We know the driving in Formula DRIFT’s Pro2 hot-shoe development series isn’t supposed to be as advanced or polished as what you see in the top-tier Pro championship, but 2016 has had more than its share of cringe-worthy moments. One of the highlights (lowlights?) this season will undoubtedly be Andrew Lewis and Austin Meeks’ comedy of errors in Top 8 at Texas Motor Speedway, when the two Nissan S-chassis pilots scored a grand sum of zero points after three laps around the circuit, a total of six laps between them – that’s the pair going out for their first lap and both getting goose eggs, and then doing it again after they switched positions, again for zero scores. And then again on the first lap of their One-More-Time (OMT) tiebreaker orbit.
Matt Field storms to first FD career win in the DriftCave S14; Chris Forsberg in NOS Energy 370Z inches closer to third title
It warms our hearts every time Formula DRIFT shuts down the haters. The latest vindication comes from Round 7 at Texas Motor Speedway, the penultimate event of the 2016 season, where the tandem action was so evenly spread, competitors so equally matched, cars so ridiculously close to one another, we wouldn’t blame you if you were watching and literally on the edge of your seat for the entire contest. Ok, so yeah, it’s still a drag race – FD cars are powerful and fast, we get it – but with the judges encouraging chase drivers to take the gloves off and be aggressive, we saw a lot of wheelmen take the urging to heart and put the noses of their cars right up in other guys’ business.
Formula Drift Texas Round 7 of 8
Coming into round 7 just 15 points seperated the 3 leaders Chris Forsberg (419), Fredric Aasbo (414), and Vaugh Gittin JR (404). Texas was set up to be a make or break track for many drivers.
Most of the field had see battle on this track last year, including Vaughn Gittin who suffered a huge wreck into the wall at outside zone 3. Vaughn talked to us about what it meant to come back to Texas and run the wall again.
“When it counted I knew that I had to go hard, I knew that I had to get that monkey off my back, and just went as hard as I possible could. Flicked it up on the wall and ended up qualifying first.”