PASMAG Formula Drift RD3 Orlando Podium

Fredric Aasbo is Victorious and Takes Over Lead in the Standings! Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to Orlando for Round 3: Unchartered Territory.  Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC takes the victory to move into the lead in the Pro Championship standings.

Round 3: Unchartered Territory returned to Orlando Speed World for the second consecutive year.  The event weekend featured both the Pro 2 championship and Pro Championship with a full schedule of on-track action.

“We experienced extreme heat this weekend, but the fans in Central Florida have proven to be diehard drift fans,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT.  “In three events we have seen three different drivers at the top of the standings.  This season is shaping up to be one of the most competitive seasons in the history of the Series.”

The weekend was full of surprises as a couple of the top drivers were taken out early in the competition creating opportunity for many of the drivers to close the gap in the standings.  Veteran driver, Tyler McQuarrie in the Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro face off against defending champion, Fredric Aasbo.  After two “One More Time” battles, Aasbo got the slight edge to advance to the finals.  Two-time champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z faced off against Latvian driver, Kristaps Bluss in the HGK / Mast / Motul / Achilles BMW E46.  Bluss’ consistent driving was the determining factor as he moved in the finals for his first time in Formula DRIFT.  In the final battle, Bluss on his lead run over rotated coming to an almost full stop which caused Aasbo to make contact and ultimately giving him the win and the lead in the Pro Championship standings.  Forsberg finished in third place and moves into third place overall.

“What a crazy night.  The heat out here in Orlando and with the top dogs going out early, we got really lucky in the first couple battles.” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 3: Unchartered Territory.  “As the event went on we really turned it up and went to the finals against Kristaps, who had a tough blow and messed up on his lead.  Not exactly how we want to win, but we’ll take it and move ahead to New Jersey.”

The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 4: The Gauntlet on June 17-18 at Wall Speedway.  For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and snapchat (formula_drift). Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

PASMAG Formula Drift RD3 Orlando Final 2

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Round 3: Unchartered Territory Event Results
1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC Winner
2. Bluss, Kristaps HGK / Mast / Motul / Achilles BME E46 2nd Place
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 3rd Place
4. McQuarrie, Tyler Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro 4th Place
5. Moen, Kenny Team Boost Lock BMW E46 5th Place
6. Gushi, Ken GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota 86 6th Place
7. Mordaunt, Patrick Drift Paddock Nissan 350Z 7th Place
8. Castro, Jhonnattan Gerdau Meltadom / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota 86 8th Place
9. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 9th Place
10. Tuerck, Ryan Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Tire SR by Toyota FR-S 10th Place
11. Bakchis, Aurimas Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Hyundai Genesis 11th Place
12. Field, Matt Falken Tire / Driftcave Motorsports Nissan 240 12th Place
13. Pawlak, Justin Roush Performance Ford Mustang 13th Place
14. Mohan, Kyle GT Radial / Mazdatrix Mazda MX-5 14th Place
15. Hohnadell, Alec Hohnadell / Enjuku / Get Nuts Lab Nissan 240 15th Place
16. Rintanen, Juha PP Design and Art Nissan 240 16th Place

2016 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 3 Events
1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC 206.00 Points
2. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 194.00 Points
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 168.00 Points

2016 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 3 Events
1. SR by Toyota 340.00 Points  
2. Ford 265.00 Points  
3. Nissan 237.00 Points  
4. BMW 225.00 Points  
5. Mazda 153.00 Points  
6. Chevrolet 150.00 Points  
7. Dodge 69.00 Points  
8. Infiniti 66.00 Points
9. Lexus 52.00 Points

2016 Tire Championship Standings After 3 Events
1. Nexen 417.00 Points  
2. Falken 366.00 Points  
3. Hankook 305.00 Points  
4. Achilles 282.00 Points  
5. Nitto 279.00 Points  
7. GT Radial 190.00 Points  

ABOUT FORMULA DRIF
In its thirteenth season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international 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 drifting 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. Formula DRIFT is featured on CBS Sports in the US and distributed globally by IMG Media, reaching over 400M households. Formula DRIFT has the most viewed live stream in the world, catering to over 1.5M fans annually. For a competition schedule and ticket information, visit: www.formuladrift.com.

Contributors: John Pangilinan, Larry Chen

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