Formula Drift Comes To The Streets Of Long Beach
by Andrew Bettridge
April 16, 2014 • 650 views
Long Beach - For the past 11 years, there has been a tradition the weekend before the Grand Prix of Long Beach, for Formula Drift to lay down layers of rubber on turns 9, 10, and 11 of the Grand Prix circuit.
Coming into the event, many returning drivers had new sponsors and new cars for the season. Entering Friday, few teams had already gone through and done major repairs to their vehicles due to Tuesday through Thursday practice runs. Friday practice and qualifying brought down the best of the best, and showed who is still learning how to drive their new cars or compete against the long time professionals. Some went through the off-season doing minor changes to the vehicles, such as wraps or suspension.
Although some teams, just days before the event, were putting their cars back together to be ready for round one at Long Beach. Going into Saturday’s eliminations brought the field down to the regular final 16 including, Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Chris Forsberg.
Through the sweet 16 to the great 8 eliminations, many favorites were eliminated and brought the field down to 2 previous champions and leaving last year’s event winner out of the field.
Rolling into the finals brought the event win between Kenny Moen and Chris Forsberg. In their head to head battles, it was neck and neck, though each driver made mistakes. Chris Forsberg came out with the win and placing last years champion, Michael Essa of Essa Autosport, in 3rd.
Teams have just over a month to prep and arrive at Road Atlanta for round 2 of 7 in the Championship Formula Drift, when it returns to Southern California on October 10-11 at the House of Drift Irwindale Speedway.