Matt Field top qualifier in Long Beach

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After a near perfect second qualifying run, Matt Field claimed the spot as top qualifier in the Formula Drift season opening round in Long Beach.

Matt Field. Photo by Larry Chen

In run 1 Field managed to get 93 points, but in the stiff competition that was just enough to reach top ten. In the second run, Field gathered his full attention and managed to take his Corvette through a 99 point run. He managed to fill all zones and reach the inner clips, and the judges rewarded him with

Line 30/30 points
Angle 30/30 points
Style
Fluidity 19/20 points
Commitment 20/20 points
Total 99/100 points

Great job by Field and he will for sure be interesting to see in elimination. Second was two time champion James Deane with a 98 in his first run and a 97 in his second.

For our Scandinavian star Fredric Aasbø qualifying was not what he would have wanted and he ended up in 10th position.

Fredric Aasbo. Photo by Larry Chen

This years judging is a little differrent from last years, since the points for line and angle are divided into a number of zones. In Long Beach there are five sectors, where sector 1 is the initiation, curve 1 and Touch and Go 1, sector 2 is Outside Zone 1 and the beginning of curve 2. Sector 3 is the rest of curve 2 and Outside Zone 2, sector 4 is Touch & Go 2, and the final sector 5 is Inside Clip 1 and the finish.

Points are given according to this:
(Sector / Line / Angle)
Sector 1 6 / 6
Sector 2 7 / 7
Sector 3 7 / 7
Sector 4 5 / 5
Sector 5 5 / 5

Style point, in total 40, consists of Fluidity 20 and Commitment 20.

Qualifying result, FD rd 1 Long Beach

  1. Matt Field
  2. James Deane
  3. Piotr Wiecek
  4. Dai Yoshihara
  5. Odi Bakchis
  6. Forrest Wang
  7. Ryan Tuerck
  8. Chris Forsberg
  9. Chelsea DeNofa
  10. Fredric Aasbo
  11. Vaoughn Gittin Jr
  12. Michael Essa
  13. Justin Pawlak
  14. Alex Heilbrunn
  15. Jhonnattan Castro
  16. Matt Coffman
  17. Ken Gushi
  18. Dean Kearney
  19. Travis Reeder
  20. Alec Hohnadell
  21. Mitch Larner
  22. Kazuya Taguchi
  23. Dan Burkett
  24. Patrick Goodin
  25. Dirk Stratton
  26. Ryan Litteral
  27. Tyler Hull
  28. Federico Sceriffo
  29. Sebastien Gauthier
  30. Austin Meeks
  31. Kyle Mohan
  32. Jeff Jones
  33. Joao Barion
  34. Manuel Vacca
  35. Dylan Hughes
Bracket, round 1.

Text: Christer Hägglund – DriftZone.se
Photos: Larry Chen – FormulaD

Grafics: Formula Drift