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K&N's Vaughn Gittin Jr. Awarded Formula Drift Ace Driver of the Decade

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K&N’s Vaughn Gittin Jr. was awarded Formula Drift's "Ace Driver of the Decade" - Picture by Larry Chen
K&N’s Vaughn Gittin Jr. was awarded Formula Drift's "Ace Driver of the Decade" - Picture by Larry Chen
There are no short cuts for certain, particularly momentous motorsport tributes, some simply require extraordinary consistency, and time. Case in point the "Ace Driver of the Decade" award bestowed on Vaughn Gittin Jr. at the 10th anniversary gathering of Formula Drift. The honor acknowledges that the K&N driver has run all 10 seasons of Formula Drift and collected the most tandem victories of any driver in the series. It is a huge accomplishment for the 2010 Champion and the RTR Drift Team.
For the second year in a row K&N's Vaughn Gittin Jr. and the RTR Drift Team finished the 2013 FD season as the "highest qualifier" - Picture by Larry Chen
For the second year in a row K&N's Vaughn Gittin Jr. and the RTR Drift Team finished the 2013 FD season as the "highest qualifier" - Picture by Larry Chen


"I was very shocked and extremely excited when my name was called to receive this award from Formula Drift," Gittin admitted. "Knowing that I am the winningest driver in Formula Drift history is just mind blowing, especially considering the talent in the series. I really can't think of a better achievement. I feel the same sense of success and pride that I did winning the championship in 2010!"

Gittin's extraordinary reign of steadiness also spotlighted him as the "highest qualifier" in 2013. Which simply means that overall, throughout the season, his average qualifying position was higher than any other driver. This is the second consecutive year that Gittin has finished the season as the highest qualifying driver. The RTR Drift Team capped off the 10th season of Formula Drift in 5th place overall, which is yet another immeasurable triumph for the first year team owner.

"Being that it was my first year as a team owner, it was definitely a year of learning," Gittin said. "I am very grateful to have an awesome team that chooses to support me and because of them the transition was very seamless. There are a few minor things we aim to improve on, but overall, we are where we need to be!"
K&N's Vaughn Gittin Jr. and the RTR Drift Team is looking forward to the 2014 season and have some exciting things planned - Picture by Larry Chen
K&N's Vaughn Gittin Jr. and the RTR Drift Team is looking forward to the 2014 season and have some exciting things planned - Picture by Larry Chen


The curtain may have been drawn on the 10th Formula Drift season for Gittin and the RTR Drift team, but their year is far from over. Gittin still has a number of drifting exhibitions left on the calendar, as well as the last round of the World Drift Series in China in December. He has already won two events in that series and leads the points chase heading into the final round.

"The 2013 Formula Drift season proved to be a very interesting one for us,"Vaughn Gittin Jr. adds." Overall I feel that it has been a successful year and I could not be happier with ASD Motorsports', the RTR Drift Team's, and my performance throughout the season. I am very grateful for all of my incredible partners and the fans that offer us unconditional support year-after-year. We are already looking forward to 2014 and have some pretty exciting things planned, all of which should result in increased success on and off the track."

Related K&N News Articles about Vaughn Gittin Jr.: Drifting’s International Ambassador Vaughn Gittin Jr. Wins World Drift Series Event in China; RTR Drift Team & Vaughn Gittin Jr. Gain Formula Drift Championship Points at Joint Base Lewis-McChord; Vaughn Gittin Jr. Takes Second in North American Professional Drifting Season Opener in Long Beach; Vaughn Gittin Jr. Leads Formula Drift Championship After Second Win in a Row
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