Sonoma has been one of the memorable events in Formula D history. Last year Calvin Wan clinched 1st place marking the first time an import took home the 1st place seat. Fast forward to 2006 where the drivers had a renewed sense of courage and were reaching even faster speeds than last year which proved to be a dangerous game to play.
JR Vaughn Gittin was clocked doing 83mph at entry. Later in the top 16 he planted the rear end of his car into the wall while doing battle with Yokinobu Okuno in the Skyline. Casper Canul qualified 16th and laid down a major upset on the RS*R 240SX by running him down for a victory. Another upset was Ryan Tuerck bringing it big and taking out fan favorite Daijiro in the Rockstar 240SX. Best friends and Falken teammates Hiro Sumida and Taka Aono did battle and after a “one more time,” Hiro was declared the victor moving into the top 8. Coming off a tough wreck in Chicago, Ken Gushi was squared off against Sam Hubinette and fell short of defeating the Mopar Viper.
Moving into the top 8 we had Casper Canul taking on the new kid Ryan Tuerck. It was looking to be a memorable battle but on the last run Ryan seemed to have engine troubles and pulled off the track. Hiro stepped up to the Mopar beast and unfortunately pushed the new Kure 240SX a little too hard and plowed the back end of the car into the turn 1 wall. Surprise Top 4 contestant Kenji despite putting together a valiant effort was defeated by Rhys but took home 3rd place after taking down Samuel Hubinette in the Mopar Viper. It was Casper Canul and Rhys Millen in the final. Some awesome drifting ensued but Rhys Millen was too much for Canul and found himself on the 1st place podium. Casper Canul was ecstatic taking home 2nd place. See you at Seattle for round 5!