PASMAG Formula Drift 2016 Rd4 Podium

Formula DRIFT Round 4: The Gauntlet Results; Vaughn Gittin Takes the Win and the Pro Championship Lead!

Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to New Jersey for Round 4: The Gauntlet.  Vaughn Gittin in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR takes the victory and takes the lead in the Pro Championship standings.

Round 4: The Gauntlet returned to Wall Speedway for the eleventh time as the season hits the mid-way point.  Fans witnessed a highly competitive round of competition. The event had over 400,000 views on the Livestream!

“Before heading into this event the top ten drivers in the standings were within 90 points from the lead as we reach middle of the season,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT.  “The competition is at an all-time high and every event counts as we head into our first ever Pro Championship international event next month in Montreal, Canada.” 

The action-packed event found Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota 86 against 2-time Formula DRIFT champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z in the semi-finals.  Gushi made a detrimental mistake on his chase run that gave Forsberg the win to move him into the Finals and on the podium for his third consecutive event.  Gushi moves into the fourth spot for the Championship.  Rookie Alex Heilbrunn in the RTS Monster BMW M3 faced off against the 2010 Formula DRIFT champion Vaughn Gittin on the other side of the bracket in the semi-finals.  The speed and consistency of Gittin was too much to overcome for the rookie, however Heilbrunn ends up in third place for his first ever Formula DRIFT Pro Championship podium.  The finals were a battle of champions with Gittin versus Forsberg.  Gittin remained tough to beat and edged out his opponent for his second victory of the season to move into the top spot in the standings.

PASMAG Formula Drift 2016 Rd4 Finals

“Winning is always awesome and always fun and as everyone knows I like to have a good time and so does my team,” said Vaughn Gittin, winner of Round 4: The Gauntlet.  “We came out this weekend and worked as hard as we could and dialed the car in the best we could.  I just drove my heart out.”

The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 5: True North on July 15-16, 2016 at Autodrome St. Eustache in Canada.  For more information visit, 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.

Round 4: The Gauntlet Event Results

1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR Winner
2. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 2nd Place
3. Heilbrunn, Alex RTS Monster BMW M3 3rd Place
4. Gushi, Ken GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota 86 4th Place
5. Moen, Kenny Team Boost Lock BMW E46 5th Place
6. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC 6th Place
7. Field, Matt Falken Tire / Driftcave Motorsports Nissan 240sx 7th Place
8. Essa, Michael Loudmouth Exhaust / Achilles Tire BMW M3 8th Place
9. Kearney, Dean Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper 9th Place
10. Yoshihara, Dai Falken Tire / Turn 14 Subaru BRZ 10th Place
11. Bakchis, Aurimas Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Hyundai Genesis 11th Place
12. Tuerck, Ryan Gumout / Nameless Performance / Hankook Tire SR by Toyota FR-S 12th Place
13. Nishida, Robbie Achilles Radial Infiniti G35 13th Place
14. Pawlak, Justin Roush Performance Ford Mustang 14th Place
15. Bluss, Kristaps HGK / Mast / Motul / Achilles BME E46 15th Place
16. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire Nissan 240sx 16th Place


2016 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 3 Events

1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 298.00 Points
2. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC 258.00 Points
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire  Nissan 370Z 252.00 Points


2016 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 4 Events

1. SR by Toyota 459.00 Points
2. Ford 404.00 Points
3. Nissan 339.00 Points
4. BMW 297.00 Points
5. Mazda 171.00 Points
6. Chevrolet 169.00 Points
7. Dodge 119.00 Points
8. Infiniti 102.00 Points
9. Lexus 70.00 Points


2016 Tire Championship Standings After 4 Events

1. Nexen 536.00 Points
2. Falken 456.00 Points
3. Nitto 450.00 Points
4. Hankook 425.00 Points
5. Achilles 83.00 Points
6. GT Radial 229.00 Points


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:

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