Formula DRIFT Round 5: True North Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 5: True North Results;
Fredric Aasbo Takes the Win to Move Within 3 Points of the Championship Lead

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Long Beach, Calif. – July 16, 2016 – Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue held their first international event as part of the Pro Championship in Canada at Autodrome St-Eustache. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Scion tC took the victory and moves within 3 points of the leader in the standings with only three events remaining in the 2016 season.

In one of the most action packed and competitive rounds of competition, Round 5: True North brought the top drifting talent in the world into Canada to a sold out crowd. The Livestream drew over 360,000 views.

“For our first international Pro Championship event we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “We are proud to have brought international drifting stars such as Fredric Aasbo from Norway, Mike Whiddett from New Zealand, Dean Kearney from Ireland, Charles Ng from China, Robbie Nishida from Japan, and many more into Canada. The drivers drove their hearts out tonight and put on one amazing event.”

The event culminated into a highly competitive Top 4 battle that saw four drivers all within striking distance of the championship. Odi Bakchis in the ARK Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Tire Hyundai Genesis faced current champion, Fredric Aasbo. Bakchis had a bobble in his chase run that helped move the champion into the Finals. 2-time champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z met the 2010 champion, Vaughn Gittin in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR in the semi-finals. Forsberg got his revenge from Round 4 and outdrove his opponent to make it to the finals and onto the podium for his fourth consecutive time this season. Aasbo and Forsberg put it all on the line in the Finals with a very close and competitive battle. Aasbo’s consistency throughout the evening proved to be the deciding factor as he took advantage on a slight mistake from Forsberg to take the victory, his third podium this season, and moves within 3 points of the point leader, Gittin. Bakchis moves up to the fourth spot overall.

“Wow! What an amazing night!,” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 5: True North. “Some of the most diehard and knowledgeable drift fans are out here in Montreal. We were able to scrape through the battles. What an amazing win for the team.”

Round 5: True North Event Results
1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC Winner
2. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 2nd Place
3. Bakchis, Aurimas Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Hyundai Genesis 3rd Place
4. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 4th Place
5. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire Nissan 240 5th Place
6. Tuerck, Ryan Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Tire SR by Toyota FR-S 6th Place
7. Yoshihara, Dai Falken Tire / Turn 14 Subaru BRZ 7th Place
8. Coffman, Matt Coffman Racing Nissan 240 8th Place
9. Pawlak, Justin Roush Performance Ford Mustang 9th Place
10. DeNofa, Chelsea BC Racing / GT Radial BMW 10th Place
11. Hohnadell, Alec Enjuku / Get Nuts Lab / Nexen Tire Nissan 240 11th Place
12. Goodin, Pat ISR Performance / BC Racing / Falken Tire Nissan 240 12th Place
13. Stoneback, Geoff CFR / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 13th Place
14. Gushi, Ken GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota 86 14th Place
15. Kearney, Dean Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper 15th Place
16. Moore, Cameron Cameron Moore Drift / Lexus SC300 16th Place

2016 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 5 Events
1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 365.00 Points
2. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC 362.00 Points
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 335.00 Points

2016 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 5 Events
1. SR by Toyota 617.00 Points
2. Ford 508.00 Points
3. Nissan 456.00 Points
4. BMW 351.00 Points
5. Mazda 208.00 Points
6. Chevrolet 169.00 Points
7. Dodge 153.00 Points
8. Infiniti 138.00 Points
9. Lexus 104.00 Points

2016 Tire Championship Standings After 5 Events
1. Nexen 676.00 Points
2. Falken 576.00 Points
3. Hankook 563.00 Points
4. Nitto 535.00 Points
5. Achilles 436.00 Points
7. GT Radial 284.00 Points

Formula DRIFT World Championship: Canada Round Results

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Formula DRIFT World Championship: Canada Round Results;
Fredric Aasbo at Top of the Podium in Canada

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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

Scion presents Formula Drift Canada presented by Falken Results

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Scion presents Formula Drift Canada presented by Falken Results;
Daigo Saito Wins Inaugural Competition 
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Long Beach, Calif. – September 3, 2014 – Scion presents Formula DRIFT Canada presented by Falken entered Autodrome St. Eustache for the first time to a record-breaking drift crowd. Daigo Saito in the Bridges Racing / Achilles Radial Lexus SC430 takes the inaugural competition victory.

Formula DRIFT continued global expansion into Canada holding the first ever Scion presents Formula DRIFT Canada presented by Falken event at Autodrome St. Eustache this past weekend.

The competition had twenty-one entries. The Top 16 was composed of 8 FD Pros from USA, Japan, Norway, Hong Kong and Ireland and 8 Canadian regulars.

“The enthusiasm for drifting in Canada has always been strong and we had looked at Canada for sometime but without the right combination of key partners such as Autodrome St. Eustache we could not have felt confident to crossing the border,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We have all been blown away by the level of driving and energy that the fans brought the entire weekend. This was one of, if not the biggest drifting competition ever held in Canada.”

Formula DRIFT Canada Results:

Winner = Daigo Saito – Bridges Racing / Achilles Radial Lexus SC430
2nd Place = Dean Kearney – Bridges Racing / Achilles Radial SRT Viper
3rd Place = Kenny Moen – Bridges Racing / Achilles Radial Nissan 240SX

“I had a great time at Formula Drift Canada. The fans were amazing and they made us feel right at home,” said Daigo Saito, winner of Scion presents Formula DRIFT Canada presented by Falken. “I was excited to win the event, and to stand on the podium with my Achilles teammates, Dean Kearney and Kenny Moen!”