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FIA International Drifting Cup roster is released

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FIA World Drifting Cup released their roster of 26 drivers today. From the list, seven drivers have Formula Drift ties. Current Formula Drift competitors Michael Essa, Matt Field, and Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis will be competing at the first event, scheduled to happen on September 30th and October 1st in Japan. Past competitors Charles Ng, Daigo Saito, and Masashi Yokoi are also scheduled to compete. 2009 and 2010 Formula Drift Asia champion Tengku Djan Ley will also be returning to competition for this event. Djan Ley has been away from drifting for a few years, but will be returning to compete in this monumental event. Also of note, Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni will also be competing. Biagioni was awarded a Formula Drift license for the 2017 season, but ended up not competing. He later put out a pretty impressive viral video dubbed “Monster Drift 2” with Daigo Saito earlier this year.

Who are you most excited to watch in this event?

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/08/21/fia-international-drifting-cup-roster-is-released/


Drifting demonstrations by Formula DRIFT drivers at the REV UP Singapore festival organized by Singapore GP and Singapore Airlines on Aug 26.

Get ready for a fun-fueled time on 26 August, 5pm to 9pm as #SingaporeGP and Singapore Airlines jointly organise Racing Hearts to raise funds for Community Chest at the F1 Pit Building.

Catch drifting demonstrations by professional Formula DRIFT drivers led by Kenshiro Gushi, get the ultimate photo opportunity with the supercar luxury car display and vintage car display, challenge your friends in go-karts and a whole lot more!

Formula DRIFT demonstration

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Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/drifting-demonstrations-by-formula-drift-drivers-at-the-singapore-gp/


Drifting demonstrations by Formula DRIFT drivers at the REV UP Singapore festival organized by Singapore GP and Singapore Airlines on Aug 26.

Get ready for a fun-fueled time on 26 August, 5pm to 9pm as #SingaporeGP and Singapore Airlines jointly organise Racing Hearts to raise funds for Community Chest at the F1 Pit Building.

Catch drifting demonstrations by professional Formula DRIFT drivers led by Kenshiro Gushi, get the ultimate photo opportunity with the supercar luxury car display and vintage car display, challenge your friends in go-karts and a whole lot more!

Formula DRIFT demonstration

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Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/drifting-demonstrations-by-formula-drift-drivers-at-the-singapore-gp/


Drifting demonstrations by Formula DRIFT drivers at the Singapore GP

Get ready for a fun-fueled time on 26 August, 5pm to 9pm as #SingaporeGP and Singapore Airlines jointly organise Racing Hearts to raise funds for Community Chest at the F1 Pit Building.

Catch drifting demonstrations by professional Formula DRIFT drivers led by Kenshiro Gushi, get the ultimate photo opportunity with the supercar luxury car display and vintage car display, challenge your friends in go-karts and a whole lot more!

Formula DRIFT demonstration

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Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/drifting-demonstrations-by-formula-drift-drivers-at-the-singapore-gp/


Deane x Więcek: One Step Closer by Speedhunters

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The speed at which the 2017 Formula Drift season is passing, is frightening. It feels like only a couple of weeks ago that James Deane and Piotr Więcek shared their plan to compete a full FD campaign in 2017, but in reality, it was 10 months back. By the time the Irwindale final comes around in October, it will have been over a year since the decision was made.

From the outside, expectations have been high for the newest team in the paddock. In particular, expectations for what James would achieve in his first season have been astronomical. It hasn’t been quite that straight-forward, but what the Worthouse Drift Team have achieved in what has only ever been intended as a learning year, has far exceeded even their own expectations.

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When I caught up with the team in Monroe last week, James was narrowly leading the points standings with Piotr being miles ahead of his nearest rival for Rookie of the Year honours.

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The cars had been transported from the previous round in Montreal, all the way back to the Bridges Racing workshop in Huntington Beach, California, before making the long drive north along PCH to Washington state. While at Bridges, both cars were checked over, and in Piotr’s case, repaired after his run in with the wall at the Autodrome St-Eustache.

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Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/deane-x-wiecek-one-step-closer-by-speedhunters/


Things Heat Up At Formula Drift Seattle By What Monsters Do

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The 2017 Formula Drift season is now well on the later half of the championship now that Round 6 in Seattle has concluded. For 11 years FD has been visiting Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. Sitting Just outside of Seattle, it is by far one of the favorites on the series schedule, given it has not only a high speed bank after the initiation zone, but allows for several dramatic zones as the course wraps up. Evergreen Speedway already had smoke in the air from the nearby wildfires, and Round 6 surely wasn’t about to help the situation. Odi Bakchis won Seattle last year, would he repeat in front of the packed house? Let’s recap and find out.

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Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/things-heat-up-at-formula-drift-seattle-by-what-monsters-do/


10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Seattle

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10. This Battle Was Worth the Price of Admission

Watching DeNofa and Vaughn Gittin put on a wild show in the Mustang’s made my event. The battle was clean, straight up, and was insanely close car to car contact. My biggest disappointment of this battle is that the judges didn’t call OMT. If you want to create a new drift fan just sit them down and have them watch this battle. I hope they meet again before this season is over. If you ever wanted an argument to make Formula Drift a spec series this would be exhibit A in your evidence folder.

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9. Castro Has It Still in this 86
The progress of J Castro has been one of the most fun things to watch in Formula Drift over the last several seasons. His victory against Deane is still one of my favorite battles of this year. His defeat against Aasbo was a close one and without the contact he could of pushed his teammate to a OMT or loss in that battle in my opinion. If he can dial back that aggressive tandem just a bit and avoid contact he is top 5 driver with his form.

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8. Matt Coffman!!!!!
He is just a driver who quietly grows and learns more and more as time passes in Formula Drift. His battle against Kristaps Bluss had one of the best lead runs of the night. He is just like Castro and just needs that little extra sauce to really be competitive in Formula Drift at a high level. If Dai Yoshihara wasn’t so in the zone at Seattle he could of found his way to the podium at Evergreen Speedway.

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7. Fredric Aasbo Let the Championship Slip Through His Hands
If you care about the championship chase it was pretty crucial that Aasbo beat Deane in the final battle and it didn’t happen. Aasbo now sits 57 points behind Deane with just two rounds left. It is clearly not impossible to make up that points gap but he made it quite harder for himself by not taking the win in Seattle.

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6. Dirk Stratton Has Built the Drift Car of the Future
The drifting car of the future is always a question that has great debate in the drift community. The 240sx was probably one of the best ROI investment opportunities of a lifetime if you bought one 10 years ago and you are set to wonder how the drifting world will look in the future? One can argue the Ford Mustang has had quite the momentum in the drifting sport over the last five years. General Motors might just have the answer in the form of the Corvette. They depreciate quite well and have tons of aftermarket support and you can even argue they look much better than the Mustang. Also, no LS swap required – haha. Also, Dirk Stratton looked like pure insanity in this car over the Seattle weekend.

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5. Dai Yoshihara Looked so Good but Lacks Consistency
Dai looked great all weekend and pushed the practically unbeatable James Deane to a tough OMT battle that I think he could of even won on that first call. I get pumped when he can put it together but sadly at this point in his career that seems like one or two rounds a season. Not sure what he needs to work on this off season but he clearly has the talent to win another championship but he needs to execute those talents more often. When Dai has it together he looks amazing on course.
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4. Forgettable Forsberg
I know you cannot be great all the time but Forsberg is having a season to forget that never seems to end. He landed seven podiums last season and this year hasn’t come within seven places of a podium practically. His turbo car might be a failed experiment and just time to step back into the V8 car again? I’m not sure what the issue is on his team but he needs to fix something and fast. I also don’t want to take away from J Castro as he did an insanely good job to win his tandem battle!

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3. Pro 2 is Restoring my Faith in the Future
Drifting still faces some major issues here in America. Our progression curve in the sport can be easily identified when you look at the Formula Drift championship standings with one American in the top five. The gaps between Pro Am and Pro 2 need to be identified and addressed at some point. Pro 2 this round was a good quality feeder series event. Guys rode the bank wall and showed up with gorgeous looking builds. Some drivers have even surprised me with their talents this season including Travis Reeder and Matt Vankirk.

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2. Odi Bakchis Becoming my Least Favorite Driver Round by Round
I don’t know what Odi Bakchis has changed this season but geez can the guy just keep his foot on the gas pedal? Every tandem battle I watch with this guy he is getting run into left and right. Acceleration zone means gas and deceleration means no gas. I am glad I am not the only one who has noticed this issue as Ryan Lanteigne touched on the very issue he had with Odi Bakchis driving in Canada on the last Maximum Driftcast.

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1. Bye Bye Bluss
We basically watched Kristaps Bluss lose his chance at a championship this weekend. With Aasbo and Deane making it into the finals he now has a 146 point gap behind James Deane. Statistically he is still in the running but that will likely change with Texas in the books unless he can finish about 40 points over Aasbo and Deane in Texas. I thought he would make a late run at the championship and be the wild card nobody was thinking about. It looks like Bluss can blame Coffman for his missing championship in the future.

Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/08/12/10-things-i-learned-from-formula-drift-seattle/


Statement by Formula DRIFT in Regards to Announcement of Irwindale Speedway Closing

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Formula DRIFT is extremely saddened by the recent news of the closing of Irwindale Speedway, which will take place on January 31, 2018. Irwindale Speedway, also known as “The House of Drift,” has been an integral part of the history of not only our Series, but the sport of drifting. The venue is the birthplace of American drifting and global drifting, having hosted the first large-scale competition back in 2003.

Since then, Irwindale Speedway has been the location for the Formula DRIFT Pro Championship Finals, with a champion crowned at the conclusion of each season. It will be difficult to replace such an iconic track and location in the heart of Southern California, but the Series has been anticipating this announcement for quite some time. We will disclose more information during our annual SEMA press conference in November. Until then we look forward to closing out the 2017 season in style at what will become a historic and monumental event.

For more information visit: www.formulad.com.

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Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/fd-news/statement-by-formula-drift-in-regards-to-announcement-of-irwindale-speedway-closing/


In The Moment: Throwdown For The Title Article by Speedhunters

A championship isn’t won in the final rounds, but it most certainly can be lost.

We’ve just wrapped Thursday practice at the sixth round of the 2017 Formula Drift championship at Evergreen Speedway, north of Seattle. Going into this event, the title race is still technically wide open, but I think that in reality, there are three main contenders.

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At the top of the standings, in his first full Formula Drift season, is James Deane. With two wins so far in 2017, Deane has been top of the points standings since round three at Atlanta. It’s more than he ever could have dreamed of, considering that this year was intended as a recce year for the Worthouse Drift Team.

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Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/in-the-moment-throwdown-for-the-title-article-by-speedhunters/


FORMULA DRIFT X IDLEWERKS Car Show at Texas Motor Speedway

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We are now accepting registration for IDLEWERKS at Formula Drift Texas to be held at on September 9, 2017 at Texas Motor Speedway. IDLEWERKS is the car show platform section of Formula Drift Texas.

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Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/formula-drift-x-idlewerks-car-show-at-texas-motor-speedway/


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