Cole Richards Secures his First Formula DRIFT Win

June 24, 2023Pam Ghee
Formula Drift

The Formula Drift PROSPEC Results from New Jersey are posted. 19 year old rookie driver Cole Richards won the class after qualifying 13th. Ironically Richards was not able to celebrate with champagne as he is below the drinking age in New Jersey. The win moves Richards to third in the 2023 PROSPEC standings and the leading Rookie. Second place went to Brutskiy to kickstart his 2023 Championship bid. He arrived in Englishtown in 21st position and leaves in 5th place. After finishing third overall in the 2022 PROSPEC Championship, Hateley started the competition in 17th following the opening round, but his third place New Jersey result has catapulted him to ninth overall int he standings. Full details from the PROSPEC round are below.

Results From FD PROSPEC Round 2

1.   Cole Richards (USA) – Richards Racing / Koruworks Scion FRS
2.   Dmitriy Brutskiy ­– DriftHQ E46 BMW
3.   Andy Hateley (USA) – Hateley Motorsports Habanero E46 BMW

Rounds 2 FD PROSPEC Top 16 Driver Points

1Cole Richards100
2Dmitriy Brutskiy89
3Andy Hateley76
4Faruk Kugay64
5Ben Hobson51
6Nate Chen48
7Rudy Hansen48
8Cody Buchanan48
9Jayden Martorana34
10Zach Farrar32
11Erick Medici32
12Alex Jagger32
13Joshua Love32
14Jack Davis32
15Derek Madison32
16Blake Olsen29

FD PROSPEC Top 16 Championship Standings

1Rudy Hansen148
2Ben Hobson142
3Cole Richards116
4Alex Jagger108
5Dmitriy Brutskiy105
6Nate Chen98
7Faruk Kugay96
8Jack Davis96
9Andy Hateley92
10Jayden Martorana83
11Cody Buchanan80
12Derek Madison64
13Austin Matta64
14Connor O’Sullivan64
15Blake Olsen58
16Zach Farrar48

About Formula DRIFT

Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges the driver’s skill while demanding a great deal from their vehicle in terms of power and strength. Formula DRIFT provides a series for the best professional drifters from around the globe to compete for the coveted title of Formula DRIFT Champion. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport. For a competition schedule, ticket information, special content and livestream, please visit