Formula D landed in Sonoma, CA with the promise of insane entry speeds, bold new cars, and a fresh chance for many to advance their rankings as the 2007 season winds down. With only Wall, NJ and the finale at Irwindale remaining, drivers attacked the fastest entries on the circuit with blazing speeds – the kind of spectacle we’ve come to expect from what is arguably becoming the greatest drifting series in the world.
With a cool breeze blowing throughout the day, the familiar plumes of tire smoke mixed with the stunning backdrop of Infineon Raceway painted the setting for a heated competition that saw Calvin Wan totaling his G35, Taka Aono smashing up the Corolla, and Tyler McQuarrie kissing the wall with the rear of the minty fresh JIC/Hankook Porsche in top 32 action. By the time the top 16 was narrowed down, Tanner Foust had the crowd speechless with his perfect 100 point qualifying run, the first ever in Formula D history!
As the field was narrowed to the Great 8 several hard-fought battles warranted “one more times” as the action was simply too close to call. Tanner Foust and Vaughn Gitten Jr. battled it out ferociously before JR narrowly advanced, showing his skills in tandem as he stayed painted all over Tanner in his runs. Sam Hubinette in the Mopar Charger was eliminated by Conrad Grunewald’s obnoxiously loud Corvette that seemed downright furious all afternoon.
The Final Four saw the Gush outwit Grunewald in a “one more time” battle that was again nearly too close to call. Drift Alliance buddies JR and Forsberg battled it out for the top spot on the podium, with neither driver giving each other even an inch right down to the end. Unfortunately for Gitten Jr., motor problems on his final run left Forsberg standing atop in a deserving win, capping off a performance that was consistently impressive from qualifying to the finals. Look towards a future issue of Modified Mag for complete coverage of Formula D: Round 5 at Sonoma!