Formula Drift kicks off 11th season on Streets of Long Seashore

Formula Drift Streets of Long Beach 2014

The 2014 Formula Drift series kicked off last weekend in Lengthy Beach, and saw Chris Forsberg, who you may recall went mad and drifted around a warehouse in an Infiniti M, get the title behind the wheel of his Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z (proven above).

Forsberg really ran away with the 1st round of competition, outscoring his closest opponent, second-place finisher Kenneth Moen and his Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX, by twenty factors. Third place was 2013 championship winner Michael Essa and his Yokohama BMW M3, 30.5 factors behind Forsberg.

In the manufacturers’; title, Nissan took an early lead with 122 factors, which is not a massive surprise considering 5 of the top 10 drifters were piloting both a Z or a solution of the brand’;s S platform. Ford, which had 2 drivers (Justin Pawlak and Vaughn Gittin, Jr.) in the leading 10, took house 2nd spot, whilst BMW is at present third in the manufacturers’; standings.

Whilst it seems to be like Forsberg and Nissan are pulling out an early lead, there are 6 a lot more events in this year’;s championship. The subsequent contest is set for May 9th and 10th at Road Atlanta. You can check out the whole Formula Drift schedule at the series’; homepage.

We had photographer Drew Phillips on hand for the Prolonged Seashore contest. Get a search at his gallery of smoking tires and sideways cars at the top of the page. You can also scroll down for the complete outcomes appropriate from Extended Beach.

Lengthy Beach, Calif. – April 6, 2014 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro kicked-off the very first occasion of the 2014 season with Round one: Streets of Prolonged Seaside to a sold out crowd. Chris Forsberg in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370 Z takes the victory and the lead in the chase for the championship.

Round 1: Streets of Lengthy Beach commenced off the eleventh season of Formula DRIFT to a promote out crowd. Above 20,000 fans gathered to knowledge the drifting action and excitement on the well-known Streets of Long Seaside Grand Prix course. The Dailymotion Livestream partnership saw over 230,000 exclusive viewers view the Driftstream in excess of the occasion weekend with more than 1 million views in a 24 hour period.

“It is actually a great feeling to see not only the reside occasion attendance grow steadily 12 months soon after yr, but also the international Driftstream audience,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “We pride ourselves in becoming capable to offer enjoyment to such a youthful, engaged and tech-savvy audience.”

Consistent driving aided propel Chris Forsberg to the best of the podium to earn the season’;s 1st victory and championship points lead. Forsberg faced Norway’;s Kenny Moen in the Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX in the ultimate battle and soon after a shut determination the judges awarded Forsberg the win. The top qualifier and 2013 defending champion, Michael Essa in the Essa Autosport / Yokohama Tire BMW M3 rounded out the podium with third location.

“It feels remarkable to be on leading of the podium, specially right here at the very first round of the eleventh season of Formula DRIFT,” explained Chris Forsberg, winner of Round one: Streets of Extended Seashore. “We will try out to keep the momentum with our new alterations and take the championship property.”

The 2014 Formula DRIFT season continues with Round 2: Street to the Championship on Might 9-10 at Street Atlanta. For a lot more information check out: and uncover Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook and Twitter @FormulaD.

Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by GoPro 2014 Standings Right after One particular Round
1. Forsberg, Chris Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 104.50 Points
2. Moen, Kenneth Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX 84.50 Factors
3. Essa, Michael Essa Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 74.00 Factors
4. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 68.50 Points
5. Aasbo, Fredric Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC 52.50 Factors
6. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire / STR Racing Nissan S14 51.00 Factors
6. Bakchis, Aurimas Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX 51.00 Factors
8. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Nissan S14 51.00 Points
9. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Vitality / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 39.50 Factors
8. McQuarrie, Tyler GoPro / Mobil one Chevrolet Camaro 38.00 Points
eleven. Goodin, Pat Enjuku Racing Nissan 240SX 35.00 Factors
12. Tuerck, Ryan Retaks / Maxxis Tires / Air Force Scion FR-S 35.00 Factors
twelve. Grunewald, Conrad Megan Racing / Best one Oil / BRE Chevrolet Camaro 35.00 Points
13. Mohan, Kyle GT Radial / Power-X Mazdatrix RX-8 35.00 Points
15. Baribeau, Mats Gold in the Net Toyota Mark II 33.50 Factors
16. Mertzanis, Dennis Hyundai Genesis Legato AR1 33.50 Points
17. DeNofa, Chelsea BC Racing / Nitto Tire BMW 3-Series twenty.50 Points
18. Mordaunt, Patrick Hyundai Genesis Legato AR7 19.00 Factors
19. Kearney, Dean ORACLE Lighting SRT Viper 17.50 Factors
twenty. Gushi, Ken GReddy Functionality / Scion Racing Drift FR-S V2 17.50 Factors
21. Nishida, Robbie Achilles Radial / Bridges Racing Lexus SC300 17.50 Points
22. Castro, Jhonnattan Progreso Nissan 370Z 17.50 Factors
23. Hohnadell, Alec Enjuku Racing Nissan S14 17.50 Points
24. Saito, Daigo Achilles Radial Lexus SC430 17.50 Factors
25. Rydquist, Carl Street Race Engineering / Berk Nissan 350Z 17.50 Factors
26. Yoshihara, Daijiro Falken Tire / Discount Tire Subaru BRZ 17.50 Points
27. Jones, Jeff CX Racing Nissan S14 17.50 Points
28. Landreville, Marc Marc Landreville Racing Nissan S14 17.50 Factors
29. Stoneback, Geoff GSR Nissan S14 17.50 Points
30. Angelo, Tony Tangelo Racing Scion FR-S 17.50 Factors
31. Briggs, Dave Achilles Radial / Turbo by Garrett Nissan S14 17.50 Factors
32. Richter, Jeremy Jeremy Richter Racing Nissan S13 17.50 Points
Round one: Streets of Lengthy Seaside Event Benefits
1. Forsberg, Chris Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z Winner
2. Moen, Kenneth Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX 2nd Spot
3. Essa, Michael Essa Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 3rd Location
Manufacturers Championship Standings After A single Round
one. Nissan 122.00 Points
2. Ford 108.00 Points
3. BMW 94.50 Factors
4. Scion 87.50 Factors
5. Chevrolet 73.00 Points
6. Lexus 35.00 Points
6. Mazda 35.00 Factors
8. Toyota 33.50 Points
9. Hyundai 19.00 Factors
10. Dodge 17.50 Points
Tire Championship Standings Right after One particular Round
1. Hankook 157.00 Points
2. Falken 119.50 Factors
3. Achilles 102.00 Points
4. Nitto 90.50 Points
5. Yokohama 74.00 Points
6. Kenda 52.50 Factors
7. GT Radial 35.00 Points
6. Maxxis 35.00 Factors

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