It’s not too much of a gamble to say the next Formula D champion will probably be in a Scion. Scion Racing has had an incredible 2015 in the professional drifting series, so thorough a domination that its trio of drivers – Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Drink Hankook Tire tC, Ken Gushi in the Greddy Performance Hankook Tire FR-S, and Ryan Tuerck in the Retaks Maxxis Tires Nameless Performance FR-S – hold the top three points positions in the championship standings as the series approaches its season finale. If our math is correct (and that’s usually highly doubtful), Scion Racing has a 75 percent chance of pulling off the title, as the only other statistically viable competitor is the guy fourth on the points table, 2014 champ Chris Forsberg in his 370Z – and he would need the Scion drivers to completely choke.
Out of the 18 podium positions in six Pro rounds of 2015 so far, Scion Racing drivers hold half of the top-three finishes (nine). They also nabbed half of all of 2015’s number-one qualifying positions. The results have helped Scion secure a commanding hold on the Formula D Manufacturer Cup, a 2015 title they’ve basically already locked up.
Aasbo has the greatest chance of capturing the driver championship and has seemingly been a man possessed since he nearly claimed the title in 2014, falling short by less than 12 points. His 2015 has been a rollercoaster, as he started off strong with a big win in Long Beach, Calif., only to stumble the next two rounds. He bounced back to claim victories at Wall Speedway in New Jersey and Evergreen Speedway in Washington. He also qualified number one at Round 6 in Texas, and currently has 428 points.
Series veteran Gushi has had his best season to date, earning three podiums and two number-one qualifiers. He finished second at Road Atlanta in May and Texas Motor Speedway in August, and third at Orlando Speed World in June, where he also took the top qualifying spot. He was also top qualifier at Wall in June and is sitting on 348 points at the moment, 80 behind Aasbo.
Tuerck is another FD old-timer probably having his best season ever. He’s racked up podiums at Orlando Speed World, where he won, and Long Beach and Wall, where he finished in third place. He’s heading into the season finale with 332 markers, 96 points off the pace.
With only Round 7 left on the 2015 Formula D Pro calendar, just 107 points remain up for grabs. It would appear the title is Aasbo's to lose; he needs just 28 points to win the championship outright – which is to say he needs to qualify for tandems (good for up to 7 points) and then win his opening Top-32 battle (giving him another 32 points) to be completely out of reach. However, if he comes up short in either task, it opens a huge door for the others.
Regardless of how Irwindale plays out, it always delivers an unforgettable event. Make sure to check it out October 9 and 10 (and if you can’t be there, there’s always the Formula D Live Stream), and for a recap of Scion Racing’s season so far make sure to watch the Driven 2 Drift video series on their YouTube channel. We’ve also included links to our coverage of each 2015 event below.