|Fredric Aasbo is in contention for his second straight title|
credit: SR by Toyota
Defending Formula Drift champion Fredric Aasbo is locked in a fierce battle for the 2016 championship, one of the closest in the series’ history.
"The level of competition in the championship is incredible and that's what we want," said team owner Stephan Papadakis. "That's what motivates us all to push harder and the fans are getting a great show."
The most recent round was a standing-room only event this past weekend at the Evergreen Speedway, near Seattle. Judges called for multiple rematches throughout the day and there were some surprising upsets as title contenders were eliminated in early rounds. After Round 6, Aasbo remains second in the championship standings, just five points out of the lead.
"The sport is getting more and more aggressive every weekend," said Aasbo. "We have so much grip with the Nexen N'Fera tires that we're calling for more and more power. As far as we've taken our four-banger, now it's time to take it even further."
The first “One More Time” call for Aasbo came in the Top 16, as he put down a strong extra round to defeat Matt Field and advance to the Top 8. There, he was defeated in a close contest by Aurimas "Odi" Bakchis, who went on to take the event win.
Among the fans at the track this weekend were members of Toyota's NHRA program, including driver J.R. Todd, who took a special thrill ride in a high-powered drift car. Papadakis Racing joined their Toyota teammates as guests at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways on Sunday.
Next, the 2016 Formula Drift Pro Championship continues to Round 7: Showdown on September 9-10 at Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas/Fort Worth. Learn more about Aasbo and Papadakis Racing at www.fredricaasbo.com and www.papadakisracing.com. Learn more about Formula Drift at www.formulad.com.
Quotes in this piece provided by Papadakis Racing.