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Formula D Round 5 Monroe, Washington - Sideways In Seattle

Scene: Formula D Round 5 "Breaking Point"; Monroe, Wa

Sean Klingelhoefer
Dec 9, 2008
Photographer: John Choi
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The Space Needle, Starbucks Coffee, Bill Gates, grunge music - all things we typically associate with Seattle, Washington. Although drifting might not come to mind in association with Sea Town, the fans there are hardcore. Perhaps the most famed part of this great Pacific Northwest city is its notorious annual rainfall. Living up to its stereotype, Seattle served as the first event where Formula D drivers would encounter rain.

As Formula D kicks in to the closing events the wins are becoming crucial and the Seattle event made for an interesting session. Rain plus drifting equates to some pretty gnarly spectacles and I'm sure anyone that was on-hand to witness round 5 were glad they went. While the rain made drivers frequently spin out, the crashes were actually cut to a minimum.

There were of course the typical crashes, and some mechanical demons the drivers had to deal with. The clutch system of the RS-R / Toyo Scion tC went out allowing Ken Gushi to show off his impressive leaping skills. When all was said and done, it was Rhys Millen who was able to slide by Samuel Hubinette for the Round 5 victory.

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RESULTS: FORMULA D ROUND 5
FIRST Rhys Millen - RMR / Red Bull / Bridgestone {{{Pontiac Solstice}}} GXP
SECOND Samuel Hubinette - Nuformz/ Mopar / BFG {{{Dodge Viper}}} SRT10
THIRD Robbie Nishida - Hankook / Peak Performance {{{Nissan 350Z}}}
By Sean Klingelhoefer
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