Formula Drift Seattle - Evergreen Speedway recap

Formula Drift Throwdown was a great event! The atmosphere is both fun and exciting. The venue was full of fans!

Formula Drift Seattle Evergreen Speedway 2014 - Formula Drift Seattle Evergreen Speedway 2014


Apart from the race cars, there were plenty of tuned Scion FRS and Subaru BRZ street cars. Here are some of them:

Formula Drift Seattle showcars FRS BRZ06 - Formula Drift Seattle showcars FRS BRZ06

Formula Drift Seattle showcars FRS BRZ05 - Formula Drift Seattle showcars FRS BRZ05

Formula Drift Seattle showcars FRS BRZ04 - Formula Drift Seattle showcars FRS BRZ04

Formula Drift Seattle showcars FRS BRZ03 - Formula Drift Seattle showcars FRS BRZ03

Formula Drift Seattle showcars FRS BRZ02 - Formula Drift Seattle showcars FRS BRZ02

Formula Drift Seattle showcars FRS BRZ01 - Formula Drift Seattle showcars FRS BRZ01



There were several 86 cars in the competition.



Ron Ewerth running his self sponsored Vision Performance V8 FRS woudln't come to Seattle and is saving energy for Texas race. Patrick Cyr skipped #FDSEA to participate in other events.
Only driver to run both in PRO and PRO 2 races was Jeff Wolfson.

Formula Drift Seattle Jeff Wolfson Scion FRS - Formula Drift Seattle Jeff Wolfson Scion FRS

Jeff Wolfson qualified for PRO2 championship, but didn't get a good score for the PRO. In PRO2 TOP16 Jeff advanced over Dennis Mertzanis, but lost to Jeremy Lowe in TOP8 and joined the spectators for the weekend.

All our senior drivers qualified for TOP32 and gave it their all. The battles were fierce and only a few made it into the top 16. Sadly, none of them made the podium but the event was great nonetheless. 


Tony qualified 32nd, again. And had to fight no other but the actual winner Dmac (Darren McNamara). But during the first run Tony Angelo crashed and wouldnt fix it 10 minutes.

Formula Drift Seattle Tony Angelo Scion FRS05 - Formula Drift Seattle Tony Angelo Scion FRS05

Formula Drift Seattle Tony Angelo Scion FRS03 - Formula Drift Seattle Tony Angelo Scion FRS03

Formula Drift Seattle Tony Angelo Scion FRS02 - Formula Drift Seattle Tony Angelo Scion FRS02

Formula Drift Seattle Tony Angelo Scion FRS01 - Formula Drift Seattle Tony Angelo Scion FRS01


Team Falken have had a wild season, improving race by race.  Dai Yoshihara qualified 16th and went against Geoff Stoneback. Daijiro advanced to TOP16 and this meant nothing but fighting against his teamate Dmac.

Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ04 - Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ04

Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ03 - Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ03

Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ02 - Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ02


Ryan Tuerck qualified in 5th position went against Mike Pollard and was really killing it! Quick advance to Top16!

Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS07 - Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS07

Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS06 - Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS06

Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS05 - Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS05

Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS03 - Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS03

Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS02 - Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS02

Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS01 - Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS01

Our last but definitely not least FT86 driver was Ken Gushi. Qualifying in 21st position The Gush had to fight against Tyler McQuarrie. It was shaky battle for both, Gushi straightened a couple times, but McQuarie went off-track and Kenshiro advanced to TOP 16 to fight no other but Ryan Tuerck.

Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS04 - Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS04

Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS03 - Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS03

Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS02 - Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS02

Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS01 - Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS01


Finally Team Falken's turbocharged Nissan S14 and Subaru BRZ were in good shape and no gremlins. Dai lost the battle in TOP16 against his Falken teammate Dmac and was out of competition. Battle was really close and we were hoping for a One More Time, but the judges decided that Darren was better. At least the team was happy after the event as Dmac won the podium 1st place.

Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ10 - Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ10

Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ09 - Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ09

Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ07 - Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ07

Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ01 - Formula Drift Seattle Dai Yoshihara Subaru BRZ01


Back to the fight of the night - as some may call it the 4JZ battle - Ryan Tuerck and Ken Gushi with their 2JZ-GTE powered Scion FR-S battleships. 

Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS04 - Formula Drift Seattle Ryan Tuerck 2jz FRS04

Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS05 - Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS05


This was the battle of the day as both Ken and Ryan laid down very close follow runs making the fans stand up and Stomp their feet to create a thunder in the venue! There was no other option for the judges but to please everyone in the Evergreen Speedway and call it One More Time! It was that good! 

Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Ryan Tuerck 2JZ FRS03 - Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Ryan Tuerck 2JZ FRS03

Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Ryan Tuerck 2JZ FRS02 - Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Ryan Tuerck 2JZ FRS02

Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Ryan Tuerck 2JZ FRS01 - Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Ryan Tuerck 2JZ FRS01


In the following battle unfortunately trying to run away a bit from Scion X Greddy Racing FRS the lead runner Tuerck ran off-track blasting a cone. Gushi advanced to TOP8.

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Being the only FT86 driver left in competition Gushi had a battle with current season leader - Chris "The Force" Forsberg. 


Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS08 - Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS08

Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS07 - Formula Drift Seattle Ken Gushi Scion FRS07

While follow run was ok for the Gush, in lead run sliding the wall his 2JZ FR-S lost power letting Forsberg do a clean sideways pass. 
Thats all she wrote.

gushforsberg - gushforsberg

That's a wrap for this awesome event! See you next in Formula Drift round 6 - September 11-12 at Texas Motor Speedway!

Photos: Kristian Jaeger
Edit: Valters Boze


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