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Date: Friday, April 8, 2022
Location: Streets of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Event: 2022 Formula DRIFT Super Drift Challenge, Day 1


  • Trenton Beechum (USA) – Clonex Racing / Nexen Tire Ford Mustang
  • Rome Charpentier (USA) – Garagistic / Federal Tires / imaginegarage E36 BMW
  • Michael Essa (USA) – FCP Euro / Liqui Moly / GT Radial BMW M3
  • Dean Kearney (Ireland) – Hyper NFT / Daily Driven Exotics (DDE) Dodge Viper
  • Kyle Mohan (USA) – KMR / Mazdatrix Mazda MX-5
  • Alec Robbins (USA) – Fasetto Nissan 350Z
  • Branden Sorensen (USA) – US Air Force / Sorensen Motorsports BMW
  • Forrest Wang (USA) – Get Nuts Laboratory / Yellowspeed Racing Nissan S15


  1. Forrest Wang (USA) – Get Nuts Laboratory / Yellowspeed Racing Nissan S15
  2. Michael Essa (USA) – FCP Euro / Liqui Moly / GT Radial BMW M3
  3. Rome Charpentier (USA) – Garagistic / Federal Tires / imaginegarage E36 BMW


  • Driver match-ups for tandem competition runs were decided by a random draw in the absence of traditional FD qualifying runs
  • Wang’s win is more remarkable since he has been out of regular Formula DRIFT competition since 2019. He previously claimed a double victory at the Super Drift Challenge in 2019 and a third-place in 2021 Second-placed Essa is the only Formula DRIFT Champion in the field, winning the title in 2013
  • Charpentier beat Kearney in a close runners-up heat to claim third
  • Third-placed Charpentier completed more runs than any other driver. In both is Top 8 run against Mohan and Top 4 against Essa, the judges were unable to separate the drivers after the first pair of runs and requested One More Time, where the drivers repeat both runs Mohan and teenager Sorensen were both using back-up cars rather than their Formula DRIFT PRO competition machines following technical issues


  • Super Drift Challenge is an invitational event. Competitors are drawn from the Formula DRIFT series but do not score points towards the PRO or PROSPEC Championships
  • Formula DRIFT has a long history with the Grand Prix of Long Beach, dating back to 2005 when their series was invited to conduct an annual full course drift demo for GP fans
  • In 2012, Super Drift was introduced on a more traditional Formula DRIFT competition elimination format but drivers don’t score championship points
  • In 2006, Formula DRIFT worked with Grand Prix of Long Beach to establish its own stand-alone Championship round on Turns 9 to 11, taking place the weekend before the Grand Prix. Streets of Long Beach has since become a mainstay of the annual eight-round Formula DRIFT calendar
  • Drifting is judges on a driver’s line through the course, angle in the turns, and style throughout the run. The chase car’s proximity to the lead car is also a crucial factor


Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta will host the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 2: AutoZone Road to the Championship presented by TYPE S on May 6-7. Please visit for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream.