Close to 10 000 avid drifting fans packed the Autodrome St-Eustache north of Montreal as part of the Canadian Formula Drift World Round of the Formula Drift World Championship. The racetrack, renowned for its various motorsport events, had prepared its facilities to accommodate the crowd by adding two additional grandstands specifically for the Formula Drift World Round, subsequently multiplying its seating capacity by several thousand seats. The event took place during Labour Day weekend and featured many international drivers that actively compete in Formula Drift in the U.S, Asia and Europe.
Saturday was reserved for open practice, and 40 drivers participated in the qualifications on Sunday to grab one of the 32 qualified spots that made up the competition grid for the official race on Monday. Amongst these participants, many international drivers were present, drivers like Dean “Carnage” Kearney, Forrest Wang and Fredric Aasbo, but multiple Canadian drivers also took on the challenge, drivers like Jeff Laflamme, Dany “Babu” Bernier and Keven Morin.
Monday, the 32 qualified drivers took on the Autodrome St-Eustache course and 16 of them were eliminated in the first TOP 32 session. The session ended with a riveting battle between experienced Formula Drift driver Dean Kearny (Dodge Viper) and local driver Kevin Morin, a battle where Kearny took the win after two fierce rounds and two “one more time” rounds.
Top 16 was as exciting as the previous session, drivers put it all on the line to be able to advance to Top 8. One of the highlights of Top 16 was undoubtedly the moment when Quebec driver Tomy Boisvert-Bellemarre eliminated the veteran Japanese driver Robbie Nishida.
Canadian drivers kept on impressing the crowd during the Top 8 session. But Toronto based driver Pat Cyr was unfortunately eliminated during this session when he went up against Dean Kearny. Cyr’s car suffered mechanical damage after a collision and was forced to abandon the race.
The Final 4 session was a turning point of this event. Marc Landreville was eliminated by Tomy Boisvert-Bellemarre and ended in 4th position. Fredric Aasbo took the win over Matt Fields, who stepped on the 3rd step of the podium. Finally, after many efforts, Tomy Boisvert-Bellemarre lost against Fredric Aasbo, who took the 1st position and was officially crowned the winner of this round of the Formula Drift World championship in St-Eustache.
This event was a first in Canadian motorsport history; it gave a chance to Canadian drivers to line up against the best drivers in the sport and to prove that they have what it takes to compete internationally.
The event was sponsored by Scion Canada, GoFast Energy Drinks, Fast Wheels, RTX, Plaza Performance, KW Suspension, Smack Kiss et Scale suspensions
Thanks for the 101 drifters that came over for this EPIC drift party! See you guys next year!!
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