Aasbo Wins Formula Drift Event in Texas, Hedman Captures Pirelli World Challenge Rookie Award
Fredrik Aasbo scored his second Formula Drift victory of the season Saturday and closed the gap on points leader Chris Forsberg, setting up a championship battle in the season finale at Irwindale in October.
Meanwhile, Henrik Hedman clinched the Rookie of the Year award and claimed second place in the GT-A Drivers championship in the Pirelli World Challenge finale at Miller Motorsports Park. Anthony Lazzaro finished third in the GT Drivers final standings and Dan Knox was third in GT-A.
And in the European Le Mans Series race at Paul Richard, the No. 55 AF Corse driven by Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Michele Rugolo won the LMGTE class to lead a Motegi podium sweep.
It was another great weekend for Motegi Racing wheels drivers!
Frederik Aasbo eliminated his biggest rival in the semifinals and then made the most of the opportunity to going to win the Formula Drift Showdown event at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday.
After beating points leader Chris Forsberg, Aasbo then beat Aurimas Bakchis in the finals after Bakchis spun out. Forsberg lost to Aasabo after his car contacted Aasbo’s Motegi Racing wheels equipped Papadakis Racing Hankook Tire Toytota Scion tC on the chase run.
Aasbo closed the point gap with 26 points separating him from Forsberg (493-467) as they head into the final event of the 2014 season Oct. 10-11 at Irwindale, California. .
“This victory is for my team, for Scion, and for Hankook,” Aasbo said. “This might feel like the weirdest victory ever as people took themselves out, but I’ll take it and will see everyone in Irwindale. My Hankook Tire teammate, Chris Forsberg and I have been battling it out all year and we are right where we want to be. We are right behind him and he has all the pressure on him. Irwindale is going to be a killer event.”
Pirelli World Challenge
Henrik Hedman used a couple of top seven finishes in the Pirelli World Challenge doubleheader at Miller Motorsports Park to earn Rookie of the Year honors and second place in GT-A championship. Driving the No. 10 DragonSpeed Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, Hedman finished fourth Friday and seventh Saturday.
Hedman also finished ninth overall in the season-long points competition, including GT and GT-A drivers and was just ahead of Motegi driver Dan Knox, who was 10th overall and third in GT-A. Knox drove his No. 80 ACS Manufacturing/Performance Speed Tech Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R to a fifth place GT-A finish Saturday and seventh place in class Friday. Knox finished just 13 points behind Hedman, 723-710.
Lazzaro drove the No. 61 R. Ferri Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 to a fifth place finish Friday and sixth Saturday and finished third in the GT Drivers championship final standings with 1,372 points. Lazzaro won one race this season at Barber and had seven other podium finishes.