A new venue in the Formula Drift championship is always bound to shake things up, but when you throw torrential rain and a little fire into the mix it gets a whole lot more interesting. ‘Uncharted Territory’, the third stop on the 2015 FD calendar held at Orlando Speedworld Oval Track just proved that.
It’s a critical point in the season for Formula Drift’s Pro drivers, and headed into the Florida round, securing important championship points – either to turn a season around or capitalize on a current position – was the number one priority.
In Friday’s qualifying, Ken Gushi came out all guns blazing and earned the #1 spot with a 92 run. It was close at the top though, with Matt Field earning second with a 91 and Ryan Tuerck holding out third with a 90 scorecard.
But anything can happen in this sport and during today’s battles the rain came down and turned the event on its head.
Larry will have a full report next week, but for now we extend our congratulations to Ryan Tuerck who took the win. The Retaks driver had a solid weekend in his 2JZ-powered Scion FR-S, but got an easy ride from his Nitto Final 4 win to the top step of the podium after Chris Forsberg failed to make the start line with a suspension breakage following contact with Ken Gushi in his semifinal match-up. And he had a fire too…
Odi Backchis still holds onto his #1 championship position with 223 points, but Tuerck is now right up there with 208 in the bag.
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Photos by Larry Chen