Next was Tyler McQuarrie in the Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro and the GReddy Scion FR-S of Ken Gushi. It would be controversial due to being called with a zero after, what looked like, an off course by the judges on Tyler. It was tough to call despite all of the camera angles and that would give Ken Gushi the win with a consistent lead run. The next run was supposed to be Taka Aono in the Megan Racing Toyota Corolla and Robbie Nishida and the Achilles Radial Lexus SC300. However, Taka would have a major rear chassis breakage and not make Top 32 in time.
In what should have been a given run by Charles Ng and his Maximum Attack/Achilles Radial Infiniti G37, after Dean Kearney went off course with his Achilles Radial/Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper, it would not go Charles’ way on his follow. First, after a competition time out and knocking over a chicane cone, Dean takes a very aggressive move out of the chicane which messes up Charles’ line on initiation. Then, through power alley, Charles would make contact with Dean and with the wall. These would give Charles a zero versus Dean’s deduction from being off course and giving Dean the win.
Karl Osaki in the DNA Motoring Nissan 240SX would have an uphill battle against the Falken Tires Ford Mustang of Justin Pawlak. Karl did not have proximity in his follow run. He then made it even more uphill after making contact in his lead run and gave Justin the win. Ryan Kado would be next in his DNA Motoring Nissan 350Z and Conrad Grunewald in the Hakook Tires Chevrolet Camaro. Ryan looked really good in the only carbureted car in Formula Drift, but Conrad just came out with his A-game and took the win.
Odi Bakchis and his Feal Suspension/Nitto Tires Nissan 240SX would meet with Carl Rydquist and his Hankook Tires/Road Race Engineering Nissan 350Z. Odi would show off the grip that his Feal Suspension and Nitto NT05s would give him as he would still have a huge advantage coming out of the chicane. Then Rydquist hit the wall coming off of the bank and gave the win to Odi. 2013 Formula Drift Champion, Mike Essa in the Essa Autosport/Yokohama Tires BMW M3 would battle the always impressive Forrest Wang and his STR Racing Wheels/Hankook Tires Nissan 240SX. However, Forrest would not look that impressive on his lead run when he made contact with the wall coming off of the bank. His passenger rear tire would contact Mike’s driver front, causing him to straighten out. It was judged that Forrest was at fault and Mike was given time to look over and repair his car. With a perfect run, Mike Essa would move on.