Fredric Aasbo a strong fourth in points after challenging Formula Drift weekend

BRASELTON, Ga. (May 9, 2016) – Fredric Aasbo and the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC are holding strong in fourth place in the Formula Drift points standings after a weekend of upsets in Atlanta.

An impressive second-place finish during a rainy season opener on the Streets of Long Beach last month put Aasbo in a strong position to continue his championship title defense this weekend at Road Atlanta.

And fans turned up in droves to see it. The competition weekend saw a packed house at Road Atlanta with ticket holders lining up at dawn for early access to the popular venue and staying late for the evening action. With its elevation changes and long straightaways, the drift course configuration ensures a crowd-pleasing mix of fast speeds and dramatic, reverse entry drifts.

“We came to Atlanta trying to play on the offensive — being aggressive, and putting down fast runs,” said Aasbo. “We were really trying to go after it, and it paid off in qualifying.”

During Friday’s qualifying session, Aasbo put down two textbook-worthy runs, scoring 90 and 93 points and securing the No. 2 qualifying position in a field of 32.

But mechanical trouble saw the Norwegian driver forced to retire early. It was one of a series of surprising early eliminations as SR by Toyota teammate Ken Gushi, points-leader Chelsea Denofa, and popular driver Ryan Tuerck all joined him on the sidelines in the first round.

“We were using a lower tire pressure than recommended and it caught us out,” said team owner Stephan Papadakis. “After a hard run on the rumble strips, a tire debeaded.”

Even so, Aasbo is a solid fourth in the driver standings and he and Papadakis Racing are optimistic as they take this weekend’s lessons-learned to the third round of Formula Drift at Orlando Speed World on June 3 and 4.

“The tables turn really quickly in drifting,” said Aasbo. “You just have to keep on pushing, and try to stay ahead of the curve. We know when we get to Orlando we’re going to be ready for the podium.”

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 one of the fastest growing forms of motorsport in the world.