So here we are. 7 events down in this historic 15th season of Formula Drift, and after an exciting year of drifting action it all comes down to the last event! The final event of the season held at the iconic Irwindale Speedway in California always brings some of the most exciting door to door battles of the year, but having a championship still up for grabs, increases the stakes for the drivers and teams, but promises fans one heck of a show!
As we roll in the “Final Fight” at The House of Drift, the points championship comes down 4 drivers battling for the top 3 spots of the standings.
It’s really no surprise that James Deane leads the way after 7 events in his Worthouse Drift 2jz powered S15. Deane has solidified his spot in Formula Drift with his signature consistency and aggressive driving style! This dude just dominates all over the world behind the wheel of a drift car.
Deane goes into the finals with 2 back to back wins at Wall and Monroe, along with 2 other podium finishes in 2018. His lowest finish was hardly that, a 6th at Gateway Motorsports Park was as far down the standings as Deane would go this season.
Second place in points, and finding himself sandwiched between the Worthouse Drift boys, is former Formula Drift champion Frederic Aasbo with his Papadakis racing Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla. Aasbo is no stranger to championships being won at Irwindale as he did it in 2015 to clinch the championship. Aasbo sits 49 points behind Deane after 2 wins at Gateway Motorsports Park and Long Beach and podiums at 3 more events.
Third place in points is the other half of the Worthouse Drift team, Piotr Wiecek and his 2jz Nissan s15. Piotr has been on a tear in Formula Drift since the end of the 2017 season and that momentum didn’t stop in 2018. Winning at Texas and 2 other podiums has put him in 3rd place in the points championship. But it’s his hard charging driving style and fun demeanor that have him quickly becoming a fan favorite.
His battles with teammate James Deane have been some of the most fun and intense battles this year!
Never to be counted out, former Formula Drift champion and newly sports walk hall of fame inducted, Chris Forsberg sits in fourth in points.
Chris has fought through an up and down season as him and his NOS energy team have battled issues with the new VQ power plant in his Nissan 370z since the beginning of the 2018 season. Forsberg has 1 win at Orlando and 1 other podium.
That brings us to today’s Formula Drift Round 8- Final Fight and qualifying which starts at 3:15 pm EST/ 12 pm PST. It’s do or die for all the drivers and teams with one last chance at a podium finish for their sponsors and a possible championship for 2018! We will have all the results after qualifying and updates throughout the day and weekend on our Instagram and Facebook pages! It’s time to “send it” one last time in Irwindale!
Photos by Bill Elkins / Rob Goodwin