked oval, with drivers using part of a figure-8 course
  • Weather was warm and humid for the qualifying session, which finished after dark
  • Formula DRIFT has reintroduced championship points for the top three drivers in the FCP Euro Qualification session to put more emphasis on a consistent weekend performance
  • All PROSPEC teams must use Link ECU engine management as well as GT Radial tires supplied and fitted by Tire Stacks
  • FCP Euro and Royal Purple are both offering contingency programs for PROSEPC competitors who meet defined criteria
  • Top qualifier Hateley debuted a new BMW chassis known simply as The Habanero. He was awarded 92 points and received 3 PROSPEC Championship points
  • Second-place Whiteman scored a very respectable 88 points and led qualifying for the majority of the session. Third-placed Lemaire kept him close company with 87 points
  • Two-time and reigning PROSPEC Champion Dmitriy Brutskiy could only score 78 points, qualifying in 11th place
  • Top Rookie qualifier was Richard Advani (India) driving the HP Chasers Racing Drift Corvette who scored 69 points and placed 18th
  • 32 drivers were qualifying for positions in the Top 32 competition heats. Provided every driver completed a run, all would move forward. Under the Knockout Qualifying Format, the bottom eight drivers must run a second time to fill the final places.
  • After KQF, Rye O’Connor (USA), Cory Talaska (USA), Rudy Hansen (USA), Amanda Sorensen (USA), Carlos Arrieta (USA), Zach Farrar (USA) and Kasey Kohl (USA) all qualified from the competition heats. Jack Davis (USA) experienced problems on both his runs in the JDavis Drifting BMW E36 and his elimination gives Hateley a competition bye run

ROUND 1 TOP 16 PROSPEC QUALIFYING

BRACKET FOR ROUND 1 PROSPEC COMPETITION HEATS 

FORMULA DRIFT ORLANDO RECAP

Competition results from Link ECU PROSPEC Championship will be available on Saturday. Qualifying results from the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 3: Type S Scorched presented by AutoZone will be available tomorrow, Competition results on Saturday, and a recap of all the action from FD ORL with event images will be available on Monday

 

NEXT ROUND

Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ will host the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 4: Type S The Gauntlet presented by AutoZone on June 9-11 as well as Round 2 of the Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream

Article source: https://news.formulad.com/2022/fd-news/qualifying-results-from-round-1-of-2022-formula-drift-link-ecu-prospec-championship-in-orlando/


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