James Deane Tops Formula Drift Finals Qualifying

The smoke has settled and we have a field of drivers set for battle in Formula Drift Pro Top 32 at Irwindale!

Piotr Wiecek
James Deane

Once again the Worthouse Drift team puts down near perfect runs with James Deane and Piotr Wiecek getting 98’s on their first runs. On his second run Deane would lay down an even higher 99, solidifying his #1 qualifying position! Both drivers put their 2jz powered S15’s right on the wall and kept the throttle buried until the end of their runs! Impressive and fast!

Rounding out the Top 5 were Dai Yoshihara in 3rd, Frederic Aasbo in 4th, and Ryan Tuerck in 5th. All 5 of these drivers will receive a bye run right into Top 16 due to 5 drivers not making the field.

Dai Yoshihara
Frederic Aasbo
Ryan Tuerck Drifting
Ryan Tuerck

Most notably, Atlanta winner Kristaps Blušs, did not show up to the event along with Alex Heilbrunn.

Kristaps Blušs

Ryan Litteral and Kevin Lawrence failed to qualify due to mechanical issues.

Tandem Drifting
Kevin Lawrence / Ryan Litteral

And in a bit of a harsh call by the judges, Kyle Mohan and his Mazdatrix Mx5 received a second zero on a straightening call. It was a by the rules call and was definitely right, but with an already short field, fans wondered why the call was made for a zero.

Kyle Mohan

The only casualty from qualifying was Federico and Fiorella, who hit the wall hard transitioning into the second wall section. The damage was hard but it looked fixable as I’m sure the FFF team will be hard at work through the night to get the Ferrari ready to Drift in Top 32 tomorrow.

Ferrari drifting in Formula Drift
Federico Sceriffo

The field is set! The drama will be high! Can James Deane make it 2 Formula Drift championships in a row? Will Aasbo take down the champ to win another? We find out tomorrow, October 13th 2018! Formula Drift Round 8 Final Fight is here! Send it!!!

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Photos by Bill Elkins and Alyssa Fritz

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