The first battle up was Chris Forsberg and Daigo Saito which would determine Michael Essa's championship fate. After an intense battle, Forsberg lost to Saito which resulted in Michael Essa being crowned the new champion of the 2013 season on the 10th anniversary of Formula Drift.
Of course this event wouldn’t be complete without some of the fun and goofing around in the media pit with some of the funniest people I know. “dancing” around, potty mouth jokes, and of course getting on the jumbo screen with our own take on Jarrod’s wave.
All of the Top 16 competitors let loose and everything hang out, so much so that we close the season out with Tyler Mcquarrie kissing the wall. Thankfully just his car suffered damage and he was fine.
The best battle of the night and of the entire season in my opinion was between Daigo Saito and his Achilles Tire teammate Robbie Nishida. They took a page out of the D1 book and demonstrated a jaw dropping set that left the crowd screaming for more and many of us media completely stunned by their skill.
The evening wrapped with the final podium handing out the carbon fiber trophies to the winners of round 7 which included first time podium winner Forrest Wang. Michael Essa was soon called up to receive the large silver trophy after a long fought road to the 1st place spot of the year with 555.50 points.