Formula DRIFT—America’s fastest-growing motorsport—kicks off its 2021 season subsequent weekend at Michelin Raceway Street Atlanta on Might 7-8 with the Royal Purple Street to the Championship introduced by O’Reilly Auto Components.
For these unfamiliar with the game, drivers run in pairs by means of a collection of turns. They’re judged on pace, line by means of the turns, proximity to the clipping factors, and the way shut they will get to the opposite automotive. It’s a tire-burning, high-speed elimination sport utilizing 1,200 horsepower automobiles that take no prisoners if errors are made.
The game of drifting originated in Japan and was launched at an expert degree in 2003 by System DRIFT. The opening spherical of its first full season in 2004 was held on the well-known Street Atlanta course, which stays a favourite for followers and drivers alike. The truth is, it’s remained on the FD calendar yearly, excluding the COVID-shortened 2020 season.
The monitor has a variety of distinctive traits. For instance, it’s the one of the eight venues visited this 12 months that has an elevation change equal to a six-story climb—one thing that forces drivers to adapt their drift fashion to accommodate because it rises and falls. At 650 toes, it additionally has the longest entry to the primary flip, which suggests it has the best entry pace. And with automobiles accelerating at full throttle, the drivers should be completely dedicated to provoke the primary drift by throwing the automotive sideways at nicely over 100 mph.
Situated within the inexperienced hills of Braselton, GA, Michelin Raceway Street Atlanta is famend for its relaxed ambiance, whereas the System DRIFT occasion has develop into legendary for its tailgating events and competition ambiance. It’s additionally one of many loudest crowds at any of the 12 months’s venues, so followers at all times take pleasure in an excellent ambiance. COVID-19 restrictions have restricted crowd sizes considerably, and social distancing is required, however it’ll be superior to see followers again within the grandstands cheering for his or her favourite drivers once more. And guests will benefit from the unimaginable night-time ambiance, which might solely be described as “electrifying.” Go to the Formula DRIFT website for occasion particulars, ticket purchases, COVID necessities, and extra.
Not like some home motorsports, System DRIFT is an all-weather occasion—rain or shine, we ship it! A moist monitor gained’t cease the drivers, however it does add one other variable to maintain everyone guessing about who the winner can be.
Final time the groups visited, Fredric Aasbo (Norway) was the winner, placing his abilities discovered on frozen lakes to good use. Because the runner-up for 3 consecutive years, the 2015 FD Champion is at all times a critical contender. This can be his first ATL outing within the 1,100 horsepower Rockstar Vitality Drink/Toyota GR Supra he debuted final 12 months and he at all times means enterprise.
One other man to look at is the newly topped 2020 System DRIFT Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr (USA) within the Monster Vitality/Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D. His battles with Aasbo have been legendary however Gittin by no means pulls his punches, even in opposition to teammate Chelsea DeNofa (USA) within the nearly similar BC Racing / Nitto Tire / Ford Mustang RTR Spec 5-D. DeNofa completed 2020 in second place however not till they’d each acquired bloody noses in battles all through the season.
With three different former FD Champions within the combine, there’s no such factor as a straightforward warmth as the highest 32 PRO class drivers are eradicated in head-to-head battles till the spherical winner is topped.
System DRIFT followers can watch the opening spherical in individual over the weekend of Might 7-8 at Michelin Raceway Street Atlanta in Braselton, GA. Those that can’t attend can benefit from the free-to-view livestream broadcast, obtainable on each days for qualifying and the elimination heats. With a whole bunch of 1000’s of spectators tuning in world wide, there’s at all times loads of motion and catch.
The livestream is out there by way of the Formula DRIFT website, the FD YouTube web page or FD Facebook web page. Take a look at the schedule on the homepage and we’ll be part of you on-line for the season kick off celebration!
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