Round one of this year’s Formula DRIFT championship has drawn to a close in Long Beach, a sell-out crowd of 20,000 coming out to watch the whirlwind celebration of tire destruction. For the uninitiated, Formula DRIFT is as it sounds, a kind of Formula 1 of the drifting world. The championship runs over ten events, held in the USA, Canada, Japan and China. Drivers, tyre manufacturers and car makers all battle it out for championship supremacy.
Norwegian Fredric Aasbo grabbed first place, driving his 800HP Scion tC. He was joined on the podium by runner-up Lithuanian Aurimas Bakchis, driving a 650HP LS7-powered Nissan S14,and American Ryan Tuerck in his 2JZ Scion FR-S.
The championship has brought drifting to the world of motorsports in a way no other event has. Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT, is proud of the series’ success and continued growth in the drifting world. “Each year I’m amazed at the diversity and growth of the Series in more intense competition. We had seven different tire manufacturers competing, nine vehicle manufacturers, various corporate brands, and eight past champions including the return of the only back-to-back champion Tanner Foust in the competition.”
In a championship dominated by turbocharged engines, Turbosmart products were everywhere. Our man on the ground, Ed, managed to snap a few photos between heats.
Round two of Formula DRIFT kicks off at Road Atlanta on May 8-9. We’re hoping to see some more Turbosmart-equipped cars up on the podium!