After what was perhaps the longest Formula Drift Top 16 on record – a total of nine One More Time calls pushing the battles out to nearly four hours – Masashi Yokoi has taken the top podium spot at Texas Motor Speedway behind the wheel of his 2JZ-powered D-MAX S15 Silvia.
Formula DRIFT Round 6: Showdown Results;
Rookie Masashi Yokoi is Victorious
Long Beach, Calif. – August 23, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Texas Motor Speedway for Round 6: Showdown. Japanese rookie Masashi Yokoi in the D-MAX Nissan S15 earns his first Formula DRIFT victory. The championship will be determined at the Series finale on October 10.
Round 6: Showdown was an action packed event weekend. The new course configuration at Texas Motor Speedway proved to be challenging and highly competitive for the drivers. With only one event remaining in the 2015 season a champion will be crowned at the season finale at Irwindale Speedway. Over 400,000 fans tuned in live throughout the event weekend on the Driftstream.
“Texas has some of the most diehard fans as they braved the heat to see the action through the weekend and were rewarded with intense drifting action,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “With only one event remaining, the season will come to climatic conclusion to end a remarkable year.”
Points leader and number one qualifier, Fredric Aasbo lost in the Great 8 opening the chase for the championship up to the rest of the field. Aasbo will head into the championship with a considerable lead of 80 points. The semi-finals had Daigo Saito in the Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R face against his close friend Ken Gushi in the GReddy Performance / Hankook Tire Scion FR-S. Gushi was able to outdrive his opponent on his way to his third podium of the season. Yokoi battled Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z. Yokoi beat the former champion to head into the Finals. The Finals were close with the rookie Yokoi being awarded the win by the judges for his first podium and victory in Formula DRIFT. Gushi’s second place finish moves him into second place overall.
“I wanted to come out and show the Japanese style of driving and really worked hard in the tandem battles,” said Masashi Yokoi, winner of Round 6: Showdown. “In the end I wasn’t able to show everything that I wanted, but I’m really happy to get the victory.”
The 2015 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship season will conclude at Round 7: Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway on October 9-10. 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 6: Showdown Event Results|
|1. Yokoi, Masashi||D-Max Nissan S15 Silvia||Winner|
|2. Gushi, Ken||GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S||2nd Place|
|3. Forsberg, Chris||NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||3rd Place|
|4. Saito, Daigo||Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R||4th Place|
|5. Aasbo, Fredric||Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC||5th Place|
|6. Moen, Kenny||Bridges Racing / Achilles / Gatebil Nissan S14||6th Place|
|7. Hohnadell, Alec||11 Racing Nissan S14||7th Place|
|8. Yoshihara, Dai||Falken Tire / Turn 14 Distribution Subaru BRZ||8th Place|
|9. Whiddett, Mike||RedBull / Mobil 1 Mazda “Radbul”||9th Place|
|10. Tuerck, Ryan||Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S||10th Place|
|11. Wang, Forrest||Get Nuts Lab Nissan S15||11th Place|
|12. Kearney, Dean||Oracle Lighting / Achilles Motorsports Dodge Viper||12th Place|
|13. Bluss, Kristaps||HGK Motorsport BMW 3 Series||13th Place|
|14. Evans, James||SIKKY Racing Nissan 350Z||14th Place|
|15. Ng, Charles||Maxxis / Sparkplugs.com / Speedhunters Infiniti G37||15th Place|
|16. Castro, Jhonnattan||E3 / Hankook / Progresso Nissan 350Z||16th Place|
|2015 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by GoPro Top 3 Standings After Six Rounds|
|1. Aasbo, Fredric||Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC||428.00 Points|
|2. Gushi, Ken||GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S||348.00 Points|
|3. Tuerck, Ryan||Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S||332.00 Points|
|Manufacturers Championship Standings After Six Rounds|
|1. Scion||924.00 Points|
|2. Nissan||555.00 Points|
|3. Ford||447.00 Points|
|4. Chevrolet||337.00 Points|
|5. Mazda||248.00 Points|
|6. Infiniti||211.00 Points|
|7. Dodge||204.00 Points|
|8. BMW||157.00 Points|
|9. Toyota||123.00 Points|
|Tire Championship Standings After Six Rounds|
|1. Hankook||905.00 Points|
|2. Achilles||643.00 Points|
|3. Nitto||570.00 Points|
|4. Yokohama||569.00 Points|
|5. Falken||557.00 Points|
|6. Maxxis||470.00 Points|
|7. GT Radial||302.00 Points|
Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Texas Motor Speedway Results;
Alex Heilbrunn Takes the Victory and Secures PRO 2 Championship
Long Beach, Calif. – August 21, 2015 – Formula DRIFT PRO 2 continued to Texas Motor Speedway for the third of four rounds of competition. Alex Heilbrunn takes the victory and secures the PRO 2 championship heading into the final event of the season.
PRO 2 continued to Fort Worth, TX at Texas Motor Speedway for the third round of the 2015 season. With only one event left in the PRO 2 season, Heilbrunn has taken a dominant point lead to earn the PRO 2 championship by finding the podium in each of three PRO 2 rounds. The competition between second and fourth in the standings is more competitive with only 8 points separating the three drivers. The top eight finishers in PRO 2 will earn their Formula DRIFT Pro license.
“It will be exciting to see the outcome for PRO 2 at Irwindale,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “Eight drivers will be eligible for a Formula DRIFT pro license at the end of the season. The 2nd PRO 2 season has proven to be intensely competitive. We are looking forward to having these young drivers enter the Pro Championship next season.”
The final battle had the number one qualifier and PRO 2 points leader, Alex Heilbrunn in the IMR BMW 3-Series faced Cameron Moore in the VIP Performance / Falken Tire Lexus SC300. Heilbrunn out drove his opponent on his way to his third podium of the season. Jeff Jones in the DNA Motoring Nissan S14 finished the event in third place.
“It was a crazy round, but everything worked out,” said Alex Heilbrunn, winner of Round 3 of 4 events of PRO 2 Championship. “The team has been amazing and I can’t thank them enough and we are on the podium again!”
The 2015 Formula DRIFT PRO 2 season will continue to Round 7: Final Fight at Irwindale 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.