Scion Racing closed out June with “The Gauntlet,” aka Formula Drift Round 4, at the Wall Speedway in Wall, New Jersey. The event packed in a sold out crowd and drew more than 200,000 total views online.
Weather was influencing factor for the second year in a row at The Gauntlet. A thunderstorm and heavy rains hit midway through qualifying on Friday, challenging the teams, the drivers, and the judges. Nevertheless, Fredric Aasbo in the Need for Speed tC pulled out the #3 spot and Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing FR-S (who has said in the past that this is least favorite track) nailed #9. Tony Angelo in the TAngelo Drift tC landed spot #28.
In the Top 32, Tony matched up with multi-talented rookie Chelsea DeNofa in the BC Racing BMW M3. DeNofa took it, but later in the Top 16 he had a major crash with Tyler McQuarrie in 2011 Mobil 1 Chevy Camaro SS. Fredric also pulled a rookie competitor—J. Castro in the Progresso Bank Nissan 350z—but was able to advance past him. Ken was equally successful in his match up with SoCal youngster Patrick Mordaunt in the 2006 PM Racing Nissan 350Z.
For the Top 16, Frederic was matched up with Justin Pawlak in 2013 Falken Tire Ford Mustang RTR, this season’s current point leader. Frederic put up a strong first run, and maybe even took the advantage, but on the following chase run, his transmission failed. As a result, he had to concede the run to Pawlak. In Ken’s pairing with Conrad Grunewald in the 2010 Hankook Camaro SS, he put on an impressive first run, but unfortunately spun out coming off the bank of the second run, allowing Grunewald to move forward.
With three rounds left to go in the 2012 season, Fredric Aasbo is currently #9 in the standings with 238.5 points, followed by Ken Gushi at #12 with 196.5 points and Tony Angelo at #23 with 128 points.
Formula Drift Round 5 will be held at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington on July 20 to 22.