Round 3 of the Formula DRIFT Championship Series was held in Palm Beach Florida for the second consecutive year. Daijiro Yoshihara not having a good showing last year, Yoshihara definitely was seeking redemption in this year’s competition. Yoshihara began his weekend a little shaky only qualifying 14th overall after having to deal with some rain during his second qualifying run. This qualifying position paired him up with Chris Ward for Top 32 competition.
Yoshihara’s Top 32 battle with Ward was nearly cut short as Ward hit Yoshihara from behind in their first run out. Due to the hit, all Yoshihara had to do was have a clean chase run to advance to the next round and he did just that beating Ward to move to the Top 16 to compete against fellow Japanese driver, Robbie Nishida. The battle between Yoshihara and Nishida was clean and tight as both drivers drove aggressively trying to oust the other. Having a slight advantage during his chase run, Yoshihara eventually won to move on to the Great 8.
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BRASELTON, GA – Team Falken continues its winning streak as veteran Falken Driver Daijiro “Dai” Yoshihara, in the Discount Tire/Falken Tire Nissan 240SX (Silvia S13), took first place at Road Atlanta this past weekend. Dai qualified fourth among a crowded field of 32 who advanced to the second round. Team Falken’s regular quintet of factory-supported drivers were present along with privateers Ross Petty, Walker Wilkerson and several others.
Defending Formula Drift Champion Vaughn Gittin, Jr.¸ competing in the Monster Energy/Falken Tire 2011 Ford Mustang, qualified 12th, and advanced to the Top 16 Round after dueling against Falken teammate Tyler McQuarrie.
By the Top 8, it was “Falken against Falken” as Yoshihara defeated Gittin and Darren McNamara won over Justin Pawlak. In the final, it was Dai who bested McNamara to take the win, the third of his Formula D career as a Team Falken member, and his second consecutive victory at Road Atlanta.