Fredric Aasbo leads this tandem run at Round 4 of Formula DRIFT in Wall, N.J.
By Papadakis Racing
WALL, NJ June 23, 2013 – Hankook Tire Scion Racing driver Fredric Aasbo is once again the talk of Formula Drift after bringing the eventual contest winner to a thrilling one-more-time battle that had fans on their feet at a sold-out Wall Speedway.
“We did a great job this weekend and our battle against Daigo Saito was drifting at its best,” said Aasbo. “The fans told me they would have been happy to see everybody else go home and the two of us battle it out over and over.”
After putting in a strong first qualifying run that earned him the third spot on the elimination ladder, Aasbo took down 2011 Formula Drift champion Dai Yoshihara in a challenging first-round battle, then swept past Matt Field before reaching current championship leader Saito.
Their initial head-to-head battle was too close to call for the panel of three judges, who asked for a rematch. The one-more-time fight saw an incredible show of smoke and car control but ultimately the decision went to Saito. Aasbo was the closest challenger to Saito, who was undefeated at Wall Speedway this weekend.
“When it takes a one-more-time battle to get ahead of the guy who wins the whole weekend, you know you’re doing something right,” said Stephan Papadakis, team owner. “Fredric is a top level driver.”
The course was newly configured this year at Wall, adding more challenge to the notoriously difficult championship stop.
The Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC produces more than 800 horsepower from its BorgWarner EFR boosted inline-four cylinder engine, with nitrous. The Papadakis Racing squad has proven time and again this season that their formula is competitive, making Aasbo and the Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC one of the teams to beat.
Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motorsport with an emphasis on car control skill. Drivers compete in knockout heats on a closed course, sliding sideways in trials judged on speed and style. With origins in Japan, it is the fastest growing form of motorsport in the world.
Aasbo remains in the top-10 of the Formula Drift rankings, and is within striking distance of the title as the championship season heads into its second half. Formula Drift continues to Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., on July 19 – 20, 2013.
ABOUT FREDRIC AASBO
Fredric Aasbo returns to Formula Drift for his third full season of U.S. competition on the Papadakis Racing squad in 2013. The Norwegian driver, voted “Fan Favorite of the Year” after a successful 2012 Formula Drift season, is a two-time Nordic Drifting champion (2007, 2008) and 2010 Formula Drift Rookie of the Year. He ran select Formula Drift events in 2009 and 2010 and made his U.S. debut at a global drifting invitational in 2008. He has rapidly progressed through the drifting ranks around the world and has established himself as both a fan favorite and proven championship contender.
Originally from Ski, Norway, Aasbo splits his time between his native country and Redondo Beach, California. He campaigns a full international season, with a commitment to the 2013 Formula Drift schedule as well as select events worldwide in Europe and China.
ABOUT PAPADAKIS RACING
Team owner Stephan Papadakis is a legend of sport-compact racing who began building his reputation in the 1990s with the first front-wheel-drive, tube-chassis drag car in the U.S.
The team earned multiple records and championships in the discipline, turning in elapsed times and trap speeds previously thought unattainable in front-drive drag cars. Papadakis' successes in front-wheel drive were matched by his efforts in rear-wheel drive when he campaigned a Civic that became only the fifth car to join the Nora's Sport Compact 200 MPH club.
Aasbo is the newest member of Papadakis Racing, who signed the Norwegian driver when Tanner Foust announced his retirement from the sport after the 2010 season. The team began drifting in 2005 and has shown impressive results in seven years of Formula Drift competition, earning two championship titles (2007, 2008). The team finished in the runner-up position in the 2010 championship. The Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC is the team's latest competition build.