|Long Beach, Calif. – May 25, 2016 – G-Shock presents Formula DRIFT Japan headed to the mountaintops of the famed Ebisu Circuit for the second round of the Formula DRIFT Japan Championship and third round of the Formula DRIFT World Championship. Mike Whiddett takes the victory in a Mazda RX-7.A capacity crowded at the heralded jewel of Japan drifting came to the Ebisu Circuit to witness world-class competition from the top drivers in the sport.
“What an amazing event! To be here with the Formula DRIFT Japan team to witness this wonderful event and amazing competition was something any fan of drifting could only dream of,” said Ryan Sage, Vice-President of Formula DRIFT. “Today I saw some of the best drifting in the world and I am proud to see all these drivers, from different walks of life, live out their dream at this legendary track.”
The finals saw Mike Whiddett take on famed Japanese drifter, Masashi Yokoi. Both drivers went door-to-door on both runs, but it was Whiddett’s lead run that sealed the victory with a perfectly executed backwards entry. Yokoi lost his positioning as Whiddett accelerated to the final clip, which ended with the judges unanimously favoring Whiddett giving him the victory.
“This is my first Formula DRIFT victory since 2009 in Thailand, but the level now is at an all-time high, so words can’t begin to describe the feeling right now,” said Mike Whiddett, winner of the event. “In drifting you can’t win by pushing 115 percent or by 98 percent. You have to be really focused.”
The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 3: Unchartered Territory on June 3-4 at Orlando Speedworld. For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebookwww.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaD, and snapchat formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.
The US drift season is in full swing and this month Formula Drift held their second round at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA. With rain dampening round one in Long Beach the drivers had their work cut out for them with this being the first event with fair weather this year. This was also the first Pro 2 event of the season where drivers that earned their FD license could first take their turn in the spotlight.
Golden Gate Drift drivers, Matt Coffman, Cameron Moore, Faruk Kugay, Donovan Brockway, Matt Madrigali and Matt Field, show off their skills at Formula Drift Atlanta.
Round 2 of the 2016 season #FDATL
KEEPING UP WITH KARNAGE
2016 Formula DRIFT Road Atlanta Round 2
Road to the Championship – Road Atlanta
Atlanta, GA. May 6 – 7, 2016
Team Bridges Racing
Driver – Dean ‘Karnage’ Kearney
BRASELTON, GEORGIA (May 7, 2016) –Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his 2016 Ford Mustang RTR were untouchable during this weekend’s Formula Drift “Road Atlanta” event as he dominated in qualifying before scoring a unanimous decision for the overall win Saturday night.
During the qualifying session held on Friday, May 6th, the Monster Energy driver earned the top qualifying spot of 31 drivers, racking up 94 of 100 possible points. That high score gave Gittin a bye into the Top Sixteen round of the competition, and he took advantage.