Friday afternoon during practice, just ahead of qualifying for the 2014 Formula D season finale, Fredric Aasbo, Norwegian hot shoe and sole Championship contender behind Chris Forsberg, updated via social media he had cracked the engine block in his Hankook Scion tC. Sitting essentially just a couple dozen points off the lead in the standings, with only Round 7 left to settle, it took quick work from his Papadakis Racing crew to swap motors in the Irwindale Events Center paddock and make sure Aasbo would live to fight into Saturday eliminations.
He wound up taking both his laps with a new motivator under hood, and nabbed 10th in the qualifying order. Forsberg in the Hankook Nissan 370Z locked up 6th, with Forrest Wang in the Get Nuts Lab Hankook STR Wheels S14, Dai Yoshihara in the Falken Tire Discount Tire Subaru BRZ, and Ryan Tuerck in the Retaks Maxxis Air Force PSI FR-S taking the top three spots, respectively. For Wang, it's his third top qualifier of the season and second in a row.
A look at the tandem eliminations pairings reveals Forsberg and Aasbo landed on the same side of the bracket, which means the possibility exists the two could face off in the semifinals. The 2009 champ will start against rookie ace Geoff Stoneback in his GSR S14, and potential battles could be waged with Drift Alliance kin Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in the Monster Energy Nitto Ford Mustang, Tuerck, or even possibly Justin Pawlak in the Falken Mustang. Aasbo got Marc Landreville and his Standard Suspension S14 in the draw, with possible matchups including Tyler McQuarrie in the GoPro Mobil 1 Camaro, Dean Kearney in the Oracle Lighting Viper, or Yoshihara.
It all goes down Saturday night, October 11, beginning at 4:30pm PST for Top 32 eliminations. If you can't join us in Irwindale, you can catch all the action on the Formula D Live Stream.