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What’s up my fellow ricers!! I’d like to formally introduce myself to you guys. My name is Tim Durnak! I have joined the Mayday team this year to bring some coverage from the East Coast as well as Formula Drift coverage. This past weekend i was in Long Beach catching the action as we watched Fredric Aasbo take the podium in Round 1. That set the tone for what is going to be an exciting season of Formula Drift as Round 1 ended with minutes to spare before they had to reopen the streets of Long Beach.

It was a crazy beginning to the Top 32 as we saw Number 1 qualifier Forrest Wang get knocked out in the first round by Matt Coffman (who qualified 32). Then in the Top 16 Chris Forsberg had a bad lead run taking a super shallow line leading to his exit against Patrick Mourdant. Also in the top 16 we saw Dai Yoshihara get knocked out by Matt Field, who absolutely drove his heart out this weekend. Ryan Tuerck had 5 minutes to change his diff in the Final Four and he didnt get it done in time. Would that have changed the outcome his battle with Aasbo? With minutes to spare before they had to open the streets Aasbo beat Bakchis in an intense battle. Would it have gone One More Time if the streets didn’t have to open?

Enough Jibber Jabber lets move on to the photos!!

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Just a little wall tap!

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This is what happens when you tap the the wall a little too hard and go into the tire wall

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Lets get SIKKY!!!

Conrad's new livery is pretty sick

Conrad’s new livery is pretty sick

Kristaps Bluss makes some serious clouds

Kristaps Bluss makes some serious clouds

Dai making waves

Dai making waves

Ride or Dai!

Ride or Dai!

What happens when you lose a wheel at the starting line during practice

What happens when you lose a wheel at the starting line during practice

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Chris Forsberg back to repping Nos Energy

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Ryan Tuerck rocking the throwback Toyota racing livery

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Let me uhhh just smash this wall

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BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!!!!

Closing the gap!

Closing the gap!

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Let me smoke you out

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Emerging from the smoke is the SIkky RX8!

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Matt Coffman has a smoke machine in the trunk

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Formula D Round 1 winner Fredric Aasbo!

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After going to Texas 2K Diego Santos’s GTR drift car looks slow

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One of the best looking cars in Formula D!

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The Force!

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Ride that wall Chelsea

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Rapper Dan Savage really isn’t a Rapper. (Mind blown)

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The Get Nuts S15 powered by Forrest Wang

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Someone hit the smoke screen button

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I <3 Mark Lenardon

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Yokoi’s first taste of competition here in the US

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Got Angle???

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Rockstar Energy has come back to the Formula D circuit

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Who wants some BubbleYum!?

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