Formula DRIFT 2012 Round 5: Throwdown – Event Coverage Part 2 – Drifting


Photos by Nick & Melissa Poirier, TK Akiyama, and Matt Haugness.

In Part 1 of our Formula DRIFT Round 5 coverage, we posted photos from the car show and the pits. This post is all about the drifting.

Seattle is always an interesting stop on the Formula DRIFT circuit. Even though Round 5 is typically held in mid to late July, the weather is always unpredictable. On Friday it rained for half of the day making practice for both Pro-Am and the professional drifters limited. Although it didn't really clear off at all on Friday, the rain stopped by noon and the track workers were able to clear the track of any standing water.

There were quite a few familiar cars and faces from 2011. Daijiro Yoshihara looked great all weekend and it was surprising when he didn't advance past the top 16. He was knocked out by Rhys Millen in his first battle.

The crowd favorite, Walker Wilkerson made it into the top 16 but was eliminated by Matt Powers.

Evergreen Drift had Round 4 of their Pro-Am competition the same day as FD. Michael Klingele placed third with his LS1-powered FC RX-7.

Tyler Wolfson, who came all the way from San Diego, California, placed second overall but wasn't able to compete in the final battle because of a minor accident between him and Michael.

This meant that Rob Primozich placed first by default. He looked great all weekend and the win was well-deserved. He currently sits in third place overall in EVD's season standings.

Rhys Millen ended up battling Ken Gushi for third place. The first battle between the two of them was so close that the judges made them battle "one more time". Rhys ended up taking the third place podium spot.

The final battle was between Ryan Tuerck in the Team Retaks Nissan 240SX and Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang.

Ryan put up a good fight but it wasn't enough to beat Vaughn. Vaughn did so well in qualifying the day before that some predicted that he was going to win from the start. This was his second win in a row and he is currently in the lead for the season.

1st – Vaughn Gittin Jr.
2nd – Ryan Tuerck
3rd – Rhys Millen

Our entire team was happy to attend both days and provide coverage of Round 5 of Formula DRIFT. We can't wait to cover even more FD events in the future. If you missed Part 1 of our coverage which contains photos of the car show and pits make sure to check it out here.

Video by TK Akiyama.


 Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2012 Point Standings After 5 Events
1. Gittin Jr., VaughnMonster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang391 Points
2. Saito, DaigoAchilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430383.50 Points
3. Pawlak, JustinFalken Tire Ford Mustang376 Points
4. Yoshihara, DaijiroDiscount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13347 Points
5. Tuerck, RyanTeam Retaks Nissan 240SX328.50 Points
6. Millen, RhysHankook / Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis Coupe318.25 Points
7. Aasbo, FredricNeed for Speed / Papadakis Racing Scion TC295.50 Points
8. Forsberg, ChrisNOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z293 Points
9. Powers, MattNeed for Speed / Nitto Nissan S14275.50 Points
10. Bakchis, Aurimas "Odi"Bakchis Motorsports Nissan 240SX S14267.75 Points
11. Gushi, KenGreddy / Hankook Scion FR-S266.50 Points
12. Grunewald, ConradHankook Chevrolet Camaro238.50 Points
13. Essa, MichaelGSR Autosport / Nitto BMW ZR4232 Points
14. Moen, KennethLutz Performance Nissan 350Z231 Points
15. Kado, RyanForged Racing / Nexen Tire Nissan 250Z226 Points
16. Yoshioka, ToshikiRS*R Nissan S15224.75 Points
 Round 5: Throwdown Event Results
1. Gittin Jr., VaughnMonster Energy / Falken Ford MustangWinner
2. Tuerck, RyanTeam Retaks Nissan 240SXSecond Place
3. Millen, RhysHankook / Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis CoupeThird Place Triple Crown Standings after 2 events of 3
1. Gittin Jr., VaughnMonster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang176 Points
2. Aasbo, FredricNeed for Speed / Papadakis Racing Scion TC153 Points
3. Tuerck, RyanTeam Retaks Nissan 240SX143.50 Points

[Sources: Formula DRIFT, Evergreen Drift]

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