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GSR Autosport's Michael Essa Wins Formula D Round 3!

Essa's first ever podium and a European car on top.

Alex Bernstein
Jun 3, 2013

Formula DRIFT Round 3 was held at Palm Beach International Raceway over the weekend. Round 3: Invasion, returned for its third consecutive season to South Florida to a sold out event.

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The track is technical, featuring a fast entry that proved to be a huge challenge for some of the big names and Essa was strong through it all. He made it to the final battle in his GSR Autosport / Yokohama Tire BMW M3 against returning champion Daigo Saito in the Bridges Racing / Achillies Tire Lexus SC430 and the battle was intense. Daigo led first with Essa tight on his tail, making no errors. Essa then took the victory on his lead run when Saito made an error and straightened out during drift.

This is Essa's first Formula DRIFT pro championship podium and victory, moving him into third place overall in the standings. Saito is now in first place overall, moving Vaughn Gittin Jr. closely behind in second place.

"It's surreal. We started this week with some issues and didn't qualify well," said Essa. "The team put together a solid car and thanks to Yokohama Tire, Bilstein, Garrett and the rest of the sponsors, we were able to win. We need to keep the momentum going and I can't wait for the next round."

For more information visit www.formuladrift.com

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship Presented by GoPro 2013 Standings After Three Rounds

1.Saito, DaigoAchilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430257 Points
2.Gittin Jr., VaughnMonster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR244 Points
3.Essa, MichaelGSR Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3241.50 Points
4.Forsberg, ChrisNOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z202 Points
5.Aasbo, FredricHankook Tire Scion Racing tC197.50 Points
6.Yoshihara, DaijiroDiscount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13195 Points
7.Moen, KennethLutz Performance / Nexen Tire Nissan 240SX184 Points
8.Pawlak, JustinFalken Tire Ford Mustang182.50 Points
9.McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Nissan S14180.50 Points
10.Bakchis, AurimasNexen Tire Nissan S14166.50 Points
11.Tuerck, RyanTeam Retaks / Maxxis Scion Racing FR-S150.50 Points
12.Field, MattCX Racing / Blacktrax Nissan 240SX144.50 Points
13.Wang, ForrestGet Nuts Labs Nissan 240SX136.50 Points
14.DeNofa, ChelseaBC Racing BMW 3 Series130 Points
15.Nishida, RobbieBridges Racing / Achilles Tire Lexus SC300127.50 Points
16.Powers, MattNitto Tire / Fatlace Nissan S14119 Points

Round 3: Invasion Event Results

1.Essa, MichaelGSR Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 Winner
2.Saito, DaigoAchilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 Second Place
3.Nishida, RobbieBridges Racing / Achilles Tire Lexus SC300 Third Place

Manufacturers Championship Standings After Three Rounds

1.Ford426.50 Points
2.Lexus414.25 Points
3.Nissan386 Points
4.Scion379 Points
5.BMW371.50 Points

Tire Championship Standings After Three Rounds

1.Falken461 Points
2.Achilles417.50 Points
3.Nitto408 Points
4.Hankook399.50 Points
5.Yokohama320.50 Points

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