You Speedhunters out there can get a pretty good idea of what actually happened at Formula Drift Texas from watching the live stream, or afterwards on demand. However, there is only so much you can experience unless you’re actually there on the ground. Here are 50 moments in time that I captured from the ‘One More Time Fest’ in Texas.
Above: Due to the 10 OMT battles, Formula Drift Texas had the longest Top 16 in the history of the series. Although it did provide for some epic battles, including Ken Gushi chasing down ‘Fast Kenny’ Moen.
Tandem donuts never looked so good. Fredric told me he thinks the drivers have grown up a bit as they have stopped doing so many donuts during the Top 16 introductions. The reason? They want to save their cars for the competition.
When they say everything is bigger in Texas, they mean it and that includes the epic battles of Formula Drift Round 6: SHOWDOWN in Texas. With all said and done, we are proud to announce that Yokohama Tire’s Masashi Yokoi & his S15 Silvia took the round by surprise. All season long, the rookie has shown much potential he has with aggressive angles, battles, and true Japanese fighting spirit. In Texas he finally rose to the occasion locking in his first ever Formula Drift win!
Ken Gushi moves to 2nd in overall 2015 Championship Standings
Though at times it was dramatic, there’s no questioning how action-packed Formula Drift was this past weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway. Throughout most of the Top 16, there were several ‘One More Time’ battles, and one driver in particular doing a tremendous amount of drift battling over the day was Scion Racing driver, Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing FR-S.
Against Ryan Tuerck, Gushi went up to the maximum of two OMTs, and a single OMT against Kenny Moen, then another two OMTs against Daigo Saito before finding himself in the finals, where he came in just shy behind Masashi Yokoi. Gushi’s Second place finish pushed him into Second place overall in the Formula Drift Championship points standings, just behind Fredric Aasbo.
Though Gushi will need to qualify high in Irwindale and win the event to stand a solid fighting chance against Aasbo, we have seen stranger things happen at the House of Drift. Come October, it’s going to be a mad house and nail biting until the very end…
The phrase, “Everything is bigger in Texas” is a fitting description for many aspects of Texan culture. Hosting 9 “One more time” rulings, the Top 16 competition at the 6th round of the Formula Drift championship was no different.