Formula Drift 2016 - Round 3 Orlando photo recap
Last weekend Florida was rocked by another round of Formula Drift. It is second year when the event is held at Orlando Speed World oval track (3rd year in Florida). Hot, humid and drama was expected. Lots of tire debeading, panels flying (mostly from Alec Hohnadell's car), judging that raises arguments, yes thats the Formula D at Orlando we like. This year the layout stayed the same, but for the media guys there was a huge improvement - on race days there were 3 photo shooting spots inside the speedway where as last year everyone had to shoot from outside the fence.
In previous round at Road Atlanta Dai Yoshihara hit the 2nd spot on podium and its finally a great achievement for the long developed turbocharged V8 powered Falken Subaru BRZ, Ryan Tuerck got 4th place. In first round at Long Beach Ken Gushi took 3rd place in his Greddy Racing x Scion Racing 2JZ powered FR-S.
In this round in Orlando the BRZ & FRS (or Toyota 86 now) guys didn't get past TOP 8. Daijiro Yoshihara achieved 8th best qualifying score but was defeated early in TOP 32 by Juha Rintanen. Ryan Tuerck scored 2nd best in qualifying but was eliminated in TOP 16 by Pat Mordaunt. Ken Gushi made it to TOP 8 where he met the 3rd place winner Chris Forsberg. Also in TOP 8 made newcomer to the chassis - Jhonnattan Castro, driving his Gerdau Meltadom / Nexen tires / Advan Racing Toyota/Scion GT86 powered by 2AR Turbo/Nitro engine, eliminating the championship leader Vaughn Gittin Jr in TOP 16. In Top 8 Castro lost to Tyler McQuarrie.
Over the weekend both Ken Gushi and Dai Yoshihara damaged their cars smashing against the wall, thankfully the damage wasn't big, but it was the first time in 3 years Dai Yoshihara put a scratch on his BRZ and only because the car in front of him crashed first. Past two seasons were not really successful for the team even though the car setup is a rocketship. Is safe driving keeping Dai from scoring better? Probably, but it really is the most advanced FRS/BRZ build in Formula D series and nobody would want to trash it around.
Event winner was Fredric Aasbo in his Scion Tc, 2nd place was first podium for Kristaps Bluss from Latvia, 3rd - Chris Forsberg. After round 3 Kenshiro Gushi sits in 6th place, Daijiro Yoshihara 9th, Ryan Tuerck 11th and Jhonnattan Castro 18th.
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Photos from last year at Orlando: Formula Drift 2015 - Orlando Uncharted Territory
Article and photos: Valters Boze