For followers of racing, final weekend’s Tremendous Drift occasions have been icing on the cake. They have been a part of the Acura Grand Prix of Lengthy Seaside weekend, a motorsport competition on the streets of Lengthy Seaside. And, together with the IndyCar most important occasion, Method DRIFT was placing on a present.
The Tremendous Drift occasion right here traces its historical past to 2005. That’s when Grand Prix organizers invited Method DRIFT to placed on a drift demo. The following 12 months, a standalone occasion was created, and it’s been a part of the Method DRIFT schedule ever since.
The occasion is just a little totally different, going down on turns 9/11 on the Grand Prix monitor. Drivers race via heats till one winner stays. Nonetheless, a condensed schedule means this isn’t a full Method DRIFT occasion with 32 drivers. As an alternative, the Lengthy Seaside Tremendous Drift occasion invitations eight drivers to duke it out over two nights of competitors.
Followers had a pleasant shock on Friday evening with the return of Forrest Wang within the Achilles Tire/Yellowspeed Racing/NRG Improvements Nissan. Wang has been absent from Method DRIFT for the reason that 2019 season. That’s additionally the 12 months when he gained each Tremendous Drift rounds. This 12 months, nonetheless, he didn’t take the highest spot.
On the primary evening, Jeff Jones within the Jeff Jones Racing/GT Radial Nissan 370Z got here out on high. He defeated Wang within the first spherical and, after a One Extra Time, eked previous Justin Pawlak driving the Falken Tire Ford Mustang. Lastly, Jones overtook Michael Essa within the FCP Euro/Liqui Moly/GT Radial BMW M3 within the ultimate spherical.
On Saturday, it was Pawlak’s evening to shine. After he beat Essa within the first spherical, the pace of Pawlak’s Mustang was an excessive amount of for Wang within the Ultimate 4. An all-Mustang ultimate versus Trenton Beechum within the Clonex Racing/Nexen Tire Ford Mustang didn’t come to move, as Beechum had automotive issues that left him within the pits. All that was left was a victory lap for Pawlak.
Subsequent up for Method DRIFT PRO and Hyperlink ECU PROSPEC championships is the ultimate spherical on the Irwindale Speedway on October 22-23.
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