With new cars, drivers and teams attacking the corners for the long-awaited opening round of Formula DRIFT, the Streets of Long Beach promised a great deal of excitement and did not disappoint.
Highlights among the 2018 field included 2016 FD champion, Fredric Aasbo, driving his Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire 2019 Toyota Corolla, unveiled days earlier at the New York International Auto Show. Matt Field also debuted his Wish / Borla / Falken Tire Chevrolet Corvette, while Federico Sceriffo would bring his unique Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Drift Spec (aka Fiorella) to the Californian street circuit.
With a number of brand new cars and almost every team carrying out modifications and upgrades during the off-season, the first round always brings a degree of trepidation as the drivers get to grips with a “green” track. However, the front runners started to emerge during practice, and qualifying highlighted the drivers to watch. Continue reading
Team FALKEN Earns Third at Long Beach 2018 Formula D Opener
LONG BEACH, CA – Team Falken celebrated with a third place podium finish for Piotr Wiecek Saturday night at the 2018 Black Magic Formula Drift season opener held on the streets of Long Beach. Wiecek, who qualified first, had a strong car all night, but succumbed to eventual race winner Fredric Aasbo. Formula D Defending Champion and Falken Tires teammate James Deane qualified second and ultimately finished fourth during an extremely competitive night. Five Team Falken drivers finished in the Top 10 for the evening and in the current standings after one round.
Formula Drift proved that its draw as a spectator sport continues to grow as Saturday night saw the largest attendance ever recorded at FD Long Beach. The fans were treated to the debut of Team Falken veteran Justin Pawlak’s 2018 Ford Mustang in new Falken livery, as well as teammate Matt Field’s Chevrolet C6 Corvette also dressed in the brand’s familiar teal and blue colors.
“It was an important event for Falken Tires,” stated Jonathon Bradford, Falken’s Motorsports and Events Manager. “We had a great crowd and they were able to connect with our drivers during the autograph session, which is such a good experience for everyone. We’ve got a very strong team and though our competition has ‘upped’ its game, we’re happy with a podium from our home track and a celebration for Piotr. We’ll move forward in great shape for Orlando.”
Drift Wars Season Prologue
Around the turn of the new year, the off-season rumor mill is usually in full effect. All the sponsorship contracts are wrapping up, builds are coming out of the paint booth, and organizers are dotting T’s and crossing I’s on their contracts for the season. But what if there was an entire other group of drivers and organizers preparing for the drifting season in their own way? Equipped with their own set of off-season rumors, sponsor contracts, and driver changes? Well, welcome to the world of E-Sports Drifting.
If you’re not familiar with E-Sports don’t be alarmed, while it has gained an impressive amount of popularity over the years, it is not yet a common household name. Now, E-Sports has primarily been ruled by fighting games, top down strategy games, and first-person shooters over the years. However, there’s a competitive side to gaming that has yet to hit the limelight, the world of competitive Forza Motorsport drifting.