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Formula Drift round two: Road Atlanta

Wet and Slippery conditions make for a thrilling event.

Toni Avery
May 14, 2013

The second round of Formula Drift, at Road Atlanta, encountered some challenging weather conditions which made for a challenging event. Road Atlanta, arguably one of the most challenging tracks to drift, provided plenty of thrills as drifters tried to adjust to the wet road condition. The fans must be applauded as well as they stuck it out through the rainy weather till the finish. With the largest attendance for the series, outside of California, it's no wonder the rain didn't deter these hardcore fans.

Heading into Atlanta's race, Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire/ Falken Tire Nissan 240SX held the points lead, but due to a loss in the top 32, it opened the opportunity for other drivers to take the lead.

In the consolation round, Michael Essa in the GSR Autosport/ Yokohama Tire BMW M3 was up against Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in the Monster Energy/ Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR. Gittin ended up taking the win securing himself third place and now leads in the 2013 Pro Championship point standings. Darren McNamara in the Falken Tire Nissan 240SX was up against returning champ Daigo Saito in the final round. Unfortunately, McNamara suffered a mechanical failture that would render him unable to finish. That left Daigo Saito in the 2JZ Lexus LS430 on top of the podium handing him his first win.

By Toni Avery
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