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 Japan Round 2: Ebisu Results

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Formula DRIFT Japan Round 2: Ebisu / Formula DRIFT Round 3: World Championship Results; Mad Mike Whiddett Wins Big In Japan

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Long Beach, Calif. – May 25, 2016 – G-Shock presents Formula DRIFT Japan headed to the mountaintops of the famed Ebisu Circuit for the second round of the Formula DRIFT Japan Championship and third round of the Formula DRIFT World Championship. Mike Whiddett takes the victory in a Mazda RX-7.

A capacity crowded at the heralded jewel of Japan drifting came to the Ebisu Circuit to witness world-class competition from the top drivers in the sport.

“What an amazing event! To be here with the Formula DRIFT Japan team to witness this wonderful event and amazing competition was something any fan of drifting could only dream of,” said Ryan Sage, Vice-President of Formula DRIFT. “Today I saw some of the best drifting in the world and I am proud to see all these drivers, from different walks of life, live out their dream at this legendary track.”

The finals saw Mike Whiddett take on famed Japanese drifter, Masashi Yokoi. Both drivers went door-to-door on both runs, but it was Whiddett’s lead run that sealed the victory with a perfectly executed backwards entry. Yokoi lost his positioning as Whiddett accelerated to the final clip, which ended with the judges unanimously favoring Whiddett giving him the victory.

“This is my first Formula DRIFT victory since 2009 in Thailand, but the level now is at an all-time high, so words can’t begin to describe the feeling right now,” said Mike Whiddett, winner of the event. “In drifting you can’t win by pushing 115 percent or by 98 percent. You have to be really focused.”

The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 3: Unchartered Territory on June 3-4 at Orlando Speedworld. 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 2: Ebisu Circuit
1. Whiddett, Mike RX-7 FD3S Winner
2. Yokoi, Masashi S15 Silvia 2nd Place
3. Hayashi, Kazuki S15 Silvia 3rd Place
4. Tanaka, Seimi S15 Silvia 4th Place
5. Gray, Andrew JZX100 Chaser 5th Place
6. Oshiro, Daichi JZX100 Mark II 6th Place
7. Kasahara, Masaki S15 Silvia 7th Place
8. Horino, Jin 180 SX 8th Place
9. Imamura, Yoichi Lexus LFA 9th Place
10. Nian, Sheng JZX100 Chaser 10th Place
11. Suenaga, Naoto S15 Silvia 11th Place
12. Yamashita, Koichi JZX100 Mark II 12th Place
13. Yamanaka, Kenji JZX100 Mark II 13th Place
14. Fukada, Tadahiro JZX100 Mark II 14th Place
15. Mekuwa, Kojiro S15 Silvia 15th Place
16. Taguchi, Kazuya S15 Silvia 16th Place

Formula DRIFT World Championship Standings after 3 events
1. Whiddett, Mike 188 Points
2. Field, Matt 101 Points
3. Gray, Andrew 66 Points