Beautiful sunny skies and mild temperatures greeted the Formula DRIFT Black Magic PRO Championship teams as they arrived at Wall Stadium Speedway in New Jersey for the Advance Auto Parts Gauntlet presented by Black Magic. With a good mix of drivers claiming podiums at the early rounds and some of last year’s favorites yet to shine, a sell-out crowd filled the grandstands around the banked track in preparation for another nail-biter.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 4, 2017 – Hankook Tire driver Ryan Tuerck battled his way to a podium finish at the opening round of the 2017 Formula Drift season. Ryan kicked off his second season with Hankook Tire by placing third at Formula Drift Round 1: Streets of Long Beach last weekend.
The pursuit of the Driver’s Championship Title and Tire Manufacturer’s Cup started with an exciting weekend of action. With dry track conditions and warm temperatures, drivers got off to a fast start at a racetrack known for its narrow turns and high-speed entry points. After a solid top three finish in the qualifiers, Ryan earned himself a first-round bye and then advanced to the semifinal round driving his signature Toyota GT86 on Hankook’s new Ventus R-S4 tires.
“It’s amazing to kick off the 2017 season with a podium finish and great support from all our partners including Hankook,” said Tuerck. “This was the first race using the Ventus R-S4 tire, and it not only provided amazing grip, but the stiffer sidewalls and new compound allowed us to get a longer life out of the tire while maintaining consistency throughout all of our runs.” Continue reading
Formula Drift made its final stop of the year at the House of Drift Irwindale Speedway for it’s signature final round of the season. Three drivers would enter into the round in contention for the championship – Points leader Chris Forsberg, 2nd place Fredric Aasbo and 3rd Vaughn Gittin Jr. Forsberg would be chasing down his 3rd championship title trying to pass Samuel Hubinette and Tanner Foust on the list with 2 titles. Aasbo would be defending by trying to defend his 2015 title and become the second driver to win consecutive championships.
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.