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.
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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 24-25Our Technical Partners - Scion Racing and Hankook Tires lead both the Manufactures and Tire Manufactures Championships.
Rd. 6 - Fort Worth, TX - Aug 21-22
Rd. 7 - Irwindale, CA - Oct 9-10 - Final
photos via Scion Racing / Larry Chen / Alex Wong