It’s been a very busy summer of Speedhunting for me.
I haven’t updated these pages with many photos from the Formula Drift season thus far as I figured Paddy has been telling some great stories from the paddock while following the Worthouse Drift Team closely. I always like to take a different approach when there’s more than one Speedhunter at the same event shooting the same subjects, and for FD I really wanted to focus on the visual beauty and the powerful emotions behind the motorsport. With that said, here are 100 of my favorite shots from the past four events, with a few captions added here and there.
It’s been a crazy season so far with Fredric Aasbø and James Deane at each other’s throats.
For the Worthouse team, it’s proved to be massively effective having cars that are 95 percent identical.
Get ready for a fun-fueled time on 26 August, 5pm to 9pm as #SingaporeGP and Singapore Airlines jointly organise Racing Hearts to raise funds for Community Chest at the F1 Pit Building.
Catch drifting demonstrations by professional Formula DRIFT drivers led by Kenshiro Gushi, get the ultimate photo opportunity with the supercar & luxury car display and vintage car display, challenge your friends in go-karts and a whole lot more!
The speed at which the 2017 Formula Drift season is passing, is frightening. It feels like only a couple of weeks ago that James Deane and Piotr Więcek shared their plan to compete a full FD campaign in 2017, but in reality, it was 10 months back. By the time the Irwindale final comes around in October, it will have been over a year since the decision was made.
From the outside, expectations have been high for the newest team in the paddock. In particular, expectations for what James would achieve in his first season have been astronomical. It hasn’t been quite that straight-forward, but what the Worthouse Drift Team have achieved in what has only ever been intended as a learning year, has far exceeded even their own expectations.
When I caught up with the team in Monroe last week, James was narrowly leading the points standings with Piotr being miles ahead of his nearest rival for Rookie of the Year honours.
The cars had been transported from the previous round in Montreal, all the way back to the Bridges Racing workshop in Huntington Beach, California, before making the long drive north along PCH to Washington state. While at Bridges, both cars were checked over, and in Piotr’s case, repaired after his run in with the wall at the Autodrome St-Eustache.
The 2017 Formula Drift season is now well on the later half of the championship now that Round 6 in Seattle has concluded. For 11 years FD has been visiting Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. Sitting Just outside of Seattle, it is by far one of the favorites on the series schedule, given it has not only a high speed bank after the initiation zone, but allows for several dramatic zones as the course wraps up. Evergreen Speedway already had smoke in the air from the nearby wildfires, and Round 6 surely wasn’t about to help the situation. Odi Bakchis won Seattle last year, would he repeat in front of the packed house? Let’s recap and find out.
Formula DRIFT is extremely saddened by the recent news of the closing of Irwindale Speedway, which will take place on January 31, 2018. Irwindale Speedway, also known as “The House of Drift,” has been an integral part of the history of not only our Series, but the sport of drifting. The venue is the birthplace of American drifting and global drifting, having hosted the first large-scale competition back in 2003.
Since then, Irwindale Speedway has been the location for the Formula DRIFT Pro Championship Finals, with a champion crowned at the conclusion of each season. It will be difficult to replace such an iconic track and location in the heart of Southern California, but the Series has been anticipating this announcement for quite some time. We will disclose more information during our annual SEMA press conference in November. Until then we look forward to closing out the 2017 season in style at what will become a historic and monumental event.
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