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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)

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.


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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