The 2020 Formula Drift Pro and Link ECU Pro2 Championships are decided

The 2020 Formula Drift Pro and Link ECU Pro2 Championships are decided

24.11.2020: ... during a thrilling Type S title fight weekend Vaughn Gittin Jr claims the 2020 FD PRO Championship Fredric Aasbo wins FD PRO Round Seven


... during a thrilling Type S title fight weekend


 
Vaughn Gittin Jr claims the 2020 FD PRO Championship

Fredric Aasbo wins FD PRO Round Seven

Aurimas Bakchis wins FD PRO Round Eight

Dmitriy Brutskiy is the 2020 Link ECU PRO2 Champion

Mike Power wins FD PRO2 Round Four
 




After months of speculation about whether there would even be a 2020 Formula DRIFT season, the teams arrived at The House of Drift – Irwindale Speedway – for the tradition season finale. With eight PRO and four Link ECU PRO2 Championship rounds squeezed into a compressed calendar of double-header events, the TYPE S Title Fight Weekend would be the ultimate test of resilience and consistency.




The high-speed course used for the previous two rounds at Texas Motor Speedway had exacted a heavy toll on minds and machinery, and Irwindale would provide no relief. With its high-speed banking and unforgiving walls, both metal and egos would be dented or demolished before the PRO and PRO2 Champions were crowned.
 


To reflect the importance of the Link ECU PRO2 Championship, its Final Round would take place on Saturday, while Rounds Seven and Eight of the PRO Championship were scheduled for Friday and Sunday. And to sprinkle an extra wrinkle, Formula DRIFT had created a slightly different track layout to challenge the drivers further.
 


Although the TYPE S Title Fight Weekend would take place in front of empty grandstands because of COVID-19 restrictions, fans tuning into the extremely popular FD livestream would be able to track the cars through the smoke thanks to the addition of TYPE S undercar LED lighting fitted to all PRO category cars. The smartphone app-controlled lighting was also used around the track perimeter to enhance the spectacle as night fell and the competition intensified.
 




LINK ECU PRO2 CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND FOUR



PRO2 returned to Irwindale Speedway after a break in 2019 and the exciting Final thoroughly deserved to be at The House of Drift. With a Championship title on the line, the drivers showed their total commitment at a pace that was frequently punished by the unforgiving Irwindale walls.
 


Sitting in second place as he arrived at the Speedway, Dmitriy Brutskiy (Belarus) didn’t so much stride to the 2020 Link ECU PRO2 Championship as Nick Noback (USA) simply eliminated his opponents.
 


Brutskiy’s day began with a bye round in the Top 32 heats, followed by a solo run in the Top 16 after Chase Schmidt (USA) failed to repair the Chase Schmidt Racing / Achilles Radial / Kansei Wheels BMW E36 following problems during practice. Schmidt had been sixth in the standings and his DNS would become significant as the night progressed.
 


Brutskiy’s first competitive run for his Essa Motorsport / Never Settle / Achilles Radial BMW M3 would be in the Top 8. He battled Steve Misko (USA) driving the Tire Stacks / FDF Racing / Gas Factory Nissan 240sx. With the two cars making contact on the second run, while Brutskiy was in the chase position, the Belarus driver was deemed at fault by a split decision and was eliminated from the competition. At this point, you might expect Brutskiy to return home empty-handed but series Rookie Noback had other ideas.
 


At the wheel of his Koruworks / RTS Built / Noback Racing BMW E46, Noback met PRO2 Championship points leader Jonathan Hurst (USA) in the Top 32. Experiencing mechanical problems, Hurst’s Cash Racing / Achilles Radial Infiniti G37 was uncompetitive and the title favorite was out.
 


In the Top 16 heats, Noback faced fellow Rookie Joshua Love (USA) in the After Hours Autosports BMW E36. Sitting third in the series standings, his car had suffered significant damage during Thursday practice and was defeated by the flying Noback.
 


In the Top 8, Noback swept aside fifth placed Blake Olsen (USA) in the Koruworks / Achilles Radial BMW E92. And with fourth-placed Austin Matta (USA) driving the Don’t Matta Racing Nissan S14 hitting the wall during his Top 16 run against Ricky Hoffman (USA) in the Tire Stacks / FDF Racing / Drift HQ Nissan S14, Brutskiy was champion.
 


Not one of the top five drivers in the 2020 FD Link ECU PRO2 Championship would make the podium in Round Four. In fact, the top four drivers at Irwindale were all series Rookies and new to Irwindale Speedway, with Mike Power (USA) eventually halting Noback’s killing spree in the Final. With little to choose between the two, the judge’s decision went to the driver of the Power Racing / MA Motorsports Nissan Silvia S15. In the third-place run-off, roommates Hoffman and Misko went One More Time before Hoffman claimed the bottom step of the podium.
 


Thanks in part to a win in the Round One, Joshua Love was crowned the Formula DRIFT Link ECU PRO2 Championship Rookie of the Year when the dust had settled.
 


We spoke to Power after his first PRO2 win: “Today has been amazing,” he told us. “To be standing here with the winner’s trophy in my hand is unbelievable. To see this track in person for the first time and to get the win is totally amazing. I have to thank everybody who got me here – my team who worked relentlessly to ensure I had the best car out there, and my sponsors who helped during the off-season and kept us rolling once the season started. I also want to thank my family and everybody at home who was rooting for us. Today has been a dream experience and I’m delighted it’s come true!”
 


We also tracked down Brutskiy as he celebrated his Championship title. “I’m super-happy to be holding the Championship trophy, which was the goal for this year. We did it thanks to my team, including Michael Essa who got me to the Championship in his Championship-winning car. It truly takes a team to make this happen and I wouldn’t be here without all the guys behind the scenes.
 


“The event was going so well during practice: I had zero issues with the car, zero issues with any of the runs. I was happy until I went out in the Top 8, but I still secured the title. I want to thank all my sponsors, who kept me and the car going this season, and got me to the Championship.”
 





FD PRO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND SEVEN



Whether it was the cumulative effect of an intense 2020 season, or because so many teams needed a good result for a shot at the Championship title, Round Seven of the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship at Irwindale Speedway – the TYPE S Title Fight Weekend – saw many of the contenders stumble. The overall effect would be to keep the Championship chase alive, with five drivers heading into the Final Round with a mathematical chance of glory.
 


The top drivers tumbled as early as the first heats, with both Justin Pawlak (USA) in the Roush Performance / Falken Tire Ford Mustang and Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis (Lithuania) in the Falken Tire / Feal Suspension Nissan S15 losing to lower seeded drivers in the Top 32. Pawlak was placed seventh and would fall to eighth, while Bakchis in sixth also dropped one position. This would be enough to remove them from the title chase.
 


Second-placed Ryan Tuerck (USA) reported engine problems after his Top 32 heat, triggering a frantic rush to swap powerplants in the Gumout / Nitto Tire / Mobil 1 Toyota Corolla. The Papadakis team achieved what seemed to be the impossible but Tuerck would hit the wall in Outside Zone 1 shortly after initiating during his Top 16 run. Raising his hand, Tuerck admitted the cooling track conditions had caught him out as the sun was setting. He would maintain his second place in the Championship standings but the points difference increased from eight to 40 points.
 


Third-placed Chris Forsberg (USA) advanced to the Top 16 courtesy of a bye round in the Top 32 heats. However, he’d go no further. Forsberg withdrew his NOS Energy Drink Nissan 370Z on Nexen Tires with engine problems and sought a fix for the Final Round. He would drop from third to fifth place in the Championship but retain a slim chance of claiming his fourth FD title with a 96-point gap to the lead.
 


Championship leader Vaughn Gittin Jr (USA) was a favorite for the 2020 title arriving in Irwindale. He manhandled his Monster Energy / Nitto Tire / Ford Performance Mustang RTR Spec 5-D into the Top 4, but would spin out chasing nemesis Fredric Aasbo (Norway) driving the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nitto Tire GR Supra during an epic battle that went “One More Time.”
 


Relegated to the third-place run-off against teammate Chelsea DeNofa (USA) in the BC Racing / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR, Gittin Jr hit the wall in Outside Zone 1, robbing the fans of another Mustang brawl and promoting DeNofa to third. But with his opponents falling around him, Gittin Jr looked ahead to the Final Round in first place with an extended points lead over Tuerck.
 


Knocking out Adam LZ (USA) in the Top 8 before moving on to Gittin Jr and then beating Michael Essa (USA) in the Final, Aasbo had rediscovered the form that took him to victory in the opening round. Driving the brand new Supra, the 2015 FD Champion followed up with a second place in Seattle but otherwise failed to fulfill the early promise. Arriving at Irwindale in fifth place, he leapfrogged to third after this Round Seven win but with a 60-point deficit to make up.
 


For Essa, it was a welcome return to form, backing up a third place in Seattle, but the 2013 FD Champion wasn’t playing on a level field in Irwindale. He mounted a valiant defense against Aasbo in the Final but his FCP Euro / LiquiMoly / Achilles Tires BMW M3 was badly wounded. Essa reported a coolant leak, failing head gasket, misfire and more, yet continued to drift with his signature precision. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the machinery to beat the Norwegian, but climbed to sixth overall.
 


“It was a crazy day,” Aasbo told us with the winner’s trophy in hand. “After FD TX we went back to the drawing board and found an additional 150hp, which is what we thought we’d need for the Irwindale track. That proved to be correct and we’ve never had a better car. It got better with each battle, letting me take Championship leader Vaugh Gittin Jr to One More Time. We won that battle. Got all the way to the Final against my buddy, Michael Essa. Won that battle, and here we are with the big trophy. Hats off to the team for this one. They set us up to win!”
 


With several titles to be decided in the Final Round, Nitto Tire clinched the 2020 Formula DRIFT Tire Cup in Round Seven thanks to an unbeatable points lead over its competitors.
 




FD PRO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND EIGHT



Arriving at the track on Sunday for Round Eight, the 2020 FD PRO Championship was essentially Gittin Jr’s to lose. He held a 40-point lead over second-place Tuerck, 60 over of third-placed Aasbo, and 80 more than teammate DeNofa.
 


The only other driver with a mathematical chance of taking the title was triple FD Champion Forsberg in fifth place, but he was starting the day on the back foot. It transpired he had “lost the engine during Thursday practice,” Forsberg explained. “We did what we could to salvage the weekend and got the demo car out for Friday, but while it’s built to the same chassis specs as my PRO car, it only makes half the power.



With 500hp I took my bye run in the Top 32 but didn’t feel comfortable entering it into competition and potentially hurting myself or others. So, I bowed out of Round Seven and Matt Field was nice enough to offer his spare car to give us the best chance for Round Eight. My guys drove up to San Francisco, picked up the car and we did a test session at Buttonwillow Raceway. We burnt through a few sets of ties, it felt good and we’re at Irwindale to run to the bitter end.”
 


Receiving a bye run through the Top 32, Forsberg mounted a heroic assault in the supercharged LS-engined NOS Energy Drink Nissan S14 on Nexen Tires (the first time he’d deviated from Nissan-powered machinery since his 2004 Formula DRIFT debut). Unfortunately, he’d fall to Bakchis in the Top 16 but it didn’t matter; Gittin Jr’s advance through the heats gave him enough points to put Forsberg out of the running.
 


Forsberg’s woes were equaled by Aasbo, who blew his engine executing a celebratory burnout after his Round Seven win on Friday. Fitted with a more powerful, experimental engine developed for the Irwindale Finals, the team replaced the powerplant on Saturday but Aasbo reported rod knock when warming the tires on Sunday morning. He had to sit out practice as Papadakis Racing created a third engine from available parts. Miraculously, it was ready for the Top 32 heats where Aasbo faced Ryan Litteral (USA) driving the PowerStop / GT Radial Nissan 350Z. In what the Norwegian admitted was a “Hail Mary,” he could do no more than send it.
 


Under extreme pressure to perform, and with nagging doubts about the engine in front of him, Aasbo hit the wall as he initiated in Outside Zone 1. With his run incomplete, the 2015 Champion had to take his Competition Timeout to address damaged rear suspension. With his overworked team completing the task, Aasbo drove a text book chase run but it wasn’t enough to overcome the previous error and he was eliminated.
 


Teammate Tuerck would fare little better. His Corolla had received a replacement engine in Round Seven, which held up through his Top 32 bye run in Round Eight. He was then matched against Rookie Jonathan Nerren (USA) in the Top 16, but disaster struck on the second run. With Tuerck in the chase position, he initially fell behind Nerren’s CJ Pony Parts / Shelby American Super Snake. In an effort to close the gap, Tuerck collided with Nerren at Inside Clip 2. With the Toyota driver deemed at fault, Tuerck was eliminated and Gittin Jr was the 2020 Champion.
 


The title was well deserved by Gittin Jr. The 2010 Champion had reinvented himself, approaching the series with more focus and determination. With teammate DeNofa, Gittin Jr has built a team that has proved to be unbeatable on its day and the two-time Champion will be a powerful force in 2021.
 


With the PRO Championship decided, Gittin Jr’s only remaining wish was to face DeNofa in the Round Eight Final. However, he’d falter in the Top 8 against Bakchis, who had rectified transmission problems that handicapped him in Round Seven. Initially, the RTR driver appeared to have the upper hand when Bakchis collided with the Champion-elect while in the chase position. With Bakchis at fault, he had to use his Competition Timeout to effect repairs before returning for the second run.
 


Unexpectedly, Gittin Jr hit the wall while chasing Bakchis while only needing to complete the run. It was a disappointment but did little to dampen the celebrations.
 


DeNofa would indeed advance to the Final to meet Bakchis, who was returning to form after too long in the wilderness. With both drivers known for speed, aggression and precision, it was a match to savor and didn’t disappoint. The critical moment came on the second run with DeNofa in the chase position. Blinded by smoke into the transition, DeNofa hit Inside Clip 1 but managed to gather it up and complete the run. However, it was all Bakchis needed to claim his first win since FD Orlando in early 2019.
 


Climbing to the top of the podium, Bakchis became the sixth winner in an incredible season, and moved himself back to sixth place in the final Championship table.
 


“The entire season has been a rollercoaster, especially these final rounds where we had some very close calls in practice with drivers spinning in front of us,” Bakchis told us after the podium ceremony. “We hit the wall and fixed the car twice but were still able to run the car hard all the way from the Top 32 to the win. It wasn’t easy, which makes this even sweeter. I really want to thank my partners and amazing crew – I can’t do it without any of them. We’re off to celebrate and I look forward to building on this for 2021.”
 


Meanwhile, DeNofa’s second place allowed him to leapfrog the Toyota teammates to place second in the 2020 FD PRO Championship behind the RTR team leader, Gittin Jr. Their combined efforts would also contribute to Ford and Nitto claiming the 2020 Formula DRIFT Auto Cup and Tire Cup, respectively.
 


The final accolade of the season went to a thoroughly deserving Adam LZ, who ruffled the feathers of the established drives all season to claim Rookie of the Year and finish the season 13th overall.
 


Rounding out Round Eight, Bakchis reached the Final after a Top 4 heat against Pawlak. On their first run, both drivers hit the wall during initiation, with Pawlak’s Mustang coming off worse. Surveying the damage. Pawlak assessed the repairs couldn’t be completed during a five-minute Competition Timeout. As a result, he conceded the heat to Falken teammate Bakchis, telling him, “I gifted you this one and if you don’t win I’ll be super-disappointed!”
 


Pawlak’s calculation was that Bakchis would need to complete a bye run to finish the heat, buying him more time to begin repairs since the Timeout would begin once the heat was complete. The strategy was successful and the Mustang was back on its wheels with seconds to spare before the third-place run-off where he dominated Jeff Jones (USA) in the Doc / GT Radial Nissan 370Z.
 


As the smoke settled, Pawlak regained seventh place in the 2020 FD PRO Championship while an on-form Jones jumped from 14th to ninth.
 


We caught up with Gittin Jr after the Final. “Irwindale has been a rollercoaster of emotions. We made some headway in Round Seven but I was trying not to focus on the Championship and take it one battle at a time. We ran hard but tried to keep the car easy to drive, which caught us out in the end and meant we didn’t get the results we wanted from the final rounds. But it’s been amazing to see Chelsea earn a second and third for our team, and the giant trophy I’m carrying represents everybody on our team killing themselves all year to earn it.
 


“These moments are the ones you reflect on to understand what it takes to get here. For me it’s all about the team. We have an amazing group of men and women at RTR on the Motorsports and Vehicle sides. They work tirelessly and with passion, and I’m so grateful to be the owner and leader.
 


“I’ve learned that you don’t chase things. You just put the right things in place – the right people, the right energy, right focus and positivity – and it’s been so cool to see it all come together in such a challenging year and to achieve something that means so much.”
 


The final thoughts for the 2020 season go to Formula DRIFT president, Jim Liaw, who told us: “Irwindale never disappoints, even without fans and the added pressure of the double-headers. The teams threw everything into the Finals; there was carnage but it proved the teams were totally committed to finish the season on a high. Even without fans, who we sorely missed, the teams brought so much energy it filled the arena and created an amazing atmosphere. And it was great to see new faces on the podium.
 


“As for the Championships, this wasn’t the season we hoped for at the start of the year but the buildup created a lot of anticipation for the new format and different venues. There was a convergence of PRO Champions, with winners dating back to 2009 in contention this year. And it turned out to be one of the most intense Championships in our history, even though we had to adjust and change our approach to make it happen.
 


“Some people had suggested this would be an asterix year, but with four double-header PRO events crammed into 13 weeks, the Championship Vaughn won was perhaps harder to achieve than any other year. He thoroughly deserves the title and his efforts shouldn’t be diminished. Despite an uncertain start, we can all celebrate what we achieved and the combined accomplishments in the face of the most challenging time the world has faced. And we aren’t ready to sit back just yet because we have the 2021 season to plan…
 


“I also have to acknowledge the fantastic job done by all the PRO2 teams, who put on an amazing spectacle and highlighted its primary purpose of preparing teams and drivers to step up to the PRO category. Undoubtedly, we’ve seen many of them rise to the occasion and we look forward to welcoming them to the 2021 Formula DRIFT PRO Championship.”
 



2021 SEASON



Thank you for supporting the 2020 Formula DRIFT PRO and Link ECU PRO2 Championships. We will communicate the 2021 FD schedule in the New Year. Please visit  formulad.com for driver profiles, new content and more.
 




 
2020 FORMULA DRIFT CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
 
ROUND SEVEN TOP 16 PRO DRIVER POINTS
POSITION    DRIVER    POINTS


1    Aasbo    100
2    Essa    88
3    DeNofa    76
4    Gittin Jr    64
5    LZ    48
6    Taguchi    48
7    Hull    48
8    Reeder    48
9    Forsberg    32
10    Tuerck    32
11    Yoshihara     32
12    Jones     32
13    Kearney    32
14    Field    32
15    Castro    32
16    Burkett    32



 
ROUND EIGHT TOP 16 PRO DRIVER POINTS
POSITION    DRIVER    POINTS

1    Bakchis     100
2    DeNofa     88
3    Pawlak     76
4    Jones    64
5    Hull    48
6    Gittin     48
7    Nerren     48
8    Gushi    48
9    Tuerck    32
10    Forsberg     32
11    Reeder    32
12    Taguchi    32
13    LZ     32
14    Essa    32
15    Hughes    32
16    Litteral    32
 



FINAL 2020 PRO CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER STANDINGS
POSITION    DRIVER    POINTS    TIRES

1    Vaughn Gittin Jr    540    Nitto
2    Chelsea DeNofa     500    Nitto
3    Ryan Tuerck    484    Nitto
4    Fredric Aasbo    448    Nitto
5    Chris Forsberg    428    Nexen
 



FINAL 2020 AUTO CUP STANDINGS

Ford    1140
Toyota    980
Nissan    716
BMW    356
Chevrolet    352
 


FINAL 2020 TIRE CUP STANDINGS

Nitto    1380
Falken    892
Achilles    820
Nexen    732
GT Radial    640


 
LINK ECU PRO2 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS FROM ROUND FOUR
POSITION    DRIVER    POINTS

1    Power    100
2    Noback    88
3    Hoffman    76
4    Misko    64
5    Rowlings    48
6    Brutskiy    48
7    Madison    48
8    Olsen    48
9    Hateley    32
10    Matta    32
11    Love    32
12    Reynolds    32
13    Diaz     32
14    Stuke    32
 


FINAL 2020 LINK ECU PRO2 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
POSITION    DRIVER    POINTS

1    Dmitriy Brutskiy    260
2    Jonathan Hurst    252
3    Joshua Love    228
4    Blake Olsen    216
5    Austin Matta    216
 
 



Greg Emmerson- photos Formula Drift

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/formula-drift-pro-link-ecu-pro-championships-decided---216462.html

24.11.2020 / MaP

More News

Formula Drift Pro Championship results from final round 2020
23.11.2020
EVENT DETAILSDate: Sunday, November 22, 2020Location: Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, CAEvent: Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round Eight, TYPE S Title Fight Weekend    RESULTSWinner: Aurimas more >>
Formula Drift Link Ecu Pro2 Championship results from final round of 2020
22.11.2020
EVENT DETAILSDate: Saturday, November 21, 2020Location: Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, CAEvent: Formula DRIFT Link ECU PRO2 Championship Round Four, TYPE S Title Fight Weekend ROUND FOUR RESULTSWinner: Mike P more >>
Formula Drift results from Irwindale Speedway Pro Championship r7
21.11.2020
EVENT DETAILSDate: Friday, November 20, 2020Location: Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, CAEvent: Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round Seven, TYPE S Title Fight Weekend RESULTSWinner: F more >>
Two Formula Drift Championships will be decided at Irwindale Speedway finals
12.11.2020
Despite a late start to the 2020 season and a compressed schedule that saw double-header rounds introduced for the first time, Formula DRIFT is looking forward to a thrilling Final for both the PRO and Link ECU PRO2 Championships. With a large number of drivers having a mathematical chance to grab the crown, we’re guaranteed to see literal and metaphorical fireworks at Irwindale Spe more >>
Formula Drift implements Type S under-car led lighting for all Pro Championship night events
09.11.2020
TYPE S LED lighting will be seen first at the Irwindale Title Fight final rounds on November 20-22. It will be used on the PRO category cars and around the track for an enhanced spectator experience. Formula DRIFT – the world’ more >>
Ryan Tuerck and Chris Forsberg take Pro Championship wins at Formula Drift Texas weekend
03.11.2020
... with Jonathan Hurst winning PRO2 As Formula DRIFT returned to Texas Motor Speedway for Rounds Five and Six of the 2020 PRO Championship and Round Three of the Link ECU PRO2 Championship, the series introduced a revised track layout. This created a fluid, high-speed course that gave the teams a fresh challenge. It would te more >>
Formula Drift results from Sunday Pro Championship round six at Texas Speedway
02.11.2020
Date: Sunday, November 1, 2020Location: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TXEvent: Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round Six RESULTSWinner: Chris Forsberg (USA) – NOS Energy Drink Nissan 370Z on Nexen Tires more >>
Formula Drift Texas Speedway round 5 results and standings
01.11.2020
 Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020Location: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TXEvent: Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round Five RESULTSWinner: Ryan Tuerck (USA) – Gumout / Nitto Tire / Mobil 1 Toyota Coro more >>
Formula Drift results from Link ECU Pro2 Texas Motor Speedway
31.10.2020
EVENT DETAILSDate: Friday, October 30, 2020Location: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TXEvent: Link ECU PRO2 Championship Round Three RESULTSWinner: Jonathan Hurst (USA more >>
Vaughn Gittin Jr takes double Pro Championship win at Formula Drift Seattle weekend, Dmitriy Brutschiy wins PRO2
29.09.2020
If there’s one thing you should expect in Seattle, it’s rain. And rain is what greeted the teams for Round Two of the 2020 Link ECU PRO2 Championship. Fortunately, it began to dissipate on Saturday for Round Three of the PRO Championship and was practically gone for Sunday’s PRO Round Four. more >>
Formula Drift results from Pro Championship at Evergreen Speedway, Monroe
27.09.2020
EVENT DETAILSDate: Saturday, September 26, 2020Location: Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, WAEvent: Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round Two RESULTSWinner: Vaughn Gittin Jr (USA) ¬– Monster Energy / Nitt more >>
Thrilling opening rounds of Formula Drift Championship crowns - three winners in one weekend
08.09.2020
Fredric Aasbo wins PRO Round One, Chelsea DeNofa claims Round Two win, and Rookie Joshua Love is PRO2 Round One victor  After a lengthy and unavoidable delay to the 2020 Formula DRIFT season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the teams gathered for the more >>
Formula Drift results from round 1 of Pro Championship
06.09.2020
 EVENT DETAILSDate: Saturday, September 5, 2020     Location: World Wide Technology Raceway near St Louis, MOEvent: Round One, Formula DRIFT PRO Championship  more >>
Formula Drift result from round 1 of Link ECU Pro2 Championship
05.09.2020
EVENT DETAILSDate: Friday, September 4, 2020Location: World Wide Technology Raceway near St Louis, MIEvent: Formula DRIFT Link ECU PRO2 Championship, Round One EVENT HIGHLIGHTSTop 32 bracket for PRO2 Category saw a to more >>
Nitro drag racing returns to Santa Pod next weekend
04.09.2020
Santa Pod Raceway Fri.11 – Sun.13 September 2020   The crackle and bark of blown fuel drag racing ricochets once more around Santa Pod Raceway next weekend. Fans starved of nitro’s sensory spectator experience will ha more >>
TYPE S reveals new AutoZone video campaign with RTR Drift Team
01.09.2020
TYPE S ambassadors and top Formula DRIFT PRO drivers, Vaughn Gittin Jr and Chelsea DeNofa, star in two drift videos showcasing TYPE S lighting technology available from AutoZone    One of the biggest names you may not know is TYPE more >>
Link ECU extends Formula DRIFT sponsorship as Official ECU partner and continues as Title Sponsor of PRO2 Category
28.08.2020
 Link ECU – the New Zealand-based engine management specialist – has stepped up its involvement in the Formula DRIFT series. As the opening rounds of the 2020 season approach we can announce that Link ECU has become the Official ECU partner for the series. It also maintains its position as Title Sponsor of the Link ECU PRO2 Championship.  more >>
Welcome to the first ever Formula Drift skills battle presented by Turn 14 distribution
21.08.2020
Nine Formula DRIFT PRO drivers compete in a special warm up event ahead of opening rounds of the 2020 FD Championship, which takes place at World Wide Technology Raceway on September 4-6.  With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc and decim more >>
Formula Drift reveals driver line-up for 2020 season
04.08.2020
After a delayed start created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Formula DRIFT PRO and Link ECU PRO2 Championships will finally get underway in approximately one month. The first event is scheduled for September 4-6 at World Wide Technology Raceway located near St Louis, MO.   more >>
Royal Purple sponsors Formula Drift Pro2 category with contigency program
14.07.2020
Royal Purple Synthetic Motor Oil announced today that in addition to its sponsorship as the Official Motor Oil of the premier Formula DRIFT PRO category, it will also offer a contingency sponsorship for the Formula Drift PRO2 category. As part of t more >>
Formula Drift updates 2020 schedule
11.06.2020
A Statement From Formula DRIFT  Formula DRIFT is announcing a further revision to its 2020 Championship schedule. This takes into consideration the on-going delays and numerous issues related to the national COVID-19 recovery.  &nbs more >>
Formula Drift announces revised 2020 schedule
14.04.2020
Formula DRIFT is very pleased to announce its revised 2020 competition schedule, which kicks off with a bang at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on July 3-4. Not only is it Independence Day weekend but the very first official FD event was held at the same track in 2004, making it an appropriate starting point under these extraordinary circumstances.  more >>
Hot Wheels x Formula Drift Nissan S15 unveiled
09.04.2020
If you’re looking for good news amid the Coronavirus updates, you’ll be happy to know that a new Hot Wheels x Formula DRIFT Nissan S15 has just been unveiled. Exclusively available at Walmart in the US, the car is part of the Hot Wheels Boulevard Collection and is available for just $5.47.   more >>
Formula Drift Coronavirus update
20.03.2020
As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate the globe, the entire Formula DRIFT family would like to send its best wishes to everybody affected. We would also like to thank the fans for their continued support in the face of the disappointment at the postponem more >>
Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach cancelled
13.03.2020
After working closely with the City of Long Beach, the Long Beach Convention Center as well as the organizers of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Formula DRIFT has confirmed that the opening round of the 2020 season will be cancelled. The final decision was made after Long Beach Mayor Garcia released the following statement, “Long Beach is cancel more >>
FIA approves first ever Drifting vehicle regulations - download regulations
11.03.2020
During its meeting, the FIA World Motor Sport Council has approved the sports first ever common vehicle standards for Drifting Cars, representing a milestone in the growing professionalism in the discipline.   The FIA Specific Regulations for DC1 Drift Vehicles more >>
Santa Pod Raceway: VP Racing Fuels maintains support for £85K "The Doorslammers" Race
06.03.2020
The Doorslammers Santa Pod Raceway Fri.15 – Sun.17 May 2020 With £85,000 prize money on the line, ‘The Doorslammers’ is a unique event in European drag racing. And Santa Pod Raceway is proud to announce that VP Racing Fuels wil more >>
Type S signs long term partnership with Formula Drift Series and RTR Team
03.03.2020
Formula DRIFT – the world’s leading professional drifting series – is very pleased to announce a major partnership with Costa Mesa, CA-based TYPE S. The multi-year deal signifies a long term commitment to the series and will see the company introduced as the Official Dash Cam, Vehicle Lighting and Jump Starter for the Formula DRIFT series.  more >>
Nostralgia Nationals to launch "Historic Drag Racing" season at Santa Pod Raceway
10.02.2020
NSRA Nostalgia Nationals Santa Pod Raceway Fri.8 – Sun.10 May 2020 With a new season under way, our thoughts turn to the year’s first major nostalgia event. Hosted in association with the National Street Rod Association, more >>
Tickets on-sale now for 2020 Formula Drift rounds
21.01.2020
Tickets available for rounds 1-7, including the new venues at Sonoma Raceway and Englishtown Raceway – 2020 Irwindale Finals tickets to follow… Formula DRIFT – the leading international drifting championship – is pleased to announc more >>
Santa Pod Raceway launches 2020 season at Autosport International
06.01.2020
Autosport International Stand 2680 – National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham Thu. 9 – Sun. 12 January 2020 Santa Pod Raceway launches its 55 th consecutive season of high-speed racing action at this weekend’s Autosport International show. more >>
Royal Purple Named Official Oil of Formula DRIFT
13.12.2019
Formula DRIFT is pleased to announce a new partnership with Royal Purple, which will become the Official Oil of Formula DRIFT. The announcement of the new partnership was made by officials from both Royal Purple and Formula DRIFT in a press event on the opening day of the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Indianapolis. more >>
James Deane is crowned three-time Pro Champion at Formula Drift Irwindale finals
22.10.2019
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.  more >>
Trent Beechum crowned PRO2 Champion, Chelsea Denofa wins Pro Category as Formula Drift storms into Texas
17.09.2019
The 2019 Formula DRIFT Black Magic PRO Championship and Formula DRIFT Link ECU PRO2 Championship set up camp this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway near Dallas for the Advance Auto Parts Showdown presented by Rain-X. As the final round for more >>
Formula Drift St Louis results and standings
12.08.2019
Formula DRIFT Black Magic PRO Championship and Formula DRIFT Link ECU PRO2 Championship at the World Wide Technology Raceway, ST LOUISTop 16 PRO Category places from Pep Boys Crossroads presented by Rain-X more >>
James Deane wins exciting Formula Drift St Louis round
12.08.2019
... on challenging new course layout, Alec Robbins wins PRO2The 2019 Formula DRIFT Black Magic PRO Championship and Formula DRIFT Link ECU PRO2 Championship arrived at the World Wide Technology Raceway this weekend for Pep Boys Cross more >>
Piotr Wiecek wins thrilling Final at 2019 Formula Drift Seattle round
23.07.2019
The 2019 Formula DRIFT Black Magic PRO Championship unfolds, it continues to be one of the most competitive seasons in the 16-year history of the series. This weekend, Piotr Wiecek became the fourth winner in five rounds after an event in which the two top drivers in the championship failed to even reach the top ten at the AutoZone Throwdown presented by Permatex. more >>
World Wide Technology Raceway unveils enlargement of road course
27.06.2019
World Wide Technology Raceway officials have unveiled the completion of its road course expansion. The multi-purpose motorsports venue is located five miles from downtown St Louis in Madison, IL. The expansion, which was designed by Tony Cotman more >>
Tickets go on sale for Formula Drift final round 2019 at Irwindale Speedway
24.06.2019
 Formula DRIFT is pleased to announce tickets are going on sale for its season finale – Round 8: AutoZone Title Fight presented by Rain-X, which takes place on October 18-19, 2019. As ever, it will be held at the world-famous House of Drift at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA.   more >>

Kategorien

2001-2021 automobilsport.com full copyright