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Written by John Pangilinan | Photos by Larry Chen

Formula DRIFT Round 6: Showdown Results; Fredric Aasbo is Victorious at Texas Motor Speedway

Formula DRIFT for the second consecutive year returned to Texas Motor Speedway for Round 6: Showdown. Fredric Aasbo in the Hankook Tire / Scion Racing tC takes his second victory of the season.

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Round 6: Showdown held at Texas Motor Speedway brought professional drifting to Texas for the second consecutive year. The event featured the Round 2 of the PRO 2 series, Offset Kings car show, and action from the Pro Championship. The weather held up on the main event day providing clear skies and cool temperatures.

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"The dramatic finish to this event has set-up a close battle between Fredric Aasbo and Chris Forsberg for the championship as we head into Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway," says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. "The finale has always been an action packed event with drivers leaving it all on the line and we are excited to see how the championship chase unfolds."

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The final four pitted number one qualifier, Forrest Wang in the Get Nuts Lab / Hankook / STR Racing Nissan S14 against Odi Bakchis in the Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX. After a One More Time battle, Wang out drove Bakchis to secure his second career podium to finish in third place. Point leader, Chris Forsberg in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z faced Hankook Tire teammate, Fredric Aasbo. Forsberg contacted Aasbo on his chase run to give Aasbo the advantage and ultimately the win moving him into the Finals. The Finals pitted Aasbo and Bakchis. In the second run, Bakchis spun out giving Aasbo the event victory. Aasbo closed the point gap heading into the final event of the season with 26 points separating him from Forsberg as they head into the final event of the 2014 season.

"This victory is for my team, for Scion, and for Hankook. This might feel like the weirdest victory ever as people took themselves out, but I?ll take it and will see everyone in Irwindale," said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 6: Showdown. "My Hankook Tire teammate, Chris Forsberg and I have been battling it out all year and we are right where we want to be. We are right behind him and he has all the pressure on him. Irwindale is going to be a killer event."

The 2014 Formula DRIFT Championship season continues to Round 7: Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway on October 10-11. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaDrift.
Formula DRIFT Professional Championship Presented by GoPro 2014 Standings After Six Rounds

1. Forsberg, Chris    Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z     493.00 Points
2. Aasbo, Fredric    Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC     467.00 Points
3. Gittin Jr., Vaughn    Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR    359.50 Points
4. Bakchis, Aurimas ?Odi?    Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX     328.00 Points
5. Moen, Kenneth    Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX     293.00 Points
6. McNamara, Darren    Falken Tire Nissan S14    280.50 Points
7. Pawlak, Justin    Falken Tire Ford Mustang     259.50 Points
8. Wang, Forrest    Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire / STR Racing Nissan S14    257.50 Points
9. Kearney, Dean    Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper SRT     252.00 Points
10. Tuerck, Ryan    Retaks Maxxis Tires Air Force PSI Scion FR-S     213.00 Points
11. Grunewald, Conrad    Megan Racing / Top 1 Oil / BRE Chevrolet Camaro    211.50 Points
12. Nishida, Robbie    Achilles Radial / Bridges Racing Lexus SC300     208.50 Points
13. Gushi, Ken    GReddy Performance / Scion Racing Drift FR-S     192.50 Points
14. McQuarrie, Tyler    GoPro / Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro    188.50 Points
15. Essa, Michael    Essa Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3     183.50 Points
16. DeNofa, Chelsea    BC Racing / Nitto Tire BMW 3-Series     172.50 Points

Round 6: Showdown Event Results
1. Aasbo, Fredric     Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC     Winner
2. Bakchis, Aurimas ?Odi?     Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX     2nd Place
3. Wang, Forrest    Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire / STR Racing Nissan S14    3rd Place

Manufacturers Championship Standings After Six Rounds
1. Scion    725.00 Points    
2. Nissan    636.00 Points   
3. Ford    619.00 Points    
4. Chevy    400.00 Points    
5. BMW    356.00 Points    

Tire Championship Standings After Six Rounds
1. Hankook    962.50 Points    
2. Nitto    748.50 Points   
3. Achilles    647.00 Points    
4. Falken    592.50 Points    
5. Maxxis    347.00 Points    

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT
In its eleventh season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as the North American professional drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver's driving ability and vehicle control. Formula DRIFT provides a forum for professional drifters to compete nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship crown. As the first official series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life and establishes itself as the world-wide leader for the Sport. For a competition schedule and ticket information, visit: www.formuladrift.com.

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