James Deane earns second consecutive victory during Round 7

Formula Drift Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras returned to Texas Motor Speedway for Round 7: AutoZone Showdown. James Deane in the Worthhouse / Falken Tire Nissan S15 had a perfect weekend as the number one qualifier and with his second consecutive event victory.

Irish driver James Deane has tied a Formula Drift record with his fourth event victory in a single season to increase his lead in the Pro Championship standings with only one event remaining. The capacity crowd was entertained throughout the event weekend, while the Livestream drew over 1 million views over the course of the event.

“This was quite the weekend here in Texas,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula Drift. “With so much on the line, it made for an intense competition that I hope the fans enjoyed.”

In the Top 4, number one qualifier and current points leader, James Deane in the Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240 faced off against former champion and second in points, Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM. Deane was able to edge past his opponent to move into the Finals. On the other side of the Top 4 bracket, former champion Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy / Hankook Nissan 370Z faced Aurimas Bakchis in the Falken Tires / Drifz Wheels Nissan 240. A mistake by Bakchis on his chase run gave Forsberg the win. In the Finals, Deane’s consistent driving proved to be too much as Forsberg fell back and took a shallow line on his chase run, which ultimately lead to his win and a considerable lead heading into the Finals.

“I’ve drifted plenty of tracks in my time, but I’ve never drifted coming out of the first corner with a straight so long where you’re sitting behind the lead car just filled with smoke,” said James Deane, winner of Round 7: Showdown. “It worked out for me this time. I’m just super happy for everyone that supports me and everyone back home.”

The action continues to Round 8: Title Fight on October 13-14 at Irwindale Speedway. 

Round 7: Showdown Results

  1. Deane, James – Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan S15
  2. Forsberg, Chris – NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z
  3. Bakchis, Aurimas “Odi” – Falken Tires / Drifz Wheels / ARK Performance Nissan 240SX
  4. Aasbo, Fredric – Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM
  5. Denofa, Chelsea – BC Racing / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR
  6. Yoshihara, Dai – Falken Tire / Turn 14 Distribution Subaru BRZ
  7. Gushi, Ken – GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire Toyota 86
  8. Gittin, Vaughn – Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR
  9. Coffman, Matt – Nexen Tire / Coffman Racing Nissan 240
  10. Tuerck, Ryan – Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Toyota 86
  11. Wiecek, Piotr – Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan S15
  12. Essa, Michael – Achilles Tire / Essa Autosport BMW E46
  13. Bluss, Kristaps – HGK / Mast / Motul / Wisefab BMW E46
  14. Pawlak, Justin – Roush Performance Ford Mustang
  15. Hohnadell, Alec – Urban Air / Hoonigan / Nexen Tire Nissan 240
  16. Castro, Jhonnattan – Gerdau Metaldom / Nexen Toyota GT86

2017 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 7 Events

  • 1. Deane, James – Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240 – 582.00 Points
  • 2. Aasbo, Fredric – Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM – 486.00 Points
  • 3. Bakchis, Aurimas “Odi” – Falken Tires / Drifz Wheels / ARK Performance Nissan 240SX – 367.00 Points

2017 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 7 Events

  • 1. Toyota – 837.00 Points
  • 2. Ford – 632.00 Points
  • 3. BMW – 331.00 Points
  • 4. Dodge – 275.00 Points
  • 5. Nissan – 275.00 Points
  • 6. Infiniti – 156.00 Points

2017 Tire Championship Standings After 7 Events

  • 1. Falken – 1065.00 Points
  • 2. Nexen – 892.00 Points
  • 3. Achilles – 807.00 Points
  • 4. Nitto – 664.00 Points
  • 5. Hankook – 645.00 Points

Photography courtosy of Formula Drift | Larry Chen

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