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Formula DRIFT Round 2: Unchartered Territory Results

Formula DRIFT Round 2: Unchartered Territory Results;

Fredric Aasbo is Victorious

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Long Beach, Calif. – April 29, 2017 – Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras returned to Orlando for Round 2: Unchartered Territory. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM takes the victory and moves into the lead in the standings.

“This season is shaping up to be very entertaining and competitive one,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The standings were shaken up after the last round with only 55 points separating the Top 7 drivers.”

Round 2: Unchartered Territory at the Orlando Speed World was an action packed event from start to finish. An estimated 1 million viewers tuned into the Livestream and were treated to a highly competitive event.

The semi-finals became a battle of champions with four past champions competing for the top spot. 2011 Formula DRIFT champion and number one qualifier, Dai Yoshihara in the Falken Tire / Turn 14 Distribution Subaru BRZ faced off against 2013 champion, Michael Essa, in the Achilles Tire / Essa Autosport BMW M3. In a very tight battle, Essa edged Yoshihara to advance to the finals. 2010 champion, Vaughn Gittin, in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR went up against 2015 champion, Fredric Aasbo. A very close and technical chase run by Aasbo sealed the win to advance into the finals. In the finals, Aasbo found his groove and managed to take advantage of a small mistake by Essa to secure the victory and move into the top of the 2017 Pro Championship standings.

“What an incredible win! We only built this car over the off season and to get this first win after only the second time out is amazing.” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 2: Unchartered Territory. “Today it all came together especially in that Top 4 battle with Vaughn Gittin Jr. and that was my highlight of the day showing that I can chase really close and getting this first win in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM is huge.”

The action continues to Round 3: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta on May 12-13. For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaDrift, and Snapchat – formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Round 2: Unchartered Territory Event Results

1. Aasbo, Fredric

Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM

Winner

2. Essa, Michael

Achilles Tire / Essa Autosport BMW M3

2nd Place

3. Yoshihara, Dai

Falken Tire / Turn 14 Distribution Subaru BRZ

3rd Place

4. Gittin, Vaughn

Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR

4th Place

5. Tuerck, Ryan

Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Toyota 86

5th Place

6. Kearney, Dean

Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper

6th Place

7. Castro, Jhonnattan

Gerdau Metaldom / Nexen Tire Toyota 86

7th Place

8. Hohnadell, Alec

Urban Air / Hoonigan / Nexen Tire Nissan 240

8th Place

9. Deane, James

Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan Silvia

9th Place

10. Bluss, Kristaps

HGK / Mast / Motul / Wisefab BMW E46

10th Place

11. Forsberg, Chris

NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z

11th Place

12. Hamilton, Nate

Team Enjuku / BC Racing / Hankook Tire Nissan 240

12th Place

13. Field, Matt

Falken Tire / Vapetasia / ARK Performance Nissan 240

13th Place

14. Moore, Cameron

Nameless Performance / BN Sports / Nexen Tire Toyota 86

14th Place

15. Wiecek, Piotr

Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan Silvia

15th Place

16. Mohan, Kyle

Built 2 Apex / Mazdatrix / KMR 2016 Mazda MX-5

16th Place

2017 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 2 Events

1. Aasbo, Fredric

Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM

158.00 Points

2. Deane, James

Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240

142.00 Points

3. Tuerck, Ryan

Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Toyota 86

122.00 Points

2017 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 2 Events

1. Toyota

280.00 Points

2. Ford

159.00 Points

3. BMW

119.00 Points

4. Dodge

103.00 Points

5. Nissan

87.00 Points

6. Mazda

34.00 Points

2017 Tire Championship Standings After 2 Events

1. Falken

281.00 Points

2. Nexen

260.00 Points

3. Achilles

222.00 Points

4. Hankook

209.00 Points

5. Nitto

208.00 Points

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/formula-drift-round-2-unchartered-territory-results/



Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Round 1 Orlando Results

Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Round 1 Orlando Results;
Hometown Hero Kevin Lawrence Takes the Victory

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Long Beach, Calif. – April 28, 2017 – The Formula DRIFT PRO 2 season kicked off in Orlando Speed World. The hometown favorite, Kevin Lawrence in the Enjuku Racing / BC Racing / Hankook Tire Nissan 240 takes home the victory.

PRO 2 kicked off the season in sunny Orlando, Florida with the first of four competitions. The action packed event had many highlights throughout the day and showcased the talent of the rising stars of the sport.

“The level of talent within the PRO 2 rankings is quite impressive,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “What started as a stepping stone for many American drifters has now blossomed into an international field of drivers competing at a high level for their chance at a Pro license and the chance to drive against the best drifters in the world.”

The quarter-finals featured door to door action that was often too close to call. The competition between Brandon Schmidt and Kevin Lawrence had two “One more time,” battles with Lawrence eventually getting the call to move into the Finals. In the other half of the quarter-finals, Travis Reeder met Josh Robinson and in one of the most exciting moments of the day, Reeder while having a debeaded tire managed to maintain drift to move into the Finals, while Robinson secures the third place finish. In a close final battle, the Orlando native, Lawrence was able to edge out Reeder to get the victory and take the lead in the PRO 2 points standings.

“I couldn’t do this without the support of my team and partners including Enjuku Racing, Hankook Tire, BC Racing, Competition Clutch and Konig wheels and without these guys I wouldn’t be out here driving, ” said Kevin Lawrence, winner of PRO 2: Orlando. “To all my team that is just here throughout the day – changing tires and just sweating it out with me is all I can ask for.”

Formula DRIFT continues to Round 3: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta on May 12-13. For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaDrift, and Snapchat – formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Formula DRIFT PRO 2: Orlando Results

1. Lawrence, Kevin Winner
2. Reeder, Travis 2nd Place
3. Robinson, Josh 3rd Place
4. Schmidt, Brandon 4th Place
5. Waters, Randall 5th Place
6. Goble, Brody 6th Place
7. Stratton, Dirk
7th Place
8. Szilveszter, Gyorgy 8th Place
9. Lizardi, Luis
9th Place
10. Beechum, Trenton
10th Place
11. Rowlings, Kelsey 11th Place
12. Kiriakopoulos, George
12th Place
13. Vankirk, Matt
13th Place
14. George, Danny 14th Place
15. Meeks, Austin
15th Place
16. Brockway, Donovan 15th Place

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/fd-news/formula-drift-pro-2-round-1-orlando-results/


Formula DRIFT Round 2 – Orlando Livestream Schedule

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TOMORROW! At 11:30 AM Eastern Standard Time, we will be going live for PRO qualifying of #FDOrlando! Watch the livestream via www.formulad.com/live

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/fd-news/formula-drift-round-2-orlando-livestream-schedule/



2017 Middle East Drift Championship – Round 3 Dubai [RESULTS]

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While the North American drift season is just getting started, the Middle East has been in full swing to avoid events in the hot summer months. For Round 3 of the Middle East Drift Championship, a custom track was built at Al Wasl Sports Club which showcased the Dubai skyline as a backdrop for the event. 25 drivers showed up from all over Europe, with the top five drivers being very close in qualifying scores. Championship leader Khalifa bin Sultan Al Nahyan took the top qualifying spot, with Dany Neville taking P2 and UAE driver Mohammed Al Mansoori earning P3.

In what was the battle of the night, Dmitriy Illyuk pushed Khalifa bin Sultan Al Nahyan to a pair of “One More Time” battles in the Top 8 before Illyuk emerged victorious, a win that shook up the championship points battle drastically. Mohammad Al Khaiat, who also was near the top of the table in the championship standings prior to this event, would also bow out in the top 8. In the end, Illyuk took home the victory after surviving a total of 4 “One More Time” battles in the tandem brackets, catapulting him into championship contention.

Middle East Drift Championships will be on summer break until November. Until then, the top 4 drivers sit just 15 points away from each other in the championship table.

Here are the results from Middle East Drift Championship Round 3:

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/04/26/2017-middle-east-drift-championship-round-3-dubai-results/


2017 Irish Drift Championship Round 1 – Mondello [RESULTS]

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The 2017 Irish Drifting Championship started off at the iconic Mondello Motorsport Park, just outside of Dublin. With James Deane off competing in Poland, and Alex Heilbrunn not able to make the planned trip to compete in the McnSport S13 loaner car, this weekend’s competition appeared to be up for grabs. Jack Shanahan would take the top step on the podium in his Nissan S14, eliminating Anthony Galvin in the final round. Jack’s kid brother Conor Shanahan would win the semi-pro competition on Saturday (which granted him entry into the Pro competition) and take the final step on the podium by eliminating Gary Dunne in the consolation round.

Oh, and as a reminder, Jack Shanahan is 17 years young. His kid brother, Conor, is only 14 years old. To say there’s a youth movement in the Irish Drifting Championships is quite the understatement.

Here are the results from Round 1 of the Irish Drift Championships at Mondello:
1st – Jack Shanahan
2nd – Anthony Galvin
3rd – Conor Shanahan
4th – Gary Dunne

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/04/23/2017-irish-drift-championship-round-1-mondello-results/


Chris Forsberg Set to Return to Backup Car for Orlando

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Forsberg has announced that this long hyped VQ engine cannot hold together still and he will be back in his backup V8 car for Orlando.  A huge bummer they cannot figure out this motor package and possibly bit off more than they thought with this ambitious project? This sure doesn’t feel like a championship team that cannot debut a new car after two Formula Drift rounds. I have to imagine they have a plan to get back on track by Atlanta or possibly be way far behind in points for a repeat championship.

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/04/23/chris-forsberg-set-to-return-to-backup-car-for-orlando/


2017 DriftMasters GP Round 1 – Tor Poznań [RESULTS]

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James Deane has done it again, winning yet another competition. This week, Deane took the win at the Driftmasters Grand Prix event in Poland. Deane was piloting his 2JZ-powered Falken Tire / Budmat Auto S14, taking out several top drivers in a tough Top 32 competition. Deane was the top qualifier out of nearly 50 drivers in addition to the event winner. Deane’s Budmat Auto and Worthouse teammate Piotr Wiecek qualified third, but was taken out in the top 8 by Michal Reichert. The series will continue on to Nurburgring for round 2 on May 12th and 13th, which is the same weekend as Formula Drift Atlanta meaning Deane and Wiecek will miss that event. No other rounds conflict with the Formula Drift schedule, so both drivers may make a serious run at the championship.

Here’s a look at the final results from Driftmasters GP Round 1:

1st Place: James Deane
2nd Place: Adam “Rubik” Zalewski
3rd Place: Ivo Cīrulis
4th Place: Bartosz Stolarski

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/04/22/2017-driftmasters-gp-round-1-tor-poznan-results/



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