Formula DRIFT Round 7 – Showdown went down September 14 – 15 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas.

Dai and teammate Odi pause for a snap

In the top 32, Dai faced off against Kristaps Bluss and piloted his way to an easy victory in the first race and advanced to the top 16.

During the next heat, Dai went up against Falken teammate Odi Bakchis. Although the race was a little closer, Dai ran two very clean runs and they went on to an OMT after Run 1. In Run 2, Bakchis kept his formation a little tighter, but they were still very close. One judge again called for another OMT, but two voted for Dai, sending him on to the top 8.

For the Great 8, Dai took on James Deane, again another Falken Tires teammate. As dusk fell, Dai succumbed to the smoke screen in his chase. Deane cut through the smoke while following Dai and took the match, advancing to the top four.

“FormulaD Texas was a rough one. There was rain, wind, lightning storms, humidity, heat, and I had to go against two of my @falkentire teammates. But at the end of the day, it was still a great event and I’m looking forward to FD Irwindale.”  – Dai Yoshihara

View the Top 8 battle:

Dai is once again in 10th place in season championship rankings. The final round of the season is next month in Irwindale.

2018 Schedule

Apr 6 – 7  Round 1: Streets of Long Beach
Long Beach, CA  9th
Apr 13 – 14 Invitational: Super Drift Challenge at the Grand Prix of Long Beach
 Long Beach, CA
Apr 27 – 28 Round 2: Scorched
Orlando Speedworld
Orlando, FL  9th
May 11 – 12 Round 3: Road to the Championship
Atlanta, GA  9th/124
Jun 1 – 2 Round 4: The Gauntlet
Wall Stadium Speedway
Wall Township, NJ  11th/175
Jul 20 – 21 Round 5: Throwdown
Evergreen Speedway
Monroe, W  10th/210
Aug 10 – 11 Round 6: St. Louis
Gateway Motorsports Park w/Pro2
St. Louis, MO 11th/245
Sep 14 – 15 Round 7: Showdown
Texas Motor Speedway
Dallas, TX 10th/296
Oct 12 – 13 Round 8: Title Fight
Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, CA

 

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Lead photo: Larry Chen