Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
May 9, 2016
Photos By: Larry Chen

Mother’s Day weekend might have meant flowers and breakfast in bed for moms around the world the first weekend of May 2016, but for Vaughn Gittin Jr. it was a weekend he won’t soon forget. He not only qualified in the number one spot but took that all the way to the winner’s spot of the podium at Formula Drift’s second event of 2016. Formula Drift, presented by BlackVue, held Round 2: Advance Auto Parts Road to the Championship sponsored by Gumout, at the famed Road Atlanta course. Road Atlanta, home of the inaugural Formula Drift event over a decade ago, is a crowd favorite. “Road Atlanta is not only the first track to host Formula Drift, 13 years ago, but also a driver favorite course,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The action is always exciting and the crowd’s energy help make this one of the best events on the circuit.”

The Road Atlanta event weekend featured both the PRO 2 championship and Pro Championship with a full schedule of on-track action. The Pro Championship is where Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his 2015 Mustang drifter compete, and this event saw the top three points leaders knocked out of the standard Top 32 competition. The competitors making it to the Top 4 showed that experience and track knowledge count for something, as all four have competed at every Road Atlanta event since the inception of Formula Drift. Three of them, including Vaughn, were also past Formula Drift champions.

Two-time champion Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink/Hankook Nissan 370Z faced off against 2010 Formula Drift champion and the number one qualifier, Vaughn Gittin Jr. in his Mustang RTR. Gittin outperformed his close friend, Forsberg, in a close battle to move into the Finals. 2011 champion Dai Yoshihara in the Falken Tire/Turn 14 Subaru BRZ faced against the young gun, Alec Hohnadell, in the Hohnadell/Enjuku/Get Nuts Lab Nissan S14. Yoshihara advanced to meet Gittin in the finals. Gittin was no match for Yoshihara and completed the perfect weekend, earning both the top qualifying spot and the victory, while moving into the Pro Championship points lead. Yoshihara notably saw his first podium since 2013, while Forsberg finished third.

“To have a perfect event with our brand new Ford Mustang RTR that my team has been working their butts off during the off-season to get ready I’m just pumped.” said Gittin, winner of Round 2: Road to the Championship. “It doesn’t get any better than this. I’m just looking forward to the rest of the year.”

The 2016 Formula Drift Pro Championship will continue to Round 3: Unchartered Territory on June 3-4 at Orlando Speedworld in Orlando, Florida. For more information visit and on Facebook at Tune into Formula Drift on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Round 2: Road to the Championship Event Results
1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy/Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR Winner
2. Yoshihara, Dai Falken Tire/Turn 14 Subaru BRZ 2nd Place
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink/Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 3rd Place
4. Hohnadell, Alec Hohnadell/Enjuku/Get Nuts Lab Nissan S14 4th Place

2016 Formula Drift Championship Standings After Two Events
1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy/Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 155 pts
2. Denofa, Chelsea BC Racing/GT Radial BMW 119 pts
3. Bakchis, Aurimas Ark Perf./Feal Suspension/Falken Hyundai Genesis 116 pts

2016 Manufacturer Championship Standings After Two Events
1. BMW 202 pts
2. Ford 191 pts
3. SR by Toyota 185 pts
4. Nissan 151 pts
5. Mazda 101 pts
6. Chevrolet 83 pts
7. Dodge 51 pts
8. Infiniti 48 pts
9. Lexus 34 pts

2016 Tire Championship Standings After Two Events
1. Nexen 262 pts
2. Falken 248 pts
3. Nitto 222 pts
4. Hankook 199 pts
5. GT Radial 153 pts
7. Achilles 149 pts