Formula Dopeness >>> Best FD Event In History? We Say Yes!!

FDWall_Friday-111Round 4 at Wall Speedway always throws some surprises into the championship, and this year was no exception. Fredric Aasbo leapfrogged his way into 2nd place and Vaughn Gittin Jr. lost a significant amount of points after his exit in the Top 16. Let’s take a look at all three podium finishers and some other interesting points from last weekend.

FDWall_Saturday-117Team OMG’s Joon Maeng had a tough battle in the Top 32 against championship leader Chris Forsberg, and was defeated after some car issues.

FDWall_Saturday-167The talk of the Top 32 was definitely the battle between 2012 champion Daigo Saito and Ryan Tuerck. 4Jzs on track with over 2,000hp…They had to go OMT for Tuerck to advance on.

FDWall_Saturday-201East Coast ripper Chelsea Denofa has a less-than-clean record at Wall, and this year was no exception…He put down one of the best qualifying runs of all time at this track, however…

FDWall_Saturday-211…He caught the wall on his follow run in the Top 32 against Pat Mordaunt and proceeded to run the rest of the course with his left side tires off of the car. Absolute craziness, but the crowd loved every second of it.

FDWall_Friday-118This cool guy is Team OMG Matt Field, and he was out for blood this round.

FDWall_Friday-89His S14.5 was dialed in and loud as ever, but he had to face off against another Team OMG driver…Odi Bakchis.

FDWall_Thursday-41Bakchis came into this round in 8th place in the standings, but Field was coming off a 4th place finish in Miami.

FDWall_Saturday-414In my opinion, Odi Bakchis is one of the best follow drivers in the series, and he proved it in his battle with Field. Don’t believe me? Take a look:

Now that is a chase run.

FDWall_Saturday-450Another big surprise this weekend was the performance of Charles Ng. His G37 was put together by Field and others at the Drift Cave, but Ng and his team had been having issues dialing the car in due to it being a brand new car. He took out Tyler McQuarrie in the Top 32, and Justin Pawlak (who was sitting 5th in points, by the way) in the Top 16.

FDWall_Saturday-258Vaughn Gittin Jr. came into Wall with back-to-back wins in Atlanta and Miami, giving him all the momentum to jump over Chris Forsberg for 1st in the standings.

FDWall_Saturday-254He faced off in the Top 16 against Dean Kearney in the Achilles Radial/Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper, who had momentum of his own after defeating defending champion Mike Essa in the Top 32.

FDWall_Saturday-448Surprisingly, Gittin caught the guardrail on his lead run, straightened out, and gave Kearney the win. This meant Forsberg could increase his lead even further in the championship, as long as he could advance through the bracket.

FDWall_Saturday-484Forsberg beat Marc Landreville in the Top 16 after some heavy door-to-door contact, and met Conrad Grunewald in the Great 8. He was given the win after Conrad got a bit too aggressive and clipped him coming into the second outer zone.

FDWall_Saturday-473Bakchis met up with 2011 champion Dai Yoshihara in the Great 8, and again contact made the judges’ call easy; Yoshihara caught Odi going into the last turn and both drivers spun.

FDWall_Saturday-491Fredric Aasbo faced off against Darren McNamara, and Aasbo was given the win after a great battle between both drivers. This was one of the few battles that was fought clean and hard, with small corrections being the nail in the coffin for McNamara.

FDWall_Saturday-497The surprise of the Great 8, however, was the battle between Charles Ng and Dean Kearney. After facing some stiff competition on their way there, the driving from these two was impressive. Kearney made a mistake and spun on his chase run, however, and allowed Ng to move onto his first Final 4 appearance of his career.

FDWall_Saturday-507Now here’s where it gets interesting. Chris Forsberg and Odi Bakchis met up in the Final 4, and Bakchis knew he would have to push 110% to be able to take down 2009 champ and points leader Forsberg. Once again, Forsberg was involved in contact…Bakchis’ front left wheel caught Forsberg’s front right wheel and caused a spin.

A lot of people thought Forsberg spun on his own, however it is clear that Bakchis did make contact. See the tires touching in the photo above? Don’t believe that? Check the in-car video that Forsberg himself posted, and watch the steering wheel get ripped out of his hands. He’s lucky to not have broken a finger.

FDWall_Saturday-514Regardless of the loss, Bakchis would take home 3rd place due to his higher qualifying position (5th) than the other drivers left in contention. Bakchis had a few 4th place finishes, but this was his first Formula D podium.

FDWall_Saturday-520The other half of the Final 4 was between Ng and Aasbo. Aasbo had the upper hand and moved onto the finals for the second time this season, while Ng finished in 4th in his best result thus far in his career.

FDWall_Saturday-545The finals came down to arguably the two most talented drifters in the series, Chris Forsberg and Fredric Aasbo. Aasbo never put a wheel wrong, and Forsberg knew that he had to get aggressive to take home another win…So he drove right into Aasbo’s door. Twice.

This meant Aasbo would win his first Formula D event after 5 years of competition!

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FDWall_Saturday-591The excitement and joy displayed by his crew, Papadakis Racing, was emotional.

FDWall_Saturday-692Since Forsberg knows a thing or two about these carbon fiber trophies, he had to explain some things to Aasbo.

FDWall_Saturday-700Another huge congratulations to Aasbo and Forsberg for a great finish, and a special congratulations to Team OMG driver Odi Bakchis for his first ever podium in FD!!

Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 1.04.06 PMWith only 3 rounds to go, Forsberg now takes a commanding lead in the championship points race, while Aasbo jumps ahead of Moen and Gittin into second. Bakchis moves himself from 8th to 5th.

Round 5 in Seattle is historically a good track for both Forsberg and Aasbo, so it’ll be very interesting to see what happens from here on out.

-Mike G.

2 comments

  1. Yes its one of the best events ever.

    Keep it DRIFT

  2. Probably the best report photos I’ve seen so far.

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