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I Will Break You – Formula Drift The Gauntlet

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They call it the Gauntlet for a reason. It’s a track where real automotive combat goes down. Cars break, wreck, catch fire, and only the strong survive. By the time the event is wrapped up, the track looks like a mini war zone / junk yard. Parts are everywhere. The rails are bent, tire pieces everywhere, broken bumpers, wings, etc. Even the media guys and some fans don’t leave un harmed (sun burn). This years Formula Drift round 4 at Wall Speedway was no exception. [click to continue…]

2013 Champion Michael Essa Qualifies First at Formula Drift 2014 Season Opener

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Michael Essa scored almost a perfect run during qualifying Friday afternoon in Long Beach, California! Essa earned a 97 (out of 100 points). The 2013 champ came out swinging – let’s see who finishes on the podium tomorrow! Top 32 begins at 11am Saturday – gates open at 10 am. See you there! – WMD

Formula Drift: Michael Essa Crowned 2013 FD Champion & Daigo Saito Wins Rnd 7

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The 2013 10th Anniversary Formula Drift season ended at Irwindale Speedway in front of a sold out crowd this past weekend! Essa would ultimately end up winning the championship and Daigo would win round 7. But, not before a bit of a controversy.

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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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Video: Nitto Tire 2012 – Formula Drift Evergreen Speedway


Nitto Tire releases a new video with Chelsea DeNofa, Michael Essa and the rest of the crew while at Formula Drift Round 5 in Seattle. You can spot the WMD LOGO Sticker in the video a few times! Represent! – WMD

Events: Formula Drift Round 3 at Palm Beach International Raceway – Top 16

The 3rd round of Formula D in Palm Beach, Florida had to be the most unpredictable yet exciting round. Last season, the track layout was changed last minute due to some safety precessions taken by the FD crew. This year, you never really knew who had this years track layout figured out so it made for some exciting battles. If you came in to fast or had to much angle, there was a good chance you might just run right into the tire wall. So onto the top 16 action after the jump.

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Video: Michael Essa’s Drift BMW on Playboy TV – Naked Girl Burns Rubber in $170,000 Drift Car

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Michael Essa’s Drift BMW on Playboy TV with the Enkei PF01! – Alex

Yas Marina Formula Drift – Jarod Interviews Michael Essa

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Great interview by Jarod of Michael Essa from Yas Marina. Man, the Enkei PF01s look so good on the BMW!! Check out the rest of the Yas Marina Drift Stream videos below!