Daigo Saito beats all at Wall

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Round 4: The Gauntlet at Wall Speedway Results;
Daigo Saito Takes the Victory

222Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Wall Speedway in New Jersey for Round 4: The Gauntlet. Daigo Saito the driver of the Achilles / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 increases his Championship point lead with his second victory of the season.

For the second year in a row, Round 4: The Gauntlet showcased action in front of a sold out crowd in New Jersey. This event marks the half-way mark for the season with the championship in the sights of a few of the top drivers.

“We are happy to return to New Jersey for the ninth time,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “After Hurricane Sandy devastated the area last year, we are proud to be able to contribute and bring some economic stimulus to the region with our Series. On top of that we were treated to world class action in front of a capacity crowd.”

The new course configuration at Wall Speedway proved to be challenging and exciting for the drivers. A few of the top teams were taken out early in the competition opening the door for others to move ahead in the event. In the consolation round with Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z against Darren McNamara in the Falken Tire Nissan 240SX the action heated up when McNamara had a mistake that gave Forsberg the third place finish. The final battle pitted the number one qualifier Justin Pawlak in the Falken Ford Mustang against champion Daigo Saito. Pawlak on his chase run went a little too hard and spun out giving the victory and increasing the Championship point lead to Daigo Saito.

“I’m very happy to have this win and remain in 1st place,” said Daigo Saito, winner of Round 4: The Gauntlet. “It feels like I won a championship tonight going against some of the top competition in the Series with Vaughn, Fredric, Darren and Justin and I look forward to the next event.”

Formula DRIFT continues to Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA on July 19-20, 2013.

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship Presented by GoPro 2013 Standings After Three Rounds
1. Saito, Daigo Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 361 Points
2. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 300 Points
3. Essa, Michael GSR Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 296.50 Points
4. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z 286 Points
5. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 282.50 Points
6. Aasbo, Fredric Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC 266.50 Points
7. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Nissan S14 259.50 Points
8. Bakchis, Aurimas Nexen Tire Nissan S14 221.00 Points
9. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 219.25 Points
10. Moen, Kenneth Lutz Performance / Nexen Tire Nissan 240SX 210 Points
11. Tuerck, Ryan Team Retaks / Maxxis Scion Racing FR-S 205 Points
12. Field, Matt CX Racing / Blacktrax Nissan 240SX 199.00 Points
13. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Labs Nissan 240SX 136.50 Points
14. Nishida, Robbie Bridges Racing / Achilles Tire Lexus SC300 191.50 Points
15. DeNofa, Chelsea BC Racing BMW 3 Series 186 Points
16. Grunewald, Conrad Hankook Tire / Megan Racing Chevrolet Camaro SS 174.50 Points
Round 4: The Gauntlet Event Results
1.. Saito, Daigo Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 Winner
2. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang Second Place
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z Third Place
Manufacturers Championship Standings After Four Rounds
1. Ford 582.50 Points
1. Lexus 582.50 Points
3. Nissan 524.50 Points
4. Scion 502.50 Points
5. BMW 482.50 Points
Tire Championship Standings After Four Rounds
1. Falken 640 Points
2. Achilles 585.50 Points
3. Hankook 552.50 Points
4. Nitto 520 Points
5. Maxxis 375.50 Points

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