DeNofa Claims Third Victory in Utah, Hobson Wins PROSPEC Championship

September 18, 2023Pam Ghee
Formula Drift

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2023
Location: Utah Motorsports Campus, Grantsville, UT
Event: Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 7: Type S Elevated presented by AutoZone

Top 3 Results from PRO Round 7

  1. Chelsea DeNofa (USA) ­– Pennzoil / BC Racing Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD
  2. Matt Field (USA) ­– Borla Performance / GT Radial Corvette
  3. Simen Olsen (Norway) – Feal Suspension Nissan S14.9

Chelsea DeNofa secured back to back wins in Utah after winning in Seattle making it two in a row for the driver. His win extended his lead to 53 points ahead of Matt Field heading into the final round of the season. The other championship contended had a poor outing which had propelled DeNofa into a really good position for the final round at Irwindale.

DeNofa stated “Utah was a wild event but very different for me. Usually we win by driving as hard as we can and being very precise, but today it was more about luck and making less mistakes than the other drivers. The win feels different but the points move us up in the Championship, which is important going into Irwindale where we’re going to try to enjoy the event. A Championship would be cool but winning every event is the goal and maybe we’ll end up on top!”

ROUND 7 FD PRO Top 16 Drivers Points

1Chelsea DeNofa101
2Matt Field88
3Simen Olsen78
4Ryan Tuerck64
5Kazuya Taguchi48
6Trenton Beechum48
7Fredric Aasbo48
8Chris Forsberg48
9James Deane35
10Travis Reeder32
11Dean Kearney32
12Branden Sorensen32
13Aurimas Bakchis32
14Robert Thorne32
15Jhonnattan Castro32
16Diego Higa32

2023 FD PRO TOP 16 Driver Championship Points Standings

1Chelsea DeNofa464
2Matt Field411
3Simen Olsen387
4Fredric Aasbo383
5Aurimas Bakchis355
6James Deane337
7Ryan Tuerck328
8Chris Forsberg312
9Dylan Hughes297
10Kazuya Taguchi272
11Rome Charpentier248
12Jonathan Hurst224
13Jhonnattan Castro208
14Dean Kearney177
15Travis Reeder176
16Trenton Beechum160

Ben Hobson Wins PROSPEC in Utah

Top 3 Results from PROSPEC Round 4

  1. Ben Hobson (USA) – Pedal Commander / Feal Suspension / Koruworks / Motegi Racing Nissan S14
  2. Cole Richards (USA) – Richards Racing / Koruworks Scion FRS
  3. Geoff Donati (USA) – Freedom Builders / Tuner Tools-powered E46 BMW

Ben Hobson clinched the PROSPEC championship in Utah holding a more than 100 point lead heading into the final round of the season. Hobson has had a dominant season winning 2 of the 4 competitions this year in class. Hobson said after the competition, “We set a goal to win the Championship this season and we did it!” a jubilant Hobson said on the podium. “I wanted five trophies this year but I’ll settle for four! I was blessed to have a great team of guys supporting me and it’s an honor to be part of Formula DRIFT. It’s crazy to say we’ve won the Championship.”

ROUND 4 FD PROSPEC Top 16 Drivers Points

1Ben Hobson100
2Cole Richards88
3Geoff Donati78
4Andy Hateley64
5Rudy Hansen51
6Joshua Love49
7Trevor Root48
8Jack Davis48
9Kasey Kohl32
10Austin Matta32
11Kelsey Rowlings32
12Hooman Rahimi32
13Dustin Miles32
14Adam Knapik32
15Evan Bogovich26
16Tyler Foley32

FD PROSPEC Top 16 Championship Standings

1Ben Hobson345
2Andy Hateley244
3Rudy Hansen215
4Cole Richards204
5Geoff Donati186
6Jack Davis176
7Dmitriy Brutskiy153
8Nate Chen146
9Joshua Love145
10Austin Matta144
11Alex Jagger140
12Dustin Miles128
13Faruk Kugay128
14Cody Buchanan128
15Connor O´Sullivan128
16Blake Olsen116