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2013 Formula Drift Round 4 at Wall Speedway [GALLERY]








A big main event weekend finished up at Wall Speedway while Forsberg lost a door mid-drift and kept going and Daigo Saito took home another victory. In the past nine seasons tandem has never been this close or entertaining at Wall Speedway. Enjoy my extensive gallery of photos from the Top 32 all the way to the podium from the Round 4 weekend of Formula Drift.

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Is Speed a Big Qualifying Factor in Formula Drift?

One question about Formula Drift  I have been asking myself in 2013 is how much is speed a factor in qualifying results in Formula Drift? We have the unique element in drifting of staging 500hp cars versus 1,400hp cars on the same stage set to compete. In just about every other motorsport these two cars competing would basically be impossible or a waste of time yet Formula Drift can make it work.

Here are the Top 35 speed scores with a correlation of how they ended up qualifying for the Wall weekend. I realize this is an odd track of sorts but the scoring sure doesn’t seem to line up with qualifying points. Speed is of course a factor in the overall scoring system Formula Drift uses but I was very curious to know if the faster cars got some play or favoritism just by looking fast. It sure didn’t end up looking that way. In case you lack familiarity with how the qualifying system works here is something taken directly from Formula Drift:

A. Qualifying Scoring

In qualifying, each judge will be assigned to a criterion: Line, Angle, or Style. Line is worth 25 points. Angle is worth 25 points. Style is worth 40 points, of which the Line and Angle judges can contribute 0 through 5 points each to the 40 point total. The Speed category is worth either 0 through 10 points and is measured at a specific point on the course for each event. The judges will determine the median speed for qualifying. Driver will receive 5 points for achieving the median speed set by the judges. For every 1/10th of a mile per hour achieved by the driver above the minimum speed set by the judges, the driver will receive 1/10th of a point up to a maximum of 10 total points. No points above a total of 10 will given for speeds exceeding the speed scoring range. For every 1/10th of a mile the driver misses the median speed by, 1/10th of a point will be deducted from the possible 5 point median score, down to a minimum score of 0 points. Negative scores will not be given. The Line, Angle and the Style judges may award points in one (1) point increments or whole numbers for their specific criterion.

As we logged all the data it was interesting to see only about a 7mph gap in the cars from first to last place.   While speed is a big topic among drivers and the sporting regulations include things such as a “pace cone” it seems the variance issues in qualifying are not that high. One thought I have is with the new knockout style qualifying format which was announced in February and rolled out here at Long Beach is forcing some of the top drivers to leave quite a bit on the table and put down conservative qualifying runs to place in the event on the first round instead of going all out for glory in previous seasons. That is strategy and racing though. If we get some interest in this post I will log and do this speed analysis again at Evergreen Speedway.

Qualifying List in Order by Speed
1. Chelsea DeNofa – 54.2 MPH (Qualified 9th)
2. Matt Field – 54.1 MPH (Qualified 19th)
3. Fredric Aasbo – 53.4 MPH (Qualified 3rd)
4. Daigo Saito – 52.5 MPH (Qualified 6th)
5. Ryan Kado – 50.2 MPH (Qualified 17th)
6. Justin Pawlak – 49 MPH (Qualified 1st)
7. Michael Essa – 49 MPH (Qualified 13th)
8. Miro Ovcharik – 48.6 MPH (Qualified 25th)
9. Matt Powers – 48.6 MPH (Qualified 24th)
10. Nate Hamilton – 48.2 MPH (Qualified 32nd)
11. Robbie Nishida – 48.2 MPH (Qualified 7th)
12. Brandon Wicknick – 48.1 MPH
13. Jhonnattan Castro – 48.1 MPH (Qualified 14th)
14. Chris Ward – 48.1 MPH (Qualified 20th)
15. Dai Yoshihara – 47.9 MPH (Qualified 30th)
16. Taka Aono – 47.8 MPH (Qualified 27th)
17. Marc Landerville – 47.3 MPH (Qualified 21st)
18. Ryan Tuerck – 47.1 MPH (Qualified 18th)
19. Pat Goodin – 47 MPH (Qualified 31st)
20. Kenneth Moen – 47 MPH (Qualified 10th)
21. Danny George – 46.9 MPH (Qualified 16th)
22. Joshua Steele – 46.8 MPH
23. Ken Gushi – 46.8 MPH (Qualified 22nd)
24. Ryan Kado – 46.5 MPH (Qualified 17th)
25. Corey Hosford – 46.4 MPH (Qualified 26th)
26. Chris Forsberg – 46.3 MPH (Qualified 4th)
27. Carl Rydquist – 46.2 MPH (Qualified 29th)
28. Kyle Mohan – 46.2 MPH (Qualified 12th)
29. Jeff Jones – 46.1 MPH (Qualified 28th)
30. Dean Kearney – 46.1 MPH (Qualified 15th)
31. Forrest Wang – 46.1 MPH
32. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 46.1 MPH (Qualified 11th)
33. Tyler McQuarrie – 45.9 MPH (Qualified 5th)
34. Odi Bakchis – 45.8 MPH (Qualified 23rd)
35. Darren McNamara – 45.4 MPH (Qualified 2nd)

 

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Drift All-Stars – Round 1 Poland [RESULTS]

Local Polish driver Bartosz Stolarski took the win in his S14, with Irish drivers Alan Sinnott and Nigel Colfer rounding out the podium. The event did not disappoint with some fantastic driving from all, and weather that held out, with only a few light sprinkles as the final ended.

1st – Bartosz Stolarski – Nissan S14

2nd – Alan Sinnott – Nissan S14

3rd – Nigel Colfer – Nissan S13

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2013/06/23/drift-all-stars-round-1-poland-results/



Round 4: The Gauntlet at Wall Speedway Results


Daigo Saito Takes the Victory

Long Beach, Calif. – June 22, 2013 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Wall Speedway in New Jersey for Round 4: The Gauntlet. Daigo Saito the driver of the Achilles / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 increases his Championship point lead with his second victory of the season.

For the second year in a row, Round 4: The Gauntlet showcased action in front of a sold out crowd in New Jersey. This event marks the half-way mark for the season with the championship in the sights of a few of the top drivers.

“We are happy to return to New Jersey for the ninth time,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “After Hurricane Sandy devastated the area last year, we are proud to be able to contribute and bring some economic stimulus to the region with our Series. On top of that we were treated to world class action in front of a capacity crowd.”

The new course configuration at Wall Speedway proved to be challenging and exciting for the drivers. A few of the top teams were taken out early in the competition opening the door for others to move ahead in the event. In the consolation round with Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z against Darren McNamara in the Falken Tire Nissan 240SX the action heated up when McNamara had a mistake that gave Forsberg the third place finish. The final battle pitted the number one qualifier Justin Pawlak in the Falken Ford Mustang against champion Daigo Saito. Pawlak on his chase run went a little too hard and spun out giving the victory and increasing the Championship point lead to Daigo Saito.

“I’m very happy to have this win and remain in 1st place,” said Daigo Saito, winner of Round 4: The Gauntlet. “It feels like I won a championship tonight going against some of the top competition in the Series with Vaughn, Fredric, Darren and Justin and I look forward to the next event.”

Formula DRIFT continues to Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA on July 19-20, 2013.

Article source: http://www.formulad.com/blog/2013/fd-news/round-4-the-gauntlet-at-wall-speedway-results/


2013 Formula Drift Round 4 at Wall Speedway– Friday Qualifying/Practice [GALLERY]








One eventful practice and qualifying at Round 4 proved rather challenging to some drivers while others handled the course change quickly. The gallery compiles some of the great runs of the weekend in photograph form. Ryan Kado put down an amazing qualifying run that would of been a first place spot under the old rules. The new Wall Speedway is covered with “in bound” paint and a modified course eliminating the center crossover.

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2013/06/23/2013-formula-drift-round-4-at-wall-speedway-friday-qualifyingpractice-gallery/


2013 Drift All-Stars Presents Budmat Drift Show at the Orlen Arena Qualifying Order [RESULTS]

The Drift All-Stars is throwing one awesome event in Poland over the weekend at the Orlen Arena in Plock, Poland. If you want to see the top five qualifying runs in this great HD video they made on YouTube. With a variety of drivers around Europe coming together over the weekend taking home the top qualifying spot was quite a feat. The top qualifier Jakub Przygoński did it with a 1,000hp 2JZ powered Toyota FT-86. Here is how the Top 32 qualified:

1. Jakub Przygoński (99)
2. Marcin Carzasty (98)
3. Marciej Bochenek (96)
4. Piotr Wiecek (96)
5. Alan Sinnot (95)
6. Martin Ffrench (95)
7. Jack Shanahan (94)
8. Maciej Jarkiewicz (94)
9. Pawel Trela (94)
10. Bartosz Stolarski (93)
11. Grzegorz Hypki (91)
12. Piotr Jankowski (88)
13. Maciej Wodzinski (87)
14. Krzysztof Romanowski (86)
15. Juha Rintanen (85)
16. Atrur Opiela (84)
17. Martin Richards (84)
18. Marcin Mospinek (84)
19. Nigel Colfer (83)
20. Michael Wojtan (83)
21. Niels Becker (82)
22. Karol Kowalski (81)
23. Adrian Pekala (81)
24. Marek Wartatowicz (80)
25. Jerzy Teclaw (80)
26. Mateusz Wlodarczyk (79)
27. Wiestaw Surowiec (78)
28. Krysztof Terej (78)
29. David Karkosik (78)
30. Kornel Prus (77)
31. Jakub Tatara (74)
32. Wojciech Gozdziewicz (72)

Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2013/06/23/2013-drift-all-stars-presents-budmat-drift-show-at-the-orlen-arena-qualifying-order-results/



2013 Formula Drift Round 4 Wall Speedway [RESULTS]

 

The final was pretty wild at Wall Speedway this year. It wasn’t quite as excited compared to the last time JTP and Daigo met at Palm Beach in 2012 where we saw a battle on the track and one off the track (reference link here if you forgot.) The final eight drivers in the great 8 were also the top eight qualifiers of the weekend. Perhaps a recipe from a new track layout? Chris Forsberg and Darren McNamara had such an awesome battle that Forsberg lost his passenger side door in the process of taking home 3rd place. Justin Pawlak spun on the follow run but clearly shows Justin is liking the new setup in his Ford Mustang.

1st. Daigo Saito
2. Justin Pawlak
3. Chris Forsberg
4. Darren McNamara

Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2013/06/22/2013-formula-drift-round-4-wall-speedway-results/


Formula D Championship Points standings after New Jersey [STANDINGS]

After a third consecutive podium, Daigo Saito is increasing his lead on a quest to win his second consecutive championship. After being knocked out in the top 16, both Vaughn Gittin Jr and Mike Essa lost ground on Saito in the points standings. Forsberg remains in fourth after his second podium this season, while Pawlak moves from 8th to 5th with his first podium of the season. Here’s how the points shape up after four events in the season:

Here’s how the points currently sit:

1. Daigo Saito                   361 points

2. Vaughn Gittin Jr.       300 points

3. Michael Essa                296.5 points

4. Chris Forsberg            286 points

5. Justin Pawlak              282.5 points

6. Fredric Aasbo             266.5 points

7. Darren McNamara     180.5 points

8. Daijiro Yoshihara      259.5 points

9. Aurimas ”Odi” Bakchis     221.5 points

10. Kenneth Moen               210 points

11. Ryan Tuerck               205 points

12. Matt Field                   199 points

13. Robbie Nishida         191.5 points

14. Chelsea Denofa          186 points

15. Conrad Grunewald   174.5 points

16. Tyler McQuarrie       143.5 points

16. Matt Powers               143.5 points

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