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Formula Drift – Rd.1 Long Beach – Top 32

Round 1 of Formula Drift takes place at the Streets of Long Beach. It’s always an exciting time because it’s when fans finally get the chance see new livery and the cars of their favorite drivers. The pits are naturally opened for fans to zero in on the action and to have a selfie with them or the teams umbrella girls.

Top 32:

Kicked off with 5 drivers given a bye-run.

Top 32 action included Alec getting a little too close for comfort and taps Forsberg.

Ken’s momentum carries him into a slowing Greogy.

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was a free-for-all at the top. Number one qualifier, Gittin Jr. lost momentum and punted Dean Kearney at the hairpin as if he was on track at Go-kart world. Ultimately, Dean would move to the next round.

Run 1 of Aasbo and Bluss coming in hot tapping Aasbo. Online chatter accuses Aasbo of slowing down causing Bluss to tap Aasbo which resulted in a spin out.

The FD judges awarded Bluss at fault and he retaliates with a smokey lead run, but not enough to knock Aasbo off his mark.

James Deane returns to FD and makes a splash. Tapping the wall on clipping point 2 without a hiccup and continues with an impressive lead run, causing Essa to loop at the clipping point.

Essa had an impressive lead run while Deane keep it shallow, but it was still good enough for Deane to advance.

Great 8:

First battle was Dean Kearny and Odi Bakchis. Both drivers had impressive lead runs while I thought Odi’s chase was slightly better. The result from the FD judges, one more time!

Second battle of Great 8 between Heilbrunn and Aasbo resulted in an OMT as well. Heilbrunn was very impressive in his lead run.

An amazing lead run by both James Deane and Chris Forsberg. James’s edges Forsberg by hitting every clipping point to the T on his lead run and advances!

Up next was Aasbo vs Heilbrunn’s OMT run, while both drivers made a mistake on their chase run. Aasbo’s mistake was slightly more apparent than Heilbrunn’s, resulting in Heilbrunn moving forward.

Top 4:

James Deane vs Ryan Tuerck. What an amazing battle but Deane had a better lead run while their chases were on point.

Heilbrunn blowing the remaining taillight off his BMW during his lead run with Bakchis.

While Odi had a very impress lead run, Heilbrunn would not drop back.

OMT!

Finals:

In the finals, James Deane vs. Alex Heilbrunn. I felt Alex had a better lead run, but James had a better chase. It would have been a great candidate for a OMT, but ultimately that was not the case.

And the Winner…

James Deane

Words: Denny H.

Photos: Denny H. / Justin P.

Formula D 2015 – Round 1 Streets of Long Beach

With Round 2 coming up this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, I wanted to get my brief coverage of the event up. Taking place the weekend before the Long Beach Grand Prix, the Formula D scene is a great way to get fans amped up for the new season of car events and new vendors, new drivers, new cars, new umbrella girls and just generally a taste of things to come this season.

Fredrick Aasbo for Rockstar Energy drink snagged the win at the first round and the competition did get pretty fierce on the track.

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As always, there were lovely ladies gracing the booths as well as serving as umbrella girls for the drivers.

Arley Elizabeth for Achilles’

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Brittani Paige for R1 Concepts

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Turbonetics

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Amy Ames with Limitless Society

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Erica Juliet, Erica Nagashima & Sarah Top for Hankook Tires

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Catherine Ho for McLeod

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Hayle Cayaga

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Joolie Mai for Nitto

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Miss Gina Darling for Nitto

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Janey B for Monster Energy

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Jessica Weaver, R1 Concepts

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Ela Pasion, McLeod

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Christine Zegers, Juno Power

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Vivian Chau, GReddy

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Jenn Q, Juno Power

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Rockstar Energy

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KW

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GT Radial

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TwentyVape

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Also check out a couple cool rides in the vendor’s area

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And some more of the drifting action during the Top 16 Competition

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Formula Drift Tech Day | 2014

Super Street, Import Tuner, European Car, & Honda Tuning Magazine hosted the 2014 Formula DRIFT Annual Tech Inspection on Saturday, March 15th. This was my 2nd time attending the event. I live about 200 miles North of Irvine, and didn’t get there until late-afternoon. With that said, I’m not sure what I may have missed, but there was still plenty to see!!

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Unlike last year, the doors were completely closed so I couldn’t get close to the inspection area at all. However, I’m definitely not complaining because, wow, so many beautiful cars were on display all throughout the parking lot.

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As always, it was nice to see Glen’s S2K.

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The variety of cars on display was great. I really enjoyed walking through the lot.

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These are few of my personal favorites:

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It seemed like the line of cars was never-ending (that’s a good thing!).

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It was very cool to see a Fahrenheit GTI in the mix.

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‘I hate to see you go but I love to watch you leave’…caught a few beauties as they were leaving for the day.

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The variety continued as I made my way back around to finish up for the day.

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Hanging out with great friends, surrounded by beautiful cars – what a great way to spend my Saturday afternoon!! Until next time!!!

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– Angie |
@dayuumangie

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