Fredric Aasbo wins Formula Drift Canada

MONTREAL, Canada (September 8, 2015) – Fredric Aasbo extended his lead in the Formula Drift World Championship with the first perfect event of his career in Montreal this weekend. He qualified first in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC and won every match to take the event victory.

Aasbo was among a dozen U.S. series regulars who made the trip north of the border to compete at the Autodrome Saint-Eustache, on the outskirts of Montreal. Aasbo said the experience was well worth the trip.

“I’ve been lucky enough to drift in a lot of exotic places around the world and I have to say the Canadian fans are right up there with the best in the world,” said Aasbo. “They’re rowdy and enthusiastic, and they really know the sport. It was a fantastic experience to compete here. The win was really the icing on the cake of an already amazing weekend.”

World Championship leader Aasbo was an early favorite for a strong performance but faced a stacked field that included host of international stars and talented Canadian drivers. After advancing through the brackets to the final battle, the Norwegian faced local favorite Tomy “Tom Tom” Boisvert-Bellemare and his Nissan S13.

A thunderous din erupted from the packed grandstands as the two drivers faced off in one of the closest battles of the day. Both competitors went all out and Aasbo’s showy, sideways lead run and technical follow earned him the win. Californian Matt Field finished third.

“There were a lot of very tough competitors here and hats off to all these local drivers who welcomed us this weekend,” said Aasbo. “I hope we can see more of them in international competition.”

In addition to the on-track show, Aasbo took part in autograph sessions and walked the racetrack’s campground to meet with some of the most dedicated enthusiasts who set up tents to celebrate the final long weekend of summer with Formula Drift. He also visited with guests from KMC Wheels and Scion Canada, as well as many Rockstar Energy Drink fans.

“We’re excited we were able to add this event to the schedule and that’s thanks to our partners, who saw an opportunity to support Fredric’s charge in the World Championship,” said team owner Stephan Papadakis. “This was an incredibly fun experience and the win gives us some great momentum heading into the U.S. Formula Drift season ender at Irwindale next month.”

Aasbo now has a healthy lead in the Formula Drift World Championship — which combines events in North America and Asia for a 10-stop global series — and heads into the U.S. Formula Drift season ender with 100 points over his closest challenger, fellow Scion Racing driver Ken Gushi. The Formula Drift season finale, Final Fight, takes place October 9 and 10 at Irwindale Speedway.

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.


Fredric Aasbo returns to Papadakis Racing in 2015 for his fifth season with the team. The Norwegian driver finished the 2014 Formula Drift champion in the runner-up position and “Fan Favorite of the Year” for the third year in a row. Earlier this year, he released the first video in his Dreamride YouTube project, #DreamrideLA.

The two-time Nordic Drifting champion (2007, 2008) made his U.S. debut at a global drifting invitational in 2008 and turned heads when he won the 2010 Formula Drift Rookie of the Year title. He has rapidly progressed through the drifting ranks around the world and has established himself as both a fan favorite and proven championship contender.

Aasbo is originally from Ski, Norway, and now splits his time between his native country and Southern California. He campaigns a full international season, in 2015 running the full Formula Drift schedule as well as select events worldwide in Europe and in Asia.


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 NHRA’s Sport Compact 200 MPH club.

The Papadakis Racing team began drifting in 2005 and has shown impressive results in seven years of Formula Drift competition, earning two championship titles with driver Tanner Foust (2007, 2008). The team finished in the runner-up position in the 2014 championship with driver Fredric Aasbo. The Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC is the team’s latest competition build. See video of its engine assembly here:


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