I was excited to get back to Jersey for Round 3 of the Formula D Championship because I have made it to the final 4 for the past 4 years in Jersey! This is also the event that I’m hoping to turn around my season and I cant think of a better track to do it at. I love the Wall Speedway track for the long wall rides and over 35 seconds of actually drifting per run.
Practice went well and my plan for qualifying was still the same as every other event. Put down a solid first run and hang it all out on the second. My first run was good and after the first round of qualifying I was sitting in 6th. For my second run, I dragged my bumper on the wall and tried to get more aggressive in the inner horse shoe but went a little too big so I had to settle for my first score. When it was all said and done, I ended up 12th. I was not to happy with it because I knew we could have ended up much better and it also put us in a very tough “Falken” filled part of the ladder.
I was matched up with Tony Brakohiapa in top 32. I had a good lead run and I noticed he was a bit off line on the oval and he also spun going into the 2nd horse shoe. So I was going to play it safe and smart on my follow run. I gave him a gap going into the oval with a plan to close it up throughout the run. I did just that and I was called the winner and moved on to the top 16.
My toughest match up in the ladder I was in would come early in the top 16 against my teammate J.R.. His car is so fast this year so I knew it would be a good battle. He lead first and was able to pull out a 1 car gap on the bank but I closed up on him going into the first horse shoe and stayed on him throughout the rest of the run.
On my lead run, I dragged the bumper on the wall and J.R. was right on me. Coming off the bank J.R. hit the clipping point and he stayed on me through the first horse shoe.
I was able to pull out a little gap through the 2nd horse shoe. I knew it was close and was hoping for a One More Time but the victory went to him.
It wasn’t the result I needed or was looking for, but I’m happy with how I drove all weekend. It’s been a rough year so far but I feel like I’m back in form. Next round is at Seattle, which is another track I’ve done well at throughout the years. Last year I finished 2nd there and I hope to improve on that and help continue the Falken Tire winning streak in Formula D!