Long Beach, Calif. June 21, 2014 Formula DRIFT returned to Wall Speedway in New Jersey for Round 4: The Gauntlet. Fredric Aasbo in the Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC takes his first Formula DRIFT Pro Championship victory.
Round 4: The Gauntlet provided the sold out crowd to an exciting event experience complete with hard fought battles throughout the competition. Friday attendance saw exponential growth from the previous season making this the most attended Formula DRIFT event at this venue.
9 years ago we invested in Wall Speedway, when we paved the infield and it continues to prove to have been a wise decision as we experienced the biggest Wall Speedway crowd ever this weekend, says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. This part of the country has become an integral and established stop for the championship.
For the fourth consecutive event, Chris Forsberg, the number one qualifier in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z, found the podium finishing in second place and retaining his championship point lead. The final battle between Hankook Tire teammates, Forsberg and Aasbo was a tightly fought battle, but one mistake by Forsberg helped Aasbo take his first career Formula DRIFT event victory, moving him into second place in the chase for the championship. The podium was rounded out by Aurimas Odi Bakchis in the Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX taking third place in the event, which is also his first professional career podium.
This has been such a long time coming. This is my dream from ten years ago when I first started watching Formula DRIFT, said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 4: The Gauntlet. I want to thank my team into turning the Scion tC into such a championship contender. We have had our trials and tribulations, but this is proof that I have the best team in the business.
The 2014 Formula DRIFT Championship season continues to Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway on July 18-19. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaD.
|Formula DRIFT Professional Championship Presented by GoPro 2014 Standings After Four Rounds|
|1. Forsberg, Chris||Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||353.00 Points|
|2. Aasbo, Fredric||Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC||294.00 Points|
|3. Gittin Jr., Vaughn||Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR||288.00 Points|
|4. Moen, Kenneth||Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX||242.00 Points|
|5. Bakchis, Aurimas||Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX||189.50 Points|
|6. Pawlak, Justin||Falken Tire Ford Mustang||173.50 Points|
|7. Wang, Forrest||Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire / STR Racing Nissan S14||164.50 Points|
|8. McNamara, Darren||Falken Tire Nissan S14||153.00 Points|
|9. Nishida, Robbie||Achilles Radial / Bridges Racing Lexus SC300||151.50 Points|
|10. Grunewald, Conrad||Megan Racing / Top 1 Oil / BRE Chevrolet Camaro||141.50 Points|
|11. McQuarrie, Tyler||GoPro Mobil 1Chevrolet Camaro||134.50 Points|
|12. Kearney, Dean||Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper SRT||134.00 Points|
|13. Essa, Michael||Essa Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3||131.00 Points|
|14. Tuerck, Ryan||Retaks Maxxis Tires Air Force PSI Scion FR-S||125.50 Points|
|15. Field, Matt||CX Racing / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX||119.50 Points|
|16. Ng, Charles||Speedhunters / Achilles Radial Infiniti G37||118.00 Points|
|Round 4: The Gauntlet Event Results|
|1. Aasbo, Fredric||Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC||Winner|
|2. Forsberg, Chris||Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||2nd Place|
|3. Bakchis, Aurimas||Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX||3rd Place|
|Manufacturers Championship Standings After Four Rounds|
|1. Ford||461.50 Points|
|2. Scion||451.00 Points|
|3. Nissan||442.00 Points|
|4. Chevy||276.00 Points|
|5. BMW||246.50 Points|
|Tire Championship Standings After Four Rounds|
|1. Hankook||647.00 Points|
|2. Nitto||525.50 Points|
|3. Achilles||453.00 Points|
|4. Falken||345.50 Points|
|5. Yokohama||167.50 Points|