High winds and unseasonably cold weather didn’t deter Formula D fans from coming to see their favorites drifters in action at a parking lot adjacent to Soldier Field. Unlike last year where the tight course and its concrete barriers chewed up and spit out over 20 drift cars, this year the likes of Sam Hubinette, Rhys Millen, Tyler McQuarrie and many others were able to stay off the walls and go head to head in what could be said as some of the tightest drifting put on this year.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t all song and dance for everyone as in practice Ken Gushi driving the Ford Racing Mustang mangled both the back and front end of the pony after he hit the wall hard. With the wrenches quickly turning, his team was able to fix the car in time for competition but it didn’t look in full race form as Gushi was ousted in the first elimination round but the Falken Tires G335 driven by Calvin Wan.
The real star of the weekend was Tyler McQuarrie who showed great poise and some awesome drift angles in the R*SR Honda S2000 which was good enough for the number one qualifier. In the end though, McQuarrie would have to settle for third place overall as mister consistent himself Rhys Millen in the Red Bull Sponsored Pontiac GTO would take him out and advance to the finals.
The final matchup saw a classic GM vs. Dodge battle, Samuel Hubinette’s Mopar Racing Dodge Viper SRT-10 would square off against the GTO of Rhys Millen. In uncharacteristic fashion Hubinette would spin out in the first tandem battle that seemed to give Millen an almost sure victory. But water had made its way onto the track from a nearby concession stand and after much deliberation the judges called for a re-run wiping the slate clean. This must have razzled Millen because in the final tandem battle he spun the GTO out on the first corner and did a massive burnout to show his displeasure. Needless to say, he wasn’t a happy camper on the podium but Hubinette was as he took home the victory and has now taken a commanding lead in the points race in the Formula D championship.