RTR Drift Team & Vaughn Gittin Jr Gain Formula Drift Championship Points at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

 
 
Although a transmission failure ended his run in round 5, Vaughn Gittin Jr. still made a big move forward in the overall championship points race.
Although a transmission failure ended his run in round 5, Vaughn Gittin Jr. still made a big move forward in the overall championship points race.
Only a stone's throw from Seattle, Washington, Evergreen Speedway boasts some of the most ardent Formula Drift fans found anywhere on the circuit. And, for the second year in a row, the Pacific Northwest devotees bought up every ticket and filled every available space to witness Round 5 - "Throwdown."
K&N's Vaughn Gittin Jr. qualified in 4th place out of over 50 drivers at Evergreen Speedway.
K&N's Vaughn Gittin Jr. qualified in 4th place out of over 50 drivers at Evergreen Speedway.


The sold-out crowd watched as Vaughn Gittin Jr. and the RTR Drift Team qualified in 4th place out of over 50 drivers, and then cheered him on as he fought his way through Chris Jeanneret in the top 32 and Dennis Mertzanis in the top 16, to meet Formula Drift's 2011 "Rookie of the Year," Aurimas Bakchis in the Great Eight. Unfortunately the random race gods decreed Vaughn's battle would end that day with the top-8, as a broken dog-ring in the transmission refused to allow his car to remain in gear, resulting in more than one uncharacteristic mistake and ultimately costing him the battle.
Over a 1000 fans welcomed Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Ryan Tuerck to Joint Base Lewis-McChord for a much deserved day of fun and festivities.
Over a 1000 fans welcomed Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Ryan Tuerck to Joint Base Lewis-McChord for a much deserved day of fun and festivities.


"This was our first mechanical failure in years and while I am gutted at the result we were forced to deal with, I am very happy with our performance overall," said Gittin Jr. "I feel my team and I were flawless all weekend and we gained some very significant points towards the overall Championship. I am pumped to head to Texas next! We have a huge fan base there and I'm really glad Formula Drift has decided to have an event there. It is a brand new track, so it will be a good fun challenge to adapt to for everyone."
HPI Racing provided R/C car entertainment at Evergreen Speedway.
HPI Racing provided R/C car entertainment at Evergreen Speedway.


With his top-8 finish, Gittin Jr. moved up significantly in points, and currently sits only 21 points behind the first place leader. The day after Formula Drift round 5, Gittin Jr. and the RTR Drift Team made their way to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in order to put smiles on a lot of faces by performing drift demos and giving rides to the troops. Gittin Jr. was drifting his Monster Energy Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR, while fellow Formula Drift driver and Drift Alliance friend, Ryan Tuerck drove a Mustang RTR Spec 2. Monster Energy was hanging out as well, giving out beverages, HPI Racing provided R/C car fun, and Ford was onsite giving away t-shirts. A crowd of over 1000 came out to enjoy the festivities, and the event proved to be heartwarming success for everyone there.

"We had a complete blast at JBLM [Joint Base Lewis-McChord]," added Gittin Jr., "We gave a ton of troops rides and put smiles on many faces. It feels good to pump the troops up!"

Next up for Vaughn Gittin Jr. and the RTR Drift Team on the Formula Drift circuit, they head to Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas September 13-14 for Round Six.

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