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First Place Qualifier and Second Place Finish in Las Vegas!


First Place Qualifier and Second Place Finish in Las Vegas!

Posted 2012-08-28

August 26, 2012

Podium finish for Fredric Aasbo in Las Vegas as Need for Speed/Papadakis Racing battle champions

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (August 26, 2012 / Papadakis Racing) – Need for Speed driver Fredric Aasbo took down a parade of former champions to put his Scion tC on the podium this weekend at the sixth round of the 2012 Formula DRIFT championship in Las Vegas.

“It feels good to be back on the podium,” said Aasbo. “We faced tough competition and fought hard this weekend.”

The championship returned to Sin City this year for Round 6: After Dark and fans were treated to a night spectacle that included the Vegas ProAm championship, Slammed Society car show, and Targa Trophy display of vehicles.

A new course configuration for this stop called for drivers to make a high-speed entry and demonstrate full commitment as they slid just inches from an unforgiving trackside wall at speeds approaching 80 miles per hour. Aasbo showed his skill from the start with a pair of strong runs in qualifying that earned him the Number 1 spot for the Top 32.

The single-elimination Formula DRIFT format typically sees each round become progressively more difficult as drivers work through the competition ladder. But Aasbo faced stiff competition from the very first round, battling former champions in all but one of his six head-to-head battles.

“It was intense,” said Aasbo. “We’ve never had to take on such a crazy lineup of champions to get to the podium.”

He bested 2009 Formula DRIFT champion Chris Forsberg in the Top 32, defending champion Dai Yoshihara in the Top 16, contender Tyler McQuarrie in the Great 8, and 2010 Champion Vaughn Gittin in the Final 4. His final round saw him face off against 2005 champion Rhys Millen in a close battle for victory. He finished second.

Among the keys to the team’s success were their Hankook RS3 tires, which ensured Aasbo had the traction he needed on the high-speed course. The four-cylinder, turbocharged Need for Speed/Papadakis Racing Scion tC performed flawlessly all weekend, despite the hot weather competition that saw other teams battle overheating.

“The Need for Speed/Papadakis Racing Scion tC is a competitive package and this was a contest that gave Fredric a chance to stretch its legs against the best drivers in the field,” said team owner Stephan Papadakis. “We’re aiming for the top step of the podium at the final round in October.”

The Las Vegas event drew a large and enthusiastic crowd, while the online Driftstream broadcast saw an estimated 150,000 viewers in a 24-hour period.

Aasbo will next travel to Europe to get behind the wheel of the Toyota 86-X he campaigns overseas. He will take on the best of Britain at the Trax Silverstone circuit before heading to Mondello Park in Ireland. He will return to what has become known as the “House of Drift” venue, Irwindale Speedway, for the final round of the 2012 Formula DRIFT championship October 12-13.


Fredric Aasbo returns to Formula DRIFT for his second full season of U.S. competition on the Papadakis Racing squad. The Norwegian driver is a two-time Nordic Drifting champion (2007, 2008) and 2010 Formula DRIFT “Rookie of the Year.” He ran select Formula DRIFT events in 2009 and 2010 and made his U.S. debut at a global drifting invitational in 2008.
Aasbo moved from his hometown of Ski, Norway, to the United States in 2011, where he makes his home in Redondo Beach, California. He will run a full Formula DRIFT championship season in 2012 in the Need For Speed/Papadakis Racing Scion tC, and will appear in a select campaign of international events including demonstrations and contests in Europe and China.


Team owner Stephan Papadakis is a legend of sport-compact racing who began building his reputation in the 1990s with the first front-wheel-drive, tube-chassis drag car in the U.S.
The team earned multiple records and championships in the discipline, turning in elapsed times and trap speeds previously thought unattainable in front-drive drag cars. Papadakis’ successes in front-wheel drive were matched by his efforts in rear-wheel drive when he campaigned a Civic that became only the fifth car to join the NHRA’s Sport Compact 200 MPH club.
Aasbo is the newest member of Papadakis Racing, who signed the Norwegian driver when Tanner Foust announced his retirement from the sport after the 2010 season. The team began drifting in 2005 and has shown impressive results in six years of Formula DRIFT competition, earning two championship titles (2007, 2008). The team finished in the runner-up position in the 2010 championship. The 2012 Need for Speed/Papadakis Racing Scion tC is the team’s latest competition build.


Need for Speed, Scion, Hankook Tire, AEM Electronics, Motegi Racing, ACT Clutch, SPC Performance and Torco Oil.

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