Two years ago the final FD round, my first visit to Irwindale, was ramping up to be special for two reasons. Firstly this was ‘defiantly the last ever, no-way we’re coming back here’ round at The House Of Drift, and secondly, James Deane was on track for taking the championship in his first season back in America. Well since I’m back turning onto Speedway Drive with James on track to be the first FD driver to take three champions back to back we know how that all went.
As if scripted by Hollywood screenwriters, the Formula DRIFT Black Magic PRO Championship would again result in a nail biting, heavyweight showdown at its Final round. And sticking with tradition, the Final took place at the House of Drift – Irwindale Speedway in Southern California – in front of a capacity crowd.
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For the first time, Formula DRIFT takes its Championship abroad to the Great White North. The SR by Toyota team sends another driver to the podium and all three drivers continue to make their push up the Championship ladder. Watch Fredric Aasbo, Ken Gushi and Ryan Tuerck as they battle at the Autodrome St-Eustache in Montreal.
The thing about racing is that sometimes things don’t go as planned. Fredric Aasbo and the Papadakis Racing team goes through another blown engine and races against time to get back on the grid while Ken Gushi faces a former Formula DRIFT champion early on in the rounds. Ryan Tuerck’s car spits flames, in an unfortunate manner, as he takes his last run.