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2017 British Drifting Championship – Round 1 – Rockingham Motor Speedway [RESULTS]

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The British Drifting Championship kicked off the international schedule with their first round over the weekend at Rockingham Motor Speedway. Team Japspeed driver Matt Carter took out all competitors to claim the top step of the podium, while Oliver Evans won the ProAm competition on Saturday before beating most of the “Pro” competition on Sunday! Overall, it was a very competitive round, and the full competition was stream via Facebook and is currently still available on the BDC Facebook Page.

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

1st – Matt Carter
2nd – Oliver Evans
3rd – Marc Huxley
4th – Simon Perry

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/03/28/2017-british-drifting-championship-round-1-rockingham-motor-speedway-results/


2017 Just Drift Pro-Am Top Drift – Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Just Drift kicked off their 2017 Top Drift Pro Am series with more than 40 drivers attempting to qualify for the top 16 tandem eliminations. In the end, some familiar faces found their way to the top of the podium. Sean Adriano, who already has his 2017 Formula D Pro 2 license, took the win over Dominic Martinez in the final battle. Kyle Cameron found the final spot on the podium, surviving the tough tandem ladder to earn his first podium of the season. Just Drift consistently has contributed some of the best drivers to both the Formula D and Formula D Pro 2 grid, so it will b interesting to see who emerges as the top drivers from the season this year.

Here’s a look at the final results of Round 1 of the Top Drift ProAm series:

1st – Sean Adriano
2nd – Dominic Martinez
3rd – Kyle Cameron

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/03/28/2017-just-drift-pro-am-top-drift-round-1-results/


Fredric Aasbo to drive Toyota Corolla iM in Formula Drift for 2017

Fredric Aasbo debuted his Toyota Corolla iM today on the internet by recreating the opening scene of the famed Initial D series from Japan in his new car. Aasbo’s new car, built by Stephan Papadakis, maintains the same 2.7L 2AR-FE powerplant as his Scion tC, which should ease the transition between the two cars. While the Corolla iM seems like a short car due to the hatchback nature and lack of a rear bumper, the wheelbase is actually 1″ longer than the Toyota GT86 at 102.4″, so it shouldn’t face any of the twitchiness that shorter wheelbase cars sometimes face.

Here’s a great behind-the-scenes video of the car build by our friends over at Speed Academy. This video was shot back in January, when the car was still very naked, but there’s a lot of technical description of the build from Stephan Papadakis. Sounds like the suspension geometry is very similar to the tC, which will also aid in the car being competitive quickly.

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/03/27/fredric-aasbo-to-drive-toyota-corolla-im-in-formula-drift-for-2017/


Bridges Racing to support James Deane, Piotr Wiecek in addition to Dean Kearney for 2017

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Bridges Racing will be supporting both James Deane and Piotr Więcek for their 2017 Formula Drift campaign in addition to Dean Kearney. Bridges Racing has supported Kearney for the past five seasons, but has supported multiple drivers in past seasons including the championship season of Daigo Saito in 2012. Deane and Więcek’s entry into Formula Drift has been some of the biggest news in the off-season, and seeing them team up with a team that has operated logistics for multiple cars in Formula Drift can only be seen as an advantage that will let them focus on learning the new courses and judging criteria.

The Worthouse Nissan S15’s are already being prepped at Bridges Racing HQ in Huntington Beach since they landed last week, and will make their competitive debut this weekend at Long Beach.

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/03/27/bridges-racing-to-support-james-deane-piotr-wiecek-in-addition-to-dean-kearney-for-2017/


Formula DRIFT 2017 Pro Championship Season Kicks Off in 4 Days in Long Beach


Formula DRIFT 2017 Pro Championship Season Kicks Off in 4 Days in Long Beach

Long Beach, Calif. – March 27, 2017 – The Formula DRIFT Black Magic Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras will kickoff the 14th Pro Championship season beginning with Round 1: Streets of Long Beach in 4 days.

On March 31 – April 1, drifting will return to city streets in Long Beach, CA. 3-time Formula DRIFT champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Nissan 370Z will look to defend his championship and has teamed up with top driver Ryan Tuerck. Also joining forces this season will be Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Chelsea DeNofa, the winner of Round 1 last season, who will be piloting the second Ford Mustang RTR. Fredric Aasbo will aim for another championship in a brand new vehicle. Returning to the Series is top European contender, James Deane, who will be joined by top Polish driver Piotr Wiecek.

The event will also feature the AutoCon car show, vendor village, and open paddock for the fans. Each ticket holder will have access to their nearly 100 teams, displays, and vendors.

Tickets for events in Long Beach, Orlando, Atlanta, New Jersey, Montreal, Seattle, and Texas are on-sale now via www.formulad.com/tickets.

2017 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras Schedule

Round 1: O’Reilly Auto Parts Streets of Long Beach

March 31 – April 1 – Long Beach, CA, USA

Invitational: Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach**

April 7 – April 8 – Long Beach, CA, USA

Round 2: Unchartered Territory

April 28 – April 29 – Orlando, FL, USA

Round 3: Advance Auto Parts Road to the Championship

May 12 – May 13 – Atlanta, GA, USA

Round 4: Advance Auto Parts Gauntlet

June 2- June 3 – Wall, NJ, USA

Round 5: True North

July 14 – July 15 – Montreal, Quebec, CANADA

Round 6: Throwdown

August 4- August 5 – Monroe, WA, USA

Round 7: Showdown

September 8- September 9 – Texas, USA

Round 8: O’Reilly Auto Parts Title Fight

October 13 – October 14 – Irwindale, CA, USA

*Subject to Change

**Non-Championship Points Competition

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/fd-news/formula-drift-2017-pro-championship-season-kicks-off-in-4-days-in-long-beach/



Jeff Jones Racing of the US Formula Drift Championship Series is extremely proud to announce that we have partnered up with Edelbrock performance for the 2017 FD season.

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Jeff Jones Racing of the US Formula Drift Championship Series is extremely proud to announce that we have partnered up with Edelbrock performance for the 2017 FD season. We will be running the E-Force supercharger in our fully equipped race engine from CPR. The E-Force Supercharger will be on display under the hood and in the pits for the fans to get up close and personal.

“I am super excited to announce that I am bringing Edelbrock and the E-Force Supercharger into Formula Drift. I grew up seeing Edelbrock in magazines and now I get to represent them in the sport of drifting. I think we are a new generation of muscle heads jamming 500 to 800 HP into these small chassis and then going out and sliding them. I think that Edelbrock coming into the sport of drifting is just one more thing that solidifies how large drifting has become in the US. I also think that drifters and car builders of today will be happy to see Edelbrock is making parts that we can use for our daily drivers and our race cars.” Jeff Jones

“Edelbrock is excited to join the Jeff Jones Racing team for the 2017-18 Formula DRIFT seasons,” states Eric Blakely, Edelbrock Director of Advertising. “Edelbrock has been involved in many forms of racing since its inception 79 years ago. Formula DRIFT offers us a great opportunity for Edelbrock to showcase its E-Force line of superchargers. We look forward to working with Jeff and his team to help them accomplish their goals for this season.” Eric Blakely

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Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/jeff-jones-racing-of-the-us-formula-drift-championship-series-is-extremely-proud-to-announce-that-we-have-partnered-up-with-edelbrock-performance-for-the-2017-fd-season/


Fredric Aasbo to drive the all new Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM in Formula Drift. #RockstarD

Champion driver Fredric Aasbo and Papadakis Racing unveil new competition car

Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM to debut in Long Beach

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HAWTHORNE, California (March 27, 2017) — The most winning team in Formula Drift history surprised fans on Monday with the unveiling of their latest Formula Drift competition machine. Champion driver Fredric Aasbo will pilot the all-new Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM in the 2017 Formula Drift series.

“We know we kept people guessing in the off-season as we built our 2017 car, and we couldn’t be happier to finally have a chance to show it off,” said team owner Stephan Papadakis. “Corolla is an iconic nameplate in drifting and we’re proud to bring it back to the championship.”

The vehicle was unveiled in a short online video titled Rockstar D, a live-action, shot-by-shot remake of the opening credits of the cult Initial D anime series.

“So many of us who love drifting grew up watching Initial D and it was fantastic to take the car out into the mountains and pay tribute to drifting history,” said driver Aasbo, who is the 2015 Formula Drift world champion.

The rear-wheel drive Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM hatchback produces 1,000 nitrous-boosted horsepower from its four-cylinder turbocharged Toyota 2AR engine.

It features a four-speed dog-engagement transmission, a Borg Warner EFR turbo, AEM Infinity-8 fuel injection, and RS-R suspension. Custom-designed Dzine Unlimited fenders make room for sticky Nexen N’fera SUR4 tires on Motegi Technomesh D wheels.

Toyota Corolla last year celebrated its 50th anniversary of production and is a global best-seller. Fans will get their first chance to see the new Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM in person at the Formula Drift opener Friday (March 31) and Saturday (April 1) in Long Beach, California.

Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motorsport with an emphasis on car control. Drivers compete in knockout heats on a closed course, sliding sideways in trials judged on speed and style. With origins in Japan, it is one of the fastest growing forms of motorsport in the world.

The #RockstarD video is a frame-by-frame tribute to Initial D created by Papadakis Racing in co-operation with Rockstar Energy Drink and Bounty Content, produced by Jon Brewer and directed by DC Chavez. The Initial D series is distributed in the United States by Funimation.

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ABOUT FREDRIC AASBO:

Known for his flat-out style, Champion driver Fredric Aasbo has achieved 100-plus podium finishes on three continents over the past decade of competition. He returns to Formula Drift in 2017 for a full season. He finished second in the championship points last year.

In 2015, he scored four U.S. wins en route to the Formula Drift championship title and now holds the series record for most wins scored by a driver in a single season. Popular with fans, he was named “Fan Favorite of the Year” three years in a row (2012-2014).

Aasbo made his U.S. debut at a global drifting invitational in 2008 and turned heads as the winner of the 2010 Formula Drift Rookie of the Year title. Since then, he has charged through the drifting ranks around the world and is both a fan favorite and championship winner.

Originally from Ski, Norway, Aasbo now splits his time between his native country and Southern California. He campaigns a full international season, with competition stops in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

ABOUT PAPADAKIS RACING:

The Papadakis Racing team began drifting in 2004 and is the most winning team in Formula Drift history, earning the 2015 title with driver Fredric Aasbo, as well as back-to-back championship titles with driver Tanner Foust in 2007 and 2008. The Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM is the latest competition build from the Hawthorne, Calif., based team.

Team owner Stephan Papadakis is a legend of sport-compact racing who began building his reputation in the 1990s with the first front-wheel-drive, tube-chassis drag car in the U.S. The team earned multiple records and championships in the discipline, turning in elapsed times and trap speeds previously thought unattainable in front-drive drag cars. Papadakis’ successes in front-wheel drive were matched by his efforts in rear-wheel drive when he campaigned a Civic that became only the fifth car to join the NHRA’s Sport Compact 200 MPH club.

PAPADAKIS RACING IS SUPPORTED BY:

Rockstar Energy Drink (www.rockstarenergy.com); Nexen Tire (www.nexentireusa.com); Toyota (www.toyota.com); TRD (www.trdusa.com), Motegi Racing Wheels (www.motegiracing.com); AEM Electronics (www.aemelectronics.com); SPC Performance (www.spcperformance.com); Gatebil Event (www.gatebil.no) RS-R (www.rs-r.com); Torco Advanced Lubricants (www.torcousa.com); BorgWarner (www.borgwarner.com); CTEK (www.ctek.com); Berk Technology (www.berktechnology.com); AEM Induction (www.aemintakes.com); Alcon Brakes (www.alconusa.com)

ABOUT ROCKSTAR:

Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles — from athletes to rockstars. Available in over 25 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in more than 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through action sports, motor sports, and live music. For more information visit www.RockstarEnergy.com.

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Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/fd-news/fredric-aasbo-to-drive-the-all-new-rockstar-energy-drink-nexen-tire-toyota-corolla-im-in-formula-drift-rockstard/


TEAM FALKEN AMPS UP INVOLVEMENT FOR 2017 FORMULA DRIFT

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TEAM FALKEN AMPS UP INVOLVEMENT FOR 2017 FORMULA DRIFT
Team will support six drivers and becomes Official Tire Sponsor of series

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA  – In conjunction with the launch of the latest version of Falken Tires’ competition-winning performance tire, the AZENIS RT615K+, Team Falken, a two-time Manufacturer’s Champion in the Black Magic Formula Drift Pro Championship and the 2016 winner of the prestigious Tire Manufacturers Cup, will return to the popular series in 2017 with a strong field of six drivers.

Additionally, Falken Tires becomes the Official Tire Sponsor of Formula Drift and will further activate its involvement through dealer hospitality, spokesmodel meet greets, driver autograph signings and a learning center display through its Falken rig at most of the series eight rounds.

“We’re fully committed to extending our brand and legacy through this great series,” stated Nick Fousekis, Director, Motorsports Marketing and Events.  “Formula Drift has continued to flourish and Falken has grown with it.”

Among the drivers returning are Team Falken veterans, 2011 Formula D Champion Daijiro “Dai” Yoshihara and Justin “JTP” Pawlak.  Dai will field his Subaru BRZ and JTP is set to drive his Ford Mustang.  Additionally, two Falken-liveried teal and blue vehicles – both Nissan 240SXs – will be driven by Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis and Matt Field.

“Though they are Formula D rookies, it’s in name only, as we also will add James Deane, a five-time Irish Drift Champion and five-time European Drift champ, as well as Piotr Wieck, a three-time Polish Champion,” noted Jonathon Bradford, Falken Manager, Motorsports Events.  “Deane and Wieck will each pilot a Nissan Silvia S15, and all six drivers will run Falken RT615k+ tires.”

Added Steven Wong, Falken’s Supervisor of Motorsports Events, “We’re excited about the new season.  We’re intent on carrying the momentum we built from earning the Tire Manufacturer’s Championship last year, as well as winning the last three events of the 2016 season.”

The first round of eight will begin at on the streets of Long Beach, March 31-April 1, 2017, and continue on to conclude at Irwindale Speedway, October 13-14.

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/team-falken-amps-up-involvement-for-2017-formula-drift/


Falken Tire Returns to Formula DRIFT with Six Drivers in 2017

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Falken Tire, winner of the 2016 Tire Manufacturers Cup has returned to Formula DRIFT as the Official Tire Sponsor of Formula DRIFT.

In addition, they have announced six drivers competing on Falken Tires in the series this year; veterans Daijiro ‘Dai’ Yoshihara and Justin ‘JTP’ Pawlak, the return of the famous Falken Tire teal and blue liveries for Matt Field and Aurimas ‘Odi’ Bakchis, and Europeans James Deane and Piotr Wieck.

Falken Tire will also be offering additional activation at events in the form of dealer hospitality, spokesmodel meet  greets, drier autograph signings, and a learning center display through its Falken rig at most of the 8 rounds.

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/03/23/falken-tire-returns-to-formula-drift-with-six-drivers-in-2017/


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