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Formula DRIFT Round 5: Throwdown Results;

  • Written by Karin Hopper

Formula DRIFT returned to Evergreen Speedway for Round 5: Throwdown. Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire / Falken Nissan S13 takes the victory and the lead in the overall Pro Championship points standings. Attendance records were broken as the event reached capacity for the venue.

Round 5: Throwdown reached capacity as fans came in droves to Evergreen Speedway. Attendance was up over 10% from last season continuing the increase in numbers for the Series. Fans were treated to an exciting round of action from the top drivers in the sport.

?The Pacific Northwest has an amazing fan base, which was proven today,? said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. ?We are excited to see the growth of the sport and the Series this season with a continued increase in attendance at each event.?

The competition heated up with the final four drivers aiming to move closer in their chase for the championship. Fredric Aasbo in the Need For Speed / Scion Racing TC went head to head with Rhys Millen in the Red Bull / Hankook Hyundai Genesis Coupe and edged out the former champion earning third place. The Finals matched up the 2009 champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z with Daijiro Yoshihara. Yoshihara took the victory and gained the lead in the Pro Championship point standings and remains the leader with a commanding lead in the Tires.com Triple Crown bonus.

?It feels great to be in the lead,? stated Daijiro Yoshihara, winner of Round 5: Throwdown. ?After the Top 32 when Justin Pawlak was taken out of the competition I knew I had a good chance to win, but I didn?t want to think about points and focused on winning one round at a time, which worked! We have 2 competitions left so I need to focus on them still before I can think too much about the championship.?

The Formula DRIFT Championship continues for Round 6: After Dark at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on August 26 - 27. Tickets are available to purchase online.

For more information visit:
www.formuladrift.com

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2011 Point Standings after 5 Rounds

1. Yoshihara, Daijiro

Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13

412 Points

2. Pawlak, Justin

Falken Tire Ford Mustang

397 Points

3. Forsberg, Chris

NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z

369 Points

4. McNamara, Darren

Falken Tire Pontiac Saturn Sky

345.50 Points

5. Powers, Matt

Need for Speed Nissan S14

328.50 Points

6. McQuarrie, Tyler

Falken Tire Nissan 350Z

317 Points

7. Tuerck, Ryan

Gardella Racing / Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro

308 Points

8. Grunewald, Conrad

Hankook Tire Chevy Camaro

300 Points

9. Gittin, Vaughn

Monster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang

291 Points

10.. Mohan, Kyle

Nexen Tire / Mazdatrix Mazda RX-8

266 Points

11. Aasbo, Fredric

Need for Speed / Hankook Scion TC

250 Points

12. Yoshioka, Toshiki

Retaks Nissan S13

238.25 Points

16. Millen, Rhys

Red Bull / Hankook Hyundai Genesis Coupe

207 Points

14. Gushi, Ken

RS*R / Hankook / Scion Racing TC

188.75 Points

15. Bakchis, Aurimas

Bakchis Racing / Forged Racing Nissan 240SX

185.50 Points

16. Wilkerson, Walker

Fatlace / Intec Racing Nissan 240

185 Points

Round 5: Throwdown Event Results

1. Yoshihara, Daijiro

Falken Tire / Discount Tire Nissan 240SX

Winner

2. Forsberg, Chris

NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z

Second Place

3. Aasbo, Fredric

Need for Speed / Hankook Scion TC

Third Place

Tires.com Triple Crown (after 2 of 3 events)

1. Yoshihara, Daijiro

Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13

212 Points

2. Forsberg, Chris

NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z

153 Points

3. McNamara, Darren

Falken Tire Pontiac Saturn Sky

144.50 Points

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