In a country with only one permanent racing circuit, David Egan and the team behind the IDC have managed to build up one of the most respected drift championships in the world. So while it was a surprise when they announced a round on the 2015 calendar would be indoors it was in keeping with them pushing the boundaries and finding ways to give the drift fans something new and exciting. The Green Glens Arena in Millstreet Co. Cork is an equestrian centre which in its time has also hosted the Eurovision Song contest but for round 2 of IDC the horse power in the arena was going to be increasing on a huge scale.
WAYNE, N.J., June 29, 2015 – Hankook Tire drivers Fredric Aasbo and Rhys Millen both scored first place wins this past weekend at their respective racing events. Aasbo topped the winner’s podium at Formula Drift Round 4 in New Jersey, while Millen was the fastest on the mountain at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.
Hankook’s winning weekend started on Saturday at Wall Speedway in Wall, New Jersey for Formula Drift Round 4, The Gauntlet. In rainy and slick conditions, driver Fredric Aasbo drove his Hankook Scion tC to a first place victory following a day of intense battles. The finals saw Aasbo pitted against Dean Kearney in the Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper. After a tight race, Aasbo’s consistency behind the wheel gave him the edge he needed, out-scoring Kearney and securing his first place victory.
“We won here last year and conditions were perfect back then, dry conditions and a lot of tire smoke. This time however, it was the opposite,” said Aasbo. “We definitely put the Ventus R-S3 through the test, and I think we’ve proven that it’s the best tire out there.” (more…)
Formula DRIFT Round 4 The Gauntlet Results;
Fredric Aasbo is Victorious
Long Beach, Calif. June 28, 2015 Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Wall Speedway in Wall Township, New Jersey for Round 4: The Gauntlet. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC takes the victory and moves into third place in the standings.
Round 4: The Gauntlet saw challenging conditions due to the inclement weather. The varying dry and wet conditions on the track, through the event, created an additional element that the drivers had to overcome in order to advance through the rounds of competition. The action was competitive with many close battles. 300,000 fans tuned in through the event weekend on the Driftstream.
As we approach the halfway point of the season we are in the tightest race for the championship with only 7 points separating the top three drivers, said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. With only three events remaining in the season, the championship is still up for grabs. We expect the championship to come down to the wire in one of the most exciting seasons to date.
The semi-finals saw Ryan Tuerck in the Retaks / Maxxis / Nameless Performance Scion FR-S battle it out against Dean Kearney in the Oracle Lighting / Achilles Motorsports Dodge Viper. Kearney edged out Tuerck to advance to the Finals. Fredric Aasbo faced off against Masashi Yokoi and after a close battle, Aasbo took the victory to face Kearney. Consistency in the wet condition proved to be the deciding factor for Aasbo as he was able to take his second consecutive victory at Wall Speedway moving into third place in the chase for the championship only 7 points behind the leader. Tuerck with his third place finish rises to the top of the standings by a mere point over Aurimas Bakchis in second place.
What an amazing win! We are back in the hunt for the championship and I couldnt be happier, said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 4: The Gauntlet. Big thanks to Rockstar Energy Drink, Scion Racing, and of course Hankook Tire on their home turf. I think we were able to prove our extreme prowess in the rain.
The EverythingDrift.comThe EverythingDrift.com staff got the opportunity to do an exclusive interview with “Team X” while out at Irwindale Speedway for the Formula D Finals. We got to get down and dirty with the Team X drivers Tyson Beckford and Tony Brakohiapa.
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