Mechanical meltdowns, carnage, and a track surface that switched from grippy to grip-less in the blink of an eye – the fifth round of the 2015 Formula Drift Pro championship held in Seattle, Washington, had it all.
But at the end of five tough rounds of battle competition, it was our very own Fredric Aasbø who stood atop the podium at Evergreen Speedway. The win, following on from a third place qualifying performance from ‘The Norwegian Hammer’, catapults Aasbø to the top of the points with just two rounds in the Stateside Pro series left to play out.
Friday’s qualifying session saw Norway’s Kenny Moen take control with an 89 scorecard, followed by Ryan Tuerck in second and Aasbø in third – both scoring 87. It was a promising start for Tuerck who came into the round leading the championship, but it just as quickly turned sour when the Retaks Scion FR-S driver blew a diff in his Airforce Top 32 battle against Geoff Stoneback.
Evergreen Speedway sits around 45 minutes Northeast of Seattle in the city of Monroe, and is home to the annual Washington State fair. In years past, Evergreen has awarded the first Formula Drift career podium or event win to more drivers than any other event, continued last season by Dean Kearney earning his first career podium.
Formula DRIFT Round 5: Throwdown Results;
Fredric Aasbo Takes the Victory and the Lead in the Standings
Long Beach, Calif. – July 25, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Evergreen Speedway for Round 5: Throwdown. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC takes the victory and lead in both the Pro Championship and World Championship standings.
Round 5: Throwdown provided plenty of on-track action and excitement for the capacity crowd at Evergreen Speedway. With shifting weather conditions, the drivers had to make constant adjustments throughout the weekend making for a technical competition. Over 330,000 fans tuned into the Driftstream over the weekend to see the action unfold.
“This was quite an event as we witnessed the consistency of Aasbo to take the victory and see the talents of a young driver in Alec Hohnadell to reach his first podium,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “This event saw a shakeup in the Pro Championship standings, which will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out.”
The semi-finals saw Alec Hohnadell in the 11 Racing Nissan S14 go against veteran Justin Pawlak in the Roush Performance / Car Crafters Ford Mustang. Hohnadell advanced to the Finals with both drivers receiving a double zero on the second run of their battle and having the advantage on the first run. Pat Goodin in the Enjuku Racing / Falken Tire Nissan S13 lost out to the consistent driving of Fredric Aasbo. Pawlak finished in third place with the higher qualifying position than Goodin. The rain began to pour into the Finals and Aasbo proved that he can handle the wet conditions taking his second consecutive victory and his third victory of the season. Aasbo moves into the top position in both the Pro Championship and World Championship standings. Hohnadell earned second place for his first career Pro Championship podium.
“What a wild rollercoaster of an event,” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 5: Throwdown. “It was wet, it was dry, it was intermediate and I think growing up on the snowy, frozen lakes of Norway was a huge advantage. We kept it cool and ended up with the win and are exactly where we want to be leading the points championship.”
The 2015 Formula DRIFT season will continue to Round 6: Showdown on August 21-22 at Texas Motor Speedway. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.
Round 5: Throwdown Event Results
|1. Aasbo, Fredric||Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC||Winner|
|2. Hohnadell, Alec||11 Racing Nissan S14||2nd Place|
|3. Pawlak, Justin||Roush Performance / Car Crafters Ford Mustang||3rd Place|
|4. Goodin, Pat||Enjuku Racing / Falken Tire Nissan S13||4th Place|
|5. Field, Matt||CX Racing / Yokohama Nissan S14||5th Place|
|6. Saito, Daigo||Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R||6th Place|
|7. McQuarrie, Tyler||Mobile 1 / GoPro Chevrolet Camaro||7th Place|
|8. Gittin, Vaughn||Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR||8th Place|
|9. Moen, Kenny||Bridges Racing / Achilles / Gatebil Nissan S14||9th Place|
|10. Gushi, Ken||GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S||10th Place|
|11. Forsberg, Chris||NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||11th Place|
|12. Denofa, Chelsea||BC Racing / Chelsea DeNofa Motorsports / GT Radial BMW||12th Place|
|13. Essa, Michael||SLP Performance / Yokohama Tire Chevy Camaro||13th Place|
|14. Whiddett, Mike||RedBull / Mobil 1 Mazda “Radbul”||14th Place|
|15. Coffman, Matt||Coffman Racing Nissan S13||15th Place|
|16. Stoneback, Geoff||Achilles Radial / Parts Shop Max / Enkei Nissan S14||16th Place|
2015 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by GoPro Top 3 Standings After Five Rounds
|1. Aasbo, Fredric||Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC||373.00 Points|
|2. Tuerck, Ryan||Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S||297.00 Points|
|3. Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis||Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Nissan 240SX||293.00 Points|
Manufacturers Championship Standings After Five Rounds
|1. Scion||785.00 Points|
|2. Nissan||417.00 Points|
|3. Ford||407.00 Points|
|4. Chevrolet||300.00 Points|
|5. Mazda||225.00 Points|
|6. Dodge||170.00 Points|
|7. Infiniti||159.00 Points|
|8. BMW||139.00 Points|
|9. Toyota||105.00 Points|
Tire Championship Standings After Five Rounds
|1. Hankook||751.00 Points|
|2. Nitto||516.00 Points|
|3. Achilles||510.00 Points|
|4. Falken||485.00 Points|
|5. Yokohama||447.00 Points|
|6. Maxxis||401.00 Points|
|7. GT Radial||266.00 Points|