Last year I took the trip over the Montreal for Formula Drift Canada not really expecting anything out of the ordinary. After all, I’ve shot drifting all over the world, so what could be so special about one event at a tiny track?
I was blown away. Autodrome St-Eustache is an amazing track and the Canadian drifters have so much style and love for the sport. But that’s not what surprised me the most.
The fans are what really blew me away. It could be because the event itself is not terribly far from the city of Montreal, but let me tell you, these guys and girls were rowdy. I swear, the line to get in was at least half a kilometer long. The parking? Forget about it. It spilled out onto the streets of the tiny city and when the event was over it created an epic traffic jam that took almost two hours to clear. Outside the venue the fans would camp for the entire weekend, which of course reminded me of the Gatebil crowd.
I wanted to share with you guys a collection of my favorite images from the event that I think portray it visually. Here are 60 photos, in no particular order, through my lens.
Formula DRIFT World Championship: Canada Round Results;
Fredric Aasbo at Top of the Podium in Canada
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|