Chelsea Denofa Takes His First Ever Formula DRIFT Victory

Chelsea Denofa Takes His First Ever Formula DRIFT Victory

11.04.2016: Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Results Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to Long Beach for the

Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Results

Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to Long Beach for the kickoff event of the 2016 Pro Championship season.


Chelsea Denofa in the BC Racing / GT Radial BMW earned his first ever Formula DRIFT victory to start the season at the top of the standings.


 


The volume of rain, the variable surface conditions of the street course, which made for treacherous conditions in general during Friday's practice, created a rain delay, which ultimately resulted in the Series making the decision to draw on a provision of the Sporting Regulations that allows the Series to forgo Qualifying in the face of inclement weather.


Drivers were placed into the Top 32 bracket based on their 2015 ranking. The weather held up for the main competition and the drivers were able to give the fans a great showing to start the season.


"The weather definitely added a challenging element to this event, but the action was as intense as ever to kickoff the season," said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT.


"Despite the rain, the fans came out to show their support. This season is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting and for the local fans we will keep things going with the Super Drift competition next weekend under the lights during the Long Beach Grand Prix."


Returning champion and winner of Round 1 in 2015, Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC battled through some car issues to meet Odi Bakchis in the Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Tire Hyundai Genesis in the semi-finals.


Aasbo edged out Bakchis to enter the Finals. The 2015 runner-up Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire SR Toyota 86 faced off against Chelsea Denofa in an exciting battle.


Denofa beat out Gushi to face the champion in the Finals, which gave Gushi the third place event finish. With momentum on his side, Denofa out matched Aasbo to take his first ever Formula DRIFT victory.


This also marks the first victory for tire supplier GT Radial.


"I'd like to thank everyone that I work with including GT Radial, BC Racing, Turbo by Garrett, and everyone that helped with the car," said Chelsea Denofa, winner of Round 1: Streets of Long Beach.


"We have been working on this for so long and so hard and through mechanical failures to finally be able to work together and push through to get on the top."


The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 2: Road to the Championship on May 6-7 at Road Atlanta.


 For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.




Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Event Results




1. Denofa, Chelsea    BC Racing / GT Radial BMW    Winner

2. Aasbo, Fredric    Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen SR by Toyota tC    2nd Place

3. Gushi, Ken    GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota 86     3rd Place

4. Bakchis, Aurimas    Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Falken Tire Hyundai Genesis    4th Place

5. Tuerck, Ryan    Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Tire SR by Toyota FR-S    5th Place

6. Wang, Forrest    Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire Nissan S15     6th Place

7. Field, Matt    Falken Tire / Driftcave Motorsports Nissan S14    7th Place

8. Gittin, Vaughn    Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR    8th Place

9. Forsberg, Chris    NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z    9th Place

10. Kearney, Dean    Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper     10th Place

11. McQuarrie, Tyler    Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro     11th Place

12. Whiddett, Mike    Red Bull / Nitto Tire Mazda MX-5    12th Place

13. Ng, Charles    Sogun Motorsports / Achilles Tire Infiniti G37    13th Place

14. Essa, Michael    Loudmouth Exhaust / Achilles BMW M3    14th Place

15. Bluss, Kristaps    HGK / Motul / Achilles Tire BMW E46    15th Place

16. Jones, Jeff    DOC Racing Nissan S14    16th Place

2016 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 1 Event

1. Denofa, Chelsea    BC Racing / GT Radial BMW     100.00 Points

2. Aasbo, Fredric    Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC     80.00 Points

3. Gushi, Ken    GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing     64.00 Points
       



2016 Formula DRIFT World Championship Standings Top 3



1. Denofa, Chelsea    BC Racing / GT Radial BMW     100.00 Points

2. Aasbo, Fredric    Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC     80.00 Points

3. Gushi, Ken    GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing     64.00 Points



2016 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 1 Event


1. SR by Toyota    144.00 Points    
2. BMW    132.00 Points    
3. Ford    64.00 Points    
4. Nissan    48.00 Points   
5. Mazda    48.00 Points    
6. Infiniti    48.00 Points    
7. Chevy    32.00 Points    
8. Dodge    32.00 Points    


2016 Tire Championship Standings After 1 Event


1. Nexen    144.00 Points    
2. GT Radial    116.00 Points    
3. Falken    112.00 Points   
4. Hankook    96.00 Points    
5. Nitto    80.00 Points    
7. Achilles    64.00 Points    



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