Formula DRIFT Round 3: Road to the championship results

James Deane takes back the lead with the event victory

Long Beach, Calif. – May 14, 2017 – Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras returned to Road Atlanta, home of the inaugural Formula DRIFT event 14 years ago. James Deane in the Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240 takes the victory to regain the lead in the chase for the championship.

“This event showcased the global talent within the Series,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Each round has been highly competitive and with only three events remaining it will be exciting to see how it unfolds.”

The Advance Auto Parts Round 3: Road to the Championship was a hard charging event and treated fans to exciting competition. An estimated 1 million viewers tuned into the Livestream through the event weekend.

It was an all European podium with Latvian driver, Kristaps Bluss in the HGK / Mast / Motul / Wisefab BMW E46 taking 3rd place after failing to repair his vehicle for a One More Time battle against Irishman, Dean Kearney in the Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper in the semi-finals. The Finals was a battle of the Irish with Kearney and Deane fighting for the win. The drivers put on a show for the fans with an incredibly tight battle, but Deane was able to inch past his opponent to take the win. With three events completed, James Deane has now taken two event wins to move back into the top of the standings.

“We got to have an all-Irish final and that was just mind-blowing,” said James Deane, winner of the Advance Auto Parts Round 3: Road to the Championship. “The two of us just gave it 110%, no messing around, and that’s how to have a battle. I’m super happy and thanks to everyone who made this possible.”

The action continues to Round 4: The Gauntlet at Wall Speedway on June 2-3. 

Round 3: Road to the Championship Event Results

 Pos  Driver  Team and Tire  Car
.1  Deane, James  Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire  Nissan 240
.2   Kearney, Dean  Oracle Lighting  Dodge Viper
.3  Bluss, Kristaps  HGK / Mast / Motul / Wisefab  BMW E46
.4  Hohnadell, Alec  Urban Air / Hoonigan / Nexen Tire  Nissan 240
.5   Gittin, Vaughn  Monster Energy / Nitto Tire  Ford Mustang RTR
.6  Tuerck, Ryan  Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook  Toyota 86
.7   Wiecek, Piotr  Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire  Nissan 240
.8   Forsberg, Chris  NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire  Nissan 370Z
.9   Essa, Michael  Achilles Tire / Essa Autosport  BMW M3
10   Field, Matt  Falken Tire / Vapetasia / ARK Performance  Nissan 240
11   Heilbrunn, Alex  IMR / Nitto Tire  BMW M3
12  Denofa, Chelsea  BC Racing / Nitto Tire  Ford Mustang RTR
13   Coffman, Matt  Nexen Tire / Coffman Racing  Nissan 240
14  Hamilton, Nate  Team Enjuku / BC Racing / Hankook Tire  Nissan 240
15  Jones, Jeff  DOC Racing  Nissan 240
16   Mohan, Kyle  Built 2 Apex / Mazdatrix / KMR 2016  Mazda MX-5

2017 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Championship Standings After 3 Events

Driver Team / Tire / Car Points
Deane, James Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire / Nissan 240 245.00
Kearney, Dean Oracle Lighting / Dodge Viper 186.00
Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire / Toyota Corolla iM 178.00

2017 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 3 Events

Manufacturer Points
1. Toyota 351.00
2. Ford 250.00
3. Dodge 186.00
4. BMW 157.00
5. Nissan 137.00
6. Mazda 68.00

2017 Tire Championship Standings After 3 Events

Tire Points
Falken 435.00
Achilles 374.00
Nexen 363.00
Hankook 310.00
Nitto 299.00
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Series Formula Drift
Event Atlanta
Sub-event Saturday
Track Road Atlanta
Article type Race report