|When Tyler McQarrie’s roof panel failed and some jokers put active aero stickers on, it fooled some people according to what we read in the comments on Wrecked’s page!|
When all was said and done, Tyle McQuarrie in the Falken Tire Nissan 350Z took home the Top Qualifying Spot, followed by Justin Pawlak in the Falken Tire Ford Mustang and Rhys Millen in the Hyundai/Red Bull Energy Hyundai Genesis Coupe. A small controversy popped up when a blog mistakenly called out McQuarrie about “Active Aero.” Turns out it was just a broken roof, but proving that the team still has a sense of humor despite every little controversy that gets shot their way, Team Falken added “Caution: Active Aero” decals on the roof of the 350Z.
|JTP qualified second after a strong run.|
Saturday began with Top 32 eliminations and the first pair up was Luke Lonberger in the Blu808/Hankook Chevy Corvette and Tyler McQuarrie in the “Active Aero” Falken 350Z. While Luke had the best runs of his career, straightening out on a One More Time run resulted in the win for Tyler. Next was the “Street Style” 1990 Toyota Cresta of Alex Lee and the Megan Racing/Nexen Tire 350Z of Alex Pfeiffer. Alex Lee put on a great show, as one would expect a Champion of the Drift Mania Canadian Championship West Series could do, but with Pfieffer crashing out, the win was given to Lee who made his first Top 16 of his career. If Pfeiffer could have held on, I still feel like this would have been the best showing of Lee’s career.
|Tyler McQuarrie took out Luke Longberger.|
|Alex Lee moves on as Alex Pfeiffer takes himself out!|
|Formula Drift rookie, Alex Lee has some promise still yet to shine through.|
The Norwegian Hammer, Fredric Aasbo and his Need for Speed Scion tC went up against the Pirate, Ross Petty and his BOSO Garage/Falken Tire Silvia. Even through Ross had the advantage of 4 extra cylinders, the tC was still faster than the Silvia and with Ross trying to do everything he could to keep up, it caused him to go off course on the transition on his lead run putting the win on the tC of Aasbo. The win was controversial as Aasbo spun as Ross went off course. Ross’s off course was not enough to be a DQ and Aasbo spun on the next turn but the judges still ruled in Aasbo’s favor.
|Spin to win? We thought the results of the Petty vs Aasbo round were controversial. Aasbo flew the Norwegian flag in respect to his fallen countrymen in the disaster a few days prior.|
Next was Dean Kearney in the VLEDS/Federal Tire Dodge Viper and Roland Gallagher in the Garage Autohero Nissan 240SX Coupe. Gallagher never really got going against Kearney and on the exit, Gallagher hit the wall head on and was unable to repair his car giving the win to Kearney.
|Irish power! Dean Kearney takes out Roland Gallagher. It was good to see Roland return to Formula D competition after taking some time off.|