[COVERAGE] I Will Break You – Formula Drift The Gauntlet – By What Monsters Do

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They call it the Gauntlet for a reason. It’s a track where real automotive combat goes down. Cars break, wreck, catch fire, and only the strong survive. By the time the event is wrapped up, the track looks like a mini war zone / junk yard. Parts are everywhere. The rails are bent, tire pieces everywhere, broken bumpers, wings, etc. Even the media guys and some fans don’t leave un harmed (sun burn). This years Formula Drift round 4 at Wall Speedway was no exception.

Chris Forsberg 2014 Nissan 370z Formula Drift New Jersey

Things got off to a great start for Chris Forsberg who qualified in first place and is currently the points leader in the series. Chris would later put on a great performance and finish second on the podium. Continue reading [COVERAGE] I Will Break You – Formula Drift The Gauntlet – By What Monsters Do

[COVERAGE] Formula Drift Round 2 Gets Rowdy

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Formula Drift Atlanta has always held the reputation of being a high energy event. Not only did Round 2 fulfill this stigma, it went beyond these expectations in every way. The fans, weather, and driving were all absolutely insane.

Formula Drift Round 2 Road Atlanta 2014

Going into Thursday practice, everyone did their best to set up their cars but with a few variables in mind. A section of the track had been repaved and the weather called for rain on Friday and Saturday. The four hour practice session moved very slowly due to multiple cars going off track or suffering mechanical issues but by the end of practice most of the field had their cars completing “qualifying worthy” runs around the course.

Formula Drift Round 2 Road Atlanta 2014

Friday Practice. Group 1 goes into their practice session with a dry track but dark clouds looming over head. A quick look at the weather radar showed a massive storm cloud ready to sweep through Atlanta. Group 1 finished their practice and Group 2 starts to line up at the start line. Rain, and lots of it. The start grid is absolute madness. Visibility is low, every one is drenched, and the track is full of standing water. Group 2 practice proceeds with cars doing 360′s, going off track, or putting together very twitchy runs around the course.

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[ARTICLE] Drift: Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta | Pt 1 by What Monsters Do

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Formula Drift Round 2 Atlanta

Most of us who follow Formula Drift around the country would agree, if you only had one round you could attend in the season, round 2 at Road Atlanta would be the one. One of, if not the most energetic Formula Drift crowd in the series combined with an awesome track with a crazy fast entry, can only make for an exciting event. Formula Drift’s first ever event took place here at Road Atlanta. Road Atlanta also built horse shoe part of the track specifically for Formula Drift. It’s one thing to convince a professional race track to host a drift event (specially in 2004), it takes exceptional foresight to make an addition to the course specifically for it. Anyway, Friday’s qualifying session gave a good feeling of what was to come for the weekend! Coming off an exceptional performance in Long Beach, Fredric Assbo came out swinging during qualifying to take the number one spot with a score of 90.5.


Formula Drift round 2 atlanta 2013 Photo by Alex Nunez BMW

Michael Essa, known for his backwards entries at this track, did not disappoint with one of the most exciting qualifying runs of the day.

Formula Drift Atlanta Justin Pawlak Ford Mustang Photo by Alex Nunez

Justin Pawlak had a great qualifying run and ended up qualifying in the number three spot.

Chelsea DeNofa at Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta BMW photo by Alex Nunez

Another driver with a great showing in Long Beach was Chelsea DeNofa who finished round 1 in 4th place. Always an exciting “all out” driver and ended up qualifying 4th. He had power issues during his tandem run and was knocked out during Top 32.

Nate Hamilton at Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta photo by Alex Nunez

After some disappointing rear end issues in Long Beach, Nate was eager to get back on track to give his fans some exciting runs. After a spin out and a visit to the gravel during practice, Nate came through when it counted most and qualified 27th. Nate looked awesome in both of his qualifying runs but those rear end issues came back to haunt him during Top 32 the following day. Nate was put against McNamara for his first Top 32 tandem battle but was not able to get to the line handing DMac the win.

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