Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge Results

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Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge Results;
Matt Field Takes the Victory

Long Beach, Calif. – April 17, 2016 – Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to Long Beach to host the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge as part of the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Matt Field in the Falken Tire / Drift Cave Nissan S14 takes the victory.

The Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge for the fourth consecutive year brought motorsports action under the lights during the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with a filled capacity within Turns 9, 10, and 11 of the famous street course. Select Formula DRIFT drivers competed for a $25,000 prize purse.

“This was a landmark year as the tenth consecutive year for us to bring drifting as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “Since 2013, we have been the only Series to compete under the lights in the Grand Prix’s 42-year history and we are happy to make this an ongoing tradition.”

The Top 4 pitted Odi Bakchis, the number qualifier, against Michael Essa, in an exciting battle. Essa outdrove his opponent to move into the Finals. Matt Field then faced Dean Kearney and capitalized on his opponent making a mistake to meet Essa in the final battle. On his lead run Essa spun giving the advantage to Field and ultimately the event victory.

“First off thank you to my crew, they gave me an amazing car. My parents for always being there and for cheering louder than anyone back home,” said Matt Field, winner of the Motegi Super Drift Challenge. “And my sponsors, Casino M8trix, Lucas Oil, Drift Cave, and of course to Falken Tires for giving me the grip I need to stick it to the hard charging boys in this Formula DRIFT field.”

The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 2: Road to the Championship on May 6-7 at Road Atlanta. 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.

Motegi Super Drift Challenge Results

1. Field, Matt Falken Tire / Driftcave Motorsports Nissan S14 Winner
2. Essa, Michael Loudmouth Exhaust / Achilles Tire BMW M3 2nd Place
3. Bakchis, Aurimas Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Falken Tire Hyundai Genesis 3rd Place
4. Kearney, Dean Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper 4th Place
5. Mohan, Kyle GT Radial / Mazdatrix Mazda MX5 5th Place
6. Jones, Jeff DOC Racing Nissan S14 6th Place
7. Litteral, Ryan Ryan Litteral Racing Nissan S14 7th Place
8. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC 8th Place
9. Pawlak, Justin Roush Performance Ford Mustang 9th Place
10. Beechum, Trenton Falken Tire / Joy Hollywood Ford Mustang 10th Place
11. Heilbrunn, Alex RTS Monster BMW 11th Place

What an end & Final Fight at “House of Drift”! By Yokohama Tire

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With the 2015 Formula Drift season complete, we saw throughout this year some amazing performance all across the board with all Yokohama Tire sponsored drivers in 3, yes, 3 different countries! With the FD season taking place in USA & the World Championships being held in Canada & Japan, the world witnessed some of the best drift battles, ADVAN AD08R tires in action and of course,Team Yokohama taking home some awards.

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FORMULA DRIFT 101: BECOME AN EXPERT

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The incredible GoPro footage from a Formula DRIFT run paints an exciting picture of intense wheel-to-wheel action and driving prowess, but many who aren’t familiar with DRIFT may assume that it is merely head-to-head racing on a short course. But that, indeed, is not the case. In fact, Formula DRIFT is the only motorsports discipline that relies on subjectivity to find a winner. More specifically, a win is based upon a judged score, not who crossed the finish line first.

So how do you score big in DRIFT, you ask?

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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