Round 6: Locked and Loaded TOP 4 to Finals LIVE

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Round 1 of Top 4: Ken Gushi vs. Tanner Foust. Battle of the Scion TCs. Ken leads and Tanner chases and stays close through the run. Run 2. Tanner leads and Ken gives chase and goes wheel to wheel with the champ through the teardrop and to the end of the run. Ken Gushi moves on to the Finals!

Round 2 of Top 4: Ryuji Miki vs. Stephan Verdier. Ryuji leads and Verdier gives chase and goes wide and off-course with 1 tire into the teardrop. Run 2. Verdier leads and Miki gives chase tapping Verdier’s bumper in the teardrop and makes a correction towards the end of the run. Verdier moves on to the Finals.

Consolation Round for 3rd Place: Tanner Foust vs. Ryuji Miki. Miki leads and Foust chases and Foust overshoots wide and goes off-course into the teardrop. Run 2. Foust leads and Miki chases him down and keeps it close. One More Time.

Round 2 in OMT. Miki leads and Foust keeps on his rear bumper through the run. Run 2. Foust leads and Miki is right on him in the first entry and keeps it on him through the run. One More Time.

2nd OMT battle. Miki leads and Tanner gives chase. Tanner goes hot and hits Miki’s side door. Both cars come to a hault. Foust leads and Miki chases down Tanner and stays on his door and ends the run.

Finals: Ken Gushi vs. Stephan Verdier. Ken leads and straightens out and car looks to be damaged and he runs off course. Verdier wins as Ken’s car will not be able to compete.

Round 6: Locked and Loaded Great 8 LIVE

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We are here at Infineon Raceway for the Great 8.

Run 1: Katuhiro Ueo vs. Ken Gushi. Ueo leads and Ken goes door to door with him on entry. Ueo slows and Ken makes contact in the teardrop, both cars stop. 5 mins called. Run 2. Gushi leads and Ueo chases, but straightens out in the teardrop. OMT is called.

Run 1 in OMT. Ueo leads and goes wide on his really early drift entry and Ken gives chase and sticks to him. Run 2. Ken leads and Ueo chases sticking to Ken’s door through the run. Close battle. Ken moves on to the Final 4.

Round 2. Rhys Millen vs. Tanner Foust. Rhys leads and Tanner chases sticking to his door from the entry through to the teardrop. Rhys pulls slightly away towards the end of the run. Run 2. Tanner leads and Rhys gives chase and shadows him through the teardrop and Tanner pulls slightly away in the same fashion as Rhys did in the previous run. Tanner Foust moves on to the Final 4.

Round 3. Ryuji Miki vs. Sam Hubinette. Ryuji leads and Sam chases him down to the teardrop. Ryuji ends the run with a slight gap between the 2 cars. Run 2. Sam leads and Ryuji gives chase and sticks to the Viper’s door through the teardrop to the end of the run. Ryuji Miki moves on to the Final 4.

Round 4. Stephan Verdier vs. Vaughn Gittin. Vaughn leads and Stephan chases sticking closely through the teardrop and to the end of the run. Run 2. Stephan leads and Vaughn chases, but Vaughn goes wide and makes a correction in the teardrop. Stephan Verdier moves on.

Final 4 to the Finals in the next blog post. Stay tuned for the Finale of Round 6!

Round 6: Locked and Loaded TOP 16 LIVE

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Round 1: Ueo vs. McNamara – Ueo leads and McNamara goes hot and contact is made, but both continue and finish the run. Run 2 McNamara leads and Ueo catches up in the teardrop and sticks to his bumper for the rest of the run. Ueo moves on to the Great 8.

Round 2: Ken Gushi vs. Dai Yoshihara. Ken leads and Dai catches him in the teardrop, but Ken breaks free and creates a gap to the end of the run. Run 2. Dai leads and Ken gives chase, both initiate at same time and Ken sticks to Dai’s door. Dai straightens out! Ken advances.

Round 3: Rhys Millen vs. Kenji Yamanaka. Rhys leads and Kenji has a wider line, but can’t catch up to Rhys. Run 2. Kenji leads and Rhys chases and sticks to the bumper of Kenji like glue through the entire run. Rhys advances.

Round 4: Alex Pfeiffer vs. Tanner Foust. Alex leads and Tanner chases right to Alex’s door and sticks with him through the entire run. Amazing run. Run 2. Tanner leads and Alex returns the favor by sticking to his door through the teardrop. Great tandem action! Tanner gets the win and moves on to the Great 8.

Round 5: Ryuji Miki vs. Kyle Mohan. Ryuji leads and Kyle chases both have wide lines through to the teardrop. Run 2. Kyle leads and both enter the teardrop, Kyle goes a bit wide. Ryuji Miki moves on to the Great 8.

Round 6: Samuel Hubinette vs. Yasu Kondo. Yasu leads and Sam gives chase to the much slower Corolla and sticks to his rear bumper. Run 2. Sam leads and Yasu chases and catches up at the teardrop and stays with him through the run. One More Time!

Run 1 in OMT. Yasu leads and Sam chases and sticks to the rear bumper of the Corolla. Run 2. Sam leads but Kondo goes a bit wide and never really catches Sam in the run. Sam advances

Round 7: Chris Forsberg vs. Stephan Verdier. Chris leads and Stephan chases and shadows Chris throughout the course right on his door and rear bumper. Great run! Run 2. Stephan leads and Chris catches up and returns the favor by sticking to Stephan’s door and follow to the end of the run. Stephan Verdier advances.

Round 8: Vaughn Gittin vs. Justin Pawlak. Gittin leads and JTP gives chase. JTP goes hot and spins out on the first turn. Run 2. JTP leads and goes feint drift and Gittin follows. Gittin keeps it close and goes a little wide, but its not enough and Gittin moves on.

Great 8 LIVE in next blog post. Stay tuned!

Round 6: Locked and Loaded Teaser Pics

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Here are some shots from today’s Round 6: Locked and Loaded championship at Infineon Raceway.

packed crowd in Sonoma
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NOS Energy Drink drivers from IndyCar Dan Wheldon and Formula DRIFT Chris Forsberg
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Miss FD and MYX host
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Opening Ceremonies
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Formula DRIFT News Update

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Formula DRIFT Memorandum

Date: August 22, 2009
Re: Decision regarding tandem match-up between Chris Forsberg and Calvin Wan

Due to various external communications based on poor information from unqualified sources, Formula Drift has issued the following clarification ruling regarding the Round of 32 match-up between Chris Forsberg and Calvin Wan.

– On the first run of the head to head match-up contact was made between Chris Forsberg and Calvin Wan. Calvin Wan, who was chasing, was deemed at fault for the contact. Subsequently Chris Forsberg’s car was damaged. Specifically a lower control arm was broken.
– Chris Forsberg Racing enacted the 5 Minute Rule via their spotter; legally per the guidelines of the Formula Drift rulebook.
– The 5 Minutes expired and Chris Forsberg Racing brought the vehicle back to the line to run the second run of the head to head match-up.
– The judges’ decision was One More Time.
– Chris Forsberg Racing asked for a second 5 Minute and was denied by the Chief Steward
– The match continued and Calvin Wan was deemed the victor.
– 8 minutes past the expiration of the Head-to-Head battle Chris Forsberg Racing filed a legal protest deeming that they were unjustly refused additional time to fix their vehicle according Appendix E/”5 Minute Time Out” of the 2009 Formula DRIFT Rulebook. Chris Forsberg Racing stated that there is no provision that would NOT allow additional time if the team requests and that the Chief Steward can allow for additional time to fix the vehicle if deemed warranted.
– The protest by Chris Forsberg Racing was deemed legal and valid and that additional time should have been allowed which would have easily repaired the minor issue with the car
– The Chief Steward ruled to run the One More Time battle between Chris Forsberg and Calvin Wan.

Formula DRIFT understands that this is a rare and isolated incident and in no way sets precedent for “Re-runs”. This is an example of a team properly using the protest provision on a non-subjective call and finding error in a specific ruling by a Formula DRIFT official.
Any questions and comments, can be addressed to Randy Hembrey, Jim Liaw, or Ryan Sage. Contacts are listed on the Formula DRIFT website.