Formula Drift 2019 Championship Fight

Formula Drift 2019 Championship Fight
Subscribe to GTChannel: https://goo.gl/g5wlmE Formula DRIFT Black Magic PRO Championship resulted in a heavyweight showdown in Irwindale CA in front of a capacity crowd. The 2019 AutoZone Title Fight presented by Rain-X promised to be a slugfest, with five drivers having a mathematical chance to win 2019 Formula DRIFT Black Magic PRO Championship – James Deane (Ireland), Fredric Aasbo (Norway), Piotr Wiecek (Poland), Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis (Lithuania) and Chris Forsberg (USA). And with six championship titles already held by three of those contenders, nobody could take it easy. Looking back to 2018, the title fight was equally close, and Irwindale brought us one of the most exciting Finals, with Vaughn Gittin Jr (USA) battling through the heats to win, narrowly beating Fredric Aasbo after running One More Time on two occasions to separate them. But Deane, who was knocked out in the Top 16 heats by Forrest Wang (USA), clinched the title by four points from Aasbo. Arriving at the Irwindale 2019 Finals, Deane had a 19-point lead, but with a 20-point difference between first and second place, and extra points available for qualifying, Aasbo and the three drivers below him in the Championship would need Deane to be eliminated early to have a realistic chance. -------------- If you create car videos, join the GTChannel network here: http://creator.gtchannel.com Like us on FB: http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel Send us video ideas on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GTChannel Instagram: http://instagram.com/gtchannel/

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Odi Bakchis VS Jeff Jones - Jones Meets the Wall

Odi Bakchis VS Jeff Jones - Jones Meets the Wall

Bakchis at 3rd overall standings at this point still had a mathematical chance at winning the series if he won this event and top 2 drivers were eliminated in early rounds.
Aasbo vs Taylor Hull Formula Drift Irwindale 2019

Aasbo vs Taylor Hull Formula Drift Irwindale 2019

Arriving at the Irwindale 2019 Finals, Deane had a 19-point lead, but with a 20-point difference between first and second place, and extra points available for qualifying, Aasbo and the three drivers below him in the Championship would need Deane to be eliminated early to have a realistic chance.
Piotr Wiecek vs Dan Burkett FD Irwindale 2019

Piotr Wiecek vs Dan Burkett FD Irwindale 2019

The 2019 AutoZone Title Fight presented by Rain-X promised to be a slugfest, with five drivers having a mathematical chance to win 2019 Formula DRIFT Black Magic PRO Championship – James Deane (Ireland), Fredric Aasbo (Norway), Piotr Wiecek (Poland), Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis (Lithuania) and Chris Forsberg (USA). And with six championship titles already held by three of those contenders, nobody could take it easy.
James Deane vs Kevin Lawrence Top 32

James Deane vs Kevin Lawrence Top 32

The Champion-elect, Deane, started his FD Irwindale campaign against Kevin Lawrence (USA) in the Top 32 heats. Driving the Enjuku Racing / BC Racing / Achilles Tire / Competition Clutch Nissan S14.3 with determination, Lawrence put on a good show but couldn’t match Deane’s lines or speed.
James Deane vs Forrest Wang Top 16 Battle

James Deane vs Forrest Wang Top 16 Battle

he two-time Irish Champion would proceed to the Sweet 16 where he meet crowd favorite, Forrest Wang in the Achilles Radial / Yellowspeed Racing / NRG Innovations Nissan S15. The pair have a healthy rivalry, which included Deane’s premature departure from the 2018 Irwindale Finals. Unwilling to allow history to repeat itself, Deane needed to advance to the next round since it would enable him to amass enough points to claim the 2019 title. In order to do so, he had to overcome a fierce competitor who wanted to end his own season on a high note. As the cars approached the starting line, Deane would assume the lead position for the first run. Setting his own pace, Deane’s Worthouse Nissan burnt a groove through the outside of the course, closely shadowed by Wang who gave up very little. With the positions reversed, Deane appeared to have difficulty adjusting to Wang’s pace while matching his angle throughout Outside Zone 1, while Wang tapped the wall multiple times in Outside Zone 2, forcing Wang to adjust his angle. With mistakes made by both drivers, the judges didn’t agree on an outcome and voted for One More Time on a majority decision – where the runs would be repeated in order to separate the drivers. In the OMT battle, both Deane and Wang seemingly provided carbon copies of their previous runs, with all the strengths and weaknesses they previously portrayed. The judges were again divided, and the majority requested another OMT because it wasn’t possible to pick a clear winner. During the second OMT battle, Deane was flawless on his lead run and while he had some shallow angle on the banking during his chase run, he had equal angle and better proximity than Wang through Outside Zone 2. Deane was unanimously awarded the win and became the first driver to win the Formula DRIFT Championship three times in a row – 2017, 2018 and 2019. His consecutive wins place him on par with Chris Forsberg, who also has three Championship titles, but he took longer to achieve the feat – 2009, 2014 and 2016.
James Deane vs Forrest Wang Top 16 Battle

James Deane vs Forrest Wang Top 16 Battle

he two-time Irish Champion would proceed to the Sweet 16 where he meet crowd favorite, Forrest Wang in the Achilles Radial / Yellowspeed Racing / NRG Innovations Nissan S15. The pair have a healthy rivalry, which included Deane’s premature departure from the 2018 Irwindale Finals. Unwilling to allow history to repeat itself, Deane needed to advance to the next round since it would enable him to amass enough points to claim the 2019 title. In order to do so, he had to overcome a fierce competitor who wanted to end his own season on a high note. As the cars approached the starting line, Deane would assume the lead position for the first run. Setting his own pace, Deane’s Worthouse Nissan burnt a groove through the outside of the course, closely shadowed by Wang who gave up very little. With the positions reversed, Deane appeared to have difficulty adjusting to Wang’s pace while matching his angle throughout Outside Zone 1, while Wang tapped the wall multiple times in Outside Zone 2, forcing Wang to adjust his angle. With mistakes made by both drivers, the judges didn’t agree on an outcome and voted for One More Time on a majority decision – where the runs would be repeated in order to separate the drivers. In the OMT battle, both Deane and Wang seemingly provided carbon copies of their previous runs, with all the strengths and weaknesses they previously portrayed. The judges were again divided, and the majority requested another OMT because it wasn’t possible to pick a clear winner. During the second OMT battle, Deane was flawless on his lead run and while he had some shallow angle on the banking during his chase run, he had equal angle and better proximity than Wang through Outside Zone 2. Deane was unanimously awarded the win and became the first driver to win the Formula DRIFT Championship three times in a row – 2017, 2018 and 2019. His consecutive wins place him on par with Chris Forsberg, who also has three Championship titles, but he took longer to achieve the feat – 2009, 2014 and 2016.
James Deane vs Forrest OMT Top 16 #fdirw

James Deane vs Forrest OMT Top 16 #fdirw

James Deane and Forrest Want go One More Time at #FDIRW 2019

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