Competition Results from Round 2 of the 2024 Formula DRIFT Championship at Road Atlanta

May 12, 2024Pam Ghee
Formula Drift

Event Details

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024
Location: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA
Event: Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 2: Type S Road To The Championship presented by AutoZone

Top 3 Results from Road Atlanta

1.  Fredric Aasbo (Norway) – Rockstar Energy Drink Toyota GR Supra
2.  Simen Olsen (Norway) – Feal Suspension Nissan S14.9
3.  James Deane (Ireland) – AutoZone Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD

Condition in Atlanta were perfect despite rain earlier in the week in the surrounding areas. it was a day for the veterans of the sport with three-time (2015, 2021, 2022) Formula DRIFT Champion Aasbo claimed his first victory since the 2022 Irwindale Final Round where he also secured the Championship. Aasbo and Simen Olsen went down to the wire with a “One More Time” being granted due to the judges not being able to decide on a clear winner. However, on the rerun Olsen suffered from an electrical malfunction that forced him to retire. James Deane finished third which left him in the championship leads after the competition but he only leads Simon Olsen by 2 points heading into round 3.

Road Atlanta Points

POSITIONDRIVERPOINTS
1Fredric Aasbo100
2Simen Olsen84
3James Deane70
4Aurimas Bakchis70
5Rome Charpentier56
6Matt Field56
7Forrest Wang56
8Dan Burkett56
9Ken Gushi42
10Chris Forsberg42
11Kazuya Taguchi42
12Branden Sorensen42
13Dylan Hughes42
14Jhonnattan Castro42
15Alec Robbins42
16Jeff Jones42

Championship Standings After Road Atlanta

POSITIONDRIVERPOINTS
1James DEANE170
2Simen OLSEN168
3Fredric AASBO156
4Aurimas BAKCHIS140
5Rome CHARPENTIER112
6Ken GUSHI112
7Matt FIELD98
8Forrest WANG84
9Dan BURKETT84
10Chris FORSBERG84
11Kazuya TAGUCHI84
12Branden SORENSEN84
13Nick NOBACK84
14Hiroya MINOWA84
15Dylan HUGHES70
16Jhonnattan CASTRO70

Formula DRIFT PRO Round 3 will take place at Orlando Speed World on May 31- June 1. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Location: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA

Event: Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship Round 1

Round 1 of the PROSPEC Formula DRIFT season kicked off today in Atlanta at the world famous Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Circuit. Road Atlanta is the oldest circuit on the FD schedule and continued to deliver history. Lemaire claimed his first Formula DRIFT win despite taking a hiatus in 2023. His previous best was second place in St Louis during his 2021 rookie year, in which he finished third overall. Championship points start off with Lemaire securing 100 points to start off the season, Alex Jagger finished in second after a thrilling finale. Joshua Love finished third. The eliminated PRO Championship drivers were Andy Hateley (USA), Ben Hobson (USA), Derek Madison (USA), Federico Sceriffo (Italy) and Rudy Hansen (USA).

PROSPEC Standing After Round 1

POSITIONDRIVERPOINTS
1Tommy Lemaire100
2Alex Jagger84
3Joshua Love70
4Cody Buchanan70
5Cole Richards56
6Nate Chen56
7Hooman Rahimi56
8Jack Davis50
9Dmitriy Brutskiy42
10Austin Matta42
11Dustin Miles42
12Faruk Kugay42
13Connor O´Sullivan42
14Jayden Martorana42
15Kelsey Rowlings42
16Matthew Bystrak42

Formula DRIFT Pro Round 2 Bracket

Action in Atlanta continues tomorrow with the Formula DRIFT PRO kicking off Round 2. . The bracket for tomorrow’s competition is below.

The Formula DRIFT Super Drift challenge took place this weekend as selective member competition ahead of Round 2 at Road Atlanta scheduled for May 10th 2024. The super drift challenge is a no points competition where specific drivers from the series are invited for a chance at prize money. The event coincided with NTT IndyCar and IMSA Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. Here’s how the drivers ended up after two days of competition.

Day 1 Abbreviated Recap

On day one of the super drift challenge Forrest Wang won the challenge with his Get Nuts Laboratory Yellowspeed Vitour Nissan S15. The win marked the third Formula DRIFT win of his career. The top three drivers included:

  • Forrest Wang (USA) – Get Nuts Laboratory / Yellowspeed / Vitour Nissan S15 
  • Rome Charpentier (USA) – Garagistic / Pedal Commander / Vitour Tires E82 BMW
  • Jonathan Hurst (USA) – MRCOOL Cadillac XLR

Day 2 Abbreviated Recap

Day 2 of the challenge saw a different winner. Robert Thorne piloted his ASM E46 M3 to the top spot. However the feat didn’t come without a fight. Having won the day 1 challenge Forrest Wang was seemingly out to take both challenge wins but had to settle for third in the challenge. Thorne eliminated Wang in the semi finals.

  • Robert Thorne (USA) – ASM E46 M3
  • Connor O’Sullivan (USA) – RTS / GT Radial E46 BMW
  • Forrest Wang (USA) – Get Nuts Laboratory / Yellowspeed / Vitour Nissan S15

FORMULA DRIFT NEXT ROUND

Round 2: Type S Road To The Championship presented by AutoZone will take place at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on May 9-11, as well as Round 1 of the Link ECU PROSPEC Championship. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event Livestream

The Formula DRIFT season is here and the Pro class got things started this weekend. This weekend’s event is the preamble to the larger event next weekend which will feature Formula DRIFT, IndyCar and IMSA. The weather was mostly cloudy with some breaks but ultimately the conditions worsened to rain. James Deane took advantage where others struggled. He was able to secure the win in the opening round of the season for the PRO class. The win was an important one for Deane as he missed out on championship contention last which was supposed to be “his year”. Deane will be looking to continue this form moving forward this season.

Deane’s RTR Motorsports team had to overcome a catastrophic fire that engulfed his Mustang during a Tuesday demo run. After they worked tirelessly to repair the car, Deane handled the weather conditions like a pro and now leads the Championship heading into Round 2 upcoming in Atlanta. His path to the win wasn’t an easy task. At the Round of 16 Deane had to “One More Time” 6 times against Jonathan Hurst and then again versus Fredric Aasbo. The Irishman fought through and never wavered in the final. “P1 BABY! I’m filled with pride on what this team did,” he said. “Nobody gave up, everyone had my back no matter what happened and I wanted to make them proud for what they did for me!

Courtesy: Formula DRIFT

Round 1 FD PRO Top 16 Driver Championship Standings

PositionDrivePoints
1James Deane101
2Simen Olsen88
3Aurimas Bakchis78
4Ken Gushi64
5Fredric Aasbo48
6Rome Charpentier48
7Nick Noback48
8Hiroya Minowa48
9Matt Field35
10Ryan Tuerck32
11Chris Forsberg32
12Kazuya Taguchi32
13Jonathan Hurst32
14Branden Sorensen32
15Robert Thorne32
16Trenton Beechum32

2024 Auto Cup Top 5 Standings

Toyota126
Ford114
GM84
BMW70
Nissan42

2024 Tire Cup Standings

Nitto156
GT Radial154
Kenda126
Vitour84
Nexen70
Kumho56

Round 2: Type S Road To The Championship presented by AutoZone will take place at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta will on May 9-11 as well as Round 1 of the Link ECU PROSPEC Championship.

The following article was not written by Speed Trap Magazine Staff

Press Release: Alpinestars to become Official Technical Partner of Formula DRIFT, providing uniforms to staff and merchandise for fans

Formula DRIFT will partner with Alpinestars as part of a multi-year relationship that will materialize through a number of initiatives. As a world-leading manufacturer of professional motorsport racing products and more, Alpinestars will provide technical gear to the series staff, helping them to cope with extreme temperatures during long days working to bring the world’s top drift competition to fans around the country. 

Formula DRIFT will also offer fans a limited edition FD x Alpinestars apparel collection. The items will be available from the Formula DRIFT big rig in the paddock area at the opening round on the Streets of Long Beach on April 12-13.

Additionally, Alpinestars will attend a number of Formula DRIFT rounds including Long Beach, Road Atlanta and the Irwindale Finals. It will show and sell its regular range of motorsports merchandise as well as its technical gear designed and developed for motorsports.

“We’re excited to welcome a company with the pedigree of Alpinestars to the Formula DRIFT family,” said Ryan Sage, President of Formula DRIFT. “Competing at the highest level in everything from Formula 1 down, we’re grateful Alpinestars has recognized the stature of our series among the most extreme motorsports on the planet. We’re delighted the company is supporting our own staff and also showing its latest technology to our fans. A number of teams and drivers already wear Alpinestars equipment, and we’re certain that will increase once more see the advantages for themselves.

Established in 1963, Alpinestars has become the leading manufacturer of professional motorsports and motorcycle clothing, protection, high-performance apparel, and technical footwear. Alpinestars has been able to design and research under extreme conditions thanks to involvement in Formula 1, MotoGP, AMA Supercross and Motocross, NASCAR, and countless other top racing organizations. The company employs around 700 staff worldwide, including the United States.

Opening Round

The 2024 Formula DRIFT PRO Championship kicks off on the Streets of Long Beach on April 12-13. The PROSPEC Championships will join the PRO teams at Round 2 at Road Atlanta on May 9-11. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, tickets, livestream, Championship standings, driver bios and more.

About Alpinestars

Alpinestars has redefined protection for motorcyclists ever since the company was established in 1963. Commitment to innovation has led Alpinestars to become the world-leading manufacturer of professional motorsport racing products, motorcycling airbag protection, high-performance apparel, technical footwear, and helmets. Alpinestars understands that the best design and research is achieved under extreme conditions. Its involvement in Formula 1, NASCAR, MotoGP, World SBK, AMA Supercross and Motocross, MXGP, Dakar, and more has led to the creation of the most advanced technical equipment for the racing world’s top athletes. For more information, please visit alpinestars.com

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 formulad.com

The following article was not written by Speed Trap Magazine Staff

The following is from Formula DRIFT

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, April 4, 2024 – Kumho Tire U.S.A., one of the world’s leading tire manufacturers, announced today its motorsports sponsorship, becoming an Official Tire of Formula DRIFT as a major sponsor of the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship. The sponsorship represents the company’s plans to invigorate its marketing efforts to elevate the brand’s awareness in the United States and showcase its product technology through the ultra-high performance tire series. 

“As an ‘Official Tire of Formula DRIFT,’ this will provide a national footprint to elevate the brand in the United States, reaching millions of motorsport enthusiasts,” said Shawn Denlein, president of sales and marketing, Kumho Tire U.S.A. “We manufacture some of the best tires in the world and are showcasing the quality and capabilities of our ultra-high performance tires under the most intense and grueling environments that the Formula DRIFT platform provides.”  

As part of the sponsorship, Kumho Tire will receive a significant footprint at each of the eight Formula DRIFT events in the 2024 series, including track signage and activation during race weekends. In addition, Kumho Tire will also have a major presence on the race broadcast and through Formula DRIFT’s digital marketing. 

“Partnering with Formula DRIFT provides an incredible opportunity to drive awareness of the Kumho Tire brand with this young, loyal, engaged and growing motorsports community,” said Jessica Egerton, vice president of marketing at Kumho Tire U.S.A. “Further, it provides an incredible opportunity to connect with our retail partners around the country to drive sales growth.”

Entering its 21st season, Formula DRIFT is the fastest-growing motorsport in the world, with more than 85% of fans between the ages of 18 to 44, making it the number one motorsport in the United States for millennial and Gen Z generations, according to Formula DRIFT. The series has seen exponential growth in attendance, and viewership boasting approximately 5 million followers on social media. 

“We’re excited to welcome Kumho Tire U.S.A. to the Formula DRIFT family in 2024 and beyond. At this stage in the Formula DRIFT Championship, tires have never been as important as they are now and there is only a small select group of manufacturers who are willing to put their tires to the test at this level. Kumho has stepped up to take on that challenge. From what I can see in pre-season testing and from their existing pedigree, Kumho is sure to make a huge impact on the Championship this year and moving forward,” said Ryan Sage, President of Formula DRIFT.

The 2024 Formula DRIFT schedule consists of eight races in major markets across the United States. The races are broadcast live on multi-platform distribution across Facebook and YouTube.

2024 FORMULA DRIFT SCHEDULE

April 12-13 – Long Beach, California
May 9-11 – Atlanta, Georgia
May 31-June 1 – Orlando, Florida
June 20-22 – Englishtown, New Jersey
July 18-20 – St. Louis, Missouri
August 9-10 – Seattle, Washington
August 29-31 – Grantsville, Utah
October 18-19 – Irwindale, California
 

In addition, Kumho Tire will partner with three drivers as official tire sponsors for the Formula DRIFT 2024 season. 

Jeff Jones, who started drifting in 2002, has been competing in the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Series since 2009. As a pioneer of drifting, Jones is dedicated to giving back to the community by mentoring and developing future stars of the sport, while spreading the message of keeping drifting on the track. More information about Jones can be found at jeffjonesracing.com

Andy Hateley, who has been drifting for over two decades and is a respected builder as well as driver, will make his Formula DRIFT PRO debut in 2024 with Kumho Tires. He is known for his public persona as the “Drift Wizard”. More information about Hateley can be found at hateleymotorsports.com

Dean Kearney, also known as “Karnage” Kearney, has been competing in Formula DRIFT for the past 14 seasons and for 18 years in pro drifting overall. Kearney brings to his races a hard-charging, attacking and technical style. More information about Kearney can be found at teamkarnage.com

For additional information on Kumho Tire and Formula DRIFT, fans can follow along via social media @kumhotireUSA.

For more information on the full product lineup of Kumho Tire U.S.A., visit kumhotireusa.com

ABOUT KUMHO TIRE CO. INC.

Kumho Tire, one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers, has more than 60 years of history of pioneering innovative approaches to developing tires and is dedicated to providing exceptional driving experiences to consumers around the world. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Kumho Tire U.S.A. is the US sales, marketing, product development, and distribution arm of Kumho Tire Co. Inc.

For more information on Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc., and its products, please visit www.KumhoTireUSA.com. Follow Kumho Tire on Facebook Facebook.com/KumhoTire, Instagram instagram.com/kumhotireusa/ and on Twitter @KumhoTireUSA.

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 formulad.com

This article was not authored by Speed Trap Magazine Staff

From Formula DRIFT…

After 20 years of competition, Formula DRIFT bids farewell to veteran staff members Judge Ryan Lanteigne and Race Control Director Pat Gentilli. Everybody involved in Formula DRIFT wishes them success for the future. They will be replaced by new faces while some existing staff will take on new roles, creating a number of changes to the 2024 FD Competition Staff roster.

For its 21st season, Formula DRIFT will again have four judges in rotation throughout the year. Replacing Ryan as a judge will be Philadelphia native, Reese Marin (USA). As an experienced driver, instructor, and competition spotter, Reese is both well-known and respected, having played a major role in the grassroots drifting community and more recently served as Chelsea DeNofa’s spotter during his Championship-winning season. Furthermore, Reese has his own YouTube channel where he discusses drifting, judging, and breaks down many of the most intriguing battles between Formula DRIFT competitors. As such, he’s ideally suited to his new role as a series Judge and will take his seat alongside the second new appointment, Vernon Zwaneveld (Netherlands).

Vernon has been a long-standing Judge with the Drift Masters European Championship. He’s among the most active and experienced, having judged more than 38 international drift events in 2023 alone. As a stuntman and drift instructor, he continues to shape the future of the exhilarating sport globally and brings years of firsthand experience.

Vernon and Reese will sit alongside veteran Formula DRIFT Judges Brian Eggert (USA) and Robbie Nishida (Japan) on a rotating basis, with three judges participating in each round.

Outgoing Judge Chris Uhl will assume a new role as Race Control Director. Having served on both the Competition team and having been a judge for three years, Chris has unique experience as the only current Formula DRIFT staff member to have served on both sides of the organization. His considerable experience and insight will undoubtedly benefit the teams, drivers, fans and support staff as he helps to ensure the smooth operation of every FD event this season.

OPENING ROUND

The 2024 Formula DRIFT PRO Championship kicks off on the Streets of Long Beach on April 12-13. The PROSPEC Championships will join the PRO teams for Round 2 at Road Atlanta on May 9-11. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, tickets, livestream, Championship standings, driver bios and more.

The 2023 Formula DRIFT season has concluded. Irwindale offered an initial shock when Chelsea DeNofa was knocked out of the Top 32 competition in the first round. He suffered from a failed nitrous injector. Of the championship contenders both Matt Field and Simen Olsen we also eliminated before the final 8 and due to the maximum points they could attain falling below DeNofa’s championship point count. DeNofa clinched the title without having to make it into the top 16.

DeNofa has dominated in 2023 winning 3 competitions this year for the RTR Motorsports.

Chelsea DeNofa stated after the conclusion of the competition, “I’ve been drifting for 20 years, with 12 years in Formula DRIFT, and you want to win this Championship. The team and I all worked super-hard and we did it! It’s nuts!” an emotional DeNofa said from the podium. “Coming to this event I realized it might actually happen. But I’m leaving the series and if I didn’t win I’d look like an idiot and be wanting to come back for the rest of my life! But the Championship was the goal. In everything I do for the rest of my life, the first thing that goes under my name is Formula DRIFT Champion. And that’s the best!”

DeNofa continued

“I owe it to everyone for getting me here and getting me through the bad weekends. I can’t wait to share what I’ll be doing in the future and drive like a maniac as I always wanted to! When you win one event you realize it’s what you want to keep doing but it requires effort, a plan, a team, crew, engineer, spotter, truck driver; and we did it! To leave my last Formula DRIFT Round with a Championship feels unreal. It’s been an awesome year with three wins, some mistakes, some great battles, and ultimately we ended up with the trophy. So, thank you Formula DRIFT and everybody who’s been a part of the series and my career for the past 12 years.”

Words from the President

President, Ryan Sage added his comments on the close of the season, “Every year at Irwindale there seems to be a standout driver who didn’t achieve great results during the season but comes through at the Final event. And this year it was Nick Noback. He qualified first and beat Odi Bakchis in the Final. While Odi in second place secured second in the Championship, bumping Matt Field to third. But DeNofa managed to take the title after all the drama – his first and possibly last Championship. Congratulations to all the drivers in what’s been an amazing 20th season. And let’s do another 20!”

2023 FD PRO TOP 16 DRIVER CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

POSITIONDRIVERPOINTS
1Chelsea DeNofa480
2Aurimas Bakchis445
3Matt Field427
4Simen Olsen419
5James Deane413
6Fredric Aasbo399
7Ryan Tuerck392
8Chris Forsberg360
9Dylan Hughes329
10Kazuya Taguchi304
11Rome Charpentier264
12Nick Noback249
13Jhonnattan Castro240
14Jonathan Hurst224
15Dean Kearney209
16Forrest Wang194

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

POSITIONDRIVERPOINTS
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

POSITIONDRIVERPOINTS
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

POSITIONDRIVERPOINTS
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

POSITIONDRIVERPOINTS
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

The Formula DRIFT Utah round is underway. Both the PRO and PROSPEC classes will compete this weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus. Qualifying sessions are complete and here are the details.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2023
Location: Utah Motorsports Campus, Grantsville, UT
Event: Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 7: Type S Elevated presented by AutoZone, and Link ECU PROSPEC Championship Round 4

Results From FD PRO Qualifying

1.   James Deane (Ireland) – AutoZone Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD
2.   Simen Olsen (Norway) – Feal Suspension Nissan S14.9
3.   Chelsea DeNofa (USA) – Pennzoil / BC Racing Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-FD

This years Utah course saw some changes compared to last year’s setup. The most notable change is the removal of the inside Clip in turn 1 and replacing it with a longer Outside Zone in turn 2. The change allows for better flow through out the course. PRO championship lead took early advantage but was had to settle for P3 in qualifying. Fortunately this is still a very good position to be in with the championship lead at stake. James Deane stole the show for the PRO class running a best 91.6 score. Three time champion Deane is still looking for his first win of the season after some feel was robbed in Seattle.

33 drivers qualified for the Top 32 competition places. This meant if everyone had a clean run one driver would be eliminated. Unfortunately, Ola Jaeger (Norway) had the lowest score after KQF and accepted an early exit from the competition.

Results From FD PROSPEC Qualifying

1.   Rudy Hansen (USA) – Track Tires / Mast Motor / J&A Racing Oil Nissan 240SX S13
2.   Geoff Donati (USA) – Freedom Builders / Tuner Tools-powered E46 BMW
3.   Joshua Love (USA) ­– Josh Loves Drifting / After Hours Autosports E46 BMW

Hansen secured the top spot with a score of 85.6. The run wasn’t the best but in class many drivers struggled to maintain car angle and struggled in the transition periods of their runs. PROSPEC Championship leader Hobson had his worst qualifying session of the year. He finished ninth overall with a 76.3 point run. He has a comfortable 65 point cushion to second place but can’t sustain an early exit here and the next round because his championship lead will dwindle. 37 drivers battled for the 32 PROSPEC competition places. The bottom 13 qualifiers had to run a second time under knockout qualifying rules. The eliminated drivers included Zandara Kennedy (Canada), Chris Leonard (USA), Alex Lichliter (USA), Erick Medici (Brazil) and Connor O’Sullivan (USA).

Full PRO Formula DRIFT Utah Qualifying Bracket

Full PROSPEC Formula DRIFT Utah Qualifying Bracket