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Michael Essa Wins Formula Drift Rnd 3 Palm Beach

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Formula Drift round 3 took place at Palm Beach International Raceway this past weekend where Michael Essa, driver of the GSR Yokohama Tire BMW E46, took the number one spot. Rain was expected throughout the weekend but only really came down during Friday night’s practice session – other than a few sprinkles off and on, the track was pretty much dry. Michael Essa might have only qualified in the 21st position but he came to win for Saturday’s main event. It was Essa’s first ever Formula Drift podium finish and it was a good one – winning first place! A breakdown of Essa’s winning night after the jump.

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Drift Video: Formula Drift Australia 2013 by YAER

An amazing production by the guys at Yaer. Formula Drift Australia.

Drift: Formula Drift Rnd 2 at Road Atlanta | Pt 1

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Most of us who follow Formula Drift around the country would agree, if you only had one round you could attend in the season, round 2 at Road Atlanta would be the one. One of, if not the most energetic Formula Drift crowd in the series combined with an awesome track with a crazy fast entry, can only make for an exciting event. Formula Drift’s first ever event took place here at Road Atlanta. Road Atlanta also built horse shoe part of the track specifically for Formula Drift. It’s one thing to convince a professional race track to host a drift event (specially in 2004), it takes exceptional foresight to make an addition to the course specifically for it. Anyway, Friday’s qualifying session gave a good feeling of what was to come for the weekend! Coming off an exceptional performance in Long Beach, Fredric Aasbo came out swinging during qualifying to take the number one spot with a score of 90.5.

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Drift Video: Nate Hamilton Progress Part 2

Check out this awesome video by Corey Denomy. Nate Hamilton gives an in depth walk around of the car that him and one44 motorsports built for their 2013 rookie season of Formula Drift. He talks about changes to the motor, new additions and sponsors from last year, and about the design and wrapping of the car. Looking fresh in that WMD Hachi Roku crewneck Nate! – WMD

Watch Part 1 HERE

Video: Targa Trophy at Formula Drift Long Beach 2013

Nice, short video from the guys at Targa Trophy. Features Nate Hamilton’s S13… you can spot the WMD Logo Sticker at about the 2:20 mark! – WMD

Janet’s Pristine Toyota AE86 at Formula Drift Long Beach

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A big thank you to Janet for letting us borrow her AE86 for the weekend. The people loved it and were amazed at how clean this Hachi Roku is. Definitely one of the top 3 cars at the event! Thanks again Janet. Also a big thank you to everyone who came by the tent at Formula Drift to say hello and pick up some gear! A couple of more photos of Janet’s Hachi Roku after the jump. – Alex

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Drift Video: Ford Mustang at Fomula D Round One

Ford releases a video with Vaughn Gittin JR and Justin Pawlak giving a rundown of their experience at Formula Drift Round 1. Includes in car footage from Justin Pawlak’s wreck during qualifying. – WMD

Drift: Dai Yoshihara Victorious at Formula Drift Round 1

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Formula Drift kicked off it’s tenth season in Long Beach, California. It was another amazing event with over 50 drivers competing to a sold out crowd! Competition was fierce with Dai Yoshihara not only qualifying in first place, but coming out victorious – with Vaughn Gittin JR in second and Chris Forsberg in third. More Formula Drift Round 1 action after the jump!

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Drift Video: Nate Hamilton 144 Goes Pro

Nate Hamilton and 144 Motorsports have been hard at work preparing for their debut pro season at Formula Drift.

In this video, Nate Hamilton explains the new car for his rookie season of Formula Drift. The team tests and tunes the new car at Willow Springs, just weeks before the first round in Long Beach, CA. Nate also touches on why they made certain changes to this car and how they are preparing for their first professional year of competition.

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Drift: Formula Drift Round 1 Top Three Qualifiers

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It was a great day for drifting today in Long Beach, CA with Dai Yoshihara qualifying 1st, McNamara 2nd, and Michael Essa 3rd. Formula Drift Round 1 Top 32 Qualifying Drivers list after the jump.

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Drift Video: Ryan Tuerck’s New 2JZ FRS for Formula Drift

Ryan Tuerck is switching over from his S13 to a 2JZ powered FRS this 2013 Formula Drift season. Check out this video of his first test session at Pat’s Acres. The Formula Drift season get’s going this weekend in Long Beach, California – can’t wait to hear this thing scream in person! – Alex

Maxxis Tires driver Ryan Tuerck brings you to his first test session at Pat’s Acres with the new Retaks backpacks, Maxxis tires, Enjuku racing, Air Force, Scion FRS built by Portland Speed Industries that he will be competing with in the 2013 Formula Drift championship.

Drift: Matt Powers Formula Drift S14

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With the Formula Drift 2013 season around the corner, more and more drivers are relasing their new cars and in this case, their new looks! Check out more photos of Matt Powers Fatlace Nitto S14 HERE. Photo by Linhbergh.

The Formula Drift Champioship season begins April 12-13 in Long Beach, California. Make sure to be there to witness the action – or if you can’t – follow us on Instagram and Facebook for live updates! – Alex

Events: Lone Star Drift Round 1

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The Lone Star Drift 2013 season got on it’s way in Houston, Texas at Greyhound Park a couple of weeks ago. Lone Star Drift is a grassroots drift event where drivers compete to earn a Formula Drift license but it’s also a great place to learn about drifting and just have a great time. This was our second consecutive year attending the event and we notice a substantial growth in attendance. It makes us happy to see such a great grassroots turn out. Make sure to follow Lone Star Drift and attend if you can! A bit thank you to both Fabricated Motorsports and Non Stop Tuning for having us out! Photo gallery after the jump. – Alex

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