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Daigo Saito vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. at Road Atlanta Gave Me A Flashback Where the Judges Made a Different Call

I know everyone is up in arms about the Michael Essa Vs. Corey Hosford tandem battle (we have a guest blogger coming to Wrecked for a post about it hopefully soon) and the Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Fredric Aasbo Monster Truck battle which Vaughn Gittin Jr. has guest blogged about on the site already. The tandem round that upset me the most by far over the weekend was the Vaughn Gittin Jr. versus Daigo Saito tandem run in the Final Four.

Sadly a video by video comparison is a little tricky since I cannot embed the single Final four tandem battle but bare with me a little. In case you need to relive the Daigo vs. Vaughn battle you can watch it here starting at 2 hour 18 minute mark for the first run and 2 hour 32 minutes for Run 2.  (http://new.livestream.com/FormulaDrift/ATL/videos/18598397)

Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Jim Guthrie (Wall 2011) – Run 1 (Vaughn Leads / Jim Guthrie Chase)
If you watched the video above basically you notice that Jim Guthrie is following Vaughn Gittin Jr. and spins out creating a score we can imagine of a 0.He manges to put some following together but just ends up getting phased and spinning in the Rx-7. Vaughn puts down a respectable qualifying lead run and winds up with an advantage.

Daigo Satio vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Road Atlanta 2013) – Run 1 (Daigo Leads / Vaughn Chase)
Daigo Saito and Vaughn Gittin Jr. go into the first turn together and Vaughn after the hill miscalculates something and winds up spinning out trying to keep up with Daigo Saito. We can imagine that Vaughn Gittin Jr. has scored a 0 and given Daigo Saito an advantage for the second run.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Jim Guthrie (Wall 2011) – Run 2 (Vaughn Follows / Jim Guthrie Leads)
Jim Guthrie while leading puts together a somewhat respectable run while we see Vaughn Gittin Jr. cupcake the crap out of the tandem battle by following at times over six car lengths behind Jim Guthrie. While we are sure everyone assumed Jim Guthrie was going to spin again he ended up making it through the whole course. Below I show you how each judge made the call but it ended up being a One More Time so we can assume they have issued Vaughn Gittin Jr. a 0 for “cup-caking” (not following agressive) putting the round at a draw.

Daigo Satio vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Road Atlanta 2013) – Run 1 (Daigo Follows / Vaughn Leads)
Vaughn Gittin Jr. just straight up left Daigo Saito in the dust on this run. Lets face it, the Lexus SC430 with over 1000whp and nitrous isn’t getting “left” by anyone in this series when following in tandem. Somehow Daigo Saito didn’t manage to get docked quite as significant with a 0 allowing two judges to select him to move on. We basically negated Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s second lap performance and promoted the idea of not putting on a show for the fans.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Jim Guthrie (Wall 2011) – How the Judges Voted
Andy Yen- One More Time
Ryan Lanteigne- One More Time
Tony Angelo – Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Daigo Satio vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Road Atlanta 2013) – How the Judges Voted
Andy Yen- Daigo Saito
Ryan Lanteigne- Daigo Saito
Brian Eggert- One More Time

It just blew my mind that Ryan and Andy managed to do a complete flip in voting (Tony and Brian are different people so it makes a hard comparison). I have heard from several people in the paddock that Brian Eggert has been getting tons of “crap” about his call for One More Time but it seems to be far more consistant of a call than allowing Daigo to cruise into the finals. If you actually take the time to watch the videos the runs look very very similar  I know you cannot exactly pull a screen grab and make some witty meme about this one but it is something to think about.

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2013/05/15/daigo-saito-vs-vaughn-gittin-jr-at-road-atlanta-gave-me-a-flashback-where-the-judges-made-a-different-call/


Daigo Saito vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. at Road Atlanta Gave Me A Flashback Where the Judges Made a Different Call

I know everyone is up in arms about the Michael Essa Vs. Corey Hosford tandem battle (we have a guest blogger coming to Wrecked for a post about it hopefully soon) and the Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Fredric Aasbo Monster Truck battle which Vaughn Gittin Jr. has guest blogged about on the site already. The tandem round that upset me the most by far over the weekend was the Vaughn Gittin Jr. versus Daigo Saito tandem run in the Final Four.

Sadly a video by video comparison is a little tricky since I cannot embed the single Final four tandem battle but bare with me a little. In case you need to relive the Daigo vs. Vaughn battle you can watch it here starting at 2 hour 18 minute mark for the first run and 2 hour 32 minutes for Run 2.  (http://new.livestream.com/FormulaDrift/ATL/videos/18598397)

Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Jim Guthrie (Wall 2011) – Run 1 (Vaughn Leads / Jim Guthrie Chase)
If you watched the video above basically you notice that Jim Guthrie is following Vaughn Gittin Jr. and spins out creating a score we can imagine of a 0.He manges to put some following together but just ends up getting phased and spinning in the Rx-7. Vaughn puts down a respectable qualifying lead run and winds up with an advantage.

Daigo Satio vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Road Atlanta 2013) – Run 1 (Daigo Leads / Vaughn Chase)
Daigo Saito and Vaughn Gittin Jr. go into the first turn together and Vaughn after the hill miscalculates something and winds up spinning out trying to keep up with Daigo Saito. We can imagine that Vaughn Gittin Jr. has scored a 0 and given Daigo Saito an advantage for the second run.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Jim Guthrie (Wall 2011) – Run 2 (Vaughn Follows / Jim Guthrie Leads)
Jim Guthrie while leading puts together a somewhat respectable run while we see Vaughn Gittin Jr. cupcake the crap out of the tandem battle by following at times over six car lengths behind Jim Guthrie. While we are sure everyone assumed Jim Guthrie was going to spin again he ended up making it through the whole course. Below I show you how each judge made the call but it ended up being a One More Time so we can assume they have issued Vaughn Gittin Jr. a 0 for “cup-caking” (not following agressive) putting the round at a draw.

Daigo Satio vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Road Atlanta 2013) – Run 1 (Daigo Follows / Vaughn Leads)
Vaughn Gittin Jr. just straight up left Daigo Saito in the dust on this run. Lets face it, the Lexus SC430 with over 1000whp and nitrous isn’t getting “left” by anyone in this series when following in tandem. Somehow Daigo Saito didn’t manage to get docked quite as significant with a 0 allowing two judges to select him to move on. We basically negated Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s second lap performance and promoted the idea of not putting on a show for the fans.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Jim Guthrie (Wall 2011) – How the Judges Voted
Andy Yen- One More Time
Ryan Lanteigne- One More Time
Tony Angelo – Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Daigo Satio vs. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Road Atlanta 2013) – How the Judges Voted
Andy Yen- Daigo Saito
Ryan Lanteigne- Daigo Saito
Brian Eggert- One More Time

It just blew my mind that Ryan and Andy managed to do a complete flip in voting (Tony and Brian are different people so it makes a hard comparison). I have heard from several people in the paddock that Brian Eggert has been getting tons of “crap” about his call for One More Time but it seems to be far more consistant of a call than allowing Daigo to cruise into the finals. If you actually take the time to watch the videos the runs look very very similar  I know you cannot exactly pull a screen grab and make some witty meme about this one but it is something to think about.

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2013/05/15/daigo-saito-vs-vaughn-gittin-jr-at-road-atlanta-gave-me-a-flashback-where-the-judges-made-a-different-call/


Simon Schaffner Shows off his 2013 Drift Mania Nissan [SPYSHOTS]

A brand new year for Simon Schaffner in Canada is going to be led by this SR20 powered 240sx. The car is a nice grey with teal accents and prepares Simon to compete in the 2013 season. If you aren’t familiar with the French Canadian driver here is a look at his all teal 240sx from last season before an engine overhaul. The Drift Mania season kicks off in just at two weeks time at Montmagny!

Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2013/05/15/simon-schaffner-shows-off-his-2013-drift-mania-nissan-spyshots/


Simon Schaffner Shows off his 2013 Drift Mania Nissan [SPYSHOTS]

A brand new year for Simon Schaffner in Canada is going to be led by this SR20 powered 240sx. The car is a nice grey with teal accents and prepares Simon to compete in the 2013 season. If you aren’t familiar with the French Canadian driver here is a look at his all teal 240sx from last season before an engine overhaul. The Drift Mania season kicks off in just at two weeks time at Montmagny!

Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2013/05/15/simon-schaffner-shows-off-his-2013-drift-mania-nissan-spyshots/


[ARTICLE] Drift: Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta | Pt 1 by What Monsters Do

Formula Drift Round 2 Atlanta

Most of us who follow Formula Drift around the country would agree, if you only had one round you could attend in the season, round 2 at Road Atlanta would be the one. One of, if not the most energetic Formula Drift crowd in the series combined with an awesome track with a crazy fast entry, can only make for an exciting event. Formula Drift’s first ever event took place here at Road Atlanta. Road Atlanta also built horse shoe part of the track specifically for Formula Drift. It’s one thing to convince a professional race track to host a drift event (specially in 2004), it takes exceptional foresight to make an addition to the course specifically for it. Anyway, Friday’s qualifying session gave a good feeling of what was to come for the weekend! Coming off an exceptional performance in Long Beach, Fredric Assbo came out swinging during qualifying to take the number one spot with a score of 90.5.

 

Formula Drift round 2 atlanta 2013 Photo by Alex Nunez BMW

Michael Essa, known for his backwards entries at this track, did not disappoint with one of the most exciting qualifying runs of the day.

Formula Drift Atlanta Justin Pawlak Ford Mustang Photo by Alex Nunez

Justin Pawlak had a great qualifying run and ended up qualifying in the number three spot.

Chelsea DeNofa at Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta BMW photo by Alex Nunez

Another driver with a great showing in Long Beach was Chelsea DeNofa who finished round 1 in 4th place. Always an exciting “all out” driver and ended up qualifying 4th. He had power issues during his tandem run and was knocked out during Top 32.

Nate Hamilton at Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta photo by Alex Nunez

After some disappointing rear end issues in Long Beach, Nate was eager to get back on track to give his fans some exciting runs. After a spin out and a visit to the gravel during practice, Nate came through when it counted most and qualified 27th. Nate looked awesome in both of his qualifying runs but those rear end issues came back to haunt him during Top 32 the following day. Nate was put against McNamara for his first Top 32 tandem battle but was not able to get to the line handing DMac the win.

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Article source: http://www.formulad.com/blog/2013/behind-the-scenes/article-drift-formula-drift-round-2-at-road-atlanta-pt-1-by-what-monsters-do/


2013 Midwest Drift Union Round 1 at Lucas Oil Raceway [GALLERY]






Here are some photographs from the Round 1 weekend at Midwest Drift Union which took place over at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana. The photographs were taken by Jason Carroll who also shot the No Star Bash for us. Follow along the action from a Pro Am weekend that is breeding some of the new drifting stars of the future from the midwest.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=340

Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2013/05/14/2013-midwest-drift-union-round-1-at-lucas-oil-raceway-gallery/


2013 Streetwise Drift Round 1 at Gresham Motorsports Park [RESULTS]

The Streetwise Drift series kicked off this weekend the day after Formula Drift Round 2 with a big event at Gresham Motorsports Park. Kelsey Rowlings who we interviewed in Issue 25 qualified 6th but spun out in her Top 16 tandem run. Brandon Wicknick left Road Atlanta on Saturday and landed a much more desirable fourth place in the Pro Am Round. The biggest scoop of the weekend is Alec Holendell who we are told has been driving less than one year and is still in high school managed to land a big second place finish! Sounds like he is one to keep an eye on for the next few years. Here is how the results finished up:

1st Brad Heyl
2nd Alec Hohandell
3rd Ron Ewerth
4th Brandon Wicknick

Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2013/05/14/2013-streetwise-drift-round-1-at-gresham-motorsports-park-results/




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