Formula Drift slid into Texas Motor Speedway for the sixth stop of the Formula Drift USA championship, the seventh of the Formula Drift World championship and the third on the Pro 2 championship schedule. Making its third visit to the track (which sits just a few miles outside of Dallas, Texas), the layout from previous years was flipped into a reverse configuration, leveling the playing field for all drivers. With the new layout, drivers enter the track after a short 300-foot run-up, initiating sideways around 60 to 65mph into a long, right-hand sweeper. Judges will be looking for the drivers to hit an outside zone early in the turn, with a single inside clipping point near the exit of the turn. Accelerating in front of both the judges and the main grandstands through a ‘power alley’, drivers will transition to an inside clipping point before transitioning again to rub the rear bumper on a k-rail wall, finishing the course in another right-hand sweeper with an inside clip at the apex of the turn. Unlike many of the courses on the Formula Drift circuit, drivers see faster speeds in the latter half of the course than the first turn.
After what was perhaps the longest Formula Drift Top 16 on record – a total of nine One More Time calls pushing the battles out to nearly four hours – Masashi Yokoi has taken the top podium spot at Texas Motor Speedway behind the wheel of his 2JZ-powered D-MAX S15 Silvia.
Formula DRIFT Round 6: Showdown Results;
Rookie Masashi Yokoi is Victorious
Long Beach, Calif. – August 23, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Texas Motor Speedway for Round 6: Showdown. Japanese rookie Masashi Yokoi in the D-MAX Nissan S15 earns his first Formula DRIFT victory. The championship will be determined at the Series finale on October 10.
Round 6: Showdown was an action packed event weekend. The new course configuration at Texas Motor Speedway proved to be challenging and highly competitive for the drivers. With only one event remaining in the 2015 season a champion will be crowned at the season finale at Irwindale Speedway. Over 400,000 fans tuned in live throughout the event weekend on the Driftstream.
“Texas has some of the most diehard fans as they braved the heat to see the action through the weekend and were rewarded with intense drifting action,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “With only one event remaining, the season will come to climatic conclusion to end a remarkable year.”
Points leader and number one qualifier, Fredric Aasbo lost in the Great 8 opening the chase for the championship up to the rest of the field. Aasbo will head into the championship with a considerable lead of 80 points. The semi-finals had Daigo Saito in the Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R face against his close friend Ken Gushi in the GReddy Performance / Hankook Tire Scion FR-S. Gushi was able to outdrive his opponent on his way to his third podium of the season. Yokoi battled Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z. Yokoi beat the former champion to head into the Finals. The Finals were close with the rookie Yokoi being awarded the win by the judges for his first podium and victory in Formula DRIFT. Gushi’s second place finish moves him into second place overall.
“I wanted to come out and show the Japanese style of driving and really worked hard in the tandem battles,” said Masashi Yokoi, winner of Round 6: Showdown. “In the end I wasn’t able to show everything that I wanted, but I’m really happy to get the victory.”
The 2015 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship season will conclude at Round 7: Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway on October 9-10. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.
|Round 6: Showdown Event Results|
|1. Yokoi, Masashi||D-Max Nissan S15 Silvia||Winner|
|2. Gushi, Ken||GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S||2nd Place|
|3. Forsberg, Chris||NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||3rd Place|
|4. Saito, Daigo||Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R||4th Place|
|5. Aasbo, Fredric||Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC||5th Place|
|6. Moen, Kenny||Bridges Racing / Achilles / Gatebil Nissan S14||6th Place|
|7. Hohnadell, Alec||11 Racing Nissan S14||7th Place|
|8. Yoshihara, Dai||Falken Tire / Turn 14 Distribution Subaru BRZ||8th Place|
|9. Whiddett, Mike||RedBull / Mobil 1 Mazda “Radbul”||9th Place|
|10. Tuerck, Ryan||Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S||10th Place|
|11. Wang, Forrest||Get Nuts Lab Nissan S15||11th Place|
|12. Kearney, Dean||Oracle Lighting / Achilles Motorsports Dodge Viper||12th Place|
|13. Bluss, Kristaps||HGK Motorsport BMW 3 Series||13th Place|
|14. Evans, James||SIKKY Racing Nissan 350Z||14th Place|
|15. Ng, Charles||Maxxis / Sparkplugs.com / Speedhunters Infiniti G37||15th Place|
|16. Castro, Jhonnattan||E3 / Hankook / Progresso Nissan 350Z||16th Place|
|2015 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by GoPro Top 3 Standings After Six Rounds|
|1. Aasbo, Fredric||Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC||428.00 Points|
|2. Gushi, Ken||GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S||348.00 Points|
|3. Tuerck, Ryan||Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S||332.00 Points|
|Manufacturers Championship Standings After Six Rounds|
|1. Scion||924.00 Points|
|2. Nissan||555.00 Points|
|3. Ford||447.00 Points|
|4. Chevrolet||337.00 Points|
|5. Mazda||248.00 Points|
|6. Infiniti||211.00 Points|
|7. Dodge||204.00 Points|
|8. BMW||157.00 Points|
|9. Toyota||123.00 Points|
|Tire Championship Standings After Six Rounds|
|1. Hankook||905.00 Points|
|2. Achilles||643.00 Points|
|3. Nitto||570.00 Points|
|4. Yokohama||569.00 Points|
|5. Falken||557.00 Points|
|6. Maxxis||470.00 Points|
|7. GT Radial||302.00 Points|
Mechanical meltdowns, carnage, and a track surface that switched from grippy to grip-less in the blink of an eye – the fifth round of the 2015 Formula Drift Pro championship held in Seattle, Washington, had it all.
But at the end of five tough rounds of battle competition, it was our very own Fredric Aasbø who stood atop the podium at Evergreen Speedway. The win, following on from a third place qualifying performance from ‘The Norwegian Hammer’, catapults Aasbø to the top of the points with just two rounds in the Stateside Pro series left to play out.
Friday’s qualifying session saw Norway’s Kenny Moen take control with an 89 scorecard, followed by Ryan Tuerck in second and Aasbø in third – both scoring 87. It was a promising start for Tuerck who came into the round leading the championship, but it just as quickly turned sour when the Retaks Scion FR-S driver blew a diff in his Airforce Top 32 battle against Geoff Stoneback.