Formula DRIFT: St Louis Qualifying Results

July 14, 2023Pam Ghee
Formula Drift

Qualifying for both the PRO and PROSPEC classes concluded yesterday for the Formula DRIFT St. Louis tour stop. Event results are below.

Results From FD PRO Qualifying

1.   Kazuya Taguchi (Japan) – Upgarage / ISR Performance / GT Radial / Jerry Yang Racing Toyota 86
2.   Nick Noback (USA) – Noback Racing Co E46 BMW by Jerry Yang Racing
3.   Dean Kearney (Ireland) – HyperNFT Dodge Viper

Results From FD PROSPEC Qualifying

1.   Ben Hobson (USA) – Pedal Commander / Feal Suspension / Koruworks / Motegi Racing Nissan S14
2.   Amanda Sorensen (USA) – United States Air Force / Sorensen Motorsports BMW M4
3.   Derek Madison (USA) ­– Fuelab Fuel Systems / IG Motorsports Nissan S14


The competition this weekend in St. Louis is taking place at World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison, IL. There have been a number of course changes comparing the course to last year’s arrangement. The biggest change is the widening of turn 3 which provides better entry and exit angle possibilities for the cars.

In the PRO class last years winner took the top spot in qualifying. Due to the fact that 32 drivers did not make the qualifying cut. Kazuya Taguchi will inherit a first round bye in the knockout stages. Similarly because only 30 drivers qualified Nick Noback will also receive a first round bye. Only 31 drivers attempted to qualify this round all but Diego Higa (Brazil) were able to qualify. Silva suffer a mechanical failure and was not able to compete.


Ben Hobson secured yet another top position in qualifying. Despite not being able to capitalize on his qualifying starts all season the consistency is there. Hobson will look to translate this qualifying into a win for the first of the season. Amanda Sorenson qualified in second; her best qualifying ever in Formula DRIFT. Derek Madison missed qualifying position 2 by 0.3 points in third place. 39 drivers attempted to qualify for the competition. 32 drivers made the cut.

Amanda Sorensen (USA) – United States Air Force / Sorensen Motorsports BMW M4 secures her best qualifying to date in Formula DRIFT. Photo Courtesy of

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