Aasbo victorious after battle of champions

The semi-finals during Round Two: Uncharted Territory, of the 2017 Formula Drift series held in Orlando, Florida,  became a battle of champions that saw Frederic Aasbo emerge victorious after head-to-head battles against 2010 champion Vaughn Gttin Jr., and 2013 Champion, Michael Essa.

“What an incredible win Aasbo said, adding that his event winning Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM was built over the offseason, and a victory after the second event was “amazing.”

Aasbo faced 2010 champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR to advance to the finals against Essa, who had beaten Dai Yoshihara, 2011 Formula Drift champion and the event’s top qualifier.

“Today it all came together, especially in that Top 4 battle with Vaughn Gittin Jr.”Aasbo said. “That was my highlight of the day, showing that I can chase really close and getting this first win in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM is huge.”

According to Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula Drift, approximately one million viewers tuned into the Livestream for Round Two.

“This season is shaping up to be very entertaining and competitive one,” he said, adding there are only 55 points separating the Top 7 drivers.

The action continues to Round 3: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta on May 12-13.

Round 2: Unchartered Territory Event Results

1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM Winner
2. Essa, Michael Achilles Tire / Essa Autosport BMW M3 2nd Place
3. Yoshihara, Dai Falken Tire / Turn 14 Distribution Subaru BRZ 3rd Place
4. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 4th Place
5. Tuerck, Ryan Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Toyota 86 5th Place
6. Kearney, Dean Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper 6th Place
7. Castro, Jhonnattan Gerdau Metaldom / Nexen Tire Toyota 86 7th Place
8. Hohnadell, Alec Urban Air / Hoonigan / Nexen Tire Nissan 240 8th Place
9. Deane, James Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan Silvia 9th Place
10. Bluss, Kristaps HGK / Mast / Motul / Wisefab BMW E46 10th Place
11. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 11th Place
12. Hamilton, Nate Team Enjuku / BC Racing / Hankook Tire Nissan 240 12th Place
13. Field, Matt Falken Tire / Vapetasia / ARK Performance Nissan 240 13th Place
14. Moore, Cameron Nameless Performance / BN Sports / Nexen Tire Toyota 86 14th Place
15. Wiecek, Piotr Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan Silvia 15th Place
16. Mohan, Kyle Built 2 Apex / Mazdatrix / KMR 2016 Mazda MX-5 16th Place

2017 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 2 Events

1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM 158.00 Points
2. Deane, James Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240 142.00 Points
3. Tuerck, Ryan Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Toyota 86 122.00 Points

2017 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 2 Events

1. Toyota 280.00 Points
2. Ford 159.00 Points
3. BMW 119.00 Points
4. Dodge 103.00 Points
5. Nissan 87.00 Points
6. Mazda 34.00 Points

2017 Tire Championship Standings After 2 Events

1. Falken 281.00 Points
2. Nexen 260.00 Points
3. Achilles 222.00 Points
4. Hankook 209.00 Points
5. Nitto 208.00 Points

Photography courtesy of Formula Drift | Larry Chen

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