Formula DRIFT Round 4 PRO Recap from New Jersey

June 26, 2023Pam Ghee
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Formula DRIFT weekend for Round 4 of the Series has come to an end. With the PROSPEC class getting things wrapped up earlier in the weekend the PRO class topped things off on Saturday. All 32 spots were filled during knockout qualifying. All drivers had a point scoring run to make the cut. The most compelling outcome is RTR Vehicles Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD driver Adam LZ securing his first ever Formula DRIFT podium and win. LZ is sharing the car with teammate Vaughn Gittin who won at Drift Atlanta earlier this season. The win marks the third from the RTR Motorsports team this year.

Adam LZ Spoke to the Media

LZ had the following words for the Formula DRIFT media, “The more I drive, the better I feel! We seemed to get better with every battle to where I wanted to go One More Time because I was enjoying it so much. It feels fantastic to get my first win at the best place on earth here at Englishtown Raceway. And I can’t thank my team enough for grinding to get us the best car we could possibly have.”

“I took out my teammates, which was something I didn’t want to do. But I told myself that if I did that I needed to take it to the top. I did, and I must thank everybody who supported and believed in me. It feels really special to take home the win and show what I’m capable of.” LZ scored 100 points which saw him rise from 31st in the championship to 13th.”

Formula DRIFT President, Ryan Sage stated after the even, “What a crazy way to mark the midway point of the season. Nobody expected Adam LZ and Simen Olsen to be in the Final but their determination allowed them to battle through some incredible competitors, including their own, more experienced teammates. And with Aasbo going out in the Top 32 we’ve seen the PRO Championship shaken up as Matt Field regained his position at the top of the table. It’s been an enthralling end to an exciting weekend and a great way to set the stage for the second half of the season and the run to the Final Round in Irwindale.”

What’s impressive is the wave of young talent that has recently been taking the fight to the field veterans.

Formula Drift PRO New Jersey Podium

1.   Adam LZ (USA) – RTR Vehicles Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD
2.   Simen Olsen (Norway) – Feal Suspension Nissan S14.9
3.   Matt Field (USA) ­– Borla Performance / GT Radial Corvette

Round 4 FD PRO Top 16 Driver Points

1Adam LZ100
2Simen Olsen88
3Matt Field76
4James Deane64
5Ryan Tuerck50
6Rome Charpentier48
7Joao Barion48
8Aurimas Bakchis48
9Dylan Hughes33
10Chris Forsberg32
11Kazuya Taguchi32
12Travis Reeder32
13Jhonnattan Castro32
14Branden Sorensen32
15Chelsea DeNofa32
16Kenshiro Gushi32

2023 FD PRO Top 16 Driver Championship Standings

1Matt Field256
2Chelsea DeNofa215
3Fredric Aasbo215
4James Deane210
5Simen Olsen184
6Aurimas Bakchis173
7Ryan Tuerck168
8Rome Charpentier168
9Chris Forsberg168
10Dylan Hughes161
11Jonathan Hurst144
12Kazuya Taguchi141
13Adam LZ132
14Forrest Wang114
15Travis Reeder112
16Dan Stuke112

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