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Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Chris Forsberg Finish on the Podium at Formula Drift Round 2

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Gittin and Forsberg take 2nd and 3rd in Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta
Gittin and Forsberg take 2nd and 3rd in Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta
Formula Drift Round 2 was held at Road Atlanta this year for the seventh straight season in a row. Every year the crowd in Atlanta is wild and full of die-hard drifting fans; this year proved no different. K&N Drifters Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Chris Forsberg were able to battle their way through the tough competition under the hot Atlanta sun, in order to finish the event atop the coveted podium in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. finished 5th place for the 2009 racing season but has had a great start for 2010
Vaughn Gittin Jr. finished 5th place for the 2009 racing season but has had a great start for 2010


Chris Forsberg is not only the 2009 Formula Drift Champion, but he also won in Atlanta in both the 2007 and 2009 seasons. After two rounds of the 2010 season, he currently sits in 5th place overall in the fight for the Formula Drift Championship.

Vaughn Gittin Jr., who finished the 2009 season in 5th place, had a great start to his 2010 season when he won Round One in Long Beach. After two consecutive podiums, Vaughn currently sits in 1st place overall in the points chase for the Formula Drift Championship.
Vaughn Gittin is 1st place overall in the Formula Drift Championshipin points chase
Vaughn Gittin is 1st place overall in the Formula Drift Championshipin points chase


Chris qualified for the top 32 in 8th place, and battled his way through Cyrus Martinez in order to face two-time Formula Drift Champion, Samuel Hubinette, in the top sixteen. Chris was able to out-drive Sam in the top 16, as well as Ken Gushi in the top 8, and was faced with Dai Yoshihara in the semi-finals. Dai was on his game all day and managed to rip away Chris's chances at a top-two finish at Round Two. Chris went on to battle Mike Essa in the consolation round and took the win, finalizing his podium finish in 3rd place.
Chris Forsberg - 2009 Formula Drift Champion
Chris Forsberg - 2009 Formula Drift Champion


"Road Atlanta is definitely my favorite Formula Drift course," says Chris. "But with all the dirt dropping that happens on this specific track, I really rely on my K&N Filters to keep all that dirt out of my engine. Ending up on the podium with my Drift Alliance bro Vaughn just made the day that much better. I am really happy to be back in the top five and we plan to keep the car very similar to its current state for Round Three at Wall, New Jersey."

Vaughn qualified for the top 32 in 7th place, and proved to be victorious over Michihiro Takatori, allowing him to move on to win his battle with Joon Maeng in the top sixteen. He found himself paired with 2009's 2nd place overall finisher, Ryan Tuerck, in the top eight. After a pair of excellent runs from both drivers, Vaughn's huge gap when leading was enough for the judges to award him the win.
Chris Forsberg currently sits 5th place in the fight for the Formula Drift Championship
Chris Forsberg currently sits 5th place in the fight for the Formula Drift Championship
He moved on to battle Essa in the final four and managed to take him out on his way to facing Yoshihara for the 1st place spot. Just as Yoshihara had been on his game when battling Chris earlier, he drove like a manic against Vaughn and was able win the bout, as well as Round Two in Atlanta. Vaughn would finish in 2nd place overall and join Chris on the podium.

"What an unbelievable event in Atlanta," says Vaughn. "To finish second overall after a win at Long Beach, I am simply beside myself. Thanks to K&N filters for giving me the confidence to keep going even when the nasty red clay is flying through the air. We are focused and are looking forward to Round Three. Let's do this!"

The Formula Drift excitement continues June 4-5 at Round Three: The Gauntlet at Wall Speedway in New Jersey. Keep an eye on Vaughn and Chris, as they both are likely prospects for the Formula Drift Championship.

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