Formula DRIFT Round 6: Showdown Results; Rookie Masashi Yokoi is Victorious

Long Beach, Calif. – August 23, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Texas Motor Speedway for Round 6: Showdown. Japanese rookie Masashi Yokoi in the D-MAX Nissan S15 earns his first Formula DRIFT victory. The championship will be determined at the Series finale on October 10.

Round 6: Showdown was an action packed event weekend. The new course configuration at Texas Motor Speedway proved to be challenging and highly competitive for the drivers. With only one event remaining in the 2015 season a champion will be crowned at the season finale at Irwindale Speedway.

“Texas has some of the most diehard fans as they braved the heat to see the action through the weekend and were rewarded with intense drifting action,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “With only one event remaining, the season will come to climatic conclusion to end a remarkable year.”

Points leader and number one qualifier, Fredric Aasbo lost in the Great 8 opening the chase for the championship up to the rest of the field. Aasbo will head into the championship with a considerable lead of 80 points. The semi-finals had Daigo Saito in the Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R face against his close friend Ken Gushi in the GReddy Performance / Hankook Tire Scion FR-S. Gushi was able to outdrive his opponent on his way to his second podium of the season. Yokoi battled Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z. Yokoi beat the former champion to head into the Finals. The Finals were close with the rookie Yokoi being awarded the win by the judges for his first podium and victory in Formula DRIFT. Gushi’s second place finish moves him into second place overall.

“I wanted to come out and show the Japanese style of driving and really worked hard in the tandem battles,” said Masashi Yokoi, winner of Round 6: Showdown. “In the end I wasn’t able to show everything that I wanted, but I’m really happy to get the victory.”

The 2015 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship season will conclude at Round 7: Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway on October 9-10. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Round 6: Showdown Event Results
1. Yokoi, Masashi     D-Max Nissan S15 Silvia    Winner
2. Gushi, Ken     GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S    2nd Place
3. Forsberg, Chris    NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z    3rd Place
4. Saito, Daigo    Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R    4th Place
5. Aasbo, Fredric     Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC    5th Place
6. Moen, Kenny     Bridges Racing / Achilles / Gatebil Nissan S14    6th Place
7. Hohnadell, Alec    11 Racing Nissan S14    7th Place
8. Yoshihara, Dai    Falken Tire / Turn 14 Distribution Subaru BRZ    8th Place
9. Whiddett, Mike    RedBull / Mobil 1 Mazda “Radbul”    9th Place
10. Tuerck, Ryan     Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S    10th Place
11. Wang, Forrest    Get Nuts Lab Nissan S15    11th Place
12. Kearney, Dean    Oracle Lighting / Achilles Motorsports Dodge Viper    12th Place
13. Bluss, Kristaps    HGK Motorsport BMW 3 Series    13th Place
14. Evans, James    SIKKY Racing Nissan 350Z    14th Place
15. Ng, Charles    Maxxis / Sparkplugs.com / Speedhunters Infiniti G37    15th Place
16. Castro, Jhonnattan    E3 / Hankook / Progresso Nissan 350Z    16th Place

2015 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by GoPro Top 3 Standings After Six Rounds
1. Aasbo, Fredric    Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC    428.00 Points
2. Gushi, Ken     GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S    348.00 Points
3. Tuerck, Ryan    Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S    332.00 Points

Manufacturers Championship Standings After Six Rounds
1. Scion    924.00 Points    
2. Nissan    555.00 Points    
3. Ford    447.00 Points    
4. Chevrolet    337.00 Points    
5. Mazda    248.00 Points    
6. Infiniti    211.00 Points    
7. Dodge    204.00 Points    
8. BMW    157.00 Points    
9. Toyota    123.00 Points    
Tire Championship Standings After Six Rounds
1. Hankook    905.00 Points    
2. Achilles    643.00 Points    
3. Nitto    570.00 Points    
4. Yokohama    569.00 Points    
5. Falken    557.00 Points    
6. Maxxis    470.00 Points    
7. GT Radial    302.00 Points    
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