Formula DRIFT Round 2: Unchartered territory results

Fredric Aasbo is Victorious

Long Beach, Calif. – April 29, 2017 – Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras returned to Orlando for Round 2: Unchartered Territory. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM takes the victory and moves into the lead in the standings.

“This season is shaping up to be very entertaining and competitive one,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The standings were shaken up after the last round with only 55 points separating the Top 7 drivers.”

Round 2: Unchartered Territory at the Orlando Speed World was an action packed event from start to finish. An estimated 1 million viewers tuned into the Livestream and were treated to a highly competitive event.

The semi-finals became a battle of champions with four past champions competing for the top spot. 2011 Formula DRIFT champion and number one qualifier, Dai Yoshihara in the Falken Tire / Turn 14 Distribution Subaru BRZ faced off against 2013 champion, Michael Essa, in the Achilles Tire / Essa Autosport BMW M3. In a very tight battle, Essa edged Yoshihara to advance to the finals. 2010 champion, Vaughn Gittin, in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR went up against 2015 champion, Fredric Aasbo. A very close and technical chase run by Aasbo sealed the win to advance into the finals. In the finals, Aasbo found his groove and managed to take advantage of a small mistake by Essa to secure the victory and move into the top of the 2017 Pro Championship standings.

“What an incredible win! We only built this car over the off season and to get this first win after only the second time out is amazing.” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 2: Unchartered Territory. “Today it all came together especially in that Top 4 battle with Vaughn Gittin Jr. and that was my highlight of the day showing that I can chase really close and getting this first win in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM is huge.”

The action continues to Round 3: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta on May 12-13.

Round 2: Unchartered Territory Event Results 

.1 Aasbo, Fredric

Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM

.2 Essa, Michael

Achilles Tire / Essa Autosport BMW M3

.3 Yoshihara, Dai

Falken Tire / Turn 14 Distribution Subaru BRZ

.4 Gittin, Vaughn

Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR

.5 Tuerck, Ryan

Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Toyota 86

.6 Kearney, Dean

Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper

.7 Castro, Jhonnattan

Gerdau Metaldom / Nexen Tire Toyota 86

.8 Hohnadell, Alec

Urban Air / Hoonigan / Nexen Tire Nissan 240

.9 Deane, James

Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan Silvia

10. Bluss, Kristaps

HGK / Mast / Motul / Wisefab BMW E46

11. Forsberg, Chris

NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z

12. Hamilton, Nate

Team Enjuku / BC Racing / Hankook Tire Nissan 240

13. Field, Matt

Falken Tire / Vapetasia / ARK Performance Nissan 240

14. Moore, Cameron

Nameless Performance / BN Sports / Nexen Tire Toyota 86

15. Wiecek, Piotr

Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan Silvia

16. Mohan, Kyle

Built 2 Apex / Mazdatrix / KMR 2016 Mazda MX-5

2017 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Championship Standings After 2 Events

.1 Aasbo, Fredric

Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM

158.00 Points

2. Deane, James

Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240

142.00 Points

3. Tuerck, Ryan

Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Toyota 86

122.00 Points

2017 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 2 Events

1. Toyota

280.00 Points

 

2. Ford

159.00 Points

 

3. BMW

119.00 Points

 

4. Dodge

103.00 Points

 

5. Nissan

87.00 Points

 

6. Mazda

34.00 Points

 

2017 Tire Championship Standings After 2 Events

1. Falken

281.00 Points

 

2. Nexen

260.00 Points

 

3. Achilles

222.00 Points

 

4. Hankook

209.00 Points

 

5. Nitto

208.00 Points

 
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Series Formula Drift
Event Orlando
Sub-event Saturday
Track Orlando Speed World
Drivers Fredric Aasbo , Daijiro Yoshihara , Vaughn Gittin Jr. , Michael Essa
Article type Race report