Round 1 Formula Drift Long Beach was a hard showing for some top drivers early with Dai Yoshihara getting knocked out in top 32 and Vaughn Gittin Jr. being defeated in the round of 16.
DeatschWerks sponsored driver Kenny Moen took 2nd place in Long Beach. Kenny runs FOUR...yes, FOUR DW300 fuel pumps and 1300cc DeatschWerks injectors in his 2jz powered, 700 hp 240sx. Kenny battled his way to the top, finally getting beaten by Drift Garage star Chris Forsberg in the final round.
Ryan Tuerck's DeatschWerks powered FRS had a rough weekend at Formula Drift Long Beach. Getting in a wreck during media day and quickly repairing the damage for the event on Friday. Qualified 11th and paired up against Alec Hohnadell in the top 32. He beat out Hohnadell to move up to the top 16. Finally getting defeated by Justin Pawlak in the next round.
The DeatschWerks powered SC430 Apexi Drift car driven by a new driver, Kuniaki Takahashi put some good practice runs in but had mechanical issues. The team quickly fixed the car, but with the lack of seat time on the track, Kuniaki was unable to qualify in the top 32 with the 60 drivers in the competition.
Look out for all of the DeatschWerks sponsored cars at the next round at Formula Drift Atlanta May 9th-10th
Round 1 Formula Drift Long Beach Results
Check out this video recap of some of the Achilles Radial Drift Team from Formula Drift Long Beach. Highlighting Kenny Moen in a spectacular burnout at the beginning.