With one of the most epic finales ever, the final round of the Formula Drift season did not disappoint its fans. From big crashes to heartbreaking losses, the race to the championship was more than any Formula Drift fan could have hoped for.
Forrest Wang and Daijiro Yoshihara came out as the top qualifiers in Fridays qualifying session, and they seemed to be the duo that would be battling it out for top stop spot on the podium in Saturday’s main event.
But, there was another race that was over shadowing over the whole event – the race for the overall Formula Drift champion. The battle for first could not have ended any better; Fredric Aasbo sat a close second behind Chris Forsberg who has podium appearances in five out of the seven rounds this season. Each driver controlled their own fate, and there was no better way to end the season than to watch these two great drivers fight it out in the final-four round.
Aasbo needed to win to have a shot at the overall championship. Coincidentally, all Forsberg needed was for Aasbo not finish first in the event. In one of the best matches of the night Aasbo and Forsberg went at it, and it was Aasbo who came out on top. Forsberg’s dream of a second overall championship was beginning to burn out.
But, Aasbo still had one last hurdle to jump before he could claim his price – the dream killer Daigo Saito. Saito has won at Irwindale twice in a row, and found himself in the final once again in an attempt at a third straight victory at Irwindale. Saito had been great all day following Friday’s breakdown, so Aasbo had a big challenge ahead of him. Aasbo tried to stick close to Saito, but it wasn’t enough and Saito was declared the winner, which handed Forsberg the overall Formula Drift championship. Aasbo fell short by a mere eleven points.
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