The 2016 Formula Drift season continues with Round One: Streets of Long Beach as the competition has been narrowed down to the Fab Four, composed of returning winner Fredric Aasbo, Odi Bakchis, Ken Gushi, and Chelsea DeNofa.
Round one for the top four started immediately with Fredric Aasbo and Matt Field. Truly a good run, Field kept right up and put the pressure on Aasbo for the first run.
Second run with Field giving all he had, and spinning after a fast transition after the first corner, giving Aasbo the win.
Ryan Tuerck and Odi Bakchis displayed a heated battle in the second battle. Tuerick brushed the wall with the back of his car while Bakchis hit the notorious last corner clip.
The road to victory of Round One: Streets of Long Beach, the season opener for the 2016 Formula Drift season, has seen 32 drivers narrowed down to the top 16. From there, the top 16 became the Great Eight.
The first round of the Great Eight started with Fredric Aasbo and ‘Mad’ Mike Whiddett. Immediately fans were treated to an intense battle with Mad Mike pushing his car and drifting with crazy angle.
Slight contact at the final corner left Whiddett with a missing door. After a small timeout, and a new door, Mike was ready for even more angle.
Unfortunately that angle resulted in a spin and a victory for Aasbo.
It’s been nothing but show at the series kickoff for the 2016 Formula Drift season at Round One: Streets of Long Beach. Weather conditions have ranged from dry to wet to even more wet resulting in some surprises, crashes, excitement, and fierce competition from every corner as the competition has been narrowed down from 32 drivers to 16.
Our first run of the day was between former champion Fredric Aasbo and Shengjun Zhang. Despite some light contact, Aasbo left too much of a lead and into victory.
Keeping aggression in the second battle, Patrick Mordaunt put pressure on “Mad” Mike Whiddett, who wowed fans with [...]
As we gear up for day two of Formula Drift Round One in Long Beach, the weather forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain.
Qualifying was cancelled due to the weather yesterday, however today will be a true “rain or shine” kind of event. Starting out with our top 32, this event will test the driver’s full control abilities.
The top 32 that has carried over from last year’s qualifying showcases the returning Champ, winner of last year’s round one and winner of the entire Formula Drift Series, Fredric Aasbo in his Scion TC, Kenshiro Gushi in his Scion Racing FRS, and Chris Forsberg in his No. 64 Nissan 370Z
Drift talents such as Vaughin Gittin Jr., Mad Mike, Forrest Wang, and returning 2015 champion Fredric Aasbo have returned for the start of their 2016 series on Turns 9, 10, and 11 of the Toyota Grand Prix Long Beach street course make up the ‘Streets of Long Beach,’ the 2016 season opening event for the 2016 Formula Drift season.
Historically, day one of the event is reserved for practice runs and qualifying runs. Poor weather conditions have set this series off with quite an aggressive challenge as the track was wet, causing variable driving conditions. These conditions resulted in encouraged practice runs, though tandem practice runs were scarce with the near constant California rain.
While the rain limited the drifting, it did not slow down the drivers whom were consistently back and forth from driver meetings, to the paddock, and back to the track with interviews in between along with scarce autographs.