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Trent Beechum in his urban camo V-8 S14 rule Horse Thief Mile at the Formula D Pro-Am

Luke Munnell
Jun 1, 2015

Top Drift - Just Drift's top-flight competition series for drivers vying for Formula D Pro 2 licensure - attacked California's Willow Springs Raceway for the second time this year, this time tearing up the tarmac of the facility's Horse Thief Mile. A favorite among drivers and fans for its steep elevation and paddock vantage points, 2015 second-round competition upheld the precedent set by the season opener, with pro-level drifting from several leading drivers.

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Top Drift Round 1 2015 Photo Gallery

While it could be called an FD feeder series, Top Drift rules are a bit more liberal than the pro ranks, allowing for a wide range of legal competition cars (and trucks). And as an amateur series, it's one of the best places to still see cars powered by SR20 and KA24 inline-4s, 13B rotaries, and VQ36 V-6s hold their own against the V-8-powered machines. Case in point: Kenny Chieu, who slid into second place in a borrowed S13 240SX with a stock-block SR20DET under-hood, finished ahead of first-round winner Adam Knapik and his V-8-motivated, Wise Fab-clad S14 (who laid down two of the most perfect qualifying runs we've seen in Top Drift).

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Alas, that proven V-8/S-chassis combination once again proved its worth, as Trent Beechum and his LS-powered urban camo S14 claimed the top spot on the podium after two days of near flawless performance.

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Top Drift returns June 20th to conquer yet another of Willow Springs' venerable tracks - the Walt James Stadium oval - in its third of four competition rounds for 2015. Stay with us for more and click over to justdrift.com to get involved.

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