Formula Drift 2014 Round 1 – Long Beach

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Formula Drift Long Beach 2014 Round 1

Fredric Aasbo, the Hammer of Norway and driver of the Hankook Tires/Scion Racing Scion tC had to face Marc Landerville in the Standard Suspension Nissan 240SX. The Hammer would strike a win against Landerville, but Landerville put up a great fight.

Formula Drift Long Beach 2014 Round 1

The native Texan, Conrad Grunewald in the Hankook Tires Chevy Camaro would look to drive past Jhonnattan Castro in the Progresso/Hankook Tires Nissan 370Z, which is the car Chris Forsberg drove in 2013. Now, Jhonnattan is part of Chris Forsberg Racing and has taken over that car. While it is a proven chassis, it’s still new to Jhonnattan and Conrad has been in his chassis for some time. That experience allowed him to move on to the Top 16.

Formula Drift Long Beach 2014 Round 1

Vaughn Gittin, Jr and his Monster Energy/Nitto Tires Mustang RTR would face Dave Briggs in the Achilles Radial/AV Fabrication/Turbo by Garrett Nissan 240SX and Dave would show why the SR20VET shouldn’t be considered outdated! He would face Vaughn in a one more time, but Vaughn would be the victor and move on to the Top 16.

Formula Drift Long Beach 2014 Round 1

While it was rumored that he would go Turbo V8 like his Falken Tires/SPD Metal Works team mate, Daijiro Yoshihara, Darren McNamara’s Falken Tires Nissan Silvia was all motor for Long Beach. It was enough to keep a gap against Dean Kearney’s Achilles Radial/Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper and earn him a spot in the Top 16.

Formula Drift Long Beach 2014 Round 1

Chris Forsberg and his new Hankook Tires/NOS Energy Nissan 370Z will be on a mission for 2014 to earn the Championship that he just barely lost in 2013. His first victim would be Daijiro Yoshihara and his Turbo by Garrett V8 powered Falken Tires/Discount Tire Subaru BRZ. A funky line under the Firestone Bridge would cost Dai the win, but Mike “The Boss” Kojima said that the car still looks promising and was only in the upper three digits for power. Take it as an early warning shot to the rest of the field for Road Atlanta.

Formula Drift Long Beach 2014 Round 1

There are going to be two dark horses this year in Formula Drift. One is Kenny Moen, who’s already in the Top 16, but the other is going to be Pat Goodin in the Enjuku Racing Nissan 240SX. In order to prove my theory right, he would need to beat Daigo Saito and his Achilles Radial Lexus SC430. Despite Daigo breaking, and holding up the next run after trying to get the car repaired when it broke again, Pat was able to hold his own against Saito. Pat would go on to the Top 16.

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