Posts Tagged ‘drifting’

[COVERAGE] FormulaDrift World: Canada Round8

September 14th, 2015 by Elusive Media

What an exhausting, exciting, & fun filled weekend! I was lucky enough to get invited to cover this year’s inaugural Formula Drift World Championship in Canada. The event took place at the Autodrome St. Eustache, just 30 or so minutes north west of the beautiful city of Montréal. I’ve been covering FormulaD events for the past 10yrs in New Jersey and the crowd and atmosphere at this event like no other; a very European feel. Arriving early to kick off the two day event, we were greeted by eager drift fans that had been camping out the night before at the track. Everyone had their campers and tents all setup to enjoy the whole race weekend, amazing! From the fan turnout the first day, you would of thought it was the start of the top16.

Nearly 40 driver from 8 different countries showedto compete in Round 8 of Worlds. Out of those 8 countries, Canada had a strong showing in drivers and they weren’t going to make it easy for anyone to walk in and take the top spot. Kevin Morin trying to battle for the top 32, gave Veteran driver Kean Kearney in his Oracle Lighting/Achilles Motorsports Dodge Viper a run for the next round as the judges and crowd went for “One More Time!” twice before it was decided that Kearney had won the battle.

The crowd was already on cloud9 from the exiting and some nail biting battles, but GoFast Energy Drink & FormulaD want to step it up with a tricked out Semi-Truck, carrying a guy with a Jetpack! Before the start of the top16, this guys shoots into the air and circles the track and lands safely back onto the Semi-Truck. Wow…what a way to start off the final part of this weekend! Now lets get on to some exciting Battles! Canadian drivers continue to impress and you can hear the locals cheer loud and together when one of their drivers enters the track. Tho Toronto driver Pat Cyr driving the Eneos Oil/Yokohama Tire Scion FR-S battled hard, has mechanical damage from a previous battle and is forced to retire claiming 10th.

As we work our way up to the podium battles, Canadian driver Tomy Boisvert-Bellemare(Canadian Local) in his Signature KCS Nissan S13 give Marc Lanreville and Matt Field a great battle and ends up winning and continuing to race for top position, WOW… Canada could take this!! While the final battles came down to the wire, and with all of Canada routing for Tomy, Fredric Asabo in his Rockstar Energy Drink/Hankook Scion tC take the final top step on the podium. It really was a fierce battle and props to both drivers for finishing the weekend as it started.

I can’t wait to cover another Canadian Round after this weekend. Well worth the drive! Check out the nearly 550 photos in the gallery for you enjoyment!

Date: September 6th-7th, 2015
Location: Autodrome St. Eustache, Québec, Canada
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] Carlisle Performance & Style ’15

July 31st, 2015 by Elusive Media

Carlisle Performance & Style returns after a 14 month break. The show has always been on mother’s day weekend, but with the absents of Bike Fest, Performance & Style had an easy spot in July to fill it in. Plus over the past few year, having P&S in early May, weather was always questionable; with the last few years cold and rainy. While we didn’t have an rain free weekend, Saturday did have a heavy down pour that lasted about 60 minutes. The rain did give a nice relief from the heat, as it was in the 90s. Performance & Style changed the way the exhaust competition worked this year. Instead of every other show I know, the car sits in place and revs, while this event had the driver drive off from a standstill. While I think it worked pretty well, they could of used a bit more room to get the rpm’s higher in 2nd gear before breaking to turn around. Look forward to see how they modify this next year. As past years, burnout is the crowd pleaser and they seemed to have a record amount of entries of fans that wanted to abuse their car for the title. Here’s a first after all the years, a surprise proposal. The first burnout contestant and the announcer had an “issue” with the insurance papework, and in the middle of getting it all sorted out, the guy gets on one knee in front of the whole grandstand, and asks his girlfriend, “Will you marry me”? …. Well done! And Congrats to both!! They also had 2 round of the beauty contest along with NICOFest drifting on the auto-x all day long. P&S also has a strong showing of car clubs, so between all that, you had your weekend full!!

Date: July 17-19th, 2015
Location: Carlisle Fairgrounds, PA
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] Formula Drift: RD4 The Gauntlet

July 6th, 2015 by Elusive Media

“Come Hell or High Water” is what the ForumlaD fans & drivers said to the race weekends forecast. Rain and at times heavy, plagued this weekend with track conditions changing every other battle. Since the heaviest rain was said to arrive in the evening, the schedule was bumped down one hour which really played in everyone’s favor. While we had some great battles in the Top 32, there was also many favorites that that “The Gantlet” forced an early exit.

Between the Top 32 and Top 16, heavy down pours soaked the dried out track, but within a few minutes of the opening ceremonies, the rain breaks and gives the fans a great start to the final battles. Tho the rain had stopped, the first couple of battles looked like they were in slow motion. Drivers had to be extra careful with the lack of grip and steep bank with the transition on to the inter-circle. The final 4 would end in a exciting fashion as a steady rain showing up for the final battle. The first battle (dry track), Dean Kearney defeats Ryan Tuerck. Ryan can only now hope that Yokoi would lose to Aasbo since he qualified higher and could then claim 3rd place on the podium. Luck was on his side as Yokoi makes a few mistakes and Aasbo moves on to the finals. At this point, the rain started to pick up. The drivers were allowed a test run to get a feel for track and then we were off! While the rain returns the drives back to slow-motion drifting, Aasbo is able to gain a lead on Kearney. Fredric Aasbo takes his second 1st place in 2015 while making this his 2nd win at wall stadium speedway.

The championship is now wide open, with the top 3 only a few points from each other… going to be an exciting 2nd half!! Enjoy the photos and see you at the next round or via the online stream!

Date: June 26-27th, 2015
Location: Wall Stadium Speedway, Wall, NJ
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] Formula Drift: RD4 The Gauntlet

June 25th, 2014 by Elusive Media

Last year’s event was sold out, and this year’s was no different(and yes, i saw many people get turned away trying to get tickets, another reason to pre-order from FD’s website!) Round 4 of the Formula Drift stands up to its name, The Gauntlet. Many veterans of the sport came hoping to leave on the podium or even a possible win, but while some got close, others met the infamous “wall” at the stadium.

While we all enjoyed the exciting close battles of this weekend, one of my favorites moments was when Chelsea Denofa goes a bit to high and hits the wall on turn one, unbeading his front and rear tires. Instead of coming to a stop, he continues to drift and give everyone a show until the tires roll off the rim and he can on longer continue. While some came victim of the high banked wall, others like top qualifier and local drifter Chris Fosberg continues his lead in the leadership with a second place finish in his Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z. Fredric Aasbo takes victory in his Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC over Fosberg in the final battle, but Aasbo still remains 59 points behind his Hankook teammate. The win at Wall Stadium marks Aasbo’s first career Formula Drift Win. Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis also has one of his first’s on the podium, making it into 3rd place in his Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX.

Formula Drift Championship moves on to Evergreen Speedway for Round 5. Be sure to pre-order your tickets and check out the live coverage via FormulaD’s website at www.formulad.com

Now on with the photos… enjoy!!!

Date: June 20-21st, 2014
Location: Wall Stadium Speedway, Wall, NJ
By: Erik
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[COVERAGE] Formula Drift: RD4 The Gauntlet

June 25th, 2013 by Elusive Media

Formula Drift returns to New Jersey for another sold out crowd. The Gauntlet sure did stand up to its name; with multiple crashes in turn 1 and drivers bumping in each other as the they all were fighting to stay in the fight for the win, it surely kept the crowd entertained. For the past years, the track has been in a figure 8 configuration, this year it was changed into a “mirror like” configuration with 2 high speed clipping points in the center.

After a long 2 days battling it out, Chris Forsberg driving his NOS Energy Drink/Hankook Nissan 370z takes 3rd from Darren McNamara driving his Falken Tire Nissan 240SX. The final showdown was down to Daigo Saito & Justin Pawlak. Justin Pawlak in the Falken Ford Mustang was the number one qualifier, but Daigo Saito in his Achilles/Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 & Championship points leader puts the pressure on and Justin Pawlak spins out chasing Daigo Sainto, which gives him the win!

Round 4 is the halfway point in the championship, Dagio has a 60 point lead and having the top 6 only separated by less than 100pts, one bad weekend for one and good one for another could put a driver in the fight for the championship. Should be an exciting rest of the season! Round 5, Throwdown continues at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA on July 19-20, 2013. If ya can’t make it, remember to stream it live from http://www.formulad.com/!

Enjoy the photos!

Date: June 21-22nd, 2013
Location: Wall Stadium Speedway, Wall, NJ
By: Erik
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[NEWS] Formula Drift: Rd4 The Gauntlet & The Winner is…

June 23rd, 2013 by Elusive Media

Congrats to Daigo Saito in his Achilles Radial Lexus SC430 on winning Rd4 The Gauntlet.
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[EVENT] Formula DRIFT ProAM Golden Gate Drift Round 1 this weekend

March 20th, 2013 by Robert

Formula DRIFT ProAM Golden Gate Drift Round 1 this weekend

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GoldenGateDrift ProAm
Location: Stockton 99 Speedway
4105 N Wilson Way
Stockton, CA

Saturday 23RD Practice Day

Gates open (team’s/media) – 9:30am
Gates open (public) – 10:30am
Practice from 11am – 4pm

Sunday 24TH ProAm Comp

Gates open (team’s/media) – 7:30am
Gates open (public) – 10:00am
Qualifying starts – 1:15pm
(Comp immediately after)

Tickets saturday only 10$
sunday only 12$
Two day 20$
Pit pass(good both days) 25$
Kids 10 and under free

Click here for more information.

[VIDEO]Formula DRIFT Insider 2012 Ep.10

September 7th, 2012 by Robert

Check out the latest Formula DRIFT Insider

[VIDEO] Formula DRIFT | Las Vegas 2012 Promo Video

August 1st, 2012 by Robert

Formula DRIFT is headed to Las Vegas for Round 6 in the Sin City!

[VIDEO] KDF | New Jersey 2012

July 18th, 2012 by Robert

Check out some killer footage taken by Keep Drifting Fun!