Linhbergh and I have been extremely busy sorting through all of our photos from FD New Jersey, and sending them off to the drivers who are working on their blogs from the event.
For my last bit of personal coverage from Wall Speedway, I've assembled a gallery of the second half of the tandem competition, from the Top 16 through the final.
As usual, the Top 16 kicks off with driver intros. Here we see Dai Yoshihara rolling up in his S13, while the Drift Alliance boys assemble in the background.
The first two drivers to meet in the Top 16 were Dean Kearney and Ryan Tuerck.
The match was decided when Kearney mis-judged the transition and swallowed a few cones.
In the next battle, Stephan Verdier's Impreza lost one of its Enkei wheels after making contact with Tanner Foust's Scion. Snoop and Dre would be proud of this three-wheel motion.
Next up, a Pony Car throwdown between Sam Hubinette and Justin Pawlak, with JTP emerging as the victor.
Tyler McQuarrie was looking for a comeback in Jersey, but his teammate Vaughn Gittin Jr. would put an end to his run in the Top 16.
Next, a long, drawn-out match between Darren McNamara and Ken Gushi. After an OMT run, DMac was declared the winner here.
The rookie and the champ. Charles Ng fought his hardest, but it just wasn't enough to get by Chris Forsberg.
Dai Yoshihara is the hottest fellow in drifting right now, so it didn't come as a huge surprise when he defeated Forrest Wang to move to the Top 8.
Finishing off the Top 16 was an all-S15 battle between Ross Petty and Michihiro Takatori. Here it was Takatori's V8 that took the advantage over Petty's traditional SR power.
Kicking off the Top 8, Tanner Foust and Ryan Tuerck. Not the first time these two have met, and not the last. Foust earned the win on this day though.
Next up, some hot Stang-on-Stang action as Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Justin Pawlak face off. This was a close one, but JTP was eliminated after a spin on his following run.
Chris Forsberg is always a threat, but here he just couldn't match the speed and angle of Darren McNamara's Saturn. DMac wins the open-top battle.
The V8-powered S-chassis duo of Dai Yoshihara and Michihiro Takatori finished up the top 8. Takatori would end up spinning on the transition, giving an easy win to Dai.
The first match of the Final Four put Vaughn Gittin Jr against Tanner Foust. Tanner ended up scraping the wall along the bank, giving Vaughn a huge advantage and the eventual win.
Teammates Dai and DMac battled next, with Dai cruising to victory after Dmac (background) became the next victim of the wall.
After his car had a quick look-over, DMac returned to the track to battle Tanner Foust for third place. The two of them made contact on the final part of the course, with Foust spinning and coming to a stop. Darren didn't look too pleased with the result, but Tanner was awarded the victory.
Then in an exact repeat of Rd.2 in Atlanta, Dai Yoshihara faced Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the final. And just like in Atlanta, Dai emerged victorious.
Here Dai celebrates his second straight victory by getting rowdy with a can of Sierra Mist. Nice one!
That will do it for my coverage from FD New Jersey. Next up, Seattle!