FORMULA DRIFT ROUND 5: SEATTLE – TEAM YOKOHAMA HIGHLIGHTS

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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.

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Although Team Yokohama missed the podium this round, they had some absolutely amazing performances & we have all the action directly from the track.

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Formula Drift at Seattle: A Pro and Pro2 Review – July 24-25, 2015 By AMDRIFT.COM

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Formula Drift Seattle: Pure Carnage by Larry Chen

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Because of the judged nature of drifting, the sport has many naysayers out there. But I actually think that’s the reason why it’s popular among younger gear-heads. It also makes me wonder why drifting is not part of the X Games. Most of the disciplines included in the Olympics of action sport are judged – just look at skateboarding or freestyle motocross. I think drifting would fit right in.

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It’s the uncertainty of judging that can be so exciting at times. When a battle is really close and it’s hard for you personally to pick a winner, waiting in anticipation for the call is half the fun.

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