Formula Drift Round 4: NJ Wall Speedway

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Event Coverage: Formula Drift Round 4 – NJ Wall Speedway

by Sarah Forst

Wall Speedway is like a garbage disposal for drift cars. The wall has a 30 degree bank that chews up perfectly functional, flashy competitors and spits them out with missing bumpers, damaged body panels, or even on fire. The bank is littered with rubber chunks of tires from runs past; rubber that begets a gripless quandary. The judges and crowd love cars that go high with big angle but the guard rail is like a tin can opener that will dismember anything that gets a little too touchy feely. Perhaps for that reason it's also one of my favorite Formula Drift rounds to shoot at.

Conditions at the track were the best in years- a little cloudy, not overbearingly humid, and comfortably warm. The wind was blowing and not only could the drivers, mechanics, and media get a little breeze to keep down the swass factor, but it blew the smoke out of the bowl so we could see more of the action. MotoIQ brings it to you here!

 

Tyler WolfsonRookie Tyler Wolfson left his mark during his second pass at qualifying at Round 4 finding his tires' peak grip and then some.
Jeff WolfsonRookie Jeff Wolfson failed to qualify in his Toyota 2JZ-GTE 700hp powered Scion FR-S.
 
wang and castroOne minute you're minding your own business…
 
castro tirecastro tireThe next thing you know, you're dodging a rogue tire.  Mission accomplished!
Jhonnattan Castro in the Progresso Nissan 370Z and Forrest Wang in the Get Nuts Lab Hankook Tire STR Racing S14 battled in the first round of the Top 32 with Wang moving on but falling to Aasbo in the next round.
NishidaPrivateer Brandon Wicknick's rookie season last year ended with 39th place out of a field of 66, qualifying twice. So far through four rounds, 2014 hasn't been kind and he's yet to earn points but his Driftmotion D-Spare Nissan 2JZ S13 is on trend with the fluorescent paint scheme.

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