Formula DRIFT Round 2 at Road Atlanta


A picture-perfect day at Road Atlanta.
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét


I had the privilege of photographing Formula DRIFT's Round 2 at Road Atlanta this past weekend.  The skill and artistry of the sport fascinate me, not to mention the sleek & sexy cars. 

For those who are unfamiliar with the sport, drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires, while maintaining control for the entirety of a corner. A car is drifting when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle, to such an extent that often the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn (e.g. car is turning left, wheels are pointed right or vice versa, also known as opposite lock or counter-steering).
 
Formula DRIFT at Road Atlanta is something special ... the fans are loyal and the drivers love them.  Speaking of drivers, congratulations to the winner of Round 2, Vaughn Gitten, Jr.


Round 2: Road to the Championship Event Results, May 7 
1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR Winner
2. Yoshihara, Dai Falken Tire / Turn 14 Subaru BRZ 2nd Place
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 3rd Place
4. Hohnadell, Alec Hohnadell / Enjuku / Get Nuts Lab Nissan S14 4th Place
5. Bakchis, Aurimas Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Hyundai Genesis 5th Place
6. Foust, Tanner Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire VW Passat 6th Place
7. McQuarrie, Tyler Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro 7th Place
8. Essa, Michael Loudmouth Exhaust / Achilles Tire BMW M3 8th Place
9. Whiddett, Mike Red Bull / Nitto Tire Mazda MX5 9th Place
10. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook S15 10th Place
11. Stoneback, Geoff CFR / Hankook Nissan 370Z 11th Place
12. Mordaunt, Patrick Drift Paddock Nissan 350Z 12th Place
13. Moen, Kenny Team Boost Lock BMW E46 13th Place
14. Rintanen, Juha PP Design and Art Nissan S15 14th Place
15. Kugay, Faruk Raze’til! MFR Nisssan S14 15th Place
16. Jones, Jeff DOC Racing Nissan S14 16th Place
2016 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by BlackVue Standings After 2 Events
1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 155.00 Points
2. Denofa, Chelsea BC Racing / GT Radial BMW 119.00 Points
3. Bakchis, Aurimas Ark Performance / Feal Suspension / Falken Hyundai Genesis 116.00 Points
2016 Manufacturer Championship Standings After 2 Events
1. BMW 202.00 Points
2. Ford 191.00 Points
3. SR by Toyota 185.00 Points
4. Nissan 151.00 Points
5. Mazda 101.00 Points
6. Chevrolet 83.00 Points
7. Dodge 51.00 Points
8. Infiniti 48.00 Points
9. Lexus 34.00 Points
2016 Tire Championship Standings After 2 Events
1. Nexen 262.00 Points
2. Falken 248.00 Points
3. Nitto 222.00 Points
4. Hankook 199.00 Points
5. GT Radial 153.00 Points
7. Achilles 149.00 Points 
 

Highlights below:
 

Fans at a sponsor booth.
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U.S. Air Force
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Furbabies like Formula DRIFT, too.
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Fredric Aasbø
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Tanner Foust
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Jhonnatten Castro
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Mike Whiddett
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Shoes ... not just a girl thing.
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A wall of Hankook tires.
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The art of STR racing wheels.
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Fredric Aasbø
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Nissan S15 driven by Forrest Wang.
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Alec Hohnadell
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Alec Hohnadell
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Daijiro Yoshihara
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System check.
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Ryan Tuerck texts before trials.
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Teams and drives gather on the grid.
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Dean Kearney
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Jhonnatten Castro
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The lineup.
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Shelby Crackston doing her thing!
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Forrest Wang
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Geoff Stoneback's Nissan 370Z
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Justin Pawlak's Ford Mustang.
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Dean Kearney
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The "boys in blue" kept everyone safe.
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Kristaps Bluss' BMW E46
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Tyler McQuarrie's Chevrolet Camaro
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Jhonnatten Castro being interviewed.
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GT Radial Brand Ambassador
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Mazda MX-5
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Juha Rintanen's  PP Design & Art S15
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The loveable Tanner Foust.
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The Viper!
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Dean Kearney striking a pose.
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A work of Art!
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Matt Field getting new wheels.
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The sexy Viper!
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Check out the camera mounts.
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Smokin'
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MX-5
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Talk about an "inside job!"
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Those tires, though!
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Dean Kearney
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Patrick Mordaunt
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Andrew Gray
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Andrew Gray
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Ken Gushi & Andrew Gray
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Aurimas Bakchis & Alex Heilbrunn
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Aurimas Bakchis & Alex Heilbrunn
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Chris Forsberg
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Geoff Stoneback
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Geoff Stoneback
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Kristaps Bluss
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Cameron Moore
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Vaughan Gitten, Jr.
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Vaughn Gitten, Jr.
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Dean Kearney
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Forrest Wang in the lead.
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Alec Hohnadell
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Chelsea Denofa
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Chelsea Denofa
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Mike Essa
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Mike Essa
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Ken Gushi & Mike Essa
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A bit too close to call.
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Mike Whiddett
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He took "use your head" to a whole new level, LOL!
 Chris Forsberg was a great sport and signed anyway.
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Tweakin' the ride.
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A very important message ...
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This car grew legs!
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Vaughn Gittin's winning car ... gotta love Monster Energy!
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The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 3: Unchartered Territory on June 3-4 at Orlando Speedworld. For more information visit, www.formulad.com  and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift,  Twitter @FormulaD and Snapchat formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports, check your local listings for airtimes.

 

 
Formula Drift at Road Atlanta is now a memory ... see you next year!
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét

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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, Georgia's Own Credit Union, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.