|Aasbo at Texas Motor Speedway|
credit: Larry Chen/Scion Racing
Papadakis Racing driver Fredric Aasbo extended his lead in the 2015 Formula Drift Championship this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, putting him in a strong points position heading into the season finale. The Norwegian driver has won three of six rounds so far this season and leads fellow Scion Racing and Hankook Tire driver Ken Gushi by 80 points. A new track layout at Texas Motor Speedway challenged the drivers.
"This is exactly where we want to be at this point in the season," said team owner Stephan Papadakis. "We can't wait to get to Irwindale for the final race of the year where we can pull out all the stops."
"Texas was a fun event. Cars were pushed to the limit with 97-degree air temperatures and going full throttle and high gear for nearly half the run," said Papadakis. "Our sticky Hankook Tire RS-3s came through for us."
Aasbo advanced to the Round of 8, but a misstep in his chase run against rival Daigo Saito saw him get lost in the smoke and he momentarily ran off course. There was no damage, but judges noted the fault and he lost the match. The result was enough for him to extend his lead in both the U.S. Formula Drift Championship and the Formula Drift World Championship, which combines events in the U.S., Asia, and next month's race in Canada.
"I think the moment you start feeling like you have to win the championship or defend the championship, you've already lost," said Aasbo. "The game plan is to do what we always do: take it one run at a time and let it all play out."
The final round of the U.S. season at Irwindale Speedway, October 9-10, is a highlight event for the series. Fans pack the Southern California venue, dubbed the "House of Drift" for its historic involvement in the sport of drifting.
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