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Essa Ready for Formula Drift 2013 Finale with Yokohama Tires

Points leader equips E46 with AD08 Rs heading into the final round

Toni Avery
Oct 11, 2013
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    Formula Drift Michael Essa Details:
  • Final round at Irwindale Speedway in SoCal, October 11-12
  • Michael Essa currently leading in points
  • Essa is driving an E46 BMW M3 on Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 R tires

2005 BMW M3 michael essa 16 Photo 2/4   |   Essa Ready for Formula Drift 2013 Finale with Yokohama Tires

Heading into the finale of the 2013 Formula Drift Championship, Michael Essa, Yokohama Tire Corporation sponsored competitor, is in first place on the eve of "Round 7: Title Fight," October 11-12 at Irwindale Speedway in Southern California. Essa is piloting an E46 BMW M3 on Yokohoma ultra high- performance ADVAN Neova AD08 R tires that has been grabbing a lot of fanfare this year for its Euro makeup.

"We're leading the series by 15 points and have a really good chance to win the Formula D championship," said Essa, who has his GSR Autosport E46 BMW M3 atop the standings thanks to a win in the "Round 6 Showdown" event at Texas Motor Speedway last month. "I'm relying on the Yokohama AD08 R's to once again give me the grip and confidence needed to win, which is what they have been doing throughout the season."

2005 BMW M3 rollcage 17 Photo 3/4   |   Essa Ready for Formula Drift 2013 Finale with Yokohama Tires

"Michael and the GSR Autosport team have already won two of six races on the Formula D circuit this year and I know they are going to go for it all in Irwindale," said Matt Johnson, YTC performance marketing supervisor. "It's great to have our Neova AD08 Rs tires on a championship-level car. The specialized motorsport-derived compound in the tires provides superior grip thanks, in part, to our orange oil technology."

With the final round commencing tomorrow, will Essa push his E46 M3 championship to victory?

2005 BMW M3 DTMFiberwerkz GTR widebody kit 13 Photo 4/4   |   Essa Ready for Formula Drift 2013 Finale with Yokohama Tires
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