Long Beach, Calif. – September 29, 2015 – Formula DRIFT announced today the cancellation of the final round of the World Championship that was originally scheduled for December 2015 in southern China.
The Formula DRIFT team has been working very hard to make this event a new and exciting part of our Series, but unfortunately Irena World and Goldenport Enterprises did not meet their contractual obligations. Our ability to operate events depends on the mutual effort of our partners and without that, we cannot put our sponsors, teams and employees at any unwarranted risk.
Due to the cancellation, Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway will be the final round of the World Championship and will be worth double points for the World Championship contenders. We will also still honor our World Championship prize purse.
Thursday night October 1, Irwindale’s own Formula DRIFT open practice sessions will resume on the course that the entire civilized world now knows as the legendary “House of Drift” … aka: Irwindale Speedway right at the top of the 605 freeway.
2015’s action-packed Thursday night under-the-lights practices will be held monthly with events now set for:
Each of the Thursday night sessions will start with a (public invited) technical inspection for the competition vehicles at 3PM and drift practice will run flat out from 4 to 8PM. The fan gates open at 4PM and there’s plenty of close-free parking.
Open to the public (fans can watch from the stands and visit the pits as well) admission is only $10 per person. These will be nights when fans can see some of the best of the best getting tuned-up for the 2015 season as well as catching the acts of some of new, upcoming Drift talent as they test their driving skills and machines against the established pros.
Anyone can run their properly-equipped* car for $75 and they can register right at the track on Thursday night.
September 10, 2015 – Scion presents Formula DRIFT Canada entered Autodrome St. Eustache for the 8th Round of the inaugural Formula DRIFT World Championship. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire / Scion tC take the victory to extend his World Championship points lead.
Formula DRIFT Canada at Autodrome St. Eustache was the second world championship round outside of the U.S. Thousands of fans came to witness the on-track action from 39 drivers that represented 8 different countries including the home country of Canada.
“Canada has shown to be a valuable market for the Sport and the Series. The fans here proved once again that they are some of the most enthusiastic fans in the world,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The drivers awarded the fans with a dynamic and dramatic competition.”
The semi-finals pitted two World Championship contenders, Fredric Aasbo and Matt Field in a battle against each other. A mechanical issue with Field’s car caused a sudden power shut off which forced his car to straighten out giving Aasbo the win to advance to the finals. The other semi-final match-up was an all-Canadian battle between two Quebec locals, Tomy Boisvert-Bellemare in his Signature KCS Nissan S13 and Marc Landreville in his Perry Performance Nissan S14. Bellemare edged out Landreville to get to the finals to face World Championship points leader Aasbo.
In the final head-to-head battle, Boisvert-Bellemare challenged Aasbo with aggressive and close driving. Both drivers were near perfect in their lead and chase run, but a slight correction by Bellemare helped the judges make the unanimous decision giving Aasbo the victory.
“Hats off to all the local competitors who welcomed us to their home and put on an amazing show here this weekend in St. Eustache,” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Formula DRIFT Canada. “The win here was the icing on the cake and great momentum for the team as we head into Irwindale next month.”
The 2015 Formula DRIFT World, Pro, and PRO2 Championships will continue to Irwindale Speedway: Final Fight on October 9-10 just outside of Los Angeles, California. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebookand Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.
Formula DRIFT Canada: Autodrome St. Eustache Event Results
|1. Aasbo, Fredric||Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC||Winner|
|2. Boisvert-Bellemare, Tomy||Signature KCS Nissan S13||2nd Place|
|3. Field, Matt||CX Racing / Yokohama Tire Nissan S14||3rd Place|
|4. Landreville, Marc||Perry Performance Nissan S14||4th Place|
|5. Ng, Charles||Maxxis / Sparkplug . com / Speedhunters Infiniti G37||5th Place|
|6. Wang, Forrest||Get Nuts Lab Nissan S15||6th Place|
|7. Kearney, Dean||Oracle Lighting / Achilles Motorsports Dodge Viper||7th Place|
|8. Ovcharik, Miro||N/A||8th Place|
|9. Laflamme, Jeff||Chez Dan Mechanic Lexus IS||9th Place|
|10. Cyr, Pat||Eneos Oil / Yokohama Tire Scion FR-S||10th Place|
|11. Bakchis, Odi||Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX||11th Place|
|12. Nishida, Robbie||Achilles Radial Infiniti G37S||12th Place|
|13. Baribeau, Mats||Gold in The Net Toyota Mark II||13th Place|
|14. Guitard, Jonathan||Lacroix Tuning / Go Fast Lexus SC||14th Place|
|15. Grosselin, Alex||Redline Auto Aesthetics / Hyperforme Nissan S14||15th Place|
|16. Patinka, Bob||Patinka Motorsports / BC Racing Nissan S13||16th Place
2015 Formula DRIFT World Championship Standings
|1. Aasbo, Fredric||Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC||587.00 Points|
|2. Bakchis, Odi||Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX||432.00 Points|
|3. Field, Matt||CX Racing / Yokohama Tire Nissan S14||331.00 Points|