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Thursday, August 27, 2015

GReddy Event Coverage from FDTX

Ken Gushi fights hard and podiums round 6 in Texas to moves up to 2nd in the 2015 Formula Drift Pro Championships!


With five round completed and Ken Gushi sitting 4th in the Formula D championship, it was vital for the GReddy Team to make up points on the series leaders, Aasbo, Tureck and Bakchis, to keep the championship hopes alive for the Irwindale finale. 

Friday Qualifying is where Ken showed his skill under pressure.  In his first Qualifying run, Ken attempted to gain his 3rd event top qualifier for the season, with a risky high scoring run.  Unfortunately, in that run, he was just a little too aggressive and he went "2 wheels" off course to scored a Zero.   This put tremendous importance on the second run to just qualify for the event, but even with the extra stress, Ken pulls off a high scoring 85pt run to position him into 4th for Saturday's tandem eliminations.

Saturday, Top 32 is where Gushi easily bested fellow Hankook Tire driver, Jones in his V8 S14, to move on to the FDTX Opening Ceremonies and main 16 bracket eliminations.

Best 16 eliminations saw a rematch against Tureck in the other 2JZ powered Scion FR-S in field.  So closely matched, the pair saw 2x OMT (One More Time) battles.  Eventually the Judges saw enough to gain a majority of the votes to move onto Great 8, while passing Tureck in the championship standings.

Great 8 tandem match was against another tough competitor, Moen in his 2JZ-powered car S14.  Again the match required a OMT for the Judges declared a clear winner, Ken. 

Final 4 saw an epic match up of our GReddy Performance x Hankook Tire x Scion Racing FR-S against Diago Siato in his Achilles Tire - HKS R35 GT-R.  Ken's impressive lead runs contributed to the eventual win after another double OMT battle.

FDTX FINALS  draws another all Japanese battle against Yokoi in his RHD 2JZ powered S15 from Japan.  Ken drove a strong lead and follow run, but in a split decision, Ken was awarded 2nd place.   (Here's a side by side view of the FDTX Finals below)

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But more importantly, the podium helped secured the Scion's 2nd consecutive Formula Drift Manufacturer's Championship Cup and Hankook Tire's 2nd consecutive Tire Manufactures Championship Cup.  It also positioned Ken Gushi as leading challenger to his Scion Racing, teammate, Fredric Aasbo for the 2015 Formula Drift Pro Championship.

http://www.formulad.com/standings/2015/pro

The GReddy Team will do all it can to give Ken the best chance to challenge in the final season closer, Rd.7 in the "House of Drift" Irwindale Speedway on Oct. 9-10.


Congratulations to FDTX event winners: 1st Mssashi Yokoi, 2nd Ken Gushi and Chris Forsberg  


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Driving Line Play by Play of Formula D, FDTX

Here is a play by play excerpt from Round 6 of the Formula Drift Pro Championship by the Drivingline's Jacob Leveton.  (photo by Jason Scott)
(for the full coverage see:
    http://www.drivingline.com/2015/08/top-32-play-play-formula-drift-rd-6-texas-motor-speedway/)



32- Ken Gushi vs. Jeff Jones

Gushi Lead: Shortly after initiation, Jones has very shallow angle, but is close on Gushi’s tail. As Jones adds angle to the car, he loses ground on Gushi. Gushi is off the preferred line as he rounds inside clip 1, but opens up a huge gap on Jones entering the second half of the course. Jones takes the shallow line through Outside Zone 2, but can’t make up much ground. Advantage likely to Gushi.
Jones Lead: Jones has a good run, a little shallow on the clipping zones but clean overall. Gushi doesn’t allow Jones to open up much of a gap through the power alley, and stays tight on Jones around the final sweeper. Gushi’s runs were much cleaner, with better proximity than Jones. Gushi earns all three votes from the judges and moves on to the top 16.

16- Ken Gushi vs. Ryan Tuerck

Gushi Lead: Gushi initiates with Tuerck hot on his tail and there’s contact shortly after initiation. Hard to determine which driver is at fault from multiple replay angles, it appears that Gushi slows down fairly dramatically but this may be similar to how Gushi has initiated all weekend. Tuerck could have left more room, but it’s undetermined if either driver is at fault.
Tuerck Lead: Tuerck has a clean lead run, opening up a big gap on Gushi especially through the power alley. Gushi shallows his angle and attempts to catch up, but hits inside clip two exiting the power alley. Tuerck finishes strong, Gushi is unable to make up much ground. One judge sides for Tuerck, two judges vote OMT. The judges explain that fault could not be determined on the contact in the first run, and with no major mistakes in the second run, they felt it was better to run the drivers One More Time than to try and determine a winner based on inconclusive replays.


One More Time
Gushi Lead:
Tuerck appears to have learned his lesson and leaves more room for the initiation. Tuerck closes the gap through the sweeper, Gushi opens it up through the power alley but is wide on inner clip two. Gushi’s line sets him up perfectly for outside zone two and the finish through the sweeper, while Tuerck has a good line on inner clip two but can’t push out to outside zone two in front of the judges. Possibly a slight advantage to Gushi, but not a decisive battle for either driver.
Tuerck Lead: Both drivers initiate similarly, Tuerck has slightly better angle through the first sweeper and inner clip one. Tuerck opens up an extra car length or two of distance through the power alley and through outer zone two, but Tuerck again can’t push out to outer zone two. Gushi has a good line overall and closes the gap back down to around two car lengths by the finish. One judge voted for Gushi, another for Tuerck and one votes for a One More Time. That means they go to another OMT battle! Judges must make a decision after the next battle, as only two rounds of OMT are allowed per the rules.

One More Time x2
Gushi Lead:
Gushi has a similar initiation, Tuerck keeps about one to two car lengths of space through the sweeper as Gushi seems to have better steering angle. Gushi pulls another car length or two of gap through the power alley, Tuerck takes a shallower angle and line to catch up to Gushi through the power alley. Gushi pushes out to outside zone two cleanly and finishes the course cleanly, Tuerck again is shallow near outside zone two but finishes the sweeper strong.
Tuerck Lead: Tuerck again has a small one or two car lead through the sweeper, but Gushi looks to have better angle. Tuerck extends the lead to about three or four car lengths through the power angle, but Tuerck again is wide on inside clip two after the power alley and again can’t get out to outside zone two in front of the judges. Two judges vote for Gushi, one judge votes for a OMT. Gushi moves on to the top 8!

8- Ken Gushi vs. Kenny Moen

Gushi Lead: Moen has to back off shortly after initiation due to Gushi slowing dramatically, but maintains drift. Moen closes the gap again and stays tight through the power alley with slightly less angle. Gushi extends the gap through the outside zone, Moen takes a slightly shallower line through the final sweeper but stays clean.
Moen Lead: Moen has a good initiation and run through the sweeper, Gushi has a clean follow. Moen extends the lead through the power alley and has a good line past inner clip two, but has to brake dramatically to get the car back on line for outside zone two. Gushi closes the gap, and both drivers finish smoothly. All three judges vote for a One More Time.

One More Time
Gushi Lead: Gushi is shaky on initiation, Moen has to back off but keeps drift and keeps the gap close through the sweeper. Gushi pulls around a four-car gap through the power alley, Moen has a steering correction midway through the power alley, then brushes the wall in the outside zone and has to correct again. Gushi finishes cleanly with a solid four or five car gap and likely has an advantage due to Moen’s steering corrections.
Moen calls his CT after his run.
Moen Lead: Moen starts the run with around a three-car gap, and is unable to extend the gap through the power alley. Gushi reduces the gap from three cars down to around two cars exiting the power alley. Moen has a great line, sweeping close to inside clip two and getting out to outside zone two, but Gushi’s proximity is likely to earn him the win. All three judges vote for Gushi to move on.


Semi Finals- Ken Gushi vs. Daigo Saito


Gushi Lead: Gushi is slow on his initiation, Saito sucks up within inches of Gushi shortly after initiation. Saito appears to avoid contact, but Gushi opens up a small gap. Gushi is unable to pull out a gap through the power alley, but Saito has to slow substantially to get on the right line near
Saito Lead: Saito and Gushi again are only a car length or so away from each other through the sweeper, but Saito opens up the gap exiting the sweeper. Gushi seems to back off and allow the gap to grow to three cars entering the power alley to avoid being stuck in the smoke. When Saito slows down again exiting the power alley to setup for outside zone two, Gushi is able to slide within one car length of Saito but keeps sliding off the line and is on the wrong line for the final turn. Saito has around a four-car gap at the exit of the final sweeper, Gushi finishes strong and in drift, but could have been closer around the final corner. One judge votes for Gushi, two vote for One More Time. We go again!

One More Time
Gushi Lead: Saito has an amazing chase over the first half of the course, less than a car length away from Gushi through the entire sweeper, past inner clip one, and into the power alley. Saito brakes midway through the power alley to ensure his line is right for outside zone two and Gushi extends the gap to around four-car lengths. Gushi finishes strong, Saito likely had a huge advantage until he allowed the gap to open up in the final two turns of the course.
Saito Lead: Saito gets sideways early and Gushi is hot on his tail! One car length gap through the sweeper, Saito isn’t able to pull away from Gushi towards the end of the sweeper like he has against other drivers. Gushi hangs back after inside clip one to let Saito transition; Gushi transitions himself about three-car lengths behind Saito, which strategically keeps him out of the smoke. Saito is a little wide on inside clip two exiting the power alley, Gushi is right on the clip as requested by the judges. Saito can’t quite get out to the outside zone, but Gushi overshoots the final inside clip. Similar mistakes from both drivers.

One More Time x2
Gushi Lead: Gushi’s entry again is awkward, brake lights from both drivers at times to avoid contact while staying in drift, but both drivers do a fantastic job adjusting. Gushi stays around two-car lengths ahead of Saito through the first sweeper and increases the gap to around four car lengths exiting the power alley. Saito takes a shallow line through outside zone two but still can’t make up much ground. Gushi likely has an advantage from this run. Saito Lead: Saito has a good initiation and lead run, extending the gap from two-car lengths up to around four-car lengths exiting the first sweeper. Gushi gets lost in the smoke a bit exiting the sweeper and can’t close the gap at all through the rest of the run. Saito slows again to get to outside zone two but doesn’t allow Gushi to catch up. Gushi is on the line for the entire course, but not too close on proximity. One judge votes for Saito, the other two vote for Gushi. Gushi moves on to the finals! The judges explain that Saito’s big e-brake pull exiting the power alley on his chase and not getting out to the outer zone was a major factor in the decision for Gushi.

Finals- Ken Gushi vs. Masashi Yokoi

Gushi Lead: Gushi with a more consistent initiation than he’s had in some previous runs. Gushi opens the gap up to around two car lengths entering the power alley and extends it to three car lengths by the end of the power alley. Both drivers have a good line through the final outside zone and final sweeper, likely an advantage to Gushi due to no major corrections or mistakes by either driver and an increasing gap over the entirety of the course.
Yokoi Lead: Yokoi with a strong initiation, starting the sweeper with a two car gap. Yokoi extends it to around four-car lengths as they transition into the power alley, but Gushi slowly reels in Yokoi, closing it back down to around two-car lengths by the finish line. Again, neither driver makes any major mistakes, a clean run for both drivers.
Both drivers are brought in front of the fans to announce the winner. Forsberg joins as the Third place driver. Yokoi is announced as the winner of the event, Gushi grabs Second place!

Look for our official GReddy Racing Event Report for #FDTX, coming soon...
Replay of FDTX on Dailymotion:

Formula DRIFT Texas Webcast (2015) (REPLAY... by driftstream

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Formula D - Texas - Aug 21-22




With 5 rounds completed, Ken Gushi in the GReddy Performance x Hankook Tire x Scion Racing FR-S sits in the 4th spot for the Formula Drift Pro Championship.

   Livestream: http://www.formulad.com/live

Look for Ken Gushi to go all out in the last to rounds of the season...

Rd. 6 - FDTX - Texas Motorspeedway - Aug 21-22.
http://www.formulad.com/schedule/texas

Rd. 7 - FDIRW - Irwindale Speedway - Oct. 9-10 - Finals
http://www.formulad.com/schedule/irwindale



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Monday, July 27, 2015

GReddy Event Coverage from Formula Drift Rd.5

Ken Gushi and the GReddy Performance x Hankook Tire x Scion Racing FR-S maintain 4th place in the 2015 Formula Drift Pro Championships, making up a few points over 2-3place contenders. 

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Leading up to Round 5 in the Pacific North West, Ken took over the FormulaD instagram to show some of the team's preparations for the Seattle event.   #gushitakeover

Ken also introduced a limited edition Ken Gushi x Formula D collaboration T-shirt and Hoodie.

At Evergreen Speedway the refreshed GReddy Racing FR-S was strong right off the trailer for Thursday's open practice.

The GReddy Team also got a visit from a special guest, Fast and Furious star, Sung Kang (AKA Han)

However when Friday came, so did the wet weather.  On a very difficult dry/wet track Ken, scored the second highest in Qualifying run 1.  He also scored even better in a dry Qualifying run 2, securing the 4th position in the Top32 Tandem brackets.


In Top32, Ken easily moved passed the Wicknick's 2JZ powered S13. And it was beginning shape up to be a golden opportunity with the number 1 and 2 FD championship points leaders going out early in the Top32 bracket.




Ken and our GReddy model, theVivs, meet many fans from the Pacific North West during the FD half-time break. 

The Top16 match up was against McQuarrie's Gopro Camero.  Although it was a close match, a small technical difficulty meant the car was not at it's normal 100%.  Gushi ran hard anyways, but was eliminated earlier than we had all hoped. 
The final result was 10th.


Next event will be at the Texas Motorspeedway on Aug. 21-22



Click here to read the Driving Line play by play: http://www.drivingline.com/2015/07/top-32-play-play-formula-drift-rd-5-evergreen-speedway/

Congratulations to FDSEA event winners: 1st Fredric Aasbo, 2nd Alec Hohnadell and Justin Pawlak  

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 Rocket Bunny | Garrett | SupertechTRUST  |  Wisefab

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Formula Drift Rd.5 Coming up...

http://www.formulad.com/schedule/monroe
With 4 rounds down and 3 rounds to go, Ken Gushi is sitting 4th in the Formula Drift Pro Championships.  Cheer on the GReddy Racing x Hankook Tire x Scion Racing FR-S Team in #FDSEA as we make a charge at the top spot on the Formula D podium!

Monroe, WA.  July 24-25
Evergreen Speedway

http://www.formulad.com/live
Friday Qualifying: 12:10pm PST
Saturday Top32:     1:40pm PST
Main Event:            5:00pm PST

Check out the latest full Scion Racing Driven 2 Drift Episode below:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Formula Drift World Championship, Japan Win

GReddy Driver, Masato Kawabata and the Team TOYO TIRES Drift TRUST Racing 35RX SpecD GT-R dominates at Fuji Speedway, with a perfect event at the very first FD World Championship Round.

Kawabata was Friday's Top Qualifier with a 93pt run and Tandem Battle Eliminations Champion on Saturday.

For a list of GReddy Performance Products for the R35 GT-R please see:
   http://greddy.com/featured/3


For more see the Formula Drift Press Release: http://news.formulad.com/2015/fd-news/formula-drift-world-championship-japan-round-results/

“It felt really good to compete and be successful against foreign drivers that I have never driven against before,” stated Masato Kawabata, winner for Formula DRIFT Japan. “I was provided with a great car that did not have any troubles all weekend and drove comfortably. I would love to compete more internationally. The world be ready, I am coming.”













Formula DRIFT Japan Webcast (Top 32) by driftstream

Next Formula Drift event will be for Ken Gushi and the GReddy Performance x Hankook Tire x Scion Racing FR-S  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

GReddy Event Coverage from Formula Drift Rd.4

Ken Gushi and the GReddy Performance X Hankook Tire X Scion Racing FR-S Team, place 5th in Round 4 of the Formula Drift, #FDNJ, to hold the 4th position in the Pro Championships...

With near perfect runs, Gushi scores back to back Top Qualifier results in #FDOrlando and #FDNJ. 

The #1 spot in Wall, New Jersey was Ken's 2nd the REV'D (Energy Bar) Killer Qualifier award in a row. (video clip)

Unfortunately the unpredictable weather conditions of Saturday's main event, made the 1st spot a little bit of a disadvantage, having to be part of the first group of tandem battles in the eliminations.


Dailymotion Livestream Replay from FDNJ


Top 32 started off on a windy but dry course with one of the closest battles of the day for the GReddy Team, with Ken going against the aggressive driving of Nate Hamilton and his turbo V8 S13.  But a great run on the bank with lots of angle by Gushi got the approval of the Judges to move on.




After the Formula Drift half time break and opening ceremonies, Ken took on the supercharged V8 S14 of Matt Field.  On a super slick track, Ken taps the guardrail on the lead run initiation onto the bank but keeps going, unfortunately Field ends up spinning.  Ken follows with a safe chase run until Field spins again, giving Gushi the win.




The Great8 battle paired up the two 2JZ powered FR-S in the series, Ken Gushi vs. Ryan Tuerck.  With the wet but drying track, it wasn't the cleanest run for Ken in the lead position, so when it was time for Ken to chase, he attacked like he was in his practice "missile" car. 
This following run by Ken was probably one of the most enjoyable runs to watch in the wet.  check out this fan video for the door to door run...(video clip)






With 3 more round in this year's series, look for the GReddy Team to charge hard for valuable qualifying results and that top step of the podium in our chase for the Championship.
Rd. 5 - Seattle, WA - July 24-25
Rd. 6 - Fort Worth, TX - Aug 21-22
Rd. 7 - Irwindale, CA - Oct 9-10 - Final
Our Technical Partners - Scion Racing and Hankook Tires lead both the Manufactures and Tire Manufactures Championships.



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photos via Scion Racing / Larry Chen / Alex Wong

Monday, June 22, 2015

Formula Drift Rd.4, FDNJ this weekend

http://www.formulad.com/schedule/wall-speedway

The last leg of this east coast events, is Rd.4 in Wall New Jersey this weekend.  Look for Ken Gushi and the GReddy Racing Team to push hard to move up the Championship rankings. 

Formula Drift Rd. 4, #FDNJ
Qualifying : Friday, June 26th
Main Event : Saturday, June 27th
Livestream : http://www.formulad.com/live


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After Ken's 2nd in Atlanta and 3rd in Orlando, the team is 4th in Formula Drift Series.

To catch up on the action from Orlando, you can watch the Formula Drift CBS Sports.

It airs this Wednesday, June 24th at 8:00pm EST on the CBS Sports Network.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

GReddy to support the Scion Racing Mackin Industuries FR-S

For the past 3 years the GReddy Racing Team has challenged the infamous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb2014 with Ken Gushi and the GReddy Racing FR-S, and 2013-12 with Takeshi Aizawa in the GReddy tC2.



The PPIHC is America's 2nd oldest race. And this epic high altitude competition only takes place once a year, when the full 12.42 mile course is open to race on it's 156 treacherous turns.  Our racing team will be in New Jersey for Formula D Round 4. With our commitment to the Formula Drift schedule, we will be unable to field our own challenger in the hill climb, but we are proud to lend our experience and support to our Scion Racing teammates, with the Scion Racing - Mackin Industries FR-S (supported by Evasive Motorsports) in the Time Attack 1 category.

GReddy Performance - Scion Racing FR-S 2014 PPIHC Challenge -3rd place, 10:30.188

GReddy Performance - Scion Racing tC - 2013 PPIHC Challenge video.


The Scion Racing Mackin Industries FR-S utilizes a GReddy Stroker FA20 engine with a modified GReddy Tuner Turbo Kit (with larger Garrett GTX-R turbocharger and GReddy V-mount intercooler layout)



Join us in wishing best of luck and success to the  Scion Racing, Mackin Industries and Evasive Motorsports at Pikes Peak.