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FORMULA DRIFT ROUND 3 AT PBIR

Monday, June 3, 2013

(June 3, 2013) Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Palm Beach International Raceway for Round 3: Invasion. Michael Essa in the GSR Autosport / Yokohama Tire BMW M3 takes the victory and moves into third place overall in the standings. This is the third year that Palm Beach International Raceway has hosted Round 3 of Formula DRIFT and has seen consistent growth in attendance over the past few years. In order to accommodate the growing number of drifting and motorsport fans in South Florida, Palm Beach International Raceway made track improvements and brought in additional grandstands prior to hosting the major event. Palm Beach International Raceway saw a dramatic increase in attendance and would like to thank all of their fans for being a part of such a great event. 

Round 3: Invasion returned for the third consecutive season to South Florida to a capacity crowd. The fans were treated to exciting on-track action intermingled with the Slammed Society car show and display of cars from the Targa Trophy.


“South Florida continues to prove to be a viable market with another capacity crowd,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The spirit of competition also continues to rise and is at the highest level it has ever been, which has made an amazing season thus far.”

The skies cleared up for the main event day and the crowds flocked to the venue. The technical track featured a fast entry that proved to be a challenge for some of the drivers with many favorites failing to enter the later rounds of competition. The consolation round pitted Robbie Nishida in the Bridges Racing / Achilles Lexus SC300 against Vaughn Gittin in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang. After failing to reach the line after a Competition Timeout following mechanical problems from the previous round, Gittin conceded to give Nishida the win and third place. The final battle pitted Michael Essa in the GSR Autosport / Yokohama Tire BMW M3 against returning champion Daigo Saito in the Bridges Racing / Achilles Tire Lexus SC430, who also won this event last season. The battle was fierce, but Essa took the victory after Saito had a slight error in his chase run. This is Essa’s first Formula DRIFT pro championship podium and victory, which moves him into third place overall in the standings. Saito in the process moves into first place overall with Gittin closely behind him in second place.

“It’s surreal. We started this week with some issues and didn’t qualify well,” said Michael Essa, winner of Round 3: Invasion. “The team put together a solid car and thanks to Yokohama Tire, Bilstein, Garret and the rest of the sponsors we were able to win. We need to keep the momentum going and I can’t wait for the next round.”

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Formula DRIFT Professional Championship Presented by GoPro 2013 Standings After Three Rounds

1. Saito, Daigo

Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430

257 Points

2. Gittin Jr., Vaughn

Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR

244 Points

3. Essa, Michael

GSR Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3

241.50 Points

4. Forsberg, Chris

NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z

202 Points

5. Aasbo, Fredric

Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC

197.50 Points

6. Yoshihara, Daijiro

Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13

195 Points

7. Moen, Kenneth

Lutz Performance / Nexen Tire Nissan 240SX

184 Points

8. Pawlak, Justin

Falken Tire Ford Mustang

182.50 Points

9. McNamara, Darren

Falken Tire Nissan S14

180.50 Points

10. Bakchis, Aurimas

Nexen Tire Nissan S14

166.50 Points

11. Tuerck, Ryan

Team Retaks / Maxxis Scion Racing FR-S

150.50 Points

12. Field, Matt

CX Racing / Blacktrax Nissan 240SX

144.50 Points

13. Wang, Forrest

Get Nuts Labs Nissan 240SX

136.50 Points

14. DeNofa, Chelsea

BC Racing BMW 3 Series

130 Points

15. Nishida, Robbie

Bridges Racing / Achilles Tire Lexus SC300

127.50 Points

16. Powers, Matt

Nitto Tire / Fatlace Nissan S14

119 Points

Round 3: Invasion Event Results

1. Essa, Michael

GSR Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3

Winner

2. Saito, Daigo

Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430

Second Place

3. Nishida, Robbie

Bridges Racing / Achilles Tire Lexus SC300

Third Place

Manufacturers Championship Standings After Three Rounds

1. Ford

426.50 Points

 

2. Lexus

414.25 Points

 

3. Nissan

386 Points

 

4. Scion

379 Points

 

5. BMW

371.50 Points

 

Tire Championship Standings After Three Rounds

1. Falken

461 Points

 

2. Achilles

417.50 Points

 

3. Nitto

408 Points

 

4. Hankook

399.50 Points

 

5. Yokohama

320.50 Points

 
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