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Formula Drift – Streets of Long Beach – Rd. 1 – Qualifying – Top 5

Formula Drift kicks off their 14th year at the infamous Street of Long Beach, as what I call the concrete jungle.

Long Beach is the first event where spectators can see their favorite driver and their new livery, which is always good to see!

Qualifying took place Friday afternoon in the breezy 70 degree Southern California weather, so let’s recap the top 5!

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Taking the number one spot is none other than Vaughn Gittin Jr. with a qualifying score of 97 in his Monster Energy Ford Mustang

2. James Deane

James Deane with his S15 with qualifying score of 96

3. Ryan Tuerck

Ryan Tuerck with a 96 in qualfying in his Hankook Tire Gumout FR-S

4. Fredric Aasbo

Fredric Aasbo in his new Nexen Rockstar Toyota Corolla iM with a score of 91

5. Alex Heilbrunn

Alex Heilbrunn rounds out the top 5 with a score of 91 in his Nitto Tire, E46 M3

A look at the bracket and the rest of the qualifying field, courtesy of www.formulad.com

…and the rest of the qualifying field.

Words: Denny H.

Photos: Denny H. / Justin P.

The Streets of Long Beach – 2013 Formula Drift – Rd.1

Formula Drift kicked off its 10th year on April 12st, 2013 at The Streets of Long Beach. Long Beach is FD’s first event of the series and utilizes turns 9-11 of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The unforgiving concrete lined course has been a challenge to all the drivers as it manages to end some of their weekend abruptly. Its a difficult track because the course uses the walls as clipping points, therefore drivers tend to cut them close in order to impress the judges and wow the crowds. Thick smoke combined with solid walls hasn’t appeared to be a good combination – but exciting.

Overcast and drizzle shadowed the day and kept the temperatures cool. A bit different from previous years when hydration and shade was a must. The weather was a treat to spectators and media partners alike.

2013 implemented a few new rules and modifications- one being the “Knock-out” style qualifying, which the top 16 qualifiers will lock themselves in their positions and the rest will have a 2nd run to fight for the remaining 17-32 spots (correct me if I misunderstood). Another rule is the modification to the “5-minute rule”, which is now called the “Competition Timeout.” The driver may call 5-minutes but MUST work on their car on the grid and no longer in the paddock. These changes will help speed up competition with lessen down time.

FD showed some promising rookies such as Forrest Wang with Get Nuts Laboratory. Forrest has probably one of the sickest S14’s in the field. The S14 is powered by a turbo’ed 2JZ. His style was clean and managed to muscle himself a 10th qualifying spot in his professional debut at Formula Drift. During top 32, Justin Pawlak ultimately pushed him out of the running and knocked him.FDLB-6061

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Top 32 went rather quick and ended much earlier than scheduled. which moved the smoke sniffers to visit the vendor booths and the Slammed Society car show hosted by Fatlace.

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FDLB-5817Slammed Society was busier than previous years. Fatlace was front center as you enter the event. Fatlace openly displayed their BenSopra GT-R, Rocket Bunny FR-S boosted by Vortech Superchargers, Yogi’s AirREX GS, and John’s Veloster.

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FDLB-5811Vortech Superchargers was also in attendance showing off their latest charged vehicles like the hot FR-S. Migels, Noel’s, and the company’s FR-S all showed different build styles and purposes. On the backside was Gene Tjin’s Lysholm Camaro, Joey Redmon’s 2013 Paxton charged Mustang, Jon Sibal’s Challenger  using Vortech’s latest wrap-around system and Vortech’s in-house Challenger.

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FDLB-5953The Tjin Edition Ford Fusion also made an appearance.

FDLB-5987AutoFashion‘s Kevin’s Trendy Vape FR-S looks totally hot in black and teal.

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FDLB-5995In the vendor area, Meng and Young of FRS-86 shared a booth with AEM. Meng’s Hot Lava FR-S was fronting MV Designz hot lip kit as his brother Young, had the Stillen lip kit.

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FDLB-5989Nissan Raceshop had our own DaYUUM Hunnie Katelin Southern signing posters to proud fans.

FDLB-6156DaYUUM Hunnie Ashley Clark was slanging wares with OMGDrift.

FDLB-6159Hunnie Amand Kerr a was with Drive Energy drinks promoting for their brand.

FDLB-5991Also spotted in the vendor booths was Abe with Mishimoto carrying a radiator around his neck. Next time we would like to see radiator hoses or hose clamps as a form of a neckless. Abe, make that happen.

FDLB-6192Brittani Paige was serving up drinks in NOS’ booth killing people with her smile and eyes.

FDLB-6154Gina “ex-supervillain, bruenette, to white, to blue haired” Darling, was being goofy in DSPORT’s booth with cameras following her around for an upcoming show called Roll Models.

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FDLB-6147Randyl Dawn was patiently waiting for Falken’s photo booth glitch to clear up, so I snap a shot of her.

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FDLB-6153HPI Racing was near by displaying some of their sick R/C Cars, including Gitten’s Mustang and RTR Mustang from 2011’s SEMA Show.

FDLB-6161The lovely Emma Rose was chilling with SSR, she always get an A+ on fashion points.

FDLB-6204Melyssa Grace with her MelygRace Girls showing 143.

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FDLB-6198Trendy Vape / AutoFashion also had a booth displaying the latest in vapes and flavors. They even had solutions to customize your vapes with custom Trendy Vape wraps.

Unto the Top 16 was,
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FDLB-6255Dai Yoshihara, Matt Powers, Daigo Saito, Fredric Aasbo, Chelsea DeNofa, Kado, Moen, Odi Bakchis, McNamara, Chris Forseberg, Ryan Tuerck, Justin, Pawlak, Michael Essa, Ken Gushi, Vaugh Gittin, and Pat Mordaunt.

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FDLB-6328In the mist of the battles, Dai vs. Powers, as Dai advances.

Daigo-san vs Fredric was in an amazing battle. Two one-more-times as Fredric advances. Check out the close proximity by both drivers on their chase runs. It was one of the best battles to date. Daigo seems to always get into close battles. Last year at the House of Drift, he battled it out with Matt Powers in the same fashion.

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FDLB-6355Here is the first round with Daigo-san and Fredric.

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FDLB-6405Second Round… Daigo vs Fredric

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FDLB-6448Fredric takes the Win!

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FDLB-6376DeNofa vs Kado, DeNofa advances

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FDLB-6467McNamara vs. Forsberg, Forsberg advances

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FDLB-6503Essa vs. Gushi, Gushi advances

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Top 8 didn’t have too much drama but there were close battles.

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FDLB-6554DeNofa vs. Moen, Moen makes contact in turn 9 and knocks himself out of competition, DeNofa advances to Top 4

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FDLB-6571Forsberg vs. Tuerk, Forsberg advances to Top 4!

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FDLB-6603Gushi vs. Gittin, Gittin moves on to Top 4.

Top 4 looks like this, Dai vs. DeNofa / Forsberg vs Gittin

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FDLB-6631Here is Dai vs. DeNofa, Dai advances to the finals!

FDLB-6636Gittin vs. Forsberg, Gittin moves on.

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FDLB-6670 Tuerk vs Forsberg for 3rd, Forsberg takes 3rd at round 1 of the 2013 season.

Final battle was between Dai and Gittin.

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A tough clean battle and the winner of FD LB is…
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Dai! Dai takes the win at the 2013 first round!

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Antonio getting some footage of Dai’s victory burnout

FDLB-6743The Celebration.

Thanks for checking out our coverage. @DaYUUMDen

 

 

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