Round One: Streets of Long Beach | Formula Drift 2015 | Moving onto the Top 16
- April 11, 2015
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- Posted by Nicole Ellan James
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Written by Nicole James
Photos by Hans Marquez and Matthew Fink
[dropcap style=”style1″]D[/dropcap]ay two of Round One: Streets of Long Beach got fans on their feet and cheering as the main competition kicked off with the top 32 qualified drivers from the previous day.
The first head to head battle of the day was between fan favorite and first place qualifier, Forest Wang and Matt Coffman whom had qualified as 32nd. The Battle left fans disappointed as Forest dropped the ball when it was his turn to be the chase car. Coffman got the win.
Next up was Daigo Saito previously qualifying at 17th and Robbie Nishida. Saito didn’t initiate the drift properly and made a run for the pits as his car wasn’t able to continue competing. Nashida continues onto the top 16.
In their second battle together, Charles Ng took the victory against Pat Goodin.
Two time Formula Drift Champion Tanner Foust went up against Jutin Pawlak who had qualified previously as number 5. After a rough day previously, Foust sustained more damage to his Passat in the first run of the battle knocking him out of the competition securing Pawlak with the spot in the top 16.
In the 10th battle of the day, Jeff Jones went up against defending 2014 Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg. Forsberg’s run was a little stiff and sloppy while Jones appeared to look like a loose cannon, however, Forsbergs very un-forsberg-like run secured him a spot in the top 16.
Next up, third place qualifier Fredric Aasbo took on Masashi Yokoi. After some contact with a wall, Yokois rear bumper began falling off and ultimately hit Aasbo causing him to stop during the drift in his chase session. The crowd went wild chanting “One more time” no doubt convinced Aasbo was wronged, however Aasbo’s strong lead run took him onto the top 16.
The next run was between Geoff Stoneback and Ken Gushi. Neither driver had a particularly good run and the judges voted for a “one more time” battle.
Chelsea Denofa took the victory over Alec Hohnadell after Hohnadell began his lead run with a false start, inviting Denofa to slide all over the place and have fun. The second run Hohndell had more problems with initiation. There has been some speculation of a bad Fuel Pump being the source of his loss.
The second time Geoff Stoneback and Ken Gushi went at it, Gushi went wide while Stoneback almost took the line away, however Stoneback still took the win.
The final battle for the day was between Tyler McQuarrie and Marc Landerville. On Landervilles lead run he got a red flag resulting in a restart, however with a second chance it wasn’t good enough and McQuarrie took the win.
Top 16 qualifiers:
Vaughn Gittin Jr.