All of it comes all the way down to this: After months of thrilling competitors, the 2021 Formulation DRIFT Professional and Prospec Championships will attain their climax on the famed Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA, on Oct. 22–23. That is the Last spherical, and if the earlier occasions on this yr’s sequence are any indication, it needs to be a nail-biter.
For Formulation DRIFT Professional drivers, the Last spherical caps off seven earlier rounds of intense competitors that places their expertise, and their groups’ resourcefulness, to the check. File crowds have turned out this yr to look at all of the high-horsepower, tire-smoking motion, they usually’ve been handled to a slugfest: Wet climate, crashes, and new high-speed tracks have made every spherical a critical problem. Issues will solely get extra intense when the drivers pull as much as the beginning line at Irwindale. Often known as the Home of Drift, the observe is infamous for its tough turns and concrete partitions that present a razor-thin margin for error.
Fredric Aasbo is sitting in first place within the Professional standings heading into the Last spherical, adopted by Chelsea DeNofa and Matt Subject in second and third, respectively. However the winner of the Last spherical earns 100 factors, which implies six Professional drivers have an opportunity to take the lead and declare the title this yr. If there’s something we’ve discovered from the earlier seven rounds, it’s to count on surprises. Something can occur when these 1,000-horsepower automobiles careen across the observe, and whoever wins on the Last might want to pull off some particularly gifted driving.
For Prospec drivers, the Last spherical is about extra than simply successful a trophy—it’s an opportunity to kickstart their careers. The winner of the Last spherical mechanically qualifies for the FD Professional sequence in 2022, and the sphere is extensive open. Dmitriy Brutskiy presently leads the pack, however 13 drivers have an opportunity of taking the lead in the event that they win the Last. With a lot on the road for each driver, the Prospec heats might be among the most fun of all the weekend.
Don’t miss your likelihood to be part of it: Tickets are nonetheless obtainable for the Last spherical at Irwindale, however hurry as a result of amphitheater seating at all times sells out. Can’t make it to the occasion in particular person? Catch all of the motion on the free Formulation DRIFT livestream, which can cowl the qualifying heats on Friday and competitors heats on Saturday. You possibly can entry the livestream on the FD web site, YouTube web page, or Fb web page.
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