Formula Drift Round 5 - Throwdown: Day 1

If you’ve never had the luxury of visiting the Pacific Northwest, you may not be familiar with a climate that is reminiscent of the rolling verdant hills of America’s Northeast. Predicated on what are known as 'microclimates,' local atmospheric zones where the climate differs from the surrounding area, Seattle is known to have significant rainfall 8 months out of the year – lending to Seattle’s identity as the Emerald City. Just a few miles north, the same environment can be found in a small town known as Monroe, Washington. Like Seattle, Monroe is subject to periods of extended rainfall, and this was exactly the environment the drifters and spectators found themselves up against at Day 1 of the Formula Drift’s 5th round, “Throwdown”, held at the Evergreen Speedway.

Deep puddles, muddy paddocks and ominous cloud cover didn’t prevent the latter half of the day’s events from staying on schedule. As in the previous rounds, the schedule for Day 1 was tightly packed with practice and qualifying rounds. Hopefully Day 2’s clear weather forecast will hold true.


Friday, July 20, 2012 — Practice & Qualifying

10:00am — 6:00pm - Will Call Open for Vendors/Sponsors/Teams
11:30am — 1:00pm - Pro/Am: - Open Practice
12:00pm — 8:00pm - Gates Open to the Public
1:00pm — 2:00pm - FD: Open Practice - Session 1
2:00pm — 3:00pm - FD: Open Practice - Session 2
3:00pm — 5:30pm - FD: Qualifying
6:00pm — 7:00pm - Pro/Am: - Qualifying
6:00pm — 7:00pm - FD: Autograph Signing Session - TBA
7:00pm — 8:00pm - FD: Open Practice - Top 32

Saturday, July 21, 2012 — Main Event

10:00am — 6:00pm - Will Call Open for Vendors/Sponsors/Teams
12:00pm — 1:00pm - FD: Open Practice - Top 32
12:00pm — 9:00pm - Gates Open to the Public
1:00pm — 2:30pm - Pro/Am: Top 16 Competition
3:00pm — 5:00pm - FD: Main Competition - Round of 32
5:00pm — 6:30pm - FD: "Halftime Break"
6:30pm — 6:45pm - FD: National Anthem / Opening Ceremonies
7:00pm — 9:00pm - FD: Main Competition - Round of 16 to Finals
9:00pm — 9:30pm - FD: Trophy Ceremony & Closing


In qualifying, the drivers are judged similarly to the actual tandem races for Formula Drift. All entrants are scored based on speed, line, angle, style and impact. In the event that two drivers are given identical scores, their speed is taken into account for the seating position.

There was tension in the air regarding the transition zone nearing the third clipping point just after the large bank. The judges apparently waivered on their requirements for this zone throughout the previous day’s practice rounds because of the difficulty in approach angle and vehicle speed. But when qualifying started, there was no question as to where the driver’s wheels needed to lie in order to obtain the necessary points.

For this round, an estimated 56 drivers entered, with only 32 to advance from qualifying to the main event on Day 2.

Rank, Driver, Car #
#1, Vaughn Gittin Jr, 25
#2, Justin Pawlak, 13
#3, Toshiki Yoshioka, 5
#4, Patrick Mordaunt, 90
#5, Chris Forsberg, 64
#6, Conrad Grunewald, 79
#7, Fredric Aasbo, 151
#8, Walker Wilkerson, 95
#9, Matt Powers, 665
#10, Ryan Kado, 614
#11, Darren McNamera, 8
#12, Daijiro Yoshihara, 9
#13, Matt Field, 777
#14, Ken Gushi, 23
#15, Ryan Tuerck, 62
#16, Mike Essa, 101
#17, Odi Bakchis, 723
#18, Robbie Nishida, 31
#19, Kenneth Moen, 22
#20, Taka Aona, 86
#21, Dennis Mertzanis, 323
#22, Daigo Saito, 430
#23, Alex Lee, 81
#24, Kyle Pollard, 70
#25, Chelsea Denofa, 88
#26, Patrick Goodin, 46
#27, Tony Brakohiapa, 18
#28, Rhys Millen, 67
#29, Jhonnattan Castro, 717
#30, Tony Angelo, 96
#31, Jeremy Lowe, 138
#32, Miroslav Ovcharik, 235

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Because Evergreen Speedway is home to a large drift following and hometown team, both the Pro/Am and Formula Drift events should be extremely tight and white-knuckled. Stay tuned tomorrow for the results of the event and Team Revvolution’s Day 2 recap.

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