Formula DRIFT round one wraps up in Long Beach, California

Round one of this year’s Formula DRIFT championship has drawn to a close in Long Beach, a sell-out crowd of 20,000 coming out to watch the whirlwind celebration of tyre destruction. For the uninitiated, Formula DRIFT is as it sounds, a kind of Formula 1 of the drifting world. The championship runs over ten events, held in the USA, Canada, Japan and China. Drivers, tyre manufacturers and car makers all battle it out for championship supremacy.

Norwegian Fredric Aasbo grabbed first place, driving his 800HP Scion tC. He was joined on the podium by runner-up Lithuanian Aurimas Bakchis, driving a 650HP LS7-powered Nissan S14.

Turbosmart-sponsored driver Ryan Tuerck gave a strong performance to join the podium in third place. His 2JZ-powered Scion FR-S sports two 60mm PowerGate wastegates to control the boost produced by two huge turbochargers.

“Overall both gates are working great and we had an awesome start to the Formula Drift season finishing in 3rd at Long Beach. Looking forward to keeping that momentum going at the next round in Atlanta,” Tuerck said after the race.

Another Turbosmart sponsored driver, Robbie Nishida, came in 7th place after storming through two heats but overcome in the semi-final round.

The championship has brought drifting to the motorsports world in a way no other event has. Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT, is proud of the series’ success and continued growth in the drifting world. “Each year I’m amazed at the diversity and growth of the Series in more intense competition. We had seven different tire manufacturers competing, nine vehicle manufacturers, various corporate brands, and eight past champions including the return of the only back-to-back champion Tanner Foust in the competition.”

In a competition dominated by turbocharged engines, Turbosmart products were thick on the ground. Our man on the ground, Ed, managed to spot a few Turbosmart-equipped cars between races.

Dai Yoshiraha, who came in at 11th place, was sporting Turbosmart Race Port BOVs, and Power-Gate Wastegates in his turbocharged LS7 Subaru BRZ.

Conrad Grunewald’s Turbosmart-equipped, twin-turbo Camaro was on show, and Ed grabbed a shot of Nate Hamilton’s LS-engined Nissan S13, fitted with two Turbosmart wastegates.

Ed also spotted this impressive daily-driven Evo VIII at the Long Beach event’s car show, sporting Turbosmart’s HyperGate BOV and Race Port wastegate in its super-clean engine bay.

The Turbosmart stand was looking fantastic, and super popular, with plenty of people stopping by to say hello, check out our gorgeous parts, and pick up a poster.

Round two of Formula DRIFT kicks off at Road Atlanta on May 8-9. We’re hoping to see some more Turbosmart-equipped cars up on the podium!