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Formula Drift Round 4: The Gauntlet

Daigo Saito increases points lead with second victory of the 2013 season

Toni Avery
Jun 24, 2013

At the half way point of the 2013 Formula Drift season, Daigo Saito driving the Achilles / Bridges Lexus SC430 took his second victory of the season giving him a healthy lead in the point's standings. Round four took place at Wall Speedway in New Jersey on June 21-22.

"We are happy to return to New Jersey for the ninth time," stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. "After Hurricane Sandy devastated the area last year, we are proud to be able to contribute and bring some economic stimulus to the region with our Series. On top of that we were treated to world class action in front of a capacity crowd."

A new course configuration at Wall Speedway added to the excitement as multiple top teams in the event were taken out early. During the consolation round, Darren McNamara in the Falken Tire Nissan 240SX made a mistake that allowed NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z driver Chris Forseberg to take third place. In the final round, number one qualifier Justin Pawlak in the Falken Ford Mustang went against points leader Daigo Saito. Beating the champion at Wall Speedway was not in the cards for Pawlak as he pushed too hard and spun out giving Saito the win and a larger lead in the overall Driver Championship standings.

"I'm very happy to have this win and remain in 1st place," said Daigo Saito. "It feels like I won a championship tonight going against some of the top competition in the Series with Vaughn, Fredric, Darren and Justin and I look forward to the next event."

The next round, on July 19-20, is at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA.

Round 4 results:

  • 1. Saito, DaigoAchilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430
  • 2. Pawlak, JustinFalken Tire Ford Mustang
  • 3. Forsberg, ChrisNOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z
  • Driver championship standings:

  • 1. Saito, Daigo Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 (361 Points)
  • 2. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR (300 Points)
  • 3. Essa, Michael GSR Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 (296.50 Points)
  • 4. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z (286 Points)
  • 5. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang (282.50 Points)
  • Manufacturers Championship Standings After Four Rounds:

  • 1. Ford 582.50 Points
  • 2. Lexus 582.50 Points
  • 3. Nissan 524.50 Points
  • 4. Scion 502.50 Points
  • 5. BMW 482.50 Points
  • Tire Championship Standings After Four Rounds:

  • 1. Falken 640 Points
  • 2. Achilles 585.50 Points
  • 3. Hankook 552.50 Points
  • 4. Nitto 520 Points
  • 5. Maxxis 375.50 Points
  • By Toni Avery
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