|Fredric Aasbo and the Papadakis Racing crew have built one of the few turbocharged Four Cylinder cars to take out V8 powered beasts such as Tyler McQuarrie's Mobil 1 Camaro. Aasbo also has the skill to fling a car with such snapping transitions, it's a wonder his neck doesn't snap! It impressed the judges enough to put Aasbo into the Final Four.
|It was the ages old argument of which is better, Ford V8 power or Chevrolet V8 power. Today, it would be Ford V8 power as Vaughn used all of that horsepower to pull a gap just before the final clipping point. That advantage would allow him to move on to the Final Four against Aasbo.
|I couldn't tell you why the end result happened in this battle. Daigo Saito had the advantage against Rhys Millen during his follow run. Saito kept a close gap and was mostly able to keep with Millen's line. Then, on Daigo's lead run, Saito pushed hard. He didn't need to, but I guess he wanted to make sure he had the advantage. The bad part was he pushed too hard and right into the rear clipping zone and Rhys was able to drift around Saito's crashing car, never getting out of drift. With a damaged car and such a huge disadvantage, Saito lost and Millen would move on to the Final Four!
|Robbie Nishida would look to not duplicate Daigo Saito's mistake and push too hard against Mike Essa. With both drivers on Garrett Turbos, they would be fighting for top position on the Garrett V8 Hunter's Cup.
|Robbie held the advantage against Essa on his follow run, as Robbie was able to keep a tight gap on Mike. Essa's lead run, Nishida was able to use the full torque of the 2JZGTE Toyota Engine and the Achiles Radial SC300 moved on to the Final Four. This is Robbie's best outing yet!
|The modern ultimate battle, Turbo 4 Cylinder versus the all natural NASCAR V8. Vaughn Gittin, Jr. is on a roll for the 2012 Championship, especially considering that most of his competition at the top are all knocked out. A win tonight could nearly lock him in to the 2012 Pro Championship and make 2011 a year to just forget. However, it would not work out that way as the story for the 2012 Championship must be written into the final battle at Irwindale! Fredrick Aasbo was able to pull a small gap at the last clipping zone and was able to pull up against Gittin in his follow run. However the judges felt that a One More Time was needed, so Aasbo showed that he would not be denied and kept even closer against Vaughn. Aasbo would move on to the finals while Vaughn would battle for Third.
|Well, well, as everyone has been looking at Vaughn and this 2012 Championship, Rhys Millen has been building up momentum and consistency and is now also in the hunt! Rhy Millen shouldn't be called the “Old Man,” but instead the “Silver Fox.” Well, guess you can't considering I haven't seen a grey hair on his head yet. However, for him to get there, he would have to beat Robbie Nishida.
|Robbie's momentum would hit the brakes and allow Millen to move on. Millen's constant proximity gain while following and gap building on his lead run propelled him to the Final Battle.