To anyone familiar with Formula Drift, the phrase, “hold stumt” is most closely associated with the aggressive style that has made Fredric Aasbo one of the series’ most exciting and most accomplished competitors. His never lift mentality has earned him Rookie of the Year honors, four trips to the podium (and counting), and has him in striking distance of this year’s FD Pro Championship.
It would be easy for anyone to get caught up in the kind of success Fredric has had, but part of what keeps him grounded is his ability to stick to his roots.
Those roots are seeded in Europe, where Fredric’s formative years were spent learning how to drive on the open roads of the Norwegian countryside. While American drivers like Ken Gushi were just beginning to hone their craft at places like the parking lot of Irwindale Speedway, Fredric was across the Atlantic, throwing the tail end of his car out at every Gatebil event he could attend.
His commitments as a FD USA and FD Asia driver have kept him away from Gatebil for the last few seasons, but 2013 marked a return to the series in a big way. He started things off by earning the Gatebil Powerslide Competition championship in June, driving the Speedhunters Toyota 86-X. A month later, he captured another Powerslide Competition win, which he detailed for us in a post right here on ScionRacing.com
With a third and final Powerslide Competition win on September 8th, Fredric closed out his European season by leaving no doubt about who holds the title of Europe’s best drift driver. As Gatebil’s de facto ambassador to Formula Drift and the United States, Fredric has been our best chance at getting a close up look at how the sport has been evolving overseas and where it might be headed in the future.<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2uQaWrqN5s">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2uQaWrqN5s</a>
That weight is a lot for anyone to shoulder, but initiating drifts at speeds upwards of 130 mph goes a long way in keeping those loads light.
Fredric’s new side job as a precision stunt driver for “Burning the Movie” has been similarly therapeutic, giving him the opportunity to take the Speedhunters Toyota 86-X sidesways through scenic mountainside drives. The film, as Fredric describes it, is a cross between Cannonball Run and The Fast and the Furious, and should be hitting European theaters next year.
In the meantime, Fredric and the Papadakis Racing team will be preparing the Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC for the final round of the 2013 Formula Drift season. It’s been their best season together yet, and with Irwindale looming just around the corner, the team has a solid chance at ending the year with a top 3 finish.
Be sure to follow Fredric on his Social Media accounts for news and updates from the man himself heading into the final round!
Photography courtesy of Henrik Thorstensen, Egil Håskjold, Camilla S. Tofterå, Erlend Knardahl and Henrik Oulie.