FD: Round 8 – Title Fight

Formula DRIFT Round 8 – Title Fight took place October 12 – 13 in Irwindale, California.

Out of the gate, Dai qualified 3rd and had a BYE for his top 32 race. He faced Rookie of the Year Dirk Stratton in the top 16. During run 1, Stratton made contact with Dai, removing his rear fender. In run 2, Dai performed a nice, tight chase and won unanimously.

For the Great 8, Dai went up against Chelsea DeNofa, an aggressive competitor. During run 1, Dai executed a great lead run, but DeNofa plowed through the smoke to keep right on top Dai’s agile Subaru. During run 2, DeNofa attacked the track while Dai kept good form but lagged a bit behind. 2/3 judges felt the results were too close to call, requesting a “One More Time” (OMT).

During top 8 OMT 1, DeNofa continued his bold charges and got a little too close while chasing Dai, resulting in a contact. During OMT 2, Dai lagged out of the gate. Although DeNofa impacted the wall about halfway, allowing Dai to creep up, he couldn’t quite work his way into the ideal position. After slight hesitation, the judges called for DeNofa, ending Dai’s 2018 competition.

View the Top 8 battle:

Dai finished the season championship in 10th place. Congratulations on an enjoyable FD season, and see you again in 2019!
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 10th/349