Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Results

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Chris Forsberg Takes the Opening Round Victory of 2014 Pro Championship.

Long Beach, Calif. – April 6, 2014 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro kicked-off the first event of the 2014 season with Round 1: Streets of Long Beach to a sold out crowd. Chris Forsberg in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370 Z takes the victory and the lead in the chase for the championship.

Chris Forsberg
Chris Forsberg

Photo by: Larry Chen / formulad.com

Round 1: Streets of Long Beach started off the eleventh season of Formula DRIFT to a sell out crowd.

Over 20,000 fans gathered to experience the drifting action and excitement on the famous Streets of Long Beach Grand Prix course.

The Dailymotion Livestream partnership saw over 230,000 unique viewers watch the Driftstream over the event weekend with over 1 million views in a 24 hour period.

“It is truly a fantastic feeling to see not only the live event attendance grow steadily year after year, but also the global Driftstream audience,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “We pride ourselves in being able to provide entertainment to such a young, engaged and tech-savvy audience.”

Consistent driving helped propel Chris Forsberg to the top of the podium to earn the season’s first victory and championship points lead. Forsberg faced Norway’s Kenny Moen in the Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX in the final battle and after a close decision the judges awarded Forsberg the win. The top qualifier and 2013 defending champion, Michael Essa in the Essa Autosport / Yokohama Tire BMW M3 rounded out the podium with third place.

“It feels amazing to be on top of the podium, especially here at the first round of the eleventh season of Formula DRIFT,” said Chris Forsberg, winner of Round 1: Streets of Long Beach. “We will try to keep the momentum with our new changes and take the championship home.”

The 2014 Formula DRIFT season continues with Round 2: Road to the Championship on May 9-10 at Road Atlanta.

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship Presented by GoPro 2014 Standings After One Round

1. Forsberg, Chris - Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 104.50 Points
2. Moen, Kenneth - Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX 84.50 Pts
3. Essa, Michael - Essa Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 74.00 Pts
4. Pawlak, Justin - Falken Tire Ford Mustang 68.50 Points
5. Aasbo, Fredric - Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC 52.50 Pts
6. Wang, Forrest - Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire / STR Racing Nissan S14 51.00
7. Bakchis, Aurimas - Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX 51.00 Pts
8. McNamara, Darren - Falken Tire Nissan S14 51.00 Points
9. Gittin Jr., Vaughn - Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 39.50 Pts
10. McQuarrie, Tyler - GoPro / Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro 38.00 Pts
11. Goodin, Pat - Enjuku Racing Nissan 240SX 35.00 Points
12. Tuerck, Ryan - Retaks / Maxxis Tires / Air Force Scion FR-S 35.00 Pts
12. Grunewald, Conrad - Megan Racing / Top 1 Oil / BRE Chevrolet Camaro 35.00
13. Mohan, Kyle - GT Radial / Energy-X Mazdatrix RX-8 35.00 Pts
15. Baribeau, Mats - Gold in the Net Toyota Mark II 33.50 Pts
16. Mertzanis, Dennis - Hyundai Genesis Legato AR1 33.50 Pts
17. DeNofa, Chelsea - BC Racing / Nitto Tire BMW 3-Series 20.50 Pts
18. Mordaunt, Patrick - Hyundai Genesis Legato AR7 19.00 Pts
19. Kearney, Dean - ORACLE Lighting SRT Viper 17.50 Pts
20. Gushi, Ken - GReddy Performance / Scion Racing Drift FR-S V2 17.50 Pts
21. Nishida, Robbie - Achilles Radial / Bridges Racing Lexus SC300 17.50 Pts
22. Castro, Jhonnattan - Progreso Nissan 370Z 17.50 Pts
23. Hohnadell, Alec - Enjuku Racing Nissan S14 17.50 Pts
24. Saito, Daigo - Achilles Radial Lexus SC430 17.50 Pts
25. Rydquist, Carl - Road Race Engineering / Berk Nissan 350Z 17.50 Pts
26. Yoshihara, Daijiro - Falken Tire / Discount Tire Subaru BRZ 17.50 Pts
27. Jones, Jeff - CX Racing Nissan S14 17.50 Pts
28. Landreville, Marc - Marc Landreville Racing Nissan S14 17.50 Pts
29. Stoneback, Geoff - GSR Nissan S14 17.50 Pts
30. Angelo, Tony - Tangelo Racing Scion FR-S 17.50 Pts
31. Briggs, Dave - Achilles Radial / Turbo by Garrett Nissan S14 17.50 Pts
32. Richter, Jeremy - Jeremy Richter Racing Nissan S13 17.50 Pts

Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Event Results
1. Forsberg, Chris Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z Winner
2. Moen, Kenneth Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX 2nd Place
3. Essa, Michael Essa Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 3rd Place

Manufacturers Championship Standings After One Round

1. Nissan 122.00 Points
2. Ford 108.00 Points
3. BMW 94.50 Points
4. Scion 87.50 Points
5. Chevrolet 73.00 Points
6. Lexus 35.00 Points
6. Mazda 35.00 Points
8. Toyota 33.50 Points
9. Hyundai 19.00 Points
10. Dodge 17.50 Points

Tire Championship Standings After One Round

1. Hankook 157.00 Points
2. Falken 119.50 Points
3. Achilles 102.00 Points
4. Nitto 90.50 Points
5. Yokohama 74.00 Points
6. Kenda 52.50 Points
7. GT Radial 35.00 Points
7. Maxxis 35.00 Points

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