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Formula Drift Road Atlanta – 2017 By What Monsters Do

When it comes to tracks on the Formula Drift schedule, there are none better than Road Atlanta. Automotive action happens the entire time youÆre there from nearly sun up to sun down, and well into the night. ItÆs why fans always look forward to it and it makes for an amazing, party-like atmosphere. It also helps that, despite not being an oval track, fans can see nearly everything thanks to the bowl structure of the turn 10/keyhole complex. This is Road Atlanta and here is what you missed by not being there.

Drifting is a sport of the senses û the sight of cars getting sideways, the smell of burnt rubber, the sound of cars pushing maximum horsepower, and sometimes even the taste of spent race gas. ItÆs quick, itÆs dirty, and it just pulls you in even if you try to resist. ItÆs why it works so well in a confined environment like most of the oval tracks Formula Drift visits. ItÆs the same reasons people love monster trucks and thatÆs not a knock on the series. The fans are there for the entertainment of automotive action.

 

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/formula-drift-road-atlanta-2017-by-what-monsters-do/


Formula DRIFT Orlando Coverage by Boostiao

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Orlando Speed World is one of our most preferred Formula Drift championship stops, although it looks like a “simple” transition layout after its long banking is a challenge for all teams.

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It is also the first date of the interesting category PRO2! Here Travis Reeder shows us that you can finish the course even if you lose a rubber.

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Luis Lizardi would reach the top position of the classifier in the PRO2 but would fall in the first round of qualifiers of the top 16.

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Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/events/formula-drift-orlando-coverage-by-boostiao/


Formula DRIFT Atlanta 2017 By Super Street Magazine

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In the aftermath of James Deane’s improbable victory at Round 1 of the 2017 Formula DRIFT Championship in Long Beach, Calif., this past April, a lot of drifting fan boiz got all excited because it looked like new blood in a JDM rocket was coming to America to shake things up (a la Daigo Saito in 2012). We got the impression e-thugging contrarians were dancing in the streets over the season opening shocker. But then Round 2 in the oval at Orlando Speed World happened in early May and, on the surface anyway, Deane looked fallible, even human, as the podium was nothing but past FD champions. Fast forward another couple weeks, though, to Round 3 at Road Atlanta and the Irish wheelman changes the story again.

In Long Beach, Deane had to take out a couple of past champions and a couple of could-be champions in his first Formula D action in seven years. In Braselton, Ga., he had to contend again with thrice series champ Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink 370Z — the second time in three events — while also dispatching heavyweights Ken Gushi in the Greddy Performance 86, Matt Field in the Falken Tire S14, Alec Hohnadell in the Urban Air Initiative S14, and finally fellow Irishman and pal Dean Kearney in the Oracle Lighting Viper. Trust us when we say this has been no cakewalk for the Worthouse pilot.

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Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/events/formula-drift-atlanta-2017-by-super-street-magazine/


China Drift Championships Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Note: Terry Henderson, who previously put on the Drift Buffet events in Southern California, has been living in China for several years now. He reached out to us and asked that we put some coverage up of some of the events he’s involved in. The below post was written by Terry and posted on his behalf.

Round one of the China Drift Championships took place the weekend of May 12-14th  in Wuhan, China. The event featured 3 different classes of competition – A group – The top tier of drivers. B group ( similar to Pro 2 in FD ) and the Super group –  combining all drivers together with international drivers as well.The judges for the CDC are : Terry Henderson and Wang Feng along with special guest judge Ryan Litteral.

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B group was a mixed basket with some drivers really showing a lot of potential and a bright future while a few seems to be struggling just to keep the car out of the wall. The class was dominated by female driver Gao Xuan as she battled all the way to first place in her A31.

1st place – Gao Xuan
2nd Place – Wang Xiao Wei
3rd place – Li Xu Min

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A group saw many returning veterans and a few new comers from B group last year. The final four was all out battle and saw a surprising turn of events with favorite Wang Qi making an error and settling for 3rd place.

1st Place – Yang Li Feng
2nd Place – Tang Wen Jun
3rd Place – Wang Qi

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The Super group was also an amazing battle with Wang Qi narrowly defeating Yoichi Immamura in the finals. Han Yue battled hard to take the final spot on the podium.

1st Place – Wang Qi
2nd Place – Yoichi Immamura
3rd Place – Han Yue

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/05/29/china-drift-championships-round-1-results/


2017 JustDrift Top Drift ProAm Round 2 – Horsethief Mile [RESULTS]

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The second round of the Top Drift ProAm series took place on the Horsethief Mile course at Willow Springs International Raceway. It was a beautiful day at the track, with some great tandem battles all around! The final podium featured some new names, which is always good to see as the diversity of drivers keeps the tandem action interesting.

Here are the final results from Round 2 of the Top Drift competition:

1st – Tim Cobb
2nd – Alex Grimm
3rd – Luke Pakula

Photo Credit : AmDrift

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/05/29/2017-justdrift-top-drift-proam-round-2-horsethief-mile-results/


2017 Southwest Drift ProAm Round 2 – Pikes Peak Raceway [RESULTS]

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The Southwest Drift series ventured to Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado for Round 2 of their Formula D Pro Am series. The Vegas Drift crew runs the Southwest Drift ProAm, and has done a good job of giving up and coming drivers a variety of courses and some regional travel to get them better prepped for the Pro 2 level. This round was judged by Ernie Fixmer, Joe Tardiff, and Danny George. There were some weather challenges, but the entire competition was finished before any major issues.

Here are the results from Southwest Drift Round 2:

1st: Raz Naor
2nd: Steve Mass
3rd: Andrew Schulte

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/05/28/2017-southwest-drift-proam-round-2-pikes-peak-raceway-results/


DriftGP Round 1 – French Grand Prix at Tours Speedway [RESULTS]

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The first event of the DriftGP series in Europe, which is operated by Drift Allstars, took place at Tours Speedway in Tours, France just 100 km from LeMans. The competition featured competitors from all over Europe, including several top drivers from Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and nearly 20 drivers from France. Fredrik Øksnevad from Norway was the top qualifier in his V8-powered Toyota Soarer. In the end, local driver Benjamin Boulbes defeated Steve “Baggsy Biagioni to take the event win, which received a loud roar from the crowd when announced. The next round of the DriftGP series will take place at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, UK on June 24th and 25th.

Here are the final results from Drift GP Round 1:

1st – Benjamin Boulbes – FR – GT Radial Tires
2nd – Steve “Baggsy” Biagioni – UK – Monster Energy
3rd – Andrius Vasiliauskas – Lithuania – Turbo Systems / Zestino Tires

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/05/28/driftgp-round-1-french-grand-prix-at-tours-speedway-results/


2017 Formula Drift Round 3 – Road Atlanta [GALLERY]

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It was an amazing weekend under the lights at Road Atlanta that was all captured by Valters Boze who put together this amazing photo gallery from the event. James Deane took another victory while the Europeans managed to sweep the entire podium at this difficult and challenging course. Enjoy all the pictures.

View the Gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wreckedmagazine/albums/72157684119767076

Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/05/24/2017-formula-drift-round-3-road-atlanta-gallery/


2017 Lonestar Drift ProAm Round 3 – Gulf Greyhound Park [RESULTS]

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David Mesker won the 3rd round of Lonestar Drift ProAm, which took place at Gulf Greyhound Park. Mesker is fresh off of a trip to Ebisu in Japan, and his tandem skills look much improved. Harrison Johnson, who dominated the Lonestar ProAm last season by winning three of eight rounds, took home second place.

Here’s a look at the final results from Lonestar Drift Round 3:

1st – David Mesker
2nd – Harrison Johnson
3rd – Bryan Mckay

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/05/22/2017-lonestar-drift-proam-round-3-gulf-greyhound-park-results/


2017 IRISH DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2 – Drift on the Docks [RESULTS]

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Jack Shanahan continues his dominance of the Irish Drifting Championship with a win at IDC Round 2, held at the docks of Dun Laoghaire. The track was a custom one-off build for IDC, and the tight course over cobblestone roads was pretty exciting to watch despite being much lower speed than what we’re used to seeing. Shanahan defeated Chris Brady in the final, which was an acceptable finish for Brady given that he had only started building his competition car earlier in the week.  DealWidth driver Brian Egan earned 3rd place, defeating Joe Doyle in the consolation battle. The series will shift back to Mondelo for the Global Warfare event on July 1st and 2nd.

Here’s a look at the final results from Round 2:

1st – Jack Shanahan
2nd – Chris Brady
3rd – David Egan
4th – Joe Doyle

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/05/21/2017-irish-drift-championship-round-2-drift-on-the-docks-results/


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