Formula DRIFT Round 7: Showdown Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 7: Showdown Results;

Matt Field Earns His First Career Victory

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Long Beach, Calif. – September 10, 2016 – Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to Texas for Round 7: Autozone Showdown presented by Black Magic.  Matt Field in the Falken Tire / Driftcave Motorsports Nissan 240 takes his first ever victory.

Texas Motor Speedway played host for the action packed event. With only one event until the final event of the season the drivers put it all on the line in their chase for the championship.  Heading into the event only 15 points separated the Top 3 drivers.

“The competition tonight showcased the diversity and talent of the driver pool,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT.  “We had a mix of past champions and young guns drive their hearts out at a very high level on a challenging and competitive course.”

The event was highly competitive with many battles often too close to call for the judges leading to several “one more time” calls.  In the Great 8, returning champion Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC, who entered the event second in points by only five points faced the 2-time champion and point leader, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z.  This battle was significant for the championship chase.  An over correction by Aasbo opened the door for Forsberg to enter the semi-finals.

Forsberg met the young gun, Alec Hohnadell in the Enjuku / Get Nuts Lab / Nexen Tire Nissan 240, in the semi-finals.  Hohnadell had car issues throughout the competition, which got the best of him helping to advance Forsberg into the Finals.  Matt Field faced Kristaps Bluss in the HGK / Mast / Motul / Achilles BMW M3.  A major mistake by Bluss on his chase run took him off course to give Field the win.  Forsberg and Field met in the Finals.  Forsberg drove aggressive, but that lead to him running into Field and that ultimately gave Field his first Formula DRIFT victory.  This marks Forsberg’s sixth consecutive podium and he now leads the chase for the championship by 36 points with one event remaining.

“I knew we could do it, it took a little while, but we are there,” said Matt Field, winner of Round 7: Showdown.  “We did it. We got the “W.”  Thank you to everybody.”

The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 8: O’Reilly Auto Parts Title Fight sponsored by Gumout on October 7-8, 2016 at Irwindale Speedway.  For more information visit,www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaD, and Snapchat – formula_drift.  Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Round 7: Showdown Event Results

 

1. Field, Matt Falken Tire / Driftcave Motorsports Nissan 240 Winner
2. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 2nd Place
3. Hohnadell, Alec Enjuku / Get Nuts Lab / Nexen Tire Nissan 240 3rd Place
4. Bluss, Kristaps HGK / Mast / Motul / Achilles Tire BMW M3 4th Place
5. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC 5th Place
6. Bakchis, Aurimas Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Hyundai Genesis 6th Place
7. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire Nissan 240 7th Place
8. Whiddett, Mike Red Bull / Nitto Tire Mazda MX5 8th Place
9. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 9th Place
10. Tuerck, Ryan Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook SR by Toyota FRS 10th Place
11. Gushi, Ken GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota 86 11th Place
12. McQuarrie, Tyler Mobil 1 Chevy Camaro 12th Place
13. Yoshihara, Dai Falken Tire / Turn 14 Subaru BRZ 13th Place
14. Pawlak, Justin Roush Performance Ford Mustang 14th Place
15. Stoneback, Geoff CFR / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 15th Place
16. Essa, Michael Loudmouth Exhaust / Achilles Tire BMW M3 16th Place
 

2016 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 7 Events

1. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 503.00 Points
2. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC 467.00 Points
3. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 443.00 Points
 

2016 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 7 Events

1. SR by Toyota 828.00 Points
2. Nissan 677.00 Points
3. Ford 639.00 Points
4. BMW 441.00 Points
5. Mazda 314.00 Points
6. Chevrolet 258.00 Points
7. Dodge 221.00 Points
8. Infiniti

9. Lexus

209.00 Points

140.00 Points

 

2016 Tire Championship Standings After 7 Events

1. Nexen 915.00 Points
2. Falken 905.00 Points
3. Hankook 817.00 Points
4. Nitto 683.00 Points
5. Achilles 621.00 Points
7. GT Radial 356.00 Points

Formula DRIFT PRO2 Round 3 at Texas Motor Speedway Results

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Formula DRIFT PRO2 Round 3 at Texas Motor Speedway Results;

Marc Landreville Takes the Win and a Commanding Lead in the Standings

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Long Beach, Calif. – September 9, 2016 – Formula DRIFT PRO2 presented by BlackVue entered Dallas, Texas for Round 3 at Texas Motor Speedway. Marc Landreville in the Perry Performance Nissan 240 took his second consecutive PRO2 victory to increase his lead for the PRO2 championship with only one event remaining this season.

Texas Motor Speedway hosted Round 3 of the PRO2 Championship. The action packed evening saw Dirk Stratton in the Lingenfelter Performance Corvette C6 face Trenton Beechum in the Falken Tire / JoyHollywood Ford Mustang in the semi-finals. Stratton spun on the first run and made a few more errors in the second run helping to send Beechum into the Finals. Landreville met Andrew Lewis on the other side of the bracket and outdrove his opponent to move into his second consecutive Finals. In the Finals, Beechum lacked consistency in his driving, which helped Landreville take the victory and ultimately the points lead.

“This was a great battle. Last weekend we had issues with the car and this weekend it ran perfect,” said Marc Landreville, winner of PRO2 Round 3. “My team did a great job and we took the win. I was leading only by a couple points and now have a good lead going into the final round so there’s less pressure and we can have fun and just do what I need to do on the track.”

The 2016 Formula DRIFT PRO2 Championship will continue to Round 4 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, AZ on September 30 – October 1, 2016. For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaD, and Snapchat – formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

PRO 2 Round 3 Event Results

1. Landreville, Marc

Perry Performance Nissan 240

Winner

2. Beechum, Trenton

Falken Tire / JoyHollywood Ford Mustang

2nd Place

3. Lewis, Andrew

Andrew Lewis Racing Nissan 240

3rd Place

4. Stratton, Dirk

Lingenfelter Performance Chevy Corvette C6

4th Place

5. Hull, Taylor

Aloha Green Tea Hawaii Asphalt Anarchy Nissan 240

5th Place

6. Jones, Jeff

DOC Racing Nissan 240

6th Place

7. Meeks, Austin

Committed Service Brands / Meeks Drift Nissan 240

7th Place

8. Waters, Randall

8th Place

9. Hamilton, Nate

Enjuku Racing / Fortune Auto Built Nissan 240

9th Place

10. Litteral, Ryan

Ryan Litteral Racing Nissan 240

10th Place

11. Brockway, Donovan

Red Baron Racing BMW E30

11th Place

12. Lawrence, Kevin

Enjuku Racing Nissan 240

12th Place

13. McGuire, Josh

Enjuku Racing / Fortune Auto Built Nissan 240

13th Place

14. Madrigali, Matt

Matt Madrigali Racing Nissan 240

14th Place

15. Nian, Sheng Ng

Powervehicles Toyota Chaser

15th Place

16. Rowlings, Kelsey

Kaizen Performance / Ford Performance Parts Nissan 240

16th Place

2016 Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Championship Standings After 3 Events

1. Landreville, Marc

Perry Performance Nissan 240

296.00 Points

2. Jones, Jeff

DOC Racing Nissan 240

230.00 Points

3. Lewis, Andrew

Andrew Lewis Racing Nissan 240

170.00 Points

Formula DRIFT Japan Round 3 / World Championship Round 8 Results

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Formula DRIFT Japan Round 3 / World Championship Round 8 Results;

Andrew Gray Takes the Victory and Chris Forsberg Moves to the Top of the World Championship Standings

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Long Beach, Calif. – August 23, 2016 – Formula DRIFT Japan presented by G-Shock returned to the Okayama International Circuit for Round 3 of the Formula DRIFT Japan Championship / Round 8 of the World Championship. Andrew Gray battled to victory to solidify his defense of his 2015 Formula DRIFT Japan title. Chris Forsberg moves atop the World Championship Standings.

The famed Okayama International Circuit, home to previous Formula One events, hosted the event round. Andrew Gray took the victory through consistent driving at the historic track.

“The whole weekend I focused on being consistent and to take each battle as it came,” said Andrew Gray, winner of Formula DRIFT Japan Round 3. “I never play it safe, but the team helped me out to get the win in the end.”

The highly competitive event saw a new driver enter the field. 2-time Formula DRIFT champion, Chris Forsberg, set his sights on securing a Formula DRIFT World Championship. After a One More Time battle with second place finisher Kazuki Hayashi, Forsberg failed to reach the podium, but secured a healthy lead in the overall chase for the World Championship.

“I’m really happy with where I finished this weekend. It was a grueling event where I had to deal with lots of travel as well as trying to figure out how to drive at a high level on the other side of the car, but with my Top 16 finish, I have put my campaign for the World Championship in a good position,” said Chris Forsberg.

The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 7: Showdown on September 9-10, 2016 at Texas Motor Speedway. For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaD, and Snapchat – formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Formula DRIFT Japan Round 3 / Formula DRIFT World Championship Round 8 Event Results

1. Gray, Andrew Team Kazama with Powervehicles Toyota JZX100 Chaser Winner
2. Hayashi, Kazuya T-Select HID Shingen w/DMAX Nissan Silvia
2nd Place
3. Kasahara, Masaki Team Masaki Nissan S15 Silvia 3rd Place

2016 Formula DRIFT World Championship Standings

1. Forsberg, Chris
NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z
453.00 Points
2. Whiddett, Mike Redbull / Nitto Tire / TCP Magic RX7
264.00 Points
3. Field, Matt Falken Tire / Driftcave Motorsports Nissan 240
258.00 Points

Formula DRIFT Round 6: Throwdown Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 6: Throwdown Results;
Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis Takes the Victory to Shake Up the Standings

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Long Beach, Calif. – August 6, 2016 – Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to Monroe, Washington for the sixth round of competition. Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis in the Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Tire Hyundai Genesis is Victorious.

Evergreen Speedway hosted Round 6: Throwdown in the Pacific Northwest. The action packed event showcased some of the closest battles to date. The competition was fierce as many of the high ranked drivers were taken out early in the competition opening the door for the other drivers to move up in the standings. With two events remaining in the 2016 Pro Championship season less than 55 points separate the top four drivers.

“It was awesome to treat the capacity crowd to an amazing weekend of competition, during one of the busiest event weekends in the region.” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT.

The highly competitive event saw a shake up in the Pro Championship standings with Vaughn Gittin, who qualified first and was on top of the standings heading into Round 6, lose in the Top 16, which opened the door for the other drivers as Gittin moves down to third place overall by only 15 points. 2-time champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z faced Matt Coffman in the Coffman Racing Nissan 240 in the semi-finals. Forsberg edged out the young driver to advance to the Finals. Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota 86 met Bakchis in the semi-finals. Bakchis outdrove his opponent to move to the Finals. Errors on Forsberg’s run helped give Bakchis his first victory of the season. Forsberg’s second place finish moves him into the lead by 5 points over Fredric Aasbo.

“I’m really happy with the win. It’s been a lot of work on our part and with our sponsors Ark Performance, Feal Suspension, and Falken Tire,” said Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis, winner of Round 6: Throwdown. “I really want to keep this momentum going into the next round and am excited for the rest of the season.”

The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 7: Showdown on September 9-10, 2016 at Texas Motor Speedway. For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaD, and Snapchat – formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Round 6: Throwdown Event Results
1. Bakchis, Aurimas Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Hyundai Genesis Winner
2. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 2nd Place
3. Gushi, Ken GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota 86 3rd Place
4. Coffman, Matt Coffman Racing Nissan 240 4th Place
5. McQuarrie, Tyler Mobil 1 Chevy Camaro 5th Place
6. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC 6th Place
7. Foust, Tanner Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Volkswagen Passat 7th Place
8. Kearney, Dean Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper 8th Place
9. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 9th Place
10. Field, Matt Falken Tire / Driftcave Motorsports Nissan 240 10th Place
11. Yoshihara, Dai Falken Tire / Turn 14 Subaru BRZ 11th Place
12. Moen, Kenny Team Boost Lock BMW M3 12th Place
13. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire Nissan 240 13th Place
14. Nishida, Robbie Achilles Radial Infiniti G37 14th Place
15. Hohnadell, Alec Enjuku / Get Nuts Lab / Nexen Tire Nissan 240 15th Place
16. Castro, Jhonnattan Gerdau Meltadom / Nexen Tire Toyota 86 16th Place

2016 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 6 Events
1. Forsberg, Chris
NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z
419.00 Points
2. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC 414.00 Points
3. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 404.00 Points

2016 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 6 Events
1. SR by Toyota 737.00 Points
2. Ford 565.00 Points
3. Nissan 558.00 Points
4. BMW 389.00 Points
5. Mazda 245.00 Points
6. Chevrolet 222.00 Points
7. Dodge 203.00 Points
8. Infiniti 190.00 Points
9. Lexus 122.00 Points

2016 Tire Championship Standings After 6 Events
1. Nexen 796.00 Points
2. Falken 750.00 Points
3. Hankook 682.00 Points
4. Nitto 593.00 Points
5. Achilles 521.00 Points
7. GT Radial 320.00 Points

Formula DRIFT Signs Content Distribution Deal With Motor Trend OnDemand

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Formula DRIFT Signs Content Distribution Deal With Motor Trend OnDemand

 

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Long Beach, Calif. – August 3, 2016 – Formula DRIFT announced today that is has signed a two- year deal with Motor Trend OnDemand (MTOD) to distribute Formula DRIFT’s television content from the CBS Sports Network.
“We are very excited to partner with Motor Trend OnDemand with our TV content,”say Ryan Sage, vice-president of Formula DRIFT. “This will be a new avenue of exposure for the Series, sponsors and drivers and will allow us to make our overall footprint in the content space bigger.”

The distribution deal will see all 20 of Formula DRIFT’s CBS television programs distributed on the Motor Trend OnDemand network no less than 5 days after the original airing on CBS Sports. Motor Trend OnDemand will also carry archival shows from previous years of the Formula DRIFT Championship. In addition, Motor Trend OnDemand will also become a promotional partner of Formula DRIFT by promoting the Series and its live stream on MTOD’s range of social media outlets.
“We are delighted to announce our broadcast partnership with Formula DRIFT! The Series is truly one of the most engaging forms of motor sport that reaches an incredible audience. We look forward to working with Formula DRIFT for years to come and being part of the continued growth of the this unique series,” say Bobby Akin, Senior VP and General Manger of Motor Trend OnDemand.

The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 6: Throwdown on August 5-6, 2016 at Evergreen Speedway in Washington. For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaD, and Snapchat – formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

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