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Formula D heats up on the East Coast

Anyone’s Game

Oct 18, 2012
Photographer: Kyle McManus
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Time flies too friggin’ fast! At the time of writing this, Formula D has just finished its fourth round but you’re probably reading this magazine in late September or early October. What’s that mean? The finals are just around the corner! So while our report might be old news, here’s a quick recap of rounds three and four.

Round 3: Palm Beach International Raceway — Palm Beach, FL
Daigo Saito wins! Hate to say it but…we told you so! The Asian sensation from Japan has finally claimed his first US victory. Although he’s a rookie here in the States, he’s far from it back home having won D1GP and an FD Asia championship before. He continues to make his name heard as he defeated Conrad Grunewald and Chris Forsberg to take the Florida event.

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Round 4: Wall Speedway – Wall, NJ
Just a few weeks later, FD headed to Jersey for the next battle. Having a silent season so far, Vaughn Gittin Jr overcomes adversity and reaches the podium for the first time this year. The 2010 overall champ has been looking to come back after a disappointing 2011 season—this round might be his turning point.

What’s Next?
Now more than halfway through the season, the championship is still anyone’s game but the top three look like this:

1. Justin Pawlak. Still looking for his first championship, he finished fourth in Florida and was knocked out in the top 8 in Jersey. However, last year’s overall runner-up continues to perform consistently and is the favorite going into the final rounds.

2. Daigo Saito. If you don’t know his name, now you know! Daigo’s first season here is proving to be a thriller, holding second place overall going into round five. And who can hate on his 1000+hp Lexus SC430?

3. Dai Yoshihara. The reigning champ is still looking good. While he hasn’t finished first yet this year, he’s been on the podium three out of four times. Repeat champ anyone?

The last 3 events are back on the West Coast in Washington State, Vegas and the finals in Irwindale. Who’s ready?

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