Formula Drift round 5 - True North in Montreal, Canada

Formula Drift round 5 a.k.a "True North" was held in Montreal, Canada at Autodrome St-Eustache. The weather was great, except some rain on qualifications day. Fans were amazing, most of them spending their nights in tents and trailers right outside the gate of the track. Track itself is great, except the first wallride. The wall caught more victims than any other track and we saw a lot of bye-runs in Top32. There were quite a few Pro drivers that skipped this event, including Toyota 86 driver Cameron Moore, all other 86/BRZ teams were on site.

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Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ken Gushi Toyota 86 18 - ken gushi, toyota 86, chelsea denofa
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ryan Tuerck Toyota 86 18 - ryan tuerck, toyota 86, ferrari 458
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 14 - dai yoshihara, subaru brz, ken gushi, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Girls 02 - nos energy, girls, gridgirls
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Event 05 - crowd

Jhonnattan Castro

Jhonnattan Castro qualified 14th and went against Vaughn Gittin Jr (Q19) in Top 32. Castro's lead run ok although a bit shallow to run away from Gittin, but on follow run Castro pushed harder and on second sweeper gained too much speed where Gittin was slowing down for next turn. Castro smashed in Gittin's Mustang and for this mistake was out of further competition.

Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Jhonnattan Castro Toyota 86 03 - jhonnattan castro, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Jhonnattan Castro Toyota 86 06 - jhonnattan castro, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Jhonnattan Castro Toyota 86 07 - jhonnattan castro, toyota 86, vaughn gittin jr, ford mustang

Dai Yoshihara / Falken Tire, Turn14 Subaru BRZ

Daijiro Yoshihara qualified 16th and went against 2016 Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg (Q17) in Top32. Both had great runs and proximity. Chris Forsberg had better line and Yoshihara had better proximity on follow run. All three judges vote for Dai Yoshihara to continue to Top16. This just shows how important is proximity in tandem runs.

Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 01 - dai yoshihara, subaru brz, formula d, canada, montreal, autodrome st-eustache
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 07 - dai yoshihara, formula d, canada, montreal, subaru brz
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 05 - dai yoshihara, formula d, canada, montreal, subaru brz

In TOP16 Dai went against current championship points leader and No.1 qualifier - James Deane. Deane did a perfect lead run and Dai had a great follow run proximity. But on second run James Deane showed why he is points leader and did even more impressive follow run proximity. One judge votes OMT, two judges vote for James Deane to advance to Top8.

Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 08 - dai yoshihara, formula d, canada, montreal, subaru brz
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 17 - dai yoshihara, subaru brz, falken tire
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 20 - dai yoshihara, subaru brz, falken tire

Ryan Tuerck

Ryan Tuerck qualified 6th and that secured a bye-run in Top 32 as there were only 24 drivers in this round

Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ryan Tuerck Toyota 86 19 - ryan tuerck, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ryan Tuerck Toyota 86 01 - ryan tuerck
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ryan Tuerck Toyota 86 04 - ryan tuerck, toyota 86

In Top16 Tuerck goes against Ken Gushi, both driving 2JZ powered Toyota 86 this is one we like. Unfortunately Tuerck finds himself crashing into the wall and Ken Gushi has nowhere to go and crashes in Tuerck/wall as well. Judges call it Tuercks fault and he is not able to repair his car in time so Ken Gushi is announced as winner of this battle.

Ken Gushi

Ken Gushi qualified in 11th position and went against 22nd position qualifier Pat Goodin. In first run Ken Gushi did a good lead run and Pat Goodin was lost far back. On second run Goodin shows excellent lead run and Gushi is one-two car lengths behind. One judge votes for Gushi but two judges vote for OMT. Second Gushi's lead run is even better and Goodin falls back even more. Goodin drops a tire in final turn and calls for a timeout. Goodin comes back with a good lead run but Gushi is right there and all judges vote for Gushi to continue to TOP16.

Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ken Gushi Toyota 86 23 - ken gushi, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ken Gushi Toyota 86 10 - ken gushi, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ken Gushi Toyota 86 12 - ken gushi, toyota 86, pat goodin

In TOP16 Gushi went against Tuerck and both ended in a crash.

Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ryan Tuerck Toyota 86 08 - ryan tuerck, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ken Gushi Toyota 86 16 - ken gushi, toyota 86, crash
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ken Gushi Toyota 86 14 - ken gushi, toyota 86, crash

Top8 - After the crash in Top16 Gushi's car is way too damaged, front frame and towers are bent and is out of competition. Vaughn Gittin Jr gets a bye-run. After finishing the run Gittin stops and gets pulled off the track. Turns out he was running no oil pressure and even he advances to top4, he cancels any further runs to save the engine for next rounds.

Podium: 1st Fredric Aasbo, 2nd Kristaps Bluss, 3rd James Deane

Formula Drift montreal canada 2017 podium - 1st Fredric Aasbo, 2nd Kristaps Bluss, 3rd James Deane

Next round - Formula DriftROUND 6: The Throwdown - Monroe, WA

Photography: Valters Bože

Extra photos:
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Jhonnattan Castro Toyota 86 16 - jhonnattan castro, toyota 86, ryan tuerck
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Jhonnattan Castro Toyota 86 18 - jhonnattan castro, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Jhonnattan Castro Toyota 86 12 - jhonnattan castro, toyota 86, subaru brz, dai yoshihara
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Jhonnattan Castro Toyota 86 09 - jhonnattan castro, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Jhonnattan Castro Toyota 86 10 - jhonnattan castro, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 24 - dai yoshihara, subaru brz
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 26 - dai yoshihara, subaru brz
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Jhonnattan Castro Toyota 86 01 - jhonnattan castro, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 23 - dai yoshihara, subaru brz, falken tire
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 15 - dai yoshihara, subaru brz
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 16 - dai yoshihara, subaru brz, chris forsberg
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 10 - dai yoshihara, subaru brz
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Dai Yoshihara Subaru Brz 12 - dai yoshihara, subaru brz
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ryan Tuerck Toyota 86 21 - ryan tuerck, toyota 86, ferrari 458
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ryan Tuerck Toyota 86 09 - ryan tuerck, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ryan Tuerck Toyota 86 11 - ryan tuerck, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ryan Tuerck Toyota 86 17 - ryan tuerck, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ken Gushi Toyota 86 21 - ken gushi, toyota 86, greddy
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ken Gushi Toyota 86 17 - ken gushi, toyota 86, dai yoshihara, subaru brz
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ken Gushi Toyota 86 05 - ken gushi, toyota 86, pat goodin
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ken Gushi Toyota 86 08 - ken gushi, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ken Gushi Toyota 86 09 - ken gushi, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Girls 08 - nexen tire, girls
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ken Gushi Toyota 86 02 - ken gushi, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Ken Gushi Toyota 86 04 - ken gushi, toyota 86
Formula Drift Canada Tune86 Event 13 - falken tire
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