Fredric The Great, a Look Inside the Papadakis Racing Scion tC of Fredric Aasbo
By Mike Kojima
We had never heard of Norwegian Fredric Aasbo before Formula D's Long Beach Round last year. Suddenly out of nowhere a red privateer Toyota Supra driven by a guy whose last name we could not pronounce almost stood on the podium bettering the efforts of many seasoned and well backed Formula D veterans.
|The battle of Fredric vs Dai Yoshihara at Road Atlanta was classic. Big Chevy LS V8 vs turbocharged Toyota 4 cylinder.|
With precise car control and a spectacular high angle driving style Fredric burst on to the American pro drifting scene. Later we learned that he came from a rally background and was also the 2008 Nordic drifting champion. With his self funded privateer program, Fredric and his Supra with a nearly stock 2JZ became a fan favorite, becoming the guy who the lovers of underdogs cheer for. The guy from Ski Norway took the hurt to the top factory teams several times during the 2010 season and got the attention of everyone including the media, drift fans and some major corporations.
|Fredric's car was fast, surprising Dai and his team forcing Dai to drive 100%.|
If you meet Fredric, he is a super cool and humble guy who surprisingly speaks fluent American English with very little accent. We asked him how he learned English so well and he told us it was from watching Baywatch on TV as a kid!
|Fredric dropped a wheel in the dirt which probably resulted in a points deduction costing him a one more time and allowing Dai to advance. Still this run showed that Fredric and the Scion are a force to be reckoned with.|