Formula DRIFT Road Atlanta
Mazdas On The Prowl In The ATL
Represented by a pair of high-strung, exquisitely-tuned RX-8s Mazda made quite a splash as Formula DRIFT returned to Road Atlanta for Round 2: Road to the Championship. Bergenholtz Racing’s Joon Maeng and Kyle Mohan piloting the MazdaTrix entry both qualified well and advanced in open competition.
Round 2: Road to the Championship brought the Formula DRIFT Pro Championship back to the Series birthplace nine years ago. Fans came in droves as the series saw an increase in attendance at Road Atlanta. This marks another consecutive season of growth. It’s very satisfying that Road Atlanta and Formula DRIFT have formed a partnership nine years ago to help grow drifting in this region,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We look forward to our 10 year anniversary at this venue next season.”
Maeng had the best day. After qualifying 13th in the field of 32 hopefuls, he squared off against Tyler McQuarrie in the first round of eliminations. As the smoke cleared Maeng and his RX-8 had dispatched McQuarrie and his 2011 Camaro SS. Maeng later advanced to the Elite Eight round as his sideways antics proved too much for Toshiki Yoshioka and his S15-vintage 240SX. Maeng’s day at the office ended in the Elite Eight when Walker Wilkerson edged his way to the win, eventually running in the consolidation round, finishing the day fourth overall.
Kyle Mohan parlayed a good practice session into a solid 19th place qualification. The MazdaTrix driver then backed it up by beating Dennis Mertzanis and advancing to the round of 16. That’s as far as Mohan made it as Fredric Aasbo, third in the points standings, and his Scion tC got the win.
The Formula DRIFT junket travels to Palm Beach Florida for round three of the seven-event 2012 season on June 1. The remaining race dates include Wall, New Jersey June 22-23, Monroe Washington, July 20-21, Las Vegas, Nevada Aug 24-25 and Irwindale, California October 12-13.