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.
Exhibiting his signature aggressive driving style at speeds over 100 miles per hour, Gittin outperformed the field in the Top Sixteen, the Great Eight and Final Four rounds of the competition. His victory in the final, awarded unanimously by the series’ three judges, is his first of the year.
This is Gittin’s first season with his newly-built 900 horsepower Mustang RTR. He has been competing in Formula Drift with a Ford Mustang since 2005.
“This new Ford Mustang RTR has inspired me to simply just be me behind the wheel. That fact, combined with my team’s hard work, and all the support from the Ford Performance team throughout our development over the last year, is why we are on this top step,” said Gittin. “It feels so good to bring home a win for everyone that has worked so hard and supported our goals out here. I love this new Mustang.”
The Road Atlanta track in Braselton, GA is known as the “birthplace of drift”, having hosted the inaugural Formula Drift event in 2003. Gittin and his Ford Mustang RTR will be back in action June 3-4th at Orlando Speedworld in Orlando, Florida.