Formula DRIFT Round 2: Advance Auto Parts Road to the Championship Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 2: Advance Auto Parts Road to the Championship Results;
Vaughn Gittin Wins the Event and Takes Over Lead in the Standings

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Long Beach, Calif. – May 7, 2016 – Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to Atlanta for Round 2: Advance Auto Parts Road to the Championship sponsored by Gumout. Vaughn Gittin in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR takes the victory to move into the lead in the Pro Championship standings.

The Advance Auto Parts Road to the Championship sponsored by Gumout returned to the home of the inaugural Formula DRIFT event. The event weekend featured both the PRO 2 championship and Pro Championship with a full schedule of on-track action.

“Road Atlanta is not only the first track to host Formula DRIFT, 13 years ago, but also a driver favorite course,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The action is always exciting and the crowd’s energy help make this one of the best events on the circuit.”

The Pro Championship point standings were shaken up with the top three point leaders being knocked out in the Top 32 competition. Experience proved to be a factor with the Top 4 including three past champions, who also have competed at every Formula DRIFT event at Road Atlanta since the beginning. Two-time champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z faced off against 2010 champion and the number one qualifier, Vaughn Gittin. Gittin outperformed his close friend, Forsberg, in a close battle to move into the Finals. 2011 champion, Dai Yoshihara in the Falken Tire / Turn 14 Subaru BRZ faced against the young gun, Alec Hohnadell in the Hohnadell / Enjuku / Get Nuts Lab Nissan S14. Yoshihara advanced to meet Gittin in the Finals. Gittin was no match for Yoshihara and completed the perfect weekend, earning both the top qualifying spot and the victory, while moving into the Pro Championship points lead. Yoshihara notably saw his first podium since 2013, while Forsberg finished in third place.

“To have a perfect event with our brand new Ford Mustang RTR that my team has been working their butts off during the off-season to get ready I’m just pumped.” said Vaughn Gittin, winner of Round 2: Road to the Championship. “It doesn’t get any better than this. I’m just looking forward to the rest of the year.”

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.

Round 2: Road to the Championship Event Results

1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR Winner
2. Yoshihara, Dai Falken Tire / Turn 14 Subaru BRZ 2nd Place
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 3rd Place
4. Hohnadell, Alec Hohnadell / Enjuku / Get Nuts Lab Nissan S14 4th Place
5. Bakchis, Aurimas Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Hyundai Genesis 5th Place
6. Foust, Tanner Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire VW Passat 6th Place
7. McQuarrie, Tyler Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro 7th Place
8. Essa, Michael Loudmouth Exhaust / Achilles Tire BMW M3 8th Place
9. Whiddett, Mike Red Bull / Nitto Tire Mazda MX5 9th Place
10. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook S15 10th Place
11. Stoneback, Geoff CFR / Hankook Nissan 370Z 11th Place
12. Mordaunt, Patrick Drift Paddock Nissan 350Z 12th Place
13. Moen, Kenny Team Boost Lock BMW E46 13th Place
14. Rintanen, Juha PP Design and Art Nissan S15 14th Place
15. Kugay, Faruk Raze’til! MFR Nisssan S14 15th Place
16. Jones, Jeff DOC Racing Nissan S14 16th Place

2016 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 2 Events

1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 155.00 Points
2. Denofa, Chelsea BC Racing / GT Radial BMW 119.00 Points
3. Bakchis, Aurimas Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Hyundai Genesis 116.00 Points

2016 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 2 Events

1. BMW 202.00 Points
2. Ford 191.00 Points
3. SR by Toyota 185.00 Points
4. Nissan 151.00 Points
5. Mazda 101.00 Points
6. Chevrolet 83.00 Points
7. Dodge 51.00 Points
8. Infiniti 48.00 Points
9. Lexus 34.00 Points

2016 Tire Championship Standings After 2 Events

1. Nexen 262.00 Points
2. Falken 248.00 Points
3. Nitto 222.00 Points
4. Hankook 199.00 Points
5. GT Radial 153.00 Points
7. Achilles 149.00 Points

Formula DRIFT Round 2: Road to the Championship Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 2: Road to the Championship Results;
Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis Takes His First Victory Moves into First Place in the Standings

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Long Beach, Calif. – May 9, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Road Atlanta for Round 2: Road to the Championship. Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis in the Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Tire Nissan 240 SX takes the victory for his first Formula DRIFT win of his career and rises to the top of the standings.

Round 2: Road to the Championship was a night of upsets as the top qualifiers failed to move past the early rounds of the competition. The action packed event provided the fans with a competitive atmosphere that kept them on their feet throughout the night. 240,000 fans tuned in to watch the competition unfold on the Livestream broadcast during the event weekend.

“This season thus far has been very competitive,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The competition is as tough as ever as can be proven by all the upsets tonight. It will be exciting to watch how the season unfolds especially as we head into a brand new venue at Orlando Speedworld for the next round.”

The semi-finals were a challenge for both defending champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z and Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S as their battles were too close to determine a definitive winner by the judges, leading to multiple one more time battles. During their third battle, Gushi edged out Forsberg with his close proximity on his chase run giving him the win, while Forsberg inches his way up the rankings to third place. The Finals pitted Gushi and Bakchis. Bakchis’ speed was too much for Gushi as he took an early lead in his lead run, which lead to his first Formula DRIFT victory and moves him into first place in the standings. Gushi found the podium for the first time since the 2009 season and moves into fifth place overall. “It feels great to get my first win,” said Aurimas Bakchis, winner of Round 2: Road to the Championship. “Road Atlanta is my favorite venue and I’m super stoked to continue the momentum I set in Long Beach. Currently sitting in first for the Championship and it feels amazing!”

The 2015 Formula DRIFT season will continue to Round 3: Uncharted Territory on June 5-6 and for the first time be held at Orlando Speedworld. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Round 2: Road to the Championship Event Results
1. Bakchis, Aurimas Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Nissan 240SX 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. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab Nissan S15 4th Place
5. Moen, Kenny Bridges Racing / Achilles / Gatebil Nissan S14 5th Place
6. Ng, Charles Maxxis / Sparkplugs.com Infiniti G37 6th Place
7. Goodin, Pat Enjuku Racing / Falken Tire Nissan S13 7th Place
8. Stoneback, Geoff Geoff Stoneback Racing Nissan S14 8th Place
9. Pawlak, Justin Roush Performance Car Crafters Ford Mustang 9th Place
10. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC 10th Place
11. Grunewald, Conrad Always Evolving / Replay / GT Radial Chevy Camaro 11th Place
12. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 12th Place
13. Whiddett, Mike Red Bull Mazda MX-5 13th Place
14. Tuerck, Ryan Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S 14th Place
15. Hohnadell, Alec 11 Racing Nissan S14 15th Place
16. Yokoi, Masashi D-Max Nissan S15 16th Place

2015 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by GoPro Top 3 Standings After Two Events
1. Bakchis, Aurimas Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Nissan 240SX 187.00 Points
2. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC 143.00 Points
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 106.00 Points

Manufacturers Championship Standings After Two Rounds
1. Scion 295.00 Points
2. Ford 163.00 Points
3. Nissan 143.00 Points
4. Chevrolet 125.00 Points
5. Toyota 87.00 Points
6. Infiniti 85.00 Points
7. Mazda 72.00 Points
8. Dodge 36.00 Points
9. BMW 34.00 Points

Tire Championship Standings After Two Rounds

1. Hankook 295.00 Points
2. Nitto 275.00 Points
3. Falken 190.00 Points
4. Maxxis 188.00 Points
5. Achilles 187.00 Points
6. Yokohama 139.00 Points
7. GT Radial 107.00 Points

Formula DRIFT Round 2: Road to the Championship Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 2: Road to the Championship Results;
Vaughn Gittin Takes the Victory

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Long Beach, Calif. – May 10, 2014 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro entered Road Atlanta for Round 2: Road to the Championship. Vaughn Gittin in the Monster Energy / Nitto Ford Mustang takes the victory moving him into second place in the championship standings.

Round 2: Road to the Championship marked the eleventh visit to Road Atlanta. The thousands of fans in attendance witnessed an action packed event weekend.

“It’s wonderful to see the growth in attendance each year at Road Atlanta, where we held our first Formula DRIFT event eleven years ago,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The fans of the South are so passionate for the sport and we love coming to this venue.”

Vaughn Gittin fought his way to the top of the podium through tough competition to take his first victory of the season and move into second place in the point standings. Gittin matched up against Fredric Aasbo in the Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC in the finals. After a tightly fought battle Gittin was awarded the win. Chris Forsberg in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z rounded out the podium in third place to remain in first place in the championship.

“Tonight my team and I were truly one. We communicated and worked super hard,” said Vaughn Gittin, winner of Round 2: Road to the Championship. “These were some of the most hard fought battles that I remember ever having and it says a lot about our sport, where we are going and what we are doing. And I’m just super proud to be standing on the top step.”

The 2014 Formula DRIFT season continues with Round 3 on May 30-31 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Chronicles | Formula D | Part 1 by Mark Lenardon

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For Mark Lenardon, the past few months have included everything from building cars, cross-country journey’s and computer issues. Without fail, he’s managed to put together an awesome 10 min long video showcasing highlights from the first 3 rounds of the 2011 championship season.