The sensational story coming from the last round of Formula D was, of course, the battle between Justin Pawlak and Tyler McQuarrie. McQuarrie hit the infamous Evergreen Speedway wall and went out of bounds just before coming off the bank, but did Pawlak push him into the wall? Or did Pawlak hit him because he lost speed due to hitting the wall? Either way, Pawlak passed the Camaro and McQuarrie chased him through the Power Alley and shoved him out of the way so he could regain the lead. Not one to back down, Pawlak stayed hard on McQuarrie’s tail through the transition, so hard that the two cars got tangled up, with the Mustang unable to steer, pushing the Camaro into the wall just before the end of the course.
But I’m more interested in how exciting the chase for the championship has become. When Fredic Aasbø won at Long Beach with Odi Bakchis taking second and Ryan Tuerck coming in third, everyone knew this was going to be a good season.
Then Geoff Stoneback dashed Aasbø’s hopes at extending his lead in Atlanta, while Bakchis rushed in and took over the top stop with his first career victory. Aasbø and Bakchis both went out early in Orlando, which probably saved Aasbø’s season, while Tuerck defaulted his way to a win and the points lead.
Yokohama Tire, 2015 sponsor of one of the most exciting motorsports to date – Formula Drift sponsors several talents driver’s including former champions and our team travelled to Seattle for the 5th round of the 2015 Championships to see our Yokohama ADVAN AD08R tires in action. Driver’s who competed include former 2013 Champ Michael Essa, Young Up & Comer Matt Field, and International Talent Masashi Yokoi.
Although Team Yokohama missed the podium this round, they had some absolutely amazing performances & we have all the action directly from the track.
We’re taking a different approach for Pro and Pro2 coverage for Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. Seattle marked just past halfway for both categories, with this being Round 5 of Pro, and Round 2 of Pro2. Both had some rather interesting turn of events as they progressed and we’ll highlight them along with giving you some great pictures from one of the three fastest tracks on the Formula Drift schedule.
Pro 2 took place first, as always, on Friday evening after qualifying for Pro. The first round at Orlando Speedworld showed just how advanced Alex Heilbrunn’s Nitto Tires BMW M3 program is. I got to watch him drift last year when I announced for Top Drift, and he was a very fast driver with nothing changing from Pro Am so far, other than going to Nitto for his Pro 2 season. Even a drastic change in tire hasn’t slowed him down.
Andrew Gray wasn’t far behind Alex Heilbrunn, though. Watching him drive the wet conditions of Orlando showed that his experience in the D1GP Street Legal series and at the infamous Ebisu Circuit, helped him adapt to the oval very quickly. Now, this being Seattle, rain wasn’t out of the realm of possibility, so these guys were already looking like favorites if the moisture did fall. Even if it didn’t, Alex’s speed certainly painted him as a favorite,and getting number one qualifier at Round 2 really pushed him into that favorite category.